The Cadillac CT5 is a bit shorter, yet roomier, than the CTS sedan it replaced. This makes it slightly larger than the targeted Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We found that it has a dynamic ride and handling combination that should impress those who like driving, but its powertrain lacks polish and could be a turnoff for consumers making test drive comparisons.
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Cadillac CT5 Road Test

The Cadillac CT5 is a bit shorter, yet roomier, than the CTS sedan it replaced. This makes it slightly larger than the targeted Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We found that it has a dynamic ride and handling combination that should impress those who like driving, but its powertrain lacks polish and could be a turnoff for consumers making test drive comparisons.

The standard powertrain is a 237-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission that lacks refinement and tends to delay upshifts. The wheezy engine and gritty exhaust end up making drivers feel like there is more noise than acceleration.

Empirically, acceleration and fuel economy are not on par with its upscale peers. An optional V6 turbo comes on high-end versions. Like most competitors, the CT5 comes in either rear- or all-wheel drive.

Best Version to Get
We favor the Premium Luxury trim because it opens up a path for advanced safety features and other desirable options. It also brings four-way lumbar support and memory for seat and steering wheel positions.
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