2023 Cadillac CT5 doesn’t have the crispest handling and isn’t the most luxurious sports sedan. But its stylish exterior and exceptional optional powertrains keep it in the hunt with competitors such as the BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-class, and Genesis G70. The entry-level powerhouse is a turbocharged four-pot, but the story gets more interesting with the optional twin-turbo V6 under the hood. For maximizing speed and agility, consider the V-series trim, which is the sharpest CT5 on this side of the high-performance Blackwing. Inside, the CT5’s cabin is spacious and well equipped, but if you expect high-end materials and luxury-level ambiance, you may be disappointed with what you might find here. If you’re looking for the latest infotainment and driver-assistance features, you’ll find them in the CT5, including Cadillac’s impressive Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving feature.
While ordering the GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology on the CT5 will be a little easier in 2023 as two new optional packages bundle that feature in with luxury items on Premium Luxury and Sport trims. The base Luxury houses more standard driver-assistance features; such as blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance. But lacks the high-tech Super Cruise feature. Models equipped with the optional 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 no longer have the volume and selection knobs on the center stack, while a wireless smartphone charging pad is now standard.
Engine & Performance
The base engine in the CT5 is a 237-hp turbocharged 2.0-Liter four-pot, but it can be upgraded to a 335-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-Liter V6. However, the performance-oriented CT5-V boasts a 360-hp version of the twin-turbo V6 as well as adaptive dampers and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. Both engines are mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. While testing, a rear-drive CT5 with the turbo four-pot galloped to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. The BMW 330i and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti, are two competitors of the CT5 and completed the same test in 5.1 and 4.6 seconds. Talking about ride quality and handling, the CT5 is both more softly sprung and less athletic than the CTS it replaces. Body control is okayish, and the improvements aren’t enough to justify.
|2023 Cadillac CT5 Mileage||City||Highway|
|Turbo-Four||23 mpg||33 mpg|
|V6||19 mpg||27 mpg|
The EPA has rated the 2023 CT5 with the standard turbo-four is rated for up to 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The 335-hp V6 is rated up to 19 mpg city and 27 highway, with the 360-hp version these drop to 18 mpg city and up to 27 mpg highway.
Dimensions & Space
|2023 Cadillac CT5 Dimensions|
|Cargo volume||12 ft3|
The CT5 is equipped with the latest version of the CUE infotainment system, implemented on a 10.0-inch touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. Designed much more logically than the old system and swaps some of the touch-sensitive controls for physical ones. It can be controlled via a rotary wheel located behind the shifter or by interacting with the touchscreen itself. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration comes standard.
|2023 Cadillac CT5 Trims||Price (USD)|
The Premium Luxury trim is worth the extra wad. It adds features such as interior ambient lighting, illuminated exterior door handles driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel, rear parking sensors, and power lumbar support. We would recommend it, and a thing to be noted is that it also requires selecting the Lighting package, which consists of front cornering lamps and illuminated doorsills.
Specifications & Top-Speed
|2023 Cadillac XT5 Specifications||Specs|
|0-60 MPH||6.6 sec|
|0-100 MPH||17.1 sec|
|1/4 Mile||15.0 sec|
|Top Speed||130 mph|