Swade over at trollhattensaabnet.com has a nice real-world, real-person driving report on a 2009 CTS with AWD posted. Getting driving and impression reports from real people as opposed to jounalists can be refreshing and informative. For example, I like to hear professional movie reviews, but I have to keep in mind that the reviewer is watching dozens of movies very closely together, and is concerned with issues I am not. A real person who has just seen a movie has a lot more context in common with my experience.
The CTS Swade drove was a 1SA AWD 09 CTS in Canada. He has a very good conversational writing style, so please click over and read the whole article; here is a brief excerpt:
What I can say, though, is that the CTS is a smooth operator. Engine noise is minimal, as is disturbance from any inconsistencies in the road. Despite the isolation you get from the bad stuff, there’s still plenty of feel and feedback from the car, so the engineers have managed to emulate the Europeans quite well in that respect.
The base standard wheels are miles behind the optional sport wheels by the way. So if you do select the base model this is one item I would look to ‘upgrade’ afterward.
The Cadillac CTS, redesigned in 2008, continues to charm. In fact, the CTS is becoming the key player in the Cadillac line, which will soon consist of the CTS, CTS-V, CTS Coupe, CTS Sport Wagon, SRX, XLR, XLR-V and Escalade(s).
Swade also took some very nice photos of the CTS, so don’t miss clicking on those for the larger versions also.