Cadillac CTS-V Review

By Paul Riegler on 27 February 2010
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For well over a decade, Cadillac has been an afterthought for many luxury car buyers in the market it helped create since its founding in 1902. 2009 Cadillac CTS-V

The new Cadillac CTS-V harkens back to the company’s reputation for luxury and precision engineering. Eight years ago Cadillac introduced the Cadillac CTS, the first car to bear its razor sharp “Art and Science” design language, to great acclaim

The CTS-V is the second generation of that concept (a completely new CTS was introduced for model year 2008) and executes so well on this concept that driving the CTS-V is akin to driving a four-door Corvette.

The CTS-V comes extremely well equipped. Standard features include 19” alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, a driver-adjustable adaptive suspension, keyless entry and start (although I prefer a start button over the CTS-V’s faux key in the steering column), GM OnStar, iPod and USB device support, a 40 GB hard drive for music, and Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones.

The interior differs little from the CTS but that’s not a bad thing as this translates to high-quality materials and comfort. Navigation has some nice features including an animation preview of the route and a choice of fast, short, and easy routes, but entering destinations is slow via the touchscreen and the user interface is not overly intuitive.

Breathtaking performance aside, there are a few areas that need improvement. The automatic transmission, especially in manual mode, was slow to respond (after a while, I just left the car in Drive Sport mode), and controls are a bit daunting: 35 is way too many buttons to put in front of a driver of such a high-performance car. I was never able to adjust the car’s a/c vents so I wasn’t in a draft and the seat controls were far less intuitive than one would expect.

Cadillac an afterthought? Not anymore with this world-class sports sedan in its stable.


2009 Cadillac CTS-V
Base price/price-as-tested $58,875/$68,135
Drivetrain Rear-wheel drive
Engine 6.2 liter V-8
Horsepower/Torque 556/551
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight (pounds) 4200
Weight distribution 52/48
Wheelbase 113
Length x width x height 191.6 x 72.5 x 58
0-60 mph (seconds) 3.9
EPA city/highway fuel economy (mpg) 12/18

Paul Riegler is a contributing editor at Executive Road Warrior.

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