2011 Cadillac CTS V

I am not a car person. I truly feel like cars are a means to an end — a tool to get from point A to point B, much like a bus, a boat or a plane. So when our good friends at Midway Car Rental offered me the chance to test-drive the new Cadillac CTS V for a few weeks I was excited but didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. The car reminded me of the DeLorean from Back to the Future. It was über modern with a sleek design. It’s an American made car by GM so it was nice to see what our bailout dollars were contributing to society and this car did not disappoint.

Again, not being a car person, I didn’t really know the significance of a 556-horse power engine but let me tell you that this car rocks! You will not be shy about passing others and really owning the road.

My next favorite part of the car was the sound system. While I don’t really care how I get from point A to point B, any journey is way more fun with some rockin’ tunes and the Cadillac CTS V came with Sirius XM Radio. I heard all of the latest hip-hop on the Hip Hop Nation station and there’s even an Oprah channel. You’ll never get bored on long drives.

After the power and the sound system, my last favorite thing about driving the Cadillac CTS V was all of the attention it got. I would return to the car after an outing only to have strangers standing around it and when I got there, they all wanted to look inside. I took it to a car wash and a smokin’ hot guy — the kind that is usually too cool for school — wanted to chat with me about the car. It made me feel really special.

My boyfriend is a car guy, the type that likes to take apart and rebuild engines and this is what he had to say about the Cadillac CTS V: It’s got a really masculine look to it, beefy wide fenders, aggressive stance, 285s in the back and 255s in the front — tire width. The car gets a lot of looks from guys, doesn’t have the flair of an M3 or another German car but more of a subtle luxury appearance. It doesn’t look like a car that has 556-horse power and that can go 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds, looks more like a luxury car. It does have a presence and a curb appeal and catches the eye of the average pedestrian.

If you look at the in terior of this car, you’ll see suede accents all around, on the steering wheel, excellent job on the door panels, Recaro seats with suede inserts, which hug the body very nicely on the high — G turns.

The car is very impressive with its acceleration, it’s got a 6.2-liter, 556-horse power, super charged V8. The thing hauls, puts the M3 to shame, puts the Audi RS5 to shame — there’s nothing that can compete with it in this price range as far as acceleration goes. Of course, it’s a heavy car, so it doesn’t handle as well as an M3. It weights about 650 lbs more than the M3 so you’re not going to get that light and nimble responses but it depends on what you’re into…if you like power, this thing just flat out moves.

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