2009 Cadillac CTS vs. Its Competition

2009 Cadillac CTS RWD w/1SA
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The CTS is offered with two different engines like the C-Class, 3 Series, and IS, and though the stronger of the two V-6s is the best choice, the difference isn’t so pronounced as for some rivals.

The turbocharged 335i has much faster acceleration and the G37 has even crisper handling.

Nearly all of its competition comes in a more traditional luxury shape, with the C-Class best matching the CTS on features.

The CTS is larger and heavier than its competitive set, which hampers acceleration and handling, although the CTS has very well-balanced handling and an especially well-tuned Stabilitrak stability control system.

2009 Cadillac CTS RWD w/1SA2009 Cadillac CTS
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2008 BMW 3-Series M32008 BMW 3-Series
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2008 Mercedes Benz C Class 3.0L Sport RWD2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
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.
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MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class  
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Cadillac CTS vs. 2008 BMW 3-Series2009 Cadillac CTS vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class