The one I am driving is pretty base, it has a chrome DLO surround/ grille...dual exhausts...overall it does not look like a base car from the outside.
Does it have the Sapele wood trim?
Zeta and Sigma cars are very heavy. Hell, all GM cars are heavy!
Ughhhh don't get me started on the ugly crap inside the car. Its some diamond patterned wannabe carbon fiber crap. I also just realized it does have the poverty covers for the fog lights.
Also GM please read this, the details....the details ....the details. Lighted sill plates, better ambient lighting. Ok I will say the ambient lighting is better than in past GM vehicles but not as good as companies like BMW, and LExus for instance. Also the same issue my Escalade has, everything above eye level is soft to the touch but everything below the top of the doors and even on passenger side below the stitched dash top is hard. Its like the quality is all in the top of the dash and the doors. I know companies like VW/ Audi do this but they manage to hide the cost engineered parts better.
Ok now some pictures
Please tell me what tree or carbon fiber gnome contributed to this alien material?
Dual exhaust, and they do look to be chromed ....nice touch!
Poverty covers for your neighbor to know that your broke azz could only afford the lease special no option car!
I love the side profile, but I am a bigger guy and it makes the car harder to get into and out of. Form before function in this case all for the love of the tiny DLO!
So more comments, the lower dash and doors is not the traditional hard plastic, it has a soft touch coating but if you feel it the fact that hard plastic is underneath it is pretty obvious. The interior is still very good so its not a deal breaker, I do feel the V should get an interior that is more different in the Gen 3 car. And thinking back to my IS250 drives, and the numbers I have seen for the G25 overall the powertrain is very good for a base car. The 328i is the only one I can think of that has a better base engine, oh that and the TL. I think the problem lies more in the fact that the 3.6 DI isn't even class competitive considering its output.
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Style wise though the CTS kills the MKS, the CTS is really amazing to me still as far as design. By paying a little more attention to material quality and details I am convinced Cadillac can rival Audi, Lexus and MB. Draxlmaier is the company who did the CTS interior, and they are the best interior supplier in the world...their work includes the interior on the Veyron. Draxlmaier has a cut and sew technology that brings hand cutting and stitching for a much more cost effective price.
From Magnaride to Cut and Sew interiors , Cadillac has what it takes to be world class. The only thing they need now is to focus on the details. I truly believe the XTS interior will reflect Cadillac spending more inside the car and focusing on the details. Considering the CTS is only a gen 2 product its sales and positioning in the market is pretty good. Here is a few links for the CTS and its award winning interior.
This is very technical but in laymans terms its how they eliminate the need for external cut lines for airbags. They actually pre cut the leather from behind which lets it release the airbag without having to show a visible line. Basically the airbag explodes through the leather.
Yeah, I'm impressed with the ride handling compromise on my '11 CTS 3.0L. Mine is a base FE1 and you can just bury it into a cloverleaf or offramp. I invoked stabilitrak on one offramp I hit at 50+mph a few weeks ago.
it would be fair to say that the CTS has more cornering capability than my '06 GTO.
The negatives would lack of low end torque but if you put your foot into it, it goes.
It is not, however a $37K car. Closer to $33K would be better. I paid less and did a lease at $325mo.
I am not sure I am feeling a real lack of low end torque as much as I am the transmissions reluctance to downshift sometimes. I know what the numbers say but I am honestly surprised by this engine. I consider it to be one of the best base engines in its class.
So today I returned the CTS, best in class you ask as far as my opinion. No but better than expected, I am very glad that the 3.0 is better than my first experience in the SRX. I almost find that for its price and lease payment that this may be the pick of the range. Its competitive as a base car far more than it is near the top of the range. I was at the dealer today really considering one as a 3rd or 4th car.
I really like the Sapele wood in the luxury package cars far me and the two tone tan and brown interior or black a lot more so than grey. So the CTS has a great interior but its just a little bit low rent in some places, for some reason my old Lexus RX400h even though its in the same price class just feels nicer inside. So I thought how much of that is tangible and how much is in my mind. So I went and borrowed it from the in laws who bought it from us.
I opened the door , and yes it does feel more upscale than the CTS so I went about trying to find out why. When you open the door in the Lexus you are greeted by a lighted sill plate , the plate itself isn't that much more high quality than the Cadillac one but its a great way to introduce the interior. It also has the ambient lighting perfect as it dims the lights in the foot well and keeps them dimly lit when the car is driving along.
Than I start my dash feeling, hmmm interesting I don't remember this hard coated plastic similar to the CTS on the lower door panels. I realized that Lexus moves the hard plastic a little bit further down the door out of reach and hidden when the door is closed by the seat. Hmmm see its the little details like that add up to a feeling of a higher quality interior. In my Escalade I can see and feel the hard shiny plastic on the door panels which is right below the soft touch materials.
And then I go over to the passenger side, the lower dash is soft to the touch as is the upper dash. So to the touch its soft and silky even though not as cushioned as the SRX dash I felt earlier in the day. The leather quality is also something to behold considering the class of this car and the class of my Escalade. Wow is all I can say about the seats and the leather quality in this car.
So its kind of a toss up, the more attention paid to the drive or more attention paid to the interior. The SRX again is close but its not there yet in the interior, and the new RX drives well but it left any sportiness on the table.
Some lexus' have semi aniline dyed leather rather than the painted on color that Cadillac offers.( STS did for awhile offer semi aniline dyed leather as an option).
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