2005 Cadillac CTS-V
Strong Points: Acceleration; Handling; Brakes
Weak Points: Steering; Fuel economy
Mfr.'s Suggested Retail Price: $51,195
My, the Americans are doing wonderful things with cars these days. Cadillac has seen fit to stuff an all-powerful Corvette engine into its swoopy looking CTS. The result is a super-fast car with decent handling to match. But the steering, in its minivan-like slowness, is terrible. The exhaust system is tuned to produce wonderful sounds at high revs, but the engine burns gasoline at a rate that's hard to believe. While not terribly practical, the new "V" is a car we're nevertheless glad exists.
Engine: 5.7L V8
Horsepower: 400 @ 6,000 rpm
Acceleration: 0-60 mph 4.6 sec.
Braking: 60-0 mph 125 ft.
EPA city/highway: 16/25 mpg