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Posted on: October 15, 2010 | In Cadillac
The 2011 Cadillac CTS drives beautifully, looks and feels extremely modern and has all the feature content an American driver is looking for. Two big packages are available for The 2011 Cadillac Cts. The CTS Luxury Package includes an eight-way power adjustable passenger seat, audible theft deterrent system, Zebrano wood trim, memory package, rear-view mirror compass, and a three-channel programmable garage door opener with electronic voice recorder. The Luxury Sport Package includes all of those features plus the Stabilitrak 2.0 chassis control system, sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brake linings, load-leveling rear suspension, speed-sensitive power steering, and 17-inch polished wheels with V-rated tires.
Other options on our test car included the five-speed electronic automatic transmission, a Bose premium sound system with cassette/six-disc CD changer and CD-ROM-based navigation, 16-inch wheels, an engine block heater, heated front seats, express-open sunroof, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps and a split-folding rear seat.
Whether buyers will opt for the five-speed manual transmission for truly sporty driving remains to be seen. But it is notable that Cadillac went to the trouble of developing the manual gearbox with German supplier Getrag. It says clearly that Cadillac sees The 2011 Cadillac Cts as a sports sedan. It’s a good transmission, whether anyone buys it or not. Inside, The 2011 Cadillac Cts is as
different from the Catera as it is from the DeVille and Seville, with a much more European presentation of instrumentation and controls (after all, they are going to sell this car in Eastern and Western Europe, Japan, and the Middle East). In fact, The 2011 Cadillac Cts interior isn’t like anything else on the market today.
Done up in several high-tech textures (about two too many for our personal tastes), the dashboard and instrument panel are rendered in muted shades of gray with excellent, highly readable graphics. With a new chassis, a new body, a new engine, two new transmissions, a new factory and a new workforce, there is an awful lot that could go wrong with a car like The 2011 Cadillac Cts in its first year of production.
On the other hand, there is a lot that could go right, and that’s what we’re banking on when we recommend it as a car to be looked at and test driven if you are in the market for a entry luxury sports sedan. The center stack, where most of the adjusting is done, juts out proudly and prominently from the rest of the dash, with the elaborate GPS navigation system, when ordered, at the top center location.
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The 2011 Cadillac Deville is smooth and stable at high speeds. The steering is precise and direct, so the car always goes where the driver intends. With innovations like Night Vision, StabiliTrak 2.0, and the Northstar System, the DeVille models set a new standard in safety & technology. The renowned Northstar System integrates four-wheel disc brakes with advanced ABS, full speed traction control, four-wheel independent suspension, Magnasteer variable assist speed-sensitive steering, and optional StabiliTrak technology that, when combined with this powerful engine, provides outstanding control, ride, and safety. The aluminum 4.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8, deliver low emissions, provide excellent mileage with regular fuel, and has a smooth, quiet operation.
The 2011 Cadillac Deville is a handsome car, a combination of European and American, of contemporary and traditional. It still looks stylish and contemporary, though it was last redesigned. Its styling distinguishes it from other cars, including other Cadillacs.
From the rear, The 2011 Cadillac Deville carries the traditional Cadillac ambiance, but with a far more contemporary flair. The fins of yesteryear may be gone, but those twin vertical slashes still shout Cadillac loud and clear. The interior is roomy and luxurious. The 2011 2011 Cadillac Deville come with a full bench seat in front and a column shifter. The rear seat is inviting and comfortable. There is plenty of room available as you open the rear doors and climb in. Legroom seems endless. Even with the front seat at its rearmost position, the tallest of our testers could easily fit in back. It is one of America’s best-selling full-size luxury cars. As you’d expect of Cadillac’s flagship sedan, the DeVille coddles its occupants with a roomy, luxurious interior. Large front lighting clusters and an eggcrate grille give 2011 Cadillac Deville a bold appearance.
Turn-signal indicators are integrated into the side mirrors, alerting drivers alongside of your intention to turn or change lanes.
The 2011 Cadillac Deville powerful 4.6-liter V8 harmonizes with the smooth, responsive transmission, delivering quick acceleration and responsive passing performance. It feels solid and stable at high speeds, yet this big front-wheel-drive sedan offers surprisingly athletic handling, particularly the sporty DTS model. The 2011 2011 Cadillac Deville rides as supple as you would expect of a Cadillac. The suspension filters unwanted vibration and bumps, but doesn’t let the car float around like a boat. Though not as firm as a BMW, the DeVille provides a well-controlled ride. Bumps are felt, but suppressed to comfortable levels. Go around a fast, sweeping turn and potholes won’t upset the car’s balance, a benefit of the DeVille’s rigid chassis. This makes the DeVille easier to handle in tight quarters, important in big cities when surrounded by big trucks and aggressive cab drivers.
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The 2011 Cadillac Escalade features luxury seating for up to eight, with a removable third-row seat for maximum cargo space. The 10-way power driver’s seat comes with a memory feature. His and hers key fobs allow each driver to program their own seat position; unlock the doors with your personal remote entry fob, and the seat slides to your position. This doesn’t work when borrowing the spouse’s keys, but you’ll still be able to press a button near the armrest to get your seating position back.
Buttons of 2011 Cadillac Escalade for the seat heaters are conveniently located here as well. Front-row roominess and accommodations are essentially the same for the Escalade, ESV, and EXT. A big center console serves as a front armrest and opens in a couple of different ways to reveal storage areas. Two large cupholders, CD rack and coinholder are all in there.
A power outlet inside the center console of 2011 Cadillac Escalade is handy for plugging in and storing cell phones and other accessories. The dashboard is squarish, like a big flat tray. A leather-wrapped handgrip runs across the top of the dash on the passenger side with big stitching that faces out. Wood trim adds warmth. The instruments are stylish and look retro high-tech. A transmission temperature gauge is included, reassuring when towing.
A new, jeweled wreath and crest horn-pad emblem is found on all 2011 Cadillac Escalade models. A new Platinum Edition Escalade ESV adds premium interior features and materials. The Platinum Edition has an ebony and shale dash, shale leather seating surfaces and pleated door panel bolsters. Walnut burl wood accents appear on the steering wheel, console, door pulls, window switch bezels and dashboard trim. Chrome trim highlights the steering wheel, speaker covers and gauge cluster, which features new graphics in 2011 Cadillac Escalade.
New HVAC outlets have rubber thumbwheels and chrome-accented controls. Second-row passengers have luxurious accommodations, regardless of model. The second row comes with seat heaters, climate controls, audio system controls, map lights, and adjustable vents. Captain’s chairs come on most models of 2011 Cadillac Escalade, but a second-row bench is available for no charge. The captain’s chairs give second-row passengers front-row comfort. Bench seats feature a center seatback that folds down to reveal a virtual fold-down table
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The 2011 Cadillac ESV combines the storage and hauling capabilities of a full-sized pick-up truck with the people-carrying capacity of an SUV, packaged with the creature comforts of a luxury car. 2011 Cadillac ESV is designed to give drivers an alternative to owning an SUV and a truck. It comes with full-time four-wheel drive, five-passenger seating, a spacious interior and the unmatched cargo space of a full pick-up bed. 2011 Cadillac ESV is, of course, designed for an upscale audience.
Trucks are popular with this crowd, and Cadillac says nearly a fourth of all of its customers own a pickups. At the same time, an increasing number of SUV buyers are women – and that’s particularly true of the Escalade SUV. Surely, some of these people would like Cadillac levels of luxury and technology combined with a pickup bed, so, voila! Escalade EXT.
With aggressive styling and a powerful 345-horsepower V8 the new Escalade EXT is no pussycat. Park it next to your average SUV and it looks like it would eat it for lunch. All of this comes at a price. 2011 Cadillac ESV starts at $49,990. Only one well-equipped model is available, which comes loaded with the Midgate storage system, GM’s OnStar communications and navigation system, Stabilitrak traction control and road-sensing suspension, four-wheel ABS, front and side airbags, and Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist. At first glance, The 2011 Cadillac ESV is unabashedly masculine and hulking.
A wide-slatted front grille and oversized and squared, jeweled headlamps are key elements to its bold-faced look that continues with monochromatic fenders and body moldings, as well as a high ground clearance of nearly a foot and a bed height of 25 inches. Running boards help those more vertically challenged to find their way into the roomy cabin. Despite its aggressive appearance, 2011 Cadillac ESV is still modern and sleek looking and clearly strikes the pose of a country club pedigree. 2011 Cadillac ESV is offered in three basic colors – Sable Black, Silver Sand and White Diamond – which adds to its simple, yet powerful, presence. The heart of its handling, though, is an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system supported by a viscous coupling case that provides surefooted performance aided by a computer-controlled road-sensing suspension called Stabilitrak.
This system brings stability and ride comfort by controlling the wheel motion; it improves the skills of even the best drivers with its quick response to sharp corners, emergency lane changes, and panic braking.
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The 2011 Cadillac Seville feels smooth, quiet, and tight, with no squeaks or rattles. One thing that surprises many people is the size. It doesn’t look that big in photos, but it’s big, three inches longer than a Suburban. Yet it feels tight and surprisingly nimble on mountain roads. The 2011 2011 Cadillac Seville is essentially a modified Chevrolet Suburban; the two vehicles share fully 85 percent of their parts. So like the Suburban, The 2011 Cadillac Seville is built on the same superb platform as the Silverado pickup.
GM’s engineers created The 2011 Cadillac Seville by lopping off the rear roof structure and quarter windows of a Suburban, and redesigning the back end. When The 2011 Cadillac Seville rear seats are in place, there’s a 5-foot 3-inch bed, which is long enough for most tasks. When that’s not enough it converts into an 8-foot bed by taking over the rear seats.
The bed is protected by a well-designed lockable cover rated to support 250 pounds. You can walk all over it, and the cover keeps your cargo dry, clean, and safe from thieves. Fold the Midgate down and you can fill the bed with drywall. Close the tailgate and drive home in a downpour without any fear of seeing your drywall turn into wet wall. The Midgate, tailgate and portions of the cargo box are made from a composite material called PRO-TEC. This material is exceptionally durable, and resists dings, scratches and dents. Two Top-Box Storage compartments on either side of the cargo box provide a combined 3.5 cubic feet of lockable storage space. These compartments have drains, so they can be filled with ice and used as coolers.
The edgy front styling of last year’s 2011 Cadillac Seville gave it a unique look among Chevrolet’s full-size light trucks. Safety improvements for 2011 include dual-level air bags with an automatic passenger-sensing system. Other improvements for 2011 extend to things you can’t see, such as a new electrical system architecture. The standard alternator now produces 145 amps, and an automatic battery-protection system shuts off the lights 10 minutes after you turn off the ignition. New entertainment options for 2011 Cadillac Seville include a DVD player and XM Satellite Radio. The 2011 2011 Cadillac Seville offers a new family of radios with RDS (Radio Data System). A six-speaker CD system is standard with bench seating; order the bucket-seat option, and you can get premium Bose speakers and a six-CD changer. The suspension soaks up large potholes and rides comfortably on rough terrain. The brakes, already excellent, have been improved for 2011, with shorter stops, better pedal feel, and quieter operation. It has come a long way with brakes in the past few years.
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The 2011 Cadillac SRX sports futuristic styling that stands out in a sea of boxy sport-utilities and minivans that fill school parking lots. The 2011 2011 Cadillac SRX is as useful as your mother’s station wagon or sport-utility vehicle, but it sure doesn’t look or drive like your mother’s car. And it drives more like a European sports sedan than it does a minivan or sport utility. The 2011 SRX’s closest competitors include the Chevrolet Trail Blazer, the Lexus RX 330, and the Volvo XC90. American sensibilities being what they are, The 2011 Cadillac SRX won’t, of course, be sold as a wagon but as a light-duty luxury SUV.
The V8 versions offer smooth, confident power, while the all-wheel-drive models are among the best-handling vehicles in the class on snow and ice. The edgy, angular styling is distinctive and the interior is stylish, comfortable and practical, though not warm and inviting.
2011 Cadillac SRX is aimed at buyers who want design cues and all-weather capability normally associated with an SUV, but sits on a car platform for better ride and handling. SRX is based on the sporty CTS sedan, lauded for its rigid chassis, sharp handling and quick acceleration performance.
Cadillac expects SRX buyers to be those who now drive a sedan and want SUV-like capability, or they own truck-based SUVs and want car-like ride and handling. Cadillac further predicts the SRX will be its biggest seller among women buyers with about 45 percent of the buyers expected to be women.
2011 Cadillac SRX will compete with vehicles including the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Lexus RX 330, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Volvo XC90.
The look takes some getting used to, but realizing that there are only so many ways to design a mass-produced car made out of stamped steel (exotic materials give stylists some more choices) which needs to be aerodynamic, 2011 Cadillac SRX has done a fine job. It’s an eye-catching, head-turning four-door package, and SRX makes the boldest statement of any Cadillac since the last-generation Seville, now well more than a decade old. There’s reasonable body lean, better-than-hoped-for shock damping on fast take-offs and hard braking (helping to keep the front and rear ends on the ground, where they belong) and good visibility for the driver, front, side and rear.
What really makes 2011 Cadillac SRX handle so nicely is the fact that it’s a rear-wheel drive car. While front-wheel drive is a fine system for the vast majority of drivers, it does have its drawbacks when it comes to high-performance handling.
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The 2011 Cadillac Xlr is an impressive combination for someone who wants the utility of a full, eight-foot bed, yet needs seating for four, five or six people. This is an impressive concept vehicle that made it all the way to production. The 2011 2011 Cadillac Xlr can carry five adults in comfort and a large amount of cargo in a covered 5-foot 3-inch indestructible bed. 2011 Cadillac Xlr models are powered by the Vortec 8100, an 8.1-liter V8 rated at 340 horsepower and 455 pounds-feet of torque.
It comes mated to a 4L85 heavy-duty automatic transmission with overdrive and tow/haul mode. In place of the 1500 model’s five-link rear suspension with coil springs and automatic load leveling, the 2500 rides on heavy-duty leaf springs. Towing capacity is boosted to 12,000 pounds, with two or four-wheel drive. Payload ratings for the 2500 are 2241 pounds with 2WD, 1958 pounds with 4WD.
2011 Cadillac Xlr comes in only one trim level, but it’s very complete, with nearly every luxury you might find in a premium automobile. Relative to the 1500, the 2500 does not add any luxury equipment or interior appointments, but it does come with its own heavy-duty carpeting and floor mats, a larger (37.5-gallon) fuel tank, and skid shields on 4WD models. Wheels are forged rather than cast, and tires are higher-profile 245/75R16′s, rather than the 1500′s 265/70R16s. Available as an option for 1500 models are 17-inch wheels with 265/70R17 tires. The edgy front styling of last year’s Avalanche gave it a unique look among Chevrolet’s full-size light trucks. However, The 2011 Cadillac Xlr is still distinguished from the Silverado by its more exaggerated fender flairs, and by its extensive body cladding.
The composite cladding, which is darker in color for 2003, does serve a purpose: It is as tough as iron and impervious to flying gravel. Safety improvements for 2011 Cadillac Xlr include dual-level air bags with an automatic passenger-sensing system. Other improvements for 2011 Cadillac Xlr extend to things you can’t see, such as a new electrical system architecture. The standard alternator now produces 145 amps, and an automatic battery-protection system shuts off the lights 10 minutes after you turn off the ignition. Most of the interior features of a well-trimmed Suburban are found in the Avalanche. That means a comfortable cabin for passengers and good ergonomic design for the driver. The seats in The 2011 Cadillac Xlr are identical to the first two rows in the Suburban.