• Nov 19, 2007

The editors of Motor Trend have tallied up the votes and crowned the Cadillac CTS their 2008 Car of the Year, GM's first since the Corvette won a full decade ago. The CTS beat an 18-car field including the Honda Accord, Audi TT, Subaru WRX, Chevrolet Malibu, Mitsubishi Lancer, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and others. MT was smitten with the Caddy's balanced handling, smooth-revving V6, exterior and interior design, and attention to detail. Our man Damon would certainly agree, who gave the CTS a thumbs up after piloting it around the Milford Proving Grounds. You can read Motor Trend's thoughts on the CTS here, or read their full evaluation of all the cars here.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice that that older pimps and cologne dipped limo drivers have a COTY. (You can even get it in purple).
      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The CTS Caddy deserves the honor, GM is on track with coupe and wagon models. GM nedds to execute a $20K car this well and then the General would be on to something. Put the pedal to the metal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm just waiting for good old depreciation to get a hold of one of these 08's and I'll pick one up lightly used.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good job. They deserved it. The last CTS was junk. This one is fantastic!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I drove a base model and was NOT impressed. Less sporty than an Accord, maybe a bit better than Camry, considerable amount of body roll.

      In order to have a sports suspension as Motor Trend test car (FE3 pkdg), the price goes to at least $45k. Now it competes with Infiniti M, Acura RL, Audi A6 or fully loaded BMW 3. CTS is still considered by GM as 'entry level' lux car. It does not even have a 4-way headrest as STS does. Even a $10k Chevy Aveo has a 4-way headrest. What a shame!

        • 7 Years Ago
        If a 4-way headrest is one that pivots back and forth as well as extending up and down, then my first new car, an '86 Chrysler Laser (twin of the Dodge Daytona) had them (it was a reliable car if you're wondering). So it's not a differentiator between lux and non-lux like carbon fiber or real wood trim. Whether your car has it or not is just the whim of the interior designer (and the finance committee!).
        • 7 Years Ago
        The reviews have been overwhelmingly favorable and, from a very brief test drive, I do think it drives very nicely. Thankfully, nothing about it resembles a Camry or Accord. I drive an S4 cab... and would consider this once the V series comes out. I couldn't care less about 4-way headrests as long as they do the job.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I seriously doubt that you test drove a CTS because if you did, you would have found a car that's a pure blast to drive. Your next thought would be "Accord what? What's an Accord?" To compare a CTS with an Accord is like Yugo to Bentley, the Yugo being the Accord. I'm not saying the Accord is a bad car, it's just not in the same league. I took delivery on an 08 CTS two weeks ago and I'm here to witness that after four previous Cadillacs, this is by far the best Cadillac ever, if not one of the best cars period. We also have in our stable a Lexus ES 350 and and it will be replaced next year with another CTS. My wife and I fight over who gets the CTS for the day. As far as the headrests? Who cares?
        • 7 Years Ago
        What's a 4-way headrest?

        My A6 has 10-way seats, but I don't think it has 4-way headrests.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This blog would not be complete without a typical GM hater! For shame!
        Glad to see that the CTS got COTY award, they deserve it!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm calling bull-hocky on your post, the caddy dealer wouldn't let you close enough to a CTS to take a picture with a telephoto lens.......... let you drive one.....dream on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very well deserved IMO. It's absolutely stunning in person (When you see it, it makes you do double take like the first time you saw the new mustangs or the XLR). Even though I drive the previous generation CTS's only domestic competition ('02 Lincoln LSE, also a MT car of the year alumnus in 2000), I still love this car. I was born and raised in a Ford only family, but I will still consider this car very seriously when I go to replace the LSE. Hopefully they've got the reliability issue out of the way (I don't know how many of you remember that video of that guy while his CTS-V was breaking down). Plan on seeing me at the dealer when the CTS-V's debut. I'm so happy that GM is helping give a detter image to domestic automakers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Interesting. I've decided to replace my '02 LSE with a CTS. It's the spiritual successor it appears we'll never see from Lincoln.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hehe, as much as the new CTS deserves it, this award is famous for being easily bought with ad dollars. And again, as much as the CTS deserves it, Damon gives every car a thumbs up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The CTS is a handsome vehicle, after several years of overly edgy, slightly ugly Cadillacs. They finally got the look right.
      But Motor Trend's Car of the Year award hasn't meant anything since 1994. They used to have specific critieria. Back in the 80's the COTY award went to the best new car on the market. That ran into problems in the late 80's because they had luxury cars competing with economy cars, so they changed the criterion and awarded it to the best car in its class. That made sense and worked until 1994 or so, when the Ford Mustang debuted with a new body around the old engine. That year, no new car met the old best in class criterion, so they awarded it to the Mustang...just... BECAUSE.

      Ever since, the award has been given capriciously, without justification, to whatever new car they deemed worthy, including a friggin Dodge minivan, which is....NOT...A... CAR!!
      If they had any balls, they would have withheld the award a few times and declared that no one had produced a worthy vehicle that year. Then the golden calipers would mean something. But that would cost them buckets of ad revenue and that's really what the "buff books" are all about.

      So back to the criterion. Why is the CTS the "Car of the Year"? Is it because it's a better car than anything else on the road? Obvously not. Is it a better product or a better value than any other new car on the market? Obviously not (although GM will no doubt imply this in their advertising).

      They gave it Cadillac because It is, in their opinion, "the best damn Cadillac in 50 years". But does giving an award to a company for making something not as poorly as they normally do make sense when there are better cars in the running? Not if shoppers are going to give the award any weight.

      Unfortunately, some poor schmucks who don't know any better will see the cover or read the article and come away with the impression that the CTS is a better car than anything else in the running, and that does a disservice to the buying public.


        • 7 Years Ago
        So what exactly are the better cars and better values that are also new for 2008? Why don't you quit beating around the bush and come out and say what is so obvious.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just 'cause the "gubment" says a vehicle is a truck doesn't make it so. Lood at the Caravan, or any minivan. It's platform is from a car, it's front wheel drive, it's unibody not body on frame construction. It has exactly the same engines and transmisions that the car is is based off of. No dedicated truck engines or tranny's. It has towing numbers and max load capacity like a car (and not as good as old body on frame cars like the old Caprice or Crown Vic). And what is it's primary use? Hauling people. Not stuff. By your definition it's not a car because it's shaped like a box instead of 3 box design and doesn't have a trunk. If that's true then a station wagon is not a car either and the same for a hatchback.

        MT was ahead of the curve in recognising that minivans are CARS.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You take your points beyond the extreme.

        No car other than the cheapest (a Yaris I guess) could be considered the best value on the market, because it gets you there and more expensive vehicles only improve on how smoothly or quickly they get you there.

        Agree it is dumb to take the COTY award too seriously. But it sounds to me you have something you want to get off your chest. What are all these cars that people will foolishly overlook because of this award, causing themselves great grief?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't usually put that much stock into the Motor Trend car of the year awards but I think this one is very much deserved. GM did a really awesome job with this car, inside and out.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I dunno. The Z06's biggest competition is the regular C6, and comparatively, it just isn't all that.

        You get a bit more speed that most people won't use anyway, for almost $20K more.

        It's a great car, but it'd be tough to crown it COTY IMHO.
        Engarde68
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't you think the Cadillac borrowed heavily from Chrysler's 300? I think Lutz is running out of ideas.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, I have stopped paying attention to the COTY crap too, esp. since the C6Z06 did not get picked a couple years back.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The G35 is like the hot blond that is also smart but always wants something and starts to drive you nutty, even more so if you need to use the back. In a few months you want the brunet (CTS) that only wants to cook you dinner and have sex with you every night and even invites a girl friend over for that 3 some that you might want but would never ask for....... A man can dream right? The CTS is the best car for the money on the road today and GM has now got that clue it was looking for!
        • 7 Years Ago
        hmmm I'm not seeing the correlation...

        Well deserved nevertheless
          • 7 Years Ago
          Dan,
          This was a reply to why the CTS came in second to the G35 and still winning Car of the year and me trying to be funny! I seem to have failed at both......

      • 7 Years Ago
      This sucks for the Honda Accord. Kept hearing rumors the accord was going get this. Great news for Caddillac and GM though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I really like the car as well. I am glad they didn't go with their alternate design that I saw picture of a-year-ago because that one went to far away from there new razor look design. The Malibu probably should have won but it is great that American cars have very good offerings to win back customers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't agree. I think the new CTS won on the merits. Personally, I would have chosen the Malibu for this award because of the positive impact it will have on future generations of "affordable" GM sedans.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i agree it sucks to be the Accord, but that is due to Honda's design by committee rather than the editors at Motor Trend.

        I still think the Malibu will have more of an impact in its market and is a greater stride than the previous generation but I think the CTS is an outstanding choice ntl.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Malibu deserves to win this award.
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