The CT5-V sports sedan is all-new for 2020, and it’s just one of Cadillac’s latest entries into the decidedly not-so-hot compact luxury sedan category.
To catch you up to speed, the CT5-V is part of Cadillac’s strategy to redo its sedan lineup. The “V” used to denote a super-high-performance variant, like the outgoing 640-horsepower CTS-V. Now, the V-Series cars are more accessible, mid-level performance sedans. It should also be noted that the CT5-V is not a direct replacement for the CTS-V despite the latter not being part of Cadillac’s 2020 lineup. In all, the 2020 CT5-V is a solid sports sedan — but who’s in the market for that these days?
There is a lot to unpack here, so if you want the full rundown on the CT5-V, check out Aaron Bragman’s test drive via the related link above. For the quick list of hits and misses, here are the pros and cons of the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V:
1. Engine Feels Just Right
The twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 under the hood puts out 360 hp and 405 pounds-feet of torque — nowhere near the levels of power in the outgoing CTS-V. However, this engine feels right for this vessel thanks to some much-needed finesse. Power feels easy to tap into.