2021 Cadillac CT5

MSRP $37,990 - $49,630

Ranked #15 in Midsize Sedan

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2021 Cadillac CT5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Cadillac CT5 offers great value in the luxury midsize sedan segment. The young and stylish look from the outside and a spacious and roomy interior make it a very appealing option in the segment. It competes against the 2021 Lexus ES, 2021 Kia Stinger, and 2021 Volvo S60 Inscription. It also falls in the territory of BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, and Mercedes-Benz C-class, but they are more expensive and come with better refinement and luxury. 

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Pros

Improved cabin quality and space

Improved dynamics for better handling

Dashboard focused towards the driver

An easy-to-use 10-inch touch screen system

Cons

Standard 2.0L engine offers average acceleration

Lacks on cargo space

Use of cheap plastic in interior bits

What's New?

Cadillac’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous will be available as optional.

Better standard features across the trims

Better safety features 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37990

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

237 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft.. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

10 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

193.8 in.

width

74.1 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

3659 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

11.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

161 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Luxury$37,990 onwards

Premium Luxury$41,790 onwards

Sport$42,790 onwards

V-Series$48,790 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Cadillac CT5 in Black Raven color
Black Raven

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

5.5

Competition

8.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


The starting price of under $40,000 makes the 2021 Cadillac CT5 a great value for money option against its competitors. The 2021 Cadillac CT5 comes powered with a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine and a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 engine is optional in the higher trims. 

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sedan front view
2021 Cadillac CT5 Sedan rear view

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

5.5/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2021 Cadillac CT5 Features

The 2021 Cadillac CT5 comes with more standard features across the trims. It makes the base Luxury trim a decent option, but we suggest going for the Premium Luxury trim. The Premium Luxury trim has more standard features so that you do not have to invest in optional features. It also opens the door for the more powerful 3.0L twin-turbo V6 powertrain option.

Trim

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Sport

MSRP (RWD)

$36,440

$40,240

$41,240

MSRP (AWD)

$39,040

$43,330

$43,840

Key Features

Dual-zone automatic climate control, dual digital driver information display

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

In addition to or replaces Preferred trim features with:

 

Forward collision alert, Front pedestrian braking

Inside rearview auto-dimming mirror

19-in. alloy wheels with Pearl Nickel finish

 

Clear-lens Halogen Headlights

8-way power front driver and passenger with memory settings for up to two drivers

Alloy sport pedals

 

Nine-speaker premium audio system with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio

Ambient interior lighting

Manual front passenger cushion length adjustment

 

4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot, Cadillac Connected Access capability

Option for Bose Performance Series 15-speaker audio system

Power front passenger seatback bolsters

 

Heated power-adjustable outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators

Wireless phone charging

Leatherette seats

 

LED reflective windshield collision alert

Rear park assist

Teen Driver and Tire Pressure Monitoring System

The features on the base Luxury trim are very limited and even lack some of the basic features. You need to rely on the add-on packages for those features. The Premium Luxury trim offers the most features as standard, so you do not have to worry about the extra packages.

Which trim should you buy?

The Premium Luxury trim is worth an upgrade from the Luxury trim as it offers more standard features. The Sport trim though is very hard to recommend, as the standard feature list is lesser. It comes with various optional features which add up to the total cost, and you start to get better options at that price point in the segment.

2021 Cadillac CT5 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

The standard engine that powers the 2021 Cadillac CT5 is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. The engine produces a very decent 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, The engine is mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission which sends the power to the front wheels. The option for a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 which produces 360 hp of power is also available. AWD drivetrain is also available as an option. 

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sedan engine bay

The standard 2.0-liter engine gets the job done, but if you’re looking for serious performance, then that should not be the engine of the choice. The 3.0-liter engine is the option to go for if you care even a little about the performance. The standard engine offers decent performance lower down the rev range for daily city drives, but it never excites you at any point. 

Models

2021 Cadillac CT5

2021 Lexus ES

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Volvo S60 Inscription

MSRP

$36,995

$41,910

$35,290

$41,490

Engine

2.0 liter Inline-4

2.5-liter inline-4

2.5L Twin-Scroll Turbo In-Line 4 cylinders

2.0 liter Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

AWD

RWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

10-speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

237 hp@5000 RPM

203 @ 6500

300 hp @6200 

250 @ 5500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

258 lb-ft @4000 RPM

184 @ 4000

311 lb-ft @4000 

258 @ 1500

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.6

8.2

4.7

6.1 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.3

16.5

12.9

14.6

Top-Speed (MPH)

155

130

167

131

The Cadillac CT5 is at power with the competition in acceleration timings. The top speed is also impressive compared to the competition. All the cars in this segment come with multiple engine options, that is why a single performance comparison can not be enough. We have compared the standard engine available in the car, and Kia Stinger impresses pretty well with its performance. The 2021 Cadillac CT5 is not far behind though. 

How well does the 2021 Cadillac CT5 handle?

The 2021 Cadillac CT5 performs very decently when it comes to handling. The handling response is not meant for enthusiasts. The previous models had better handling performance than the 2021 Cadillac CT5. The car is best for relaxed driving, and the standard 2.0L engine also supports the fact. Even if you go for the more powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine, the dynamics of the car will not change. The acceleration improves, but the CT5 is always hesitant to go hard on corners. Although the steering wheel is fairly accurate, it doesn’t provide any feedback as such.

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sedan driving view

The ride quality on the 2021 Cadillac CT5 is pretty good, but the competition offers better suspension in the segment. The body roll is well controlled in the car, and you do not float at a higher speed. The suspension is neither too soft nor too firm. It gets the job done pretty well. The high-speed stability is also pretty good. To sum it up, the ride quality is very balanced and it does not outperform the competition in any specific area.

How good is the braking performance of the 2021 Cadillac CT5?

The braking performance is okayish on the 2021 Cadillac CT5. There is a lot of room for improvement in the braking department. Even the heavier cars in the segment are significantly ahead in braking performance. The brakes are good enough for daily drives, and also offer a positive bite from the pedal. The only area where it needs improvement is the braking distance.

Models

2021 Cadillac CT5

2021 Lexus ES

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Volvo S60 Inscription

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12

12.6

13.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.4

11.1

12.4

12.9

Curb Weight (lbs)

3724

3690

4023

4012

60-0 (feet)

161

110

158

127

The 2021 Lexus ES is the lightest of the lot and leaves the condition way behind in stopping distance. It takes only 110-ft to come to a halt from 60 mph. The Volvo S60 comes second with a stopping distance of 127-ft, followed by Kia Stinger at number three from the same speed. The 2021 Cadillac CT5 comes last in the comparison.

2021 Cadillac CT5 Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 2021 Cadillac CT5 stands neck-to-neck with the competition in terms of fuel economy. It manages to deliver 22 mpg in the city, 32 on the highway, and you can expect a combined fuel economy of 26 mpg. The thing that goes in the favor of the Cadillac CT5 is that it offers the largest fuel tank in the comparison. You get the longest range with its massive 17-liter fuel tank. The fuel economy will have a little dip in the AWD drivetrain as these figures are for the standard FWD drivetrain. 

Models

2021 Cadillac CT5

2021 Lexus ES

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Volvo S60 Inscription

MPG (City)

23

22

22

22

MPG (Highway)

32

32

29

33

MPG (Combined)

26

26

25

26

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17

15.9

15.9

15.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

391/544/442

349.8/508.8/413.4

349.8/461.1/397.5

349.8/524.7/413.4

The Cadillac outruns all its competitors when it comes to the range. Lexus and Volvo are at power as they claim pretty much the same fuel economy, and both come with the same size 15.9 gallons fuel tank. The Kia Stinger comes at the last position here in the comparison. 

2021 Cadillac CT5 Interior

7.5/10

The 2021 Cadillac CT5 has focused to keep the interior simple but stylish. Every feature in the cabin is more user-friendly than the earlier models. The use of wood inside the cabin of the Premium Luxury trim gives the sedan a premium look. Cadillac has used some cheap quality plastics on the dashboard, and other areas in the cabin, which takes away from the feel of a luxury sedan. The overall space inside the cabin is pretty good, and the rear seats are also spacious and comfortable. Cadillac has also addressed the ergonomic issues in the 2021 model.

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sedan front seats

Models

2021 Cadillac CT5

2021 Lexus ES

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Volvo S60 Inscription

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39/56.7/42.4

37.5/55.9/42.4

38.3/56.4/42.6

37.4/56.1/42.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.6/55.7/37.9

37.8/54.3/38.2

37/54.8/36.4

37.2/54.5/35.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

11.9

16.7

 

11.6

The interior of the 2021 Cadillac CT5 feels young, and the features are more usable with the newer model. The use of cheap plastics inside the interior is a setback for the segment. Although there is not much to complain about in the space department in the 2021 Cadillac CT5, the Lexus ES and Volvo S60 feel more spacious in the rear seat. The 2021 Cadillac CT5’s standout interior features:

  • Better ergonomics in the interior.
  • Good cabin space in front and rear rows.
  • Dual panoramic sunroof.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seats with memory function.
  • Heated steering wheel

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Cadillac CT5?

The Cadillac CT5 has taken care of your entertainment needs very well inside the cabin. The infotainment system features a massive 10-inch touchscreen system with an anti-glare display. The screen is fairly bright and you do have to struggle for visibility in direct sunlight. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the trims, so connecting your phone is never an issue. Cadillac has provided a rotary knob near the gear selector for the touchscreen controls, which makes it very easy to control the screen.

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sedan infotainment screen

The infotainment system features an eight-speaker system by Bose for audio. There is also an option for a better 12-speaker audio system which sounds even better. The option for a heads-up display is also there to make the drive safer, as you get all the important information while looking at the road. Here are some of the stand out features of the 2021 Cadillac CT5 infotainment system:

  • 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with anti-glare display
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Heads up display
  • 8-speaker Bose sound system and option for 12 speakers surround sound system
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Voice recognition
  • Keyless entry
  • Near-field Bluetooth connectivity 

2021 Cadillac CT5 Exterior

8.0/10

The Cadillac looks like a proper sports sedan from the outside. On the front, the car looks very proportionate with the sharp cuts running perfectly over it. The daytime running LEDs and LED headlights feature adds up to the overall front styling. On the side, the 18-inch alloy wheels grab the attention very well. 

2021 Cadillac CT5 Sedan 

The rear of the car is raised a bit which looks very attractive from the side. On the rear, the styling is very subtle, and the twin exhaust looks pretty good. Features like automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers are standard across the variants. More features can be added from the available optional features in the packages. 

Models

2021 Cadillac CT5

2021 Lexus ES

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Volvo S60 Inscription

Curb Weight (lb)

3724

3690

4023

4012

Length (inches)

193.8

195.9

190.2

187.4

Width (inches)

74.1

73.4

73.6

72.8

Height (inches)

57.2

56.9

55.1

56.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

NA

5.9

NA

5.8

Wheelbase (inches)

116

113

114.4

113.1

The 2021 Cadillac CT5 has the longest wheelbase, and it is also the widest car in the comparison. Maneuvering the car is not a very big challenge even in city traffic. The Kia Stinger feels the most compact in the segment and is the best option for city driving. None of the cars get uncomfortable while maneuvering in the city. Here are some of the exterior features in the 2021 Cadillac CT5:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Cornering headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

2021 Cadillac CT5 Safety

5.5/10

The NHTSA has given the 2021 Cadillac CT5 a five-star rating in all aspects for safety. Cadillac has put a lot of focus on the safety department here, and you notice that as soon as you get in the vehicle. The build quality of the sedan is not compromised at all, and it gives tough competition to all the other cars in the segment for safety. 

Safety features like Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and Emergency Braking are standard across the trims. More safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control, HD Surround View, and Automatic Park Assist can be added with the available safety package. Here are all the available safety features with the 2021 Cadillac CT5:

  • Standard HD rear vision camera
  • Standard teen driver
  • Standard pedestrian braking
  • Standard forward-collision alert
  • Standard emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • General Motors’ Super Cruise level 2 autonomous driving

2021 Cadillac CT5 Competition

8.0/10

2021 Cadillac CT5 vs 2021 Lexus ES

The 2021 Lexus ES gives tough competition to the 2021 Cadillac CT5 as it offers a smoother driving experience and a more premium interior quality. The base engine on the Cadillac 2021 also feels underpowered compared to the Lexus ES. None of the sedans are made for an enthusiastic driving experience, and the Lexus ES offers a more comfortable ride quality. Although the 2021 Cadillac CT5 has many standard and optional safety features, the Lexus ES has more standard safety features. However, the infotainment system on the 2021 Cadillac CT5 is better compared to the Lexus ES. 

2021 Lexus ES

2021 Cadillac CT5 vs 2021 Kia Stinger

The 2021 Cadillac CT5 has larger dimensions compared to the 2021 Kia Stinger in every aspect. That means you have more space inside the 2021 Cadillac CT5 than the Kia Stinger. The Kia Stinger has better driving dynamics than the Cadillac, and it also comes with a more responsive engine as standard. The interior of both the cars has room for improvement, and the competition offers better interior quality. The 2021 Kia Stinger is a better option for people who love driving. Cadillac offers better fuel economy and a larger fuel tank resulting in a longer range for long-distance journeys. The 2021 Cadillac is a better pick for interior space.

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Cadillac CT5 vs 2021 Volvo S60 Inscription

The 2021 Volvo S60 Inscription has better interior quality than the 2021 Cadillac CT5. The base engine on the Volvo S60 Inscription offers pretty much the same performance as the Cadillac. The acceleration is very lazy and the power feels less for the car. If we talk about comfort, then Volvo offers better comfort than the Cadillac. The seats are more comfortable, and suspension is also better to soak up all the undulations on the road. Volvo S60 becomes a better package with better comfort and more premium interior quality. The infotainment system on the Volvo S60 Inscription lacks behind the system on the 2021 Cadillac CT5.

2021 Volvo S60 Inscription

 

2021 Cadillac CT5 Final Verdict

The 2021 Cadillac CT5 is not very ahead of its competitors in any aspect. It provides decent comfort, good space in the cabin, fairly comfortable ride quality, and good overall styling front the outside. It is not the right choice for people who love to drive. If we combine everything, then the 2021 Cadillac CT5 comes as a good overall package. It gives good value for the money, especially the premium luxury trim is a good choice from a value perspective. 

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