You already know what's responsible.
The ongoing semiconductor chip crisis hasn't been kind to the Cadillac CT5. In August last year, the luxury brand had to suspend production of its mid-size sedan, as GM prioritized the manufacturing of its more popular trucks and SUVs. Not long after that, the company announced both the CT5 and the smaller CT4 will be made available without the clever Super Cruise system.
At the time, we hoped the feature would be reinstated but it seems the CT5 will soldier on through the 2022 model year without it. Super Cruise is fantastic; the driving assistance feature allows a vehicle to remain in its lane without driver intervention. When equipped with the Enhanced Super Cruise, it can even change lanes automatically.
Despite various efforts to assuage the effects of the chip shortage, General Motors has been notably impacted by the automotive crisis. Previously, the full-size Escalade SUV also saw Super Cruise pulled from its features list but, fortunately, the all-American luxury brand was able to reinstate it not long after. Sister brand Chevrolet has also had to cut back on certain features, with the Corvette C8 losing its rear park assist system.
While handy, rear park assist isn't a deal-breaker for most Corvette buyers. However, luxury car customers often expect the latest technology and driver-assist features. It certainly isn't Cadillac's fault, but this may impede sales as buyers look elsewhere. Hopefully, customers can elect to have the Super Cruise system retrofitted in the future.
Then again, Cadillac's fiercest rivals have also had to make similar decisions. Hyundai's premium brand Genesis recently removed various driver-assist functions from higher-end models while BMW has had to remove the popular head-up display from several models.
But even without Super Cruise, the CT5 is a capable and desirable luxury sedan. Priced from $37,295, it offers exceptional value when compared to its foreign rivals and, what's more, is available as the hugely exciting CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing models. The latter is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, with 668 horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque on tap. Enthusiasts will also be pleased to know it's offered with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. Hopefully, the much-vaunted safety system makes a return for the 2023 model year.