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2020 Cadillac CT5-V

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2020 Cadillac CT5-V Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Aaron Bragman

Competes with: Audi S4, BMW M340i, Mercedes-AMG C43

Looks like: A slightly hotter version of the new 2020 CT5

Powertrain: 355-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with 10-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2020

Cadillac insists its new CT5 sedan is not a direct replacement for the outgoing CTS, that it’s a different animal in the brand’s new 2020 sedan lineup. If that’s the case, the new 2020 CT5-V the brand unveiled yesterday makes a little more sense, as it’s assuredly not a direct replacement for the 640-horsepower CTS-V. Cadillac’s new plans for the V-Series models have reduced them to hotter versions of the existing Sport trims of the new sedans (the entry-level CT4, compact CT5 and larger CT6) instead of the track monsters that prior V-Series vehicles had been. The goal is to make the V-Series more affordable and accessible to more buyers without the crazy performance upgrades of past V-Series models.

Related: 2020 Cadillac CT5: If Anyone Still Wants a Sports Sedan, Enjoy

Exterior

Styling changes for the CT5-V are minimal. The blacked-out trim of the CT5 Sport continues here with slightly more aggressive front and rear treatments, unique V-Series mesh grilles, unique rear diffusers and quad exhaust tips. The car receives standard 19-inch wheels, and high-performance summer tires for the rear-wheel-drive versions or all-season high-performance tires for all-wheel-drive models (although you can specify summer tires for those, too...

Competes with: Audi S4, BMW M340i, Mercedes-AMG C43

Looks like: A slightly hotter version of the new 2020 CT5

Powertrain: 355-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with 10-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2020

Cadillac insists its new CT5 sedan is not a direct replacement for the outgoing CTS, that it’s a different animal in the brand’s new 2020 sedan lineup. If that’s the case, the new 2020 CT5-V the brand unveiled yesterday makes a little more sense, as it’s assuredly not a direct replacement for the 640-horsepower CTS-V. Cadillac’s new plans for the V-Series models have reduced them to hotter versions of the existing Sport trims of the new sedans (the entry-level CT4, compact CT5 and larger CT6) instead of the track monsters that prior V-Series vehicles had been. The goal is to make the V-Series more affordable and accessible to more buyers without the crazy performance upgrades of past V-Series models.

Related: 2020 Cadillac CT5: If Anyone Still Wants a Sports Sedan, Enjoy

Exterior

Styling changes for the CT5-V are minimal. The blacked-out trim of the CT5 Sport continues here with slightly more aggressive front and rear treatments, unique V-Series mesh grilles, unique rear diffusers and quad exhaust tips. The car receives standard 19-inch wheels, and high-performance summer tires for the rear-wheel-drive versions or all-season high-performance tires for all-wheel-drive models (although you can specify summer tires for those, too).

Interior

Changes inside changes for the new V-Series are even less notable, limited to a new instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel button. The button activates a special driving mode that changes all settings to their most aggressive. The carbon-fiber trim from the CT5 Sport is present, while orange piping on the dark leather seats is new. Elsewhere, the interior follows the route of a well-equipped model slotted in above the Sport trim.

Under the Hood

This is where most of the changes have been made. Unlike previous V-Series models, the changes have created a car that’s more capable and aggressive than the Sport model but not a full-on muscle car. For the CT5-V, the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 present in the Sport gets a mild bump in output to 355 horsepower, up from 335 hp elsewhere. Like the Sport, power runs through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. Cadillac reworked the suspension and steering for a more aggressive feel, while the CT5-V also gets fourth-generation Magnetic Ride Control, the brand’s next-generation adaptive suspension. An electronic limited-slip differential is standard, while larger Brembo brakes up front offer electronically adjustable pedal feedback.

On the electronics front, a Performance Traction Management system helps put power to the ground, while five different selectable drive modes can tune the car’s various systems to your preference. A launch-control function is also newly available in case you want to rip off some repeated acceleration runs. Cadillac’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous, hands-free highway driving system will also be available sometime after the car goes on sale, but all Cadillac would say is that it’s coming in “calendar year 2020.”

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Cadillac says to expect more news regarding V-Series models, and we should hear about it sometime in the next few weeks. It’s likely that a hotter version of the CT5, something edgier and higher-performance, is on tap; it may even offer a manual transmission. This new CT5-V is not the high-performance variant, but at least it shouldn’t cost much more: Cadillac says that the V-Series will be about $4,000-$5,000 more than a CT5 Sport, making it accessible to a lot more people.

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Cadillac

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 50,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    4 year, 50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CT5-V received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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