The 2023 Cadillac CT5 continues as the brand's midsize sedan with new paint colors only. The CT5 hit the market in 2020 and added a high-performance Blackwing model last year.
Choosing Your Cadillac CT5
The Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport start out with rear-wheel drive and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive is available for $2,000. The Premium Luxury can also get a V6 twin-turbo for $3,500. The V-Series carries a high-output version of the V6, and AWD remains available.
The rear-drive-only V-Series Blackwing packs a mighty supercharged V8, paired with a six-speed manual transmission or the 10-speed automatic ($3,175).
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cyl||237 hp||258 lb-ft||27/25 mpg (RWD/AWD)|
|3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||335 hp||405 lb-ft||22/21 mpg (RWD/AWD)|
|3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||360 hp||405 lb-ft||21 mpg|
|6.2L Supercharged V8||668 hp||659 lb-ft||15/16 mpg (Manual/Auto)|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The CT5 is a midsize luxury sedan with ample room for five. The trunk holds 11.9 cubic feet, which is a little below average for a sedan this size.
The CT5 starts off with lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, and automatic emergency braking.
Stepping up to Premium Luxury, Sport, or V-Series brings radar-enhanced front and rear automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and front parking sensors.
The $1,790 Parking Package for these trims adds surround-view cameras with a recorder, a rearview camera mirror, rear pedestrian alert, and an automated parking system. The package also provides a power hands-free trunk lid, a cabin air purifier, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and power-folding side mirrors.
There's also a Technology Package ($1,100) with a head-up display and a 12-inch configurable instrument screen. Buyers can add Cadillac's SuperCruise semi-autonomous driving system for $3,700.
The V-Series Blackwing reverts to the standard set of safety features, but options are available. The Parking Package costs $1,110 here, and the $900 Driver Assist Package adds adaptive cruise control and the enhanced front and rear automatic emergency braking system. SuperCruise isn't offered on the Blackwing.
The standard infotainment system for the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport includes a 10-inch touchscreen, nine speakers, HD radio and satellite radio, three USB ports, an SD card reader, wireless phone charging, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. On these trims, navigation and a 15-speaker Bose sound system are available together for $1,350.
As for the V-Series, the Bose system is standard, while the V-Series Blackwing gets a 16-speaker AKG sound system. Navigation is bundled with a performance data and video recorder for $2,100 on these models.
The CT5 starts off with leatherette upholstery, a 12-way power driver seat and 10-way power passenger seat, remote start, proximity fob access, a universal home remote, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Cold Weather Package ($600) adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. A panoramic sunroof is available on all trims for $1,450.
The Premium Luxury gains a genuine leather interior with 14-way power front seats, driver memory settings, ambient lighting, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The $1,090 Climate Package furnishes heated and ventilated front seats and the heated steering wheel.
Buyers who want a fully loaded CT5 can order the Platinum Package ($9,100), which includes the Parking, Climate, and Technology packages; navigation; the Bose system; the sunroof; LED cornering lights; and semi-aniline leather seating. The twin-turbo V6 engine is available for $3,500.
The Sport picks up 18-way front sport seats, a sport steering wheel, alloy pedal covers, 19-inch wheels, and more aggressive body trim. The V Performance Package ($1,950) equips the Sport with a performance-tuned suspension, magnetic ride control, and a mechanical limited-slip rear differential. Other equipment and option packages are shared with the Premium Luxury.
The V-Series kicks performance up a notch with the 360-hp V6, a high-performance suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, and five different track driving modes. Comfort and convenience options are similar to the Premium Luxury.
The V-Series Blackwing goes deeper into performance territory with the twin-turbo V8 engine, high-performance Brembo brakes, exclusive suspension tuning, and summer performance tires. Carbon-ceramic brakes cost $9,000. Exclusive semi-aniline leather interiors are available for $8,090.
The 2023 Cadillac CT5 in Luxury trim looks like a real bargain until you realize what's not included or even available. The Premium Luxury and Sport are much better values, despite costing more. The regular V-Series offers a surprising level of performance for the price, though the Blackwing variant is the true super sedan of the lot.