Cadillac or competing brand model ? Why ? Discussion, If you like the CTS, you'll love ______? in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; Those god-darn 335i / 535i. 300+, twin-turbo charged, inline sixes are friggin' rockets on the road.
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I wouldn't judge all CTSs based on your 03 experience. As the first year of the car, it was buggy. My 04 had almost no problems for the 47K I owned it. I wouldn't buy an 08, but an 07 sports edition would be a great car.
Also, check out the STS, it's a nice step up from the CTS and everything is still familiar.
Other worthy candidates:
- Buick LaCrosse CXS: very comfortable car with the 3.6 engine. The only drawback is that it's FWD, but it doesn't exhibit a lot of torque steer.
- Lincoln MKZ: This is what I leased this winter when looking for an AWD lux sedan. Same size as the CTS, but more trunk and rear seat legroom. Available with cooled seats and all the options are ala carte - you don't have to buy expensive trim levels that Cadillac is so fond of.