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an intersection in case you didn’t notice. I often have the same alert function just to my right when I am driving.
A replacement for the aging CTS when it debuted as a 2020 model, Cadillac’s CT5 sedan previewed at the 2019 New York Auto Show as a 2020 model and made a rather impressive debut by earning the No. 1 ranking for midsize sedans in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.
For 2021, it is offered in five trims, but this review will concentrate on the 2021 Cadillac CT5 V-Series edition that tops the portfolio at a starting MSRP of $48,700 when the $905 destination and delivery charge is tacked on.
Cadillac’s V-Series gets tuning upgrades from the company’s Performance Division to compete with AMG and M models from luxury competitors Mercedes-Benz and BMW, respectively, in catering to those buyers seeking a little more “go” in their driving experience.
By comparison, only 6,936 CTS sedans were reported sold in 2019, hence the need for a replacement.
The 2021 Cadillac CT5 V-Series comes with a 3.0-liter, biturbo V6 engine that sends its drive force (360 horsepower, 405 pound-feet of torque) to its rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. (All-wheel drive also is available).
The zero-to-60 mph time for the CTS5 V-Series is 4.3 seconds, according to carindigo.com, which is good enough so that if even it won’t win a drag race with one of the Teutonic performance sedans at least it won’t embarrass itself.
For 2021, the V-Series gets a revised leather-wrapped steering wheel with a new leather horn pad and some suspension upgrades to ensure a smooth, confident ride.
The system can be disabled via vehicle settings on the infotainment system.
Standard features on the CT5 V-Series include 18-way, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, leatherette seating surfaces, leather-wrapped performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, LED headlight and tail lights, rain-sensitive wipers, keyless entry and push-button start, Bluetooth communications, wireless phone charging, Brembo front brakes, a rear spoiler, and dual quad exhaust tips.
In addition to the Buckle-to-Drive system, other safety features include blind-spot alert, lane-change alert, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection braking, and rear cross-traffic alert.
While that list of standard features is pretty extensive, the really good stuff comes in optional packages that can run the price tag from the mid-$40,000 range to well over $60,000.
Extras on my 2021 CT5 V-Series for the week included a $6,290 Platinum Package (sunroof, semi-Aniline seats, and parking assist), a $5,290 Premium Package (navigation and Bose Premium sound, and climate and lighting packages), a $1,950 Driver Assist Package (adaptive cruise control, locking fuel door and lug nuts, reverse automatic braking), and other stand-alone items that ran the total to $63,445.
Scheduled for late availability is Super Cruise, a hands-free driver assist system that comes with automated lane changing system that allowis a driver to tap the turn signal for high-speed lane changes.
What I liked about the 2021 Cadillac CT5 V-Series: Cadillac’s V-Series is about performance, and the 2021 CT5 V-Series lives up to that mission as a fun luxury car to drive. Infotainment features also are much more user friendly than some previous Cadillac models and the 12-inch touchscreen is a nice feature.
What I didn’t like about the 2021 Cadillac CT5 V-Series:.Despite solid horsepower and torque numbers, the engine has a rather tinny exhaust tone that can be off-putting. The side mirrors need to be just a tad bigger to give the driver a better view.
Would I buy the 2021 Cadillac CT5 V-Series? Without a doubt, yes.You’ll pay extra to get the V-Series treatment over the standard CT5, but you’ll get more bang per buck.