*General Motors (GM) knows how to do luxury. The way it looks, the way it drives, the way it handles, the way it knows its way around the road. It’s clear a GM vehicle knows ‘the way’.
I recently drove two GM vehicles that have come to be my favorite cars of the brand. First up is the Buick Enclave. All I can say is, “wow.” Next up is the Cadillac CTS Coupe. When these two cars roll down the street, other cars seem embarrassed to be on the road.
THE CAR: BUICK ENCLAVE
You look like a smart driver. There’s no need to keep driving that other car. The first thing you notice about this car is its style. It’s modern, crisp, clean and elegant. It’s clear someone paid attention to the details. For a big car, its maneuverability is surprisingly exceptional. The sound system is also superb. It also has sufficient room behind the third-row seat.
Key standard features include a new 6-speed transmission, six standard air bags, power lift gate, XM Satellite Radio. OnStar with Turn-by-Turn voice guided navigation.
VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: Engine – 3.6L V-6 VVT; torque – [email protected] rpm; transmission – Hydra-Matic 6T75 – 6-speed automatic with manual shift control; Bluetooth for mobile phone; remote vehicle start.
FUEL ECONOMY: 17/24
THE DRIVE: Sensational!
THE CAR: CADILLAC CTS COUPE
With the Cadillac CTS GM has put together a formula that works. This is a classic car with classic features. It’s stylish, but not overdone. It screams luxury, but not over-indulgence. This car can’t help but be on everyone’s Top 10 list. It’s just that good. It performs well and handles even better. There’s plenty of space inside. Whether you’re short or tall, it’s a comfortable drive.
If you don’t want to be noticed, don’t drive this car!
VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: Direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6; 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, available at 6400 and 5200 rpm, respectively. All-wheel drive is available. Engine comes with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Other features include available glide-up touch screen navigation, 2 Bluetooth® phone connectivity, rear vision camera. Standard for one year, OnStar4 directions and connections plan. Three trial months of XM Radio5 are also included. Keyless start, ambient lighting and a heated steering wheel are available.
FUEL ECONOMY: 18/27
THE DRIVE: Like butter!
Darlene Donloe is a writer living in Los Angeles. She also writes about entertainment and travel. She can be reached at [email protected].