2010 Cadillac CTS-V Review


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2010 Cadillac CTS-V Overview

Following a major redesign in 2009, the Cadillac CTS-V high-performance midsize sedan receives only a few minor updates for 2010, including new 19-inch performance tires and an upgraded interior air filtration system with automatic cabin odor filtration. Otherwise, the second-generation CTS-V remains unchanged from the previous year.

Thanks to its massive 6.2-liter supercharged V8 powerplant, which produces a whopping 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque, the rear-wheel-drive CTS-V competes well against such European-made performance vehicles as the BMW M5, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, and the Audi RS6. With all that power under the hood, the CTS-V jumps out from 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds, making it the fastest production sedan in the world, according to the automaker. The engine links to a six-speed TREMEC TR-6060 manual transmission with two overdrive gears or an available six-speed Hydra-Matic automatic. The EPA estimates fuel economy numbers for the V8 at 13/19 mpg with the six-speed manual transmission and 12/19 with the automatic.

Based on the CTS sedan and available in only one trim, the four-door CTS-V seats up to five passengers comfortably in a luxury-oriented cabin, which Cadillac completely redesigned in 2009. Gauges and controls are large, well-located, and easy to read, though some find the audio and navigation system controls, with their stacked arrangement, a little too tightly spaced. The heated front leather seats with suede fabric material inserts feature 10-way power adjustment with power reclining and lumbar control. The driver's side also includes memory settings for the seat and outside mirror. A dual-zone climate control system features separate settings for the driver and front passenger. The leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel sports fingertip controls for the audio, cruise control, climate control, and traction control systems, and includes paddle shifters for manual shifting when the CTS-V comes equipped with the automatic transmission.

Other standard interior features for the 2010 CTS-V include Bluetooth, cruise control, keyless entry, and keyless start. The 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system includes a CD/DVD player, XM satellite radio, and MP3 input jack, and works in conjunction with a navigation system with a 40-gigabyte hard drive, an 8-inch pop-up screen, and real-time weather and traffic updates. In addition, the CTS-V comes standard with OnStar, which offers turn-by-turn navigation, hands-free calling, vehicle diagnostics, and emergency services, among other features. Options include Recaro heated, 14-way adjustable power sports seats and an Ultraview double-size power sunroof.

Outside, the CTS-V's distinctive lines and unique V-specific high-airflow mesh grille are accented by HID headlights with headlight washers, an integrated spoiler, Rainsense wipers, and stainless-steel chrome exhaust tips. The CTS-V rides on a performance-tuned suspension with two-mode Magnetic Ride Control electromagnetically controlled shocks, which provide a sporty ride, although some owners note a bit of bounciness over uneven pavement surfaces. ZF Servotronic 2 power rack-and-pinion steering ensures responsive handling and cornering, while powerful Brembo four-wheel disc brakes bring the two-ton CTS-V to a smooth, capable halt with virtually no noseplow.

Safety features include four-wheel antilock brakes, all-speed traction control, and GM's StabiliTrak stability control system. An ultrasonic rear parking assist system aids drivers when backing up. Front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags with a passenger-sensing system also come standard.


Rob has been a contributor to CarGurus since 2007, and an automotive test-driver and writer since the early ’90s. He’s test-driven everything from BMWs and Jags to Bentleys and Saabs, with an occasional Range Rover, Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini thrown in. He also created the annual Car of the Year and Exotic Car of the Year awards for Robb Report magazine. He currently resides in California.

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