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.