2009 Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac's awesome new CTS-V is faster from zero to 60 than Mercedes' E63 AMG and BMW's M5. It also costs many thousands less

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Price, speed, magnetic ride control, available automatic transmission

The Bad: Poor fuel economy, doubts about GM's future

The Bottom Line: The fastest regular-production luxury sedan ever

Up Front

It breaks my heart as a car reviewer to see General Motors (GM) so near bankruptcy. Contrary to popular perceptions, the company's financial woes have little to do with problems in its product lineup. Sure, GM's offerings at the low end—such as the Chevy Cobalt and Aveo—are notoriously poor. But the low end isn't where car companies make most of their profits, and GM's large pickup trucks (Chevy Silverado), SUVs (Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse), midrange cars (Chevy Malibu, Saturn Aura) and luxury cars (Cadillac CTS and STS) are all far more competitive than they have been in years.

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