NS Cadillac CT5Its mission is to compete equally with sports sedan built by the trio of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz together with the Japanese brand Acura, Infiniti and Lexus. But times, they always change. The sedan no longer represents the pinnacle of automotive luxury, and the internal combustion powertrain is nearing its twilight years. NS 2022 Cadillac CT5 (along with its smaller brother, CT4) represents the end of Cadillac’s line of gas-powered four-door sedans. Fortunately, it’s a compelling ambassador for the segment (especially when it’s most invigorating: 2022 CT5-V Blackwing).
NS CT5 greater than its price suggests. For the money, you would consider a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but it’s closer in size to the 5 Series and E-Class , although there is less room inside (especially for cargo). NS CT5 The drive is pretty good, stylish and well equipped. Its price-to-size ratio also gives it a unique proposition to attract buyers from Europe – not to mention the availability of an all-American turbocharged V8.
What’s new for 2022?
The big news for 2022 is the introduction of CT5-DRAW Blackwing, Cadillac’s new replacement for its old top dog, CTS-VU. With 668 horsepower and an available manual transmission, the Blackwing is the American internal combustion sports sedan. Finding one, however, will be difficult as they are barely available for test drives and some reports indicate that all of Cadillac’s 2022 model year allocations may already be in use.
Elsewhere, Cadillac has made some tweaks to the CT5’s color scheme (sorry, green fans, you missed your chance, but orange is now an option) and available equipment, largely to compensate for the lack of supply from the production side. The Super Cruise package will be offered at the end of the model year.
NS Cadillac CT5 The interior can best be described as “beautiful enough.” Unfortunately, “nice enough” isn’t good enough to compare favorably with Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Volvo. We say it’s not good enough to compare with the cross-town rival Lincoln, but they don’t sell sedans anymore. The overall design of the CT5’s interior is decent, if reminiscent of previous-generation BMWs, but it’s influenced by some noticeably cheap details and pieces that feel like they’ve come from one of NS GM’s non-premium parts… because they actually come from one of GM’s non-premium parts. Otherwise you won’t find camry switchgear in a Lexus.
Cadillac has an all-new infotainment system coming in New Escalade SUV, but the CT5 sticks with the brand’s mismatched touchscreen interface (formerly known as CUE). As much as customers and journalists have complained about it for years, the latest (and possibly final) version found in CT5 works pretty well. All necessary functions are easy to find and the touch screen is quick and responsive. And if you really don’t like the look, there are physical buttons for climate control and a pair of watch faces for audio. We also like the redundancy of the large control knob mounted on the dashboard and the smaller knob under the screen, which makes scrolling through lists better, including on Apple CarPlay. Wireless CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all CT5s.
At 193.8 inches long on a 116-inch wheelbase, the CT5 is significantly larger in every external dimension than the segment-defining BMW 3 Series. However, except for the extra 2.7 inches of rear legroom, which is a solid aspect in favor of the CT5, it has the same dimensions inside. Four full-size adults must fit inside.
You used to be able to stash a Buick in the trunk of a large Cadillac. No more. Although the exterior is much larger than the BMW 3 Series, Volvo S60, Audi A4, etc., its meager 11.9 cubic foot trunk at the best not better. Compared to the BMW 5 Series’, the CT5’s trunk is significantly smaller and as we discovered in this baggage test, it’s not shaped in a way that makes good use of the space it has. Simply put, CT5 owners will find it much more difficult to fit all their luggage in Caddy compared to its competitors.
Some of our testers also had unusual difficulty finding a good driving position in the CT5, when pointing fingers (or in this case, toes) where the gas and brake pedals are the key points. first pain. Other testers have reported no such problems. A few things to keep in mind during the test drive.
The Cadillac CT5’s standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard on all CT5, but all-wheel drive is optional. Cadillac claims a 6.6 seconds 0-60 with this base engine. It delivers 23 mpg city, 33 highway and 27 combined with RWD. All-wheel drive is reduced to 22/30/25.
The CT5 Premium Luxury offers the option of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine that makes 335 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. It returns 19/27/22 with RWD, while all-wheel drive first mpg from each score.
In the CT5-V, the same engine makes 360 hp and 405 lb-ft. The more powerful version separates from the lower model at around 4,500 rpm and carries the smaller horses as it approaches the red line just past 6,000 rpm. With a time of 4.6 seconds, the CT5-V is 0.3 seconds faster to 60 mph than the Premium Luxury. It hits 18/27/21 with RWD or 18/26/21 with AWD.
Then there’s Blackwing – the range head. The Blackwing ditches the CT5’s powertrain formula entirely, boasting a 6.2-liter turbocharged V8 that makes 668 horsepower and more than 659 lb-ft of torque. This can be paired with a six-speed manual (yes!) or a 10-speed automatic. GM says it will hit 0-60 in 3.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of more than 200 mph. Fuel economy is tested at 13/21/15 with the manual and 13/22/16 with the automatic.
Base CT5 with standard turbocharged four-cylinder should prove enough for buyers more interested in maxing out energy saving rather than projecting away from the light. The turbocharged V6 is much more enthusiastic. While it feels a bit flat even when not in use, it goes strong after a split second of hesitation. The 10-speed automatic is pretty good, and most drivers will find little reason to use the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
However, the best thing about the CT5 is its excellent chassis. Like CTS the one before it (and the old one is smaller ATS and the current CT4, not counting the current Chevy Camaro), the CT5 rides on top of an evolution of GM’s Alpha architecture. Skeleton is certainly the key to a sports sedan, and the CT5’s sturdy construction doesn’t disappoint. The standard multi-valve dampers on all non-V CT5 models provide a comfortable ride while keeping the body under control during tough cornering. Cadillac’s much more advanced Magnetic Ride 4.0 suspension is excellent and comes standard on the CT5-V.
Driver Mode Control offers Tour, Sport, and Track options (in addition to the customizable Snow/Ice and My Mode). The CT5-V has an additional V-Mode to further customize the vehicle. The braking system, which adjusts with the steering wheel and passes through the different driving modes, feels solid and reassuring, with strong stopping power.
The Blackwing uses a special tuning of the Magnetic Ride 4.0 suspension tuned for more performance and comfortable handling, but is still an excellent cruiser when not set to intensive suspension modes. more racing. The boisterous V8 fades into the background at highway speeds, leaving comfort in mind luxury sedan eliminates imperfections without crippling the experience. For an in-depth look at what driving is like, check out Review of CT5-V Blackwing.
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Cadillac has yet to announce full pricing for the 2022 CT5 model beyond the Blackwing, which starts at $84,990. We do not expect prices to increase significantly for lower products in 2022.
For 2021, the base rear-wheel drive CT5 with the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder starts at $37,990 with a mandatory destination charge of $995. Adding four-wheel drive will cost an additional $2,600. You can dig a little deeper into this breakdown of each model’s features, pricing, and specifications here Automatic log.
Here’s a quick rundown of all the trim levels available:
- CT5 Luxury
- CT5 High-class luxury
- CT5 Sport
- CT5-V Blackwing: $84,990
Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection is standard, but blind spot warning and lane keep assist are only available on higher-end models. The Driver Assistance Package includes all of the available safety equipment Cadillac offers, but it’s not available on the base Luxury trim.
The Cadillac CT5 received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to test the CT5.