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  • (4.7) 18 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,517$9,877
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 20
  • Engine: 400-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
2004 Cadillac CTS

Our Take on the 2004 Cadillac CTS

Our Take

Launched as an early 2003 model, the entry-luxury CTS (Cadillac Touring Sedan) was built on a new rear-wheel-drive platform. A 220-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 engine that teams with either a five-speed manual or an automatic transmission is installed.CTS sedans equipped with a five-speed-automatic ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Control layout
  • Unconventional sharp-edged styling
  • Less refined than Eurosedans

Notable Features

  • New 260-hp, 3.6-liter V-6
  • New ultra-performance CTS-V
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Chiseled styling theme
  • Six airbags


Our Expert Reviews

Ready to run with Germany's big dogs When first we drove the Cadillac CTS, we called it a nascent Autobahn burner --meaning it eventually might be ready to run with the big dogs from Germany such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, and Audi. We used the word nascent because, with a 6-cylinder engine and 255 horsepower, it wasn't yet up to a romp on that Teutonic, no-holds-barred freeway of... Read full review for the 2004 Cadillac CTS

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Consumer Reviews


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Most HP for the $, could be a little more refined

by V owner from Connecticut on June 15, 2009

I would definitely recommend this car to anyone looking in the Audi S6, E AMG, or M5 due to its price for performance - I test drove them all. It is basically a luxury Corvette. The car definitely gra... Read Full Review

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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