That’s right- a Car and Driver’s 10 Best for three years running, as well as being the Kelly Blue Book Resale Value Award winner for two years running, still can’t seem to sway the opinions of the fellows over at Consumer Reports Magazine (CR). Despite the 2010 Cadillac CTS winning out against the competition in the publication’s road tests with a score of 84 (which is considered “excellent”) and despite all previous accolades for the Caddy, CR goes on to claim that it has “below-average” reliability and therefore is does not make it on to the recommended list.
CR gave the following statement in their press release:
“The CTS trails only the Infiniti M35 among all luxury sedans in the category that CR has tested, but below-average reliability prevents CR from recommending it…
…The CTS gives up virtually nothing to the premium European cars tested in terms of refinement, powertrain, ride, or handling. The ride is supple and controlled and handling is agile and sporty. The Cadillac CTS Premium RWD ($50,995, Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price as tested), is powered by a 304-hp, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine that delivers lively performance and gets 19 mpg overall in CR’s own fuel economy tests. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts responsively. Braking is excellent. The interior is plush, with well-fitted padded panels and nice touches of wood and chrome. It has a moderately-sized trunk.”
The GM Authority Take
Okay. Seriously, what the hell is CR’s beef with GM? This isn’t the first time I smelled bull crap reeking from their articles. But aside from the past, this statement is by far the most ridiculous. No other publication can really say anything negative about the CTS, but somehow Consumer Reports does. How can they come up with the claim that the 2010 CTS is “not reliable”? It has owned the KBB resale value award for luxury sedans for two straight years. Unreliable cars don’t hold resale value! So riddle me that, CR. Riddle me that.
I don’t understand how seven million people can read this garbage and believe it.
Check out CR’s full press release after the jump.