Crossover & Midsize

Consumer Reports Wasn’t Sure What to Make of the Cadillac CT5

There had been a time when it seemed like everyone was driving a sedan. They were good family cars. Drivers liked the fact that they were big enough to transport the entire family, sturdy enough to provide several years worth of reliable transportation, and efficient enough to earn decent fuel mileage. Over the years, they’ve fallen out of favor with consumers who have been steadily gravitating toward crossovers. The decreasing number of sedans on the market makes it difficult to know how to classify vehicles like the Cadillac CT5.

Classifying the Cadillac CT5

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Finding a good sedan is becoming increasingly difficult. Manufacturers have discontinued many of their popular sedans, replacing them with crossovers and hybrids.

While there’s no denying that the Cadillac CT5 looks like a traditional sedan, the lack of such cars has made it very difficult for reviewers like Consumers Reports to figure out how it compares to other cars. The lack of sedans competing with the Cadillac CT5 makes it challenging for reviewers and drivers to determine if the vehicle is a good deal or not. 

The lack of competition means that drivers have to judge the pros and cons of the Cadillac CT5 based on how it handles, the highs and lows drivers who have already purchased the vehicle have discovered, and memories of similar sedans. The Cadillac CT5 appears to closely resemble vehicles like the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series, but there are some differences that prevent it from totally comparing to these vehicles. The problem is that the Cadillac CT5 is a bit larger than both of those sedans, but not quite large enough to fit the large sedan category.

Drivers are already talking about how cool it is to have a vehicle that doesn’t quite match any current car categories, and it’s possible that they’ll soon get another vehicle that deviates from the current crossover trend. It’s possible that there will be a Cadillac CT5 station wagon at some point. While Cadillac hasn’t officially confirmed these rumors, Brandon Vivian, Cadillac’s Chief Engineer, eluded to the possibility: 

“So, nothing to announce right now, but certainly, when you see the enthusiasm of our customers, and when I’m out there talking to our customers, to our V-Lab — to our V-Club members — there is an absolute fanaticism around the V wagons, and wagons in general. So because of that, we continue to study a future variant,” Vivian said in an Autoline After Hours podcast.

Is the Cadillac CT5 a good car?

Drivers love how the CT5 handles. It provides drivers with the perfect combination of both smooth suspension and responsive handling. The handling makes it a fun car to drive while maneuvering busy city streets, and the smoothness is something you’ll appreciate while zipping down the highway or bouncing along poorly maintained back roads. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine is powerful enough to easily handle fast accelerations and steep hills.

The biggest downside drivers have mentioned in conversations about the CT5 is that while there isn’t much road-noise, they wish Cadillac had taken steps to reduce engine and exhaust sound.

Consumer Reports and the 2020 Cadillac CT5

The Cadillac CT5 is currently in what Consumer Reports calls the testing phase. They’re studying the vehicle and collecting data from drivers who have purchased one already and trying to determine if the car is a good buy. Based on early data, they are awarding the CT5 with four out of five stars for predicted owner satisfaction. If you’re interested in the Cadillac CT5, the best way to determine if it’s a good fit for your driving needs is by making a trip to your nearest Cadillac dealership and taking one out for a test drive.