Cadillac CT5

The Cadillac CT5 is powered by two engines, each further motivated by turbocharging. The base engine is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder making 237 horsepower, while the optional engine is a 3.0L V6 engine with two turbochargers making 335 horsepower in Premium Luxury trim. The bigger V6 also powers the CT5-V, though in slightly different state of tune for a horsepower rating of 360. Both engines are paired to an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear wheels as standard or through an optional all-wheel drive system.

The CT5's four trim levels include Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport and V-series. The base luxury trim comes nicely equipped with standard features including automatic LED headlamps and taillamps, rain sensing wipers, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, keyless start, a high resolution 10-inch digital touch screen, a digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, leatherette seating surfaces, paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel and a remote starter. Standard safety features include an automatic emergency braking system, forward collision system, front pedestrian braking, a high definition rear view camera and a teen driver mode.

Premium Luxury trim adds wireless phone charging, heated and power adjustable exterior mirrors with an auto-dimming function for the driver's side, a driver seat with memory settings, ambient interior lighting and an auto-dimming mirror for the interior. The Premium Luxury trim also comes with a few more safety features including a Lane Change with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist.

The Sport trim is priced similarly to the Premium Luxury trim but focuses more on athletic looks and driving dynamics. It builds on the Luxury trim by adding a sportier grille, a more aggressive front and rear fascia, a small spoiler, Brembo front brakes and 18-way adjustable front seats.

The CT5-V gets the most powerful engine available in the CT5 and pairs it to an electronic limited slip differential for maximum traction while also offering Magnetic Ride Control dampers, which are capable of changing the level of stiffness to provide incredible handling given the supple ride quality of the vehicle. The traction control system is also upgraded for the V trim, offering five different settings and allowing owners to always be in control no matter the conditions.

The Diamond Sky Special Edition Package offers up an exclusive exterior and interior finish with unique wheels, Brembo front brakes with blue calipers, alloy pedals and wood trim.

The new Technology Package for 2021 adds a 12-inch digital configurable driver cluster with a head-up display.

Now on offer for 2021 is the Driver Awareness Plus Package with Super Cruise. It comes with Lane Keep Assist and IntelliBeam with the new semi-autonomous driving system.

Editors' Review

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For enthusiasts, the arrival of the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V requires some brain recalibration. It's natural to think it's a replacement for the 640-horsepower CTS-V, but you'd be wrong. In 2020, V no longer signifies the performance pinnacle in the Caddy stable. That now falls to the new forthcoming V Blackwing designation and relegates V to represent the middle-ground performers, what we previously knew as V-Sports. Got it? Good.

But don't pooh-pooh the CT5-V. With its sharp looks, gaggle of cabin and safety tech, lively turbo V6 and good driving manners, this Caddy has a lot going for it.

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The CT5-V is one of the better-looking Cadillacs in recent history. It's got a long hood line and fastback silhouette that's particularly more aggressive with my test car's standout Velocity Red paint job and contrasting black trim. Nineteen-inch, split-spoke wheels, a tasteful rear spoiler and quad exhaust tips finish off this sedan with exterior dimensions that put it close to the likes of the Audi A6/S6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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The Good ~ Excellent handling dynamics ~ Stellar CUE infotainment system ~ Wallet-friendly base price

The Bad ~ Low engine redline ~ Not-so-grabby brakes ~ Bland interior design

The Bottom Line The Cadillac CT5-V is a worthy midgrade sport sedan option.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 7.5
  • Media 8.5

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