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2012 Cadillac CTS

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When it comes to diamonds, you've heard of the "4 c's". There should be a 5th, Cadillac.  Why? The shine coming off the Black Diamond Tri Coat paint is unbelievable. It's a $1000 dollar option on the 2012 Caddy CTS and well worth it.

But the car goes much deeper than the color of the slick black paint. GM made a few tweaks for the new model year and they're all good. The average Cadillac buyer may be 58, but much younger men at work were gathered around my parking space gawking at the car like a gaggle of teenaged girls checking out the latest picture of Justin Beiber.

There are just minor changes on the outside. The car has a new grille with a revised logo. Honestly, there wasn't much they good do to make this car look any better than it already does. The chrome dual exhaust, optional 19" polished aluminum wheels, trunk lid spoiler and low slung ride give this Caddy a look that looks nothing like your grandpa's car.

Bigger changes wait for you under the hood.  The 3.6 liter option engine makes 48 more horsepower, up to 318 ponies. This is the same V-6, minus a few ponies, used in the Camaro.  The whole package is wrapped up with nice plastic covers and a shiny tower to tower brace.

If you really want to boogie, you can cough up a few thousand more bucks and opt for the "V" spec version.  Outside of a few special touches such as magnetic ride control, Recaro seats, and Brembo brakes, the car remains the same.  Only you're treated to a 556hp super-charged engine.  Whether you choose the sedan, coupe or wagon, yes wagon, you'll get to 60 in under 4 seconds.    

Inside, the materials are top notch.  Real wood, more leather than you can shake a herd of cows at and gadgets, gadgets, gadgets.  Any and every options can be yours. The steering wheel was heated and the seats were vented, but my favorite option is the current weather conditions on the large "Glide Up Touch Screen Navigation" display. 

I was very impressed with the way GM put this car together and the attention to detail.  The white stitching on the leather seats, dash and armrests is a nice touch. The car smelled so nice, I rubbed my suit coat all over the interior of the car so I could have that new car scent with me all day. No, I am not ashamed.

This is a fun car to drive. The ride is super smooth and very quiet.  The engine is peppy enough to zip you around at a good clip, and this is one of the best sounding V-6's I've heard.  When you feel like taking over shifting duties, paddles on the back of the steering wheel are there for a little more driver input.

Despite all the good things the car has to offer, I do have one VERY minor issue and here it is.  On the driver's side, I had a difficult time getting the vent on the right side, located down by my leg aimed at my face.  Sure, I could have opened the massive sunroof to let my hair blow in the breeze, but

All the above doesn't come cheap.  My ride had a price tag right around 53 grand.  That puts you in Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Lexus territory, all fine cars and all which outsell Cadillac worldwide.  More than 100 years ago Cadillac was known as the automotive "Standard of The World".  GM is once again using that slogan. So can they take the title back?  With three Kelly Blue Book Image Awards for Best Exterior and Interior Design Brand and Best Comfort Brand they're on the right track.

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