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Hustle gets fancy in the 2017.5 Cadillac CTS V-Sport

You don't have to choose between fast and fancy in the CTS V-Sport, although you're not going to get both in the extreme.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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However, it sacrifices luxury in favor of sporting pretense, and that shows inside. And with some options, the window sticker can skyrocket.

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It's hard to build a luxury car that also wants to be sporty. Sacrifices must be made somewhere in order to deliver both.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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The eight-speed transmission was generally smooth, but puttering around town at low speeds can elicit some uncharacteristically firm shifts, even in Tour mode. 

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Fuel economy isn't great on paper, with the EPA rating the V-Sport at 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. 

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