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If you're looking for a sport sedan that isn't over-the-top fancy, the 2017.5 CTS V-Sport is a proper competitor for the Germans.
With a massively improved infotainment system and driving dynamics that err toward sport over luxury, the CTS V-Sport is a good time for drivers and technophiles alike.
The CTS V-Sport's new infotainment system is better than ever, it packs tons of hustle and the new Recaro seat option is bucket bliss.
However, it sacrifices luxury in favor of sporting pretense, and that shows inside. And with some options, the window sticker can skyrocket.
It's hard to build a luxury car that also wants to be sporty. Sacrifices must be made somewhere in order to deliver both.
Thankfully, it's the whole package, and provided you don't mind some of the sacrifices on the luxury side, you should walk away pleased with this one.
This car has been in production since the 2014 model year, and is thus looking a little old compared to flashy new competitors like the redesigned BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Its 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 puts out 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels by way of an eight-speed automatic.
The eight-speed transmission was generally smooth, but puttering around town at low speeds can elicit some uncharacteristically firm shifts, even in Tour mode.
Fuel economy isn't great on paper, with the EPA rating the V-Sport at 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.