Getting into the gas it skips a little and a can feel it in the pedal. People who enjoy getting where they're going as much if not more than being there but who pine for luxury touches and good ol' American V8 power need no longer compromise. Besides better looks, this design makes for better handling and improved stability. Finally someone came up with an idea I now forget. I currently have 114,000 miles on it with no problems. Torque is what American drivers really use; torque is what gets a car moving in the first place, like when merging onto a freeway or passing on a two-lane.
While the sound of the V6 isn't as robust or viscerally satisfying as that of the V8, it's nothing to be ashamed of either. Cruise control and running lights are managed via a stalk on the left side of the steering column, windshield wipers and washers with a stalk on the right. They come with a five-speed automatic transmission. Most important, state-of-the-art occupant safety is standard. The brakes are up to the car's potential, with a firm pedal and a feel that's more linear than not.
In addition, new exterior colors are: Stealth Grey, Radiant Bronze, Blackberry and Infrared. I should have purchased the all wheel drive for I live up north and the car is terrible in the snow. It is a V6 and has enough power. Cadillac has ratcheted the Stabilitrak back a smidgen from its earlier aggressiveness, and it now waits a bit longer before stepping in. The well-calibrated suspension and steering provide agility and a supple, controlled ride, which makes it fun to drive. The car tracks well through corners, and turn-in is crisp, especially with the 18-inch, low-profile tires. All four doors boast map pockets.
The electronic steering is a delight, with the only shortcoming a slight softness on center. Thankfully, all the sound filtering and deadening doesn't keep the V8's throaty exhaust note out of the cabin. We found rear-seat room relatively tight. If you have this type of driving in mind I dont recommend buying a car with stabilitrack or tracktion control as these two features even keep those of us with a lead foot from being able to put down the occasional burnout but overall for what they where designed to do, they do it very well. Still, body lean in even the tightest switchbacks is almost non-existent, and mild whoop-de-doos barely give occupants' stomach a flip. It is a fantastic car that handles well and has plenty of power for daily driving. Doors-into-roof construction and a superplastic-formed aluminum decklid ensure a clean, refined exterior.
All accessories function well and the Bose Sounds System is great. Nudging the shift lever over to the right, into the manu-matic gate where the selected gear will hold all the way up to redline, and alternating between the accelerator and brake pedal allow frolicing at extremes heretofore beyond the reach of sedans wearing the wreath and crest. Cadillac's suspension engineers have finally demonstrated the difference between stiff and firm. Sharply contoured lower rocker panels tracking rearward from the front fascia's bottom edge pull the body down, adding a stylistic ground-effects look. Thankfully, all the sound filtering and deadening doesn't keep the V8's throaty exhaust note out of the cabin. Suspension, f: independent, coil springs, stabilizer bar Suspension, r: independent, multi-link, coil springs, magnetic ride control, pneumatic load-leveling, stabilizer bar Ground clearance: 5.
Special paint and a sunroof are the only options. Careful attention was paid to reducing noise, vibration and harshness, with remarkable and commendable success. I'd definitely recommend the warranty. Safety features that come standard on all models include dual two-stage frontal airbags, front seat mounted side airbags and front-and-rear side curtain airbags. Recessed in the boot's rear vertical is a trapezoidal inset, long enough for European-spec license plates, housing large backup lights at the left and right extremes. They made suggestions but no guarantees so I resisted.
American-tradition dual exhausts exit below and at each end of the rear bumper. Radii on major body components, such as the hood and decklid, are tight and contribute to its crisp exterior appearance. This car strikes the perfect balance between power and luxury. All-wheel drive is also available for handling stability in inclement weather. Two cup holders are provided front and rear.
The one really bad thing is that it is extremely noisey in that the doors do not seal fully and wind noise at highway speeds is very bad. Instruments are easily scanned, white-on-black round analogs, with a large nested tachometer and speedometer between the smaller fuel and engine temperature gauges. I'd definitely recommend the warranty. They made suggestions but no guarantees so I resisted. This enormous power is delivered smoothly through the new six-speed automatic transmission.