- The Washington Times - Friday, February 29, 2008

Consumer Reports likes new Cadillac

The redesigned 2008 Cadillac CTS is a notable improvement over the model it replaces, according to Consumer Reports magazine.

CR says the CTS now competes with some of the best German and Japanese sport sedans. The magazine found that a taut suspension and excellent steering provides the CTS with agile handling and a firm, yet compliant, ride. The interior is significantly improved with higher-quality materials.

The engine and transmission deliver strong performance, says CR, but rear visibility is limited by a high deck lid.

There is proper way to set driver’s seat

Motor Matters says when adjusting the driver’s seat to an in-command driving position make a fist and place it on top of your head. Raise the seat until your fist touches the headliner. Then raise the backrest until it is almost vertical.

Do not allow the seatback to recline.

Move the seat forward until your feet can touch the gas and brake pedals. Then put you arm over the top of the steering wheel until just your wrist drops over the wheel. This sets up a proper arm’s-length distance.

D.C. resident wins car-show Hyundai

D.C. resident Barry Scher has won a 2008 Hyundai Sonata Limited V6 for participating in “The Price Is Right Showcase” last month at the Washington Auto Show.

The contest, modeled after the long-running TV show, invited auto show patrons to guess the retail value of an entire showcase, including the fully equipped, leather-trimmed Hyundai.

The showcase included plane fare for two to Los Angeles, a two-night stay and a cash allowance to attend a taping of “The Price Is Right” with new host Drew Carey.

Mr. Scher is vice president of public affairs for Giant Food and self-described car buff. “I never anticipated that I would be bringing home a car so quickly,” he quipped about entering the contest at the Washington Auto Show. He won the car by coming closest to the total value of the showcase without going over its price.

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