The Cadillac CTS is a great luxury car, and it has gotten even better with its recent redesign. To push the model even further, Caddy has released the 2016 CTS-V, which has the heart of a Corvette and the class one would expect from Cadillac.

Pricing and Equipment

A full-size luxury performance sedan doesn’t come cheaply, and Cadillac proves this with an $83,995 base price for the 2016 CTS-V. This MSRP includes a slew of standard features, however, that should satisfy both luxury-car lovers and gearheads. These features include:

  • 19-inch aluminum wheels
  • Functional aerodynamics
  • HID headlights
  • Adaptive remote start
  • Heated Recaro performance seats

For buyers looking for a little more from the CTS-V, there are several optional packages that kick it up a notch. These include the Luxury Package ($1,600), the Advanced Security Package ($595), and the Carbon Fiber Package ($5,500).

Performance Pros

Cadillac CTS-V Grey

What's not to like? We could simply toss a dart at the performance specs of a CTS-V and find something we love. Some highlights include:

  • A Corvette Z06-sourced 6.2-liter V8 with 640 horsepower.
  • Astonishing acceleration with 60 mpg arriving in just 3.7 seconds.
  • Advanced automatic transmission that outperforms many dual-clutch units
  • Suspension is stiff when you need it and forgiving when you don't.

Performance Cons

  • While the automatic transmission in the CTS-V is amazing, we still find ourselves missing the visceral feeling of slamming through the gears. We'd love a manual option.
  • Fuel economy isn't great, but if that's your priority you're looking at the wrong car.

Interior Pros

Cadillac CTS-V Interior

There are plenty of features to keep you and your lucky passengers comfortable and engaged. What’s more, the combination of luxury and sports amenities in the CTS-V is nearly perfect.

  • The driver-oriented cabin makes you feel like you're in your own little cockpit.
  • Seats are grippy yet still comfortable.

Interior Cons

While the interior is superb, generally speaking, there are some imperfect details:

  • The busy center stack is busy, and Cadillac's CUE system continues to throw us into fits of rage.
  • Rear seat headroom is iffy.
  • The use of gooseneck hinges in the trunk limits useable space.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Often, performance versions of cars like the CTS end up tossing out the luxury and going for all-out performance. Fortunately, Cadillac found a great balance between the two that leaves us very satisfied.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The interior is great, but there are some things we could live without. The biggest flaw is that fussy center stack design with a lack of traditional knobs that makes the interface clunky.

The Bottom Line

Despite a few flaws here and there, the Cadillac CTS-V is a great option for buyers looking for a performance luxury sedan. It delivers insane performance and class at a competitive price for the segment.