"Useless front bumper; any contact with snow and the fenders get buckled."
Yeah... maybe if you smash into frozen snow banks.
Yeah, you're right. The CTS is just a piece of junk. Give me that and I will give you my brilliant 08 Corolla as a favor to help my online friend!
I'm disappointed that many newer Cadillacs provide a harsh ride. I always thought that Cadillacs offered smooth rides. Granted, the days of that floating on air ride are gone, but an "oxcart" ride is unacceptable for a Cadillac.
Cadillac wasn't making it as an old man's car company anymore. They needed a freshening up and a more broad audience, so they started producing sporty cars. It has worked well for them overall, as many of their cars are now driven by hot shot executives and other young drivers. You can still opt for a larger model, for now, which provides a much better ride.
I too long for the days of a softer ride. I blame the car magazines for giving any car with a nice ride a bad ranking, always emphasizing sporty rides over comfort. I hear so many people complain that they don't like feeling all the bumps and potholes, and none of them actually appreciate the better handling they get from the firmer suspensions.
I own a 2008 Cadillac STS V6 and love it. The drive is very smooth and quiet; the ride is very supple; the handling is very secure; the 302 HP engine is so powerful, yet very easy on gas (regular). It's also a very nice looking car, inside and out.
I know that it's not the softy floaty Caddy anymore; I like this European feel and handling.
Nice job, Caddy.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, companies, including car companies, want to appeal to the young, even though the mature adults are the ones who have money to spend on a car like the STS. Cars are all so small and sporty these days, it seems there is nothing left that appeals to the older adults who want a traditional large car. Maybe if we all boycotted the ridiculous products being peddled today, we might get some decent cars back.
GM's luxury brand strategy is to use Cadillac to compete with European brands like BMW, and to use Buick to compete with Asian brands like Lexus. So the Cadillac is designed to have sharp handling, while the Buick is more of a soft ride.