I know that Robert Cumberford is much more qualified to critique design, but I have to disagree with him. To my eye, the rear quarter of the Cadillac CTS coupe is ungainly and clumsy. The broad expanse of sheetmetal suggests a heavy car and at 3900 pounds, the CTS coupe actually is on the heavy side.
Despite that, the CTS coupe drives very nicely, both as a comfortable daily driver and as a sporty two-door on the back roads. The 3.6-liter V-6 is strong at the top of the tachometer as a reward to driver's who click the gear selector into manual mode and hold the lowest possible gear. The transmission swaps gears quickly when the wheel-mounted shift buttons are pressed, yet is unobtrusive when left to automatic mode. The CTS coupe steers and handles well, too. However, when driven casually, the CTS coupe doesn't exude much personality.
A handful of relatively small improvements would go a long way in making the CTS coupe more appealing. The seats are seriously uncomfortable for taller people with a bottom cushion that is far too short and a back that is too flat and too firm. Replacing the small shift buttons on the steering wheel with sexier, taller paddles would be both functional and play up the coupe's sporting pretenses. Finally, an updated navigation interface would bring Cadillac closer to BMW, Audi, and Infiniti, all of which have nav systems with a much more modern feel.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor