2020 Cadillac CT5-V

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2020 Cadillac CT5-V Review: ATS-V Lite

When Cadillac released the ATS-V and CTS-V, America experienced a renaissance in locally-produced sport sedans: these were cars that could genuinely compete with class-leading vehicles from BMW and Mercedes-AMG. The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V, then, has some big shoes to fill, and unfortunately falls a bit short of competing with big names such as the BMW M3, but instead sets its sights on the Audi S4, Mercedes-AMG C43, and BMW M340i. Under the hood, you'll find a gas-powered 360-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 and a chassis that tries to strike a balance between performance and comfort, but the latter ends up taking preference. This all-new machine gets some decent features and is a capable performer, but is it enough to scare the big dogs? With the price of the 2020 Cadillac CT-5 V sedan falling shy of its direct rivals, it does at least present as good value for money.

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2020 Cadillac CT5-V Changes: What's the difference vs. 2019 Cadillac CT5-V?

The 2020 CT5-V is an all-new first-generation model from the US manufacturer, as is the CT5 on which it's based. While in size, it straddles the line between a 3 Series and a midsize 5 Series sedan, it's not even a genuine replacement for the ATS-V or CTS-V, instead occupying a performance middle ground that more directly replaces the old CTS V-Sport. Under the hood, it gets a twin-turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder and a 10-speed automatic gearbox, sending power to either the rear wheels or all corners.

Pros and Cons

  • Good looks
  • Improved infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • It's fun to drive
  • Engaging traction management system
  • It needs more power
  • Uninspiring interior design
  • Comfort focus robs ability at the limit
  • Confused automatic transmission

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2020 Cadillac CT5-V Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
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2020 CT5-V Exterior

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  • Length 193.8 in
  • Wheelbase 116.0 in
  • Height 57.2 in
  • Max Width 74.1 in
  • Front Width 62.8 in
  • Rear Width 63.9 in
  • Curb Weight 3,974.0 lbs

2020 CT5-V Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

2020 CT5-V Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.4 in
  • Front Head Room 39.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.6 in

2020 CT5-V Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    11.9 ft³

2020 CT5-V Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V A Good sedan?

Those expecting a new and improved ATS-V will be disappointed: the CT5-V is no M3 fighter, not by a long shot, but then again, it doesn't carry the same cost, either. The new V-badged contender left us a little underwhelmed when we found out about its 360 hp output and auto-only transmission option, but the CT5-V does not pretend to be a hardcore sports sedan. Yes, it has a finely balanced chassis and beautiful handling dynamics, but it's far from being as focused as an Audi S4 or BMW M340i. Do note that we're not saying it's slow; this car hauls booty. Another disappointing aspect is the interior, which lacks the polish of its German rivals, and lets down a handsomely styled exterior. It doesn't help that the trunk is small too. If you can overlook the few faults this car has, you're still left with a competent performance vehicle that will keep you comfortable on a daily basis and entertain when asked to.

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