Compare 2009 Cadillac CTS vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2009 Cadillac CTS
2008 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Sedan AWD w/1SA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CTS 4-Door Sedan AWD w/1SA 17 25 $37,374 $39,760
CTS 4-Door Sedan AWD w/1SB 17 26 $38,314 $40,760
CTS 4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA 16 25 $34,366 $36,560
CTS 4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SB 17 26 $36,528 $38,860
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335xi AWD 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335xi AWD 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328xi AWD 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$37,374
$40,020
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,760
$43,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$663 / month
$725 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Cadillac CTS continues to compete with the best from Mercedes and BMW with a distinctly American approach, boasting some of the top tech features in its class. The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 49.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
55.1 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98 84.2
Second Leg Room (in)
35.9 31.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
54.1 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 55.3
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 36.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 54.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
113.4 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 70.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.6 180.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.6 9.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 1.02 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 1.26 12.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Yes 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
57.1 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.1 16.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
QCH NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
QCH NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR17 P225/45R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3509 3792
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
PFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
253 @ 3100 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
LY7 NA
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6400 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.06 3.38
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.06 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.20 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 2.46
Trans Order Code
MX7 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
Cadillac CTS BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.3 - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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