2020 Cadillac CT5 Review

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2020 Cadillac CT5 Overview

The all-new 2020 Cadillac CT5 compact luxury sedan is a showcase of the brand’s latest technology and one of the most anticipated debuts at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The CT5 will compete with the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

If you remember Cadillac’s highly praised Escala concept from 2016, the CT5 design may look familiar. This new sedan features an elegant yet athletic stance, a fastback profile, plenty of glass, and LED exterior lighting. The Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels get bright accents and details, while the Sport trim takes a more serious turn with dark accents and styling elements.

The CT5’s base powertrain is a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Cadillac anticipates the engine to make 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Premium Luxury and Sport trims are available with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, making a projected 335 hp and 400 lb-ft. Both powertrains come with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and can be upgraded to all-wheel drive (AWD). Several driving modes are available, including Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice, and Custom, which Cadillac calls "My Mode." As of this writing, fuel-economy ratings are not yet available.

The cabin design features advanced technology in an elegant setting, with standard features like adaptive remote start and optional features like a hands-free foot-activated power trunk, adaptive heated and ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. A Platinum package, which includes exclusive upholstery and interior trim, is available for the Premium Luxury and Sport trims. The CT5 will also include the Super Cruise driver-assistance hands-free driving feature, though it’s unclear if this will be standard or optional, and it will not be available until the 2020 calendar year.

The CT5 gets a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display as standard equipment. Cadillac touts features such as an 8-inch digital driver information display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, cloud-based voice recognition, 15-watt wireless charging, three USB ports, and two power outlets, but at the time of this writing, Cadillac hasn't specified which features are standard or optional.

Standard safety features include a reversing camera with zoom and tilt functions, forward-collision warning, front emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and a safety-alert seat. Options include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, advanced adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, a surround-vision camera, a head-up display (HUD), lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, and the Teen Driver system.

The stylish Cadillac CT5 inspires confidence in the American luxury sedan market and helps round out the manufacturer’s SUV-heavy lineup. The CT5 will be built in Michigan and available for order this fall.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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