Cadillac CT5-V
Cadillac CT5-V
Cadillac CT5-V

2020 Cadillac CT5-V

Pros: Strong V6 engine; competitive pricing; rear legroom

Cons: So-so refinement from base 4-cylinder engine; some mediocre-for-the-class interior materials; some safety features are not standard

CG Says: Cadillac introduces an all-new midsize sedan for 2020. The CT5 (as in “five”) replaces the CTS (as in “ess”) as Cadillac’s midsize sedan—it’s sized to compete more directly with European rivals such as the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series. (Meanwhile the Cadillac CT4, also new for 2020, replaces the ATS as Cadillac’s compact sedan.) The CT5 is available in Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport trim levels, as well as a performance-oriented V-Series model named CT5-V. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder that is rated at 237 horsepower—31 hp less than the departed CTS’s turbo four, but with peak torque at a lower rpm for better response in around-town driving. The step-up engine, available in Premium Luxury and Sport models, is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that is rated at 335 hp; the CT5-V comes standard with a 360-hp version of this engine. Cadillac is also planning to introduce a super-performance CT5-V Blackwing model for 2021. All 2020 CT5 engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on all models. Noteworthy available features include a rearview mirror that can display a camera image with a wider field of vision than a conventional mirror. Cadillac’s Super Cruise, a semi-autonomous driving aid that enables hands-free driving on certain freeways when certain conditions are met, is slated to become available on 2021 models. Available safety features include forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, surround-view camera with recorder, reverse automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control. Cadillac seems to have muddied the waters a bit by launching a new midsize sedan with a name very close to its discontinued predecessor, and also by recasting its V model as a midline performance machine instead of the previous super-performance Cadillacs the “V” suffix adorned. (The upcoming Blackwing will take over as Cadillac’s track-ready performance vehicle moniker.) Still, with its competitive pricing, striking styling, and lengthy list of available features, the new CT5 might sway a few European sport-sedan intenders.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Cadillac
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Luxury: $35,890
AWD Luxury: $38,490
Premium Luxury: $39,690
AWD Premium Luxury: $42,780
Sport: $40,690
AWD Sport: $43,290
V-Series: $46,690
AWD V-Series: $49,290

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport)
Horsepower
237
Std. Transmission
10-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-32

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (CT5-V, optional Premium Luxury)
Horsepower
335 (360 CT5-V)
Std. Transmission
10-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-26

Cadillac CT5
2020 Cadillac CT5
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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