4. Drive Me Wild
Despite being “only” a mid-range model the CTS we evaluated was so right in so many ways. It felt more dialed in than a Starrett micrometer. There is just something about the car that fits, like it is the perfect size, the ideal weight and just powerful enough.
The engine is very smooth at all speeds, emitting hardly any vibration between idle and redline; it’s extremely well isolated. The eight-speed gearbox responds instantly, especially in sport mode where it rips through the gears, really allowing the engine sing its lungs out.
The 3.6-liter V6 needs a few RPM on the clock before it comes alive, though its top-end pull is impressive. During wide-open-throttle launches it’s fun and addictive. Even the noises it makes are pleasing to the senses. Who needs a Vsport model? This car has all the performance you could ever need.
As for the rest of the drive, there’s really nothing to complain about. The brake pedal is ideally weighted, the steering is taught and the ride is a damn-near perfect blend between sport and comfort. This car is a hell of a lot more fun than it may appear on paper.