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Car of the Week - September 9, 2002

2002 Cadillac CTS

SEE ALSO: Cadillac Buyer's Guide

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Yes, it really IS a Cadillac, this CTS. The big soft boat-y beast has gone through the looking glass and emerged chiseled, atheletic, and sure-footed. Powered by a 3.2-liter V6 cranking 220 hp and 218 lb-ft of torque, it has an all-new rear-wheel-drive chassis that distinctly tightens the road feel. Its suspension is a fully independent system that multitasks between providing classic Cadillac comfort on one hand and sharp precise steering on the other.

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If you enjoy features, you'll enjoy the standard leather seating; front, side and head-curtain airbags, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat; dual-zone climate control; an AM/FM cassette stereo and CD player; the OnStar communications system; ABS; and traction control. We enjoyed the thumb dial volume control on the steering wheel - and after an extended search discovered the analog clock in a corner of the gauge section. (We'd like to see a bit more style and polish to the instrument display). The CTS is off to a very impressive start in the entry level luxury division and a highly recommended test drive.

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- Mark and Katie Fulmer

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