We know SUVs are all the rage, but if you’re still interested in a luxury sports sedan, there’s good news from Cadillac: It’s still investing in the overall body style. It’s streamlining what used to be four nameplates into three with the CT6, CT5 and soon-to-come CT4. The all-new 2020 CT5 made its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, where Cars.com was on the scene bringing you comprehensive coverage of all the action.
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The CT5’s styling blends the horizontal and the vertical in a look that’s reminiscent of the Escala concept. See if you like it — I think it’s a little bit busy, but it definitely represents a progression for the brand similar to what we see on the just-introduced XT6 crossover. I think Cadillac’s going in the right direction otherwise.
Cadillac sedans are known to be fun to drive, and I don’t think the CT5 is going to be any different. It’s a rear-wheel-drive platform with available all-wheel drive, and under the hood, you can get a turbocharged four-cylinder or a twin-turbo V-6. Both pair with GM’s excellent 10-speed automatic transmission, giving the CT5 lots of good potential DNA.
Inside is also a step in the right direction for Cadillac — especially when you look at the XT6 crossover, which seemed to be a step backward in terms of its legacy controls, with a lot of capacitive touch controls and the Cadillac User Experience multimedia system. The CT5 goes more toward what we’ve seen in the XT4, Cadillac’s new small crossover SUV, with physical knobs and buttons, including what appear to be real volume and tuning knobs — a much more sensible control layout.
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The CT5 is significantly smaller than the CTS sedan and competes more squarely with cars like the BMW 3 Series, according to Cadillac. That means the CT5 is a little bit tight in back in terms of headroom but is fairly generous in terms of leg and knee space, which is better than what you get in some competing sports sedans.
The CT5 goes on sale in the fall of 2019, and there will be a version available with Super Cruise, Cadillac’s available hands-free semi-automated driving system. That version will go on sale sometime in the 2020 calendar year.
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