How I came across this car

The year 2012 held many life-changing moments for me. I had positioned myself to start a new career path for a company I was working at for around 4 years at the time, I moved into my own place for the first time, and would be buying my dream car at the beginning of the year. I had my eye on buying a Cadillac CTS ever since I saw the Matrix: Reloaded (2003, where the world just started to see this design appear with Cadillac). As a millennial in 2012 this seemed nearly impossible at the age of 22, but I was determined to make this happen. By February that year, I was holding the keys to a black 2007 Cadillac CTS.

2003 was a time of renaissance for Cadillac’s models and was enough to hold my attention for 9 years and beyond. Since then, the designs have only gotten sexier (I mean, have you seen the 2018 CTS coupe?) After my first few cars that were essentially 6 metal plates, some glass, and rubber rings for wheels… I was ready for something closer to the luxury side of the spectrum. 

As a used car, it had a little less than 50K miles on it, next to zero cosmetic wear and tear, and the car was in great performance condition. I ended up selling the car in 2017 and wanted to pay homage to the great 5-year run I had with it by offering our readers a review of this car. The upside for this review is that I get to offer an unbias assessment after years of knowing the car, and not being overly excited that I was finally driving my dream car!


My Experience with Cadillac

The Good!
After the first 10 minutes of driving the 2007 CTS, I understood why the phrase “The Cadillac of _____” exists. It is comfortable; not too spacious and not claustrophobic. The handling and performance are excellent, with smooth transmission and good throttle response. CTS’ external design, resembling a stealth-fighter, kept my attention after 5 years of its introduction (technically 14 years if we’re counting from the 2003 release.) From a maintenance perspective, the car really lasted. Very little maintenance was ever required aside from the normal tune-up, oil change, tire rotation, etc.

The Meh…
Cadillac’s interior on the 2007 model is nice but didn’t seem to live up to Cadillac standards. The trunk is adequate for a car this size, but a narrow opening requires finesse when loading. Bose system is excellent at playing acoustic, orchestral, and live music. Unfortunately, it lacks the lower-end “oomph” to properly project techno, dance, dubstep, and hip-hop music. The CTS uses synthetic oil so my oil changes did go up a bit in price, noticeable was expected. 

On the highway, you don’t feel the car on the road and that makes it very easy to speed. That isn’t bad per se. However, speed bumps or small debris on the road is certainly noticeable at low speeds. 

The Turn Off’s 
Lack of MP3 or I-Pod compatibility/connectivity hurts. OnStar is useful but annoyingly proprietary. No Bluetooth is available. Instead, phone minutes must be purchased through OnStar or connected to a Verizon account. As a piggyback point from our “The Good!” section, maintenance was rarely required… but when it was I really had to dig into my pocket. Cadillac repairs are not cheap. I would highly encourage potential buyers to research some of the most common issues, costs of repair, and develop a strong relationship with a mechanic before buying a Cadillac.

The car is good-looking, comfortable to ride in, and very fun to drive. Unfortunately, a lack of high-tech features and a so-so interior keep this vehicle from being a slam-dunk. I enjoy it quite a bit but realize that it’s not quite up to the standards set by other imported luxury marques (which, incidentally, cost a lot more). Score Card (Out of 5)
Comfort: 4
Performance and Handling: 4.5
Exterior Design: 5
Interior Design: 4
Value for Money: 3.5
Reliability: 4.5