2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

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in Midsize sedans
2018 MODEL

$86,295

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Overview

The Cadillac CTS-V is the high-performance version of the Cadillac CTS. This four-door CTS-V sedan was first launched in the year 2004 while the coupe and wagon versions were introduced in the year 2010.

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is the third generation of the CTS-V series which comes equipped with a 6.2-liter Supercharged V-8 engine that makes it the most powerful Cadillac ever produced. The CTS-V is referred to as a Corvette because of its supercharged V-8 engine which similar to that of Corvette Z06.

The 2018 CTS-V motor is connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission that generates the power of 640bhp and the torque of 630 lb.-ft. This car comes with a base price of $87,490 and is all set to compete against its rivals.

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Pros

Zesty V6

Superb aerodynmics makes it quick

Cons

Low on fuel economy

Rear seats can feel uncomfortable during long drives

What's New?

Infotainment is quick to respond

Two USB charging ports for rear passengers


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$86295

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

171 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376 cu. in.

horsepower

640 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

630 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.37 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.35 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

114.6 in.

length

197.6 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

4141 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.7 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/21 mpg

highway range

399 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan in Stellar Black Metallic color  2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan in Red Obsession Tintcoat color  2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan in Phantom Gray Metallic color  2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan in Crystal White color  2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan in Black Raven color
Stellar Black Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.4

Engine

6.5

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

6.2

Exterior

8.7

Safety

8.1

Driving

9.6

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan 4dr Sedan

4dr Sedan

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$86,295

Configurations
4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl S/C 8A)
Engine: V-8 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (14/17/21)
Torque: 630 lbs.-ft. @ 3,600 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 6, 2018

7.6

Overall Rating


7.4/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.2/10
Interior

 

8.7/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is the third generation of the CTS-V series which comes equipped with a 6.2-liter Supercharged V-8 engine that makes it the most powerful Cadillac ever produced. The CTS-V is referred to as a Corvette because of its supercharged V-8 engine which is similar to that of Corvette Z06. The 2018 CTS-V motor is connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission that generates the power of 640bhp and the torque of 630 lb.-ft. This car comes with a base price of $87,490 and is all set to compete against its rivals.

Features

7.4/10

The Cadillac CTS-V has only one trim available. The CTS-V comes loaded with a 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 engine that churns out 640bhp of power and 630 lb.-ft of torque. This powerful engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and powers the rear wheels of the car. It has also got numerous performance features like magnesium paddle shifters, magnetic ride control, traction management with launch control, Brembo brakes etc.

Trims CTS-V
MSRP $86,295
Features
  • Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with 640-hp
  • 8-speed automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Performance Traction Management with Launch Control
  • Electronic Limited-Slip Differential
  • Brembo brakes
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sports summer-only Lo Pro tires
  • ZF premium steering system
  • Functional aero exterior design – unique V grille, carbon fiber hood with hood vent and available Carbon Fiber Package

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V would be a great option for the customers who want to have much thrill and fun behind the wheels in their sedan segment vehicle. This car has got a very high-performance motor with faster acceleration.

We Recommend

Though this car is a factory fresh perfection, we recommend going the extra mile and buy the optional heated seats and climate controls. Also, the comfort level drastically vary between the normal and Recaro sport seats, so make sure you test both.  

Engine

6.5/10

“Classic American muscle with state-of-the-art handling capabilities. This is where the CTS-V shines and has a leg up on its staunchest German rivals. Others have evolved into softer and more comfort-oriented machines; Cadillac has only sharpened its edges and packed on more muscle.”-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V has the most powerful engine ever installed in a Cadillac production car. The car has comes with a high-performance engine based on the motor of Corvette Z06. It has got a 6.2-L supercharged V-8 engine that churns out 640bhp power and 630 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters that features performance algorithm shifting. The transmission is automatically activated by intense G-forces and selects the best gear for quicker shifts.

Models Cadillac CTS-V Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S BMW M5 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
MSRP $87,490 $104,400 $102,600 $67,995
Engine 6.2L Supercharged V8 DI 4.0L V8 Biturbo 4.4L TwinPower Turbo V8 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 SRT
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 640 hp 603 hp 600 hp 707 hp
Torque 630 lb.-ft 627 lb.-ft 553 lb.-ft 645 lb.-ft

The toughest competitor for the CTS-V in terms of power is the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. It comes equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 SRT engine that produces 707 bhp and 645 lb.-ft of torque. In terms of price, it costs less than the Cadillac CTS-V. The other competitor, Mercedes Benz AMG E63 S which costs around $104,400 has got 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine producing 603bhp power and 627 lb.-ft torque which is less as compared to the Cadillac’s. The BMW M5 has a 4.4L TwinPower turbo V8 engine which produces 600 bhp power and 553 pound-feet of torque and costs a dearer $102,600.

Acceleration

The Cadillac CTS-V has got looks of a usual family-sedan but it carries that racing heart under the hood. The car launches from 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds and it takes 11.9 seconds to reach the quarter mile mark.

Models Cadillac CTS-V Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S BMW M5 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
0-60 MPH 3.7 sec 3.3 sec 3.2 sec 3.4 sec
Quarter mile 11.9 sec 12.1 sec 10.9 sec 11.2 sec
Engine 6.2L 4.0L 4.4L 6.2L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

10.4 8.4 10.4 11.0

The BMW M5 is the fastest in 0-60 mph and quarter mile test as it takes just 3.2 seconds and 10.9 seconds to cover the quarter-mile run. The CTS-V loses to all its rivals in terms of 0-60 speed but claws its way back when it comes to the quarter-mile test.

Ride and Handling 

The Cadillac CTS-V has got Performance Traction Management (PTM) which integrates traction and engine control systems for improved and consistent cornering during driving. There is an option of choosing the level of ultimate control: Wet, Dry, Sport 1, Sport 2 or race from the Drive Mode selector.

The CTS-V is equipped with the Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (ELSD) which automatically directs power to the rear wheels with the most traction for great control and fast exit speeds. The steering responds extremely to the slightest of turns and provides great road feedback.

Overall, the handling of the CTS-V is very much enhanced and excellent.

Braking

With great speed comes great braking responsibility and the CTS-V doe does not fail to impress us. The car has Brembo high-performance brakes with vented rotors which provides a firm pedal feel and good stopping power. The front brakes are 15.3 inches and the rear brakes are 14.3 inches. The CTS-V takes 99.0 ft to stop from the speed of 60 mph.

Model Cadillac CTS-V Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S BMW M5 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Brake Front(in) 15.3 15.4 15.6 15.4
Brake Rear(in) 14.3 14.2 15.0 13.8
Curb Weight(lbs.) 4141 4515 4370 4575
60-0 MPH (ft.) 99.0 102 97.0 107

The BMW M5 has 15.6 inches discs in the front and 15.0 inches discs in the rear and it takes just 97.0 ft to stop from the speed of 60 mph which is 2 ft shorter than the CTS-V’s. The AMG E63 S takes 102 ft and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat takes 107 ft respectively to stop from the same speed.

Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The Cadillac CTS-V is a thirsty car. It gets an efficiency of 14 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway and a combined of 17 mpg which shows that the fuel economy is not so much impressive.

Model Cadillac CTS-V Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S BMW M5 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
MPG (City) 14 19 15 13
MPG (Highway) 21 25 21 22
MPG (Combined) 17 21 17 16

The Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S has the best fuel economy in this segment. It gets 19 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and a combined economy of 21 mpg. The Charger SRT and M5 have almost same fuel economy as compared to the CTS-V. The M5 has 15/21 mpg on city/highway and the combined economy of 17 mpg and the Charger SRT has 13/22 mpg on city/highway and the combined economy of 16 mpg.

Interior

6.2/10

"The cockpit plays right along with that lap-leading theme, both futuristic and subdued with its low-gloss trim and high-resolution displays. The seats get huge bolsters swaddled in soft, subtly treated leather and faux suede.”-TheCarConnection

Seating and Comfort

The CTS-V is a 5-seater sedan that offers a good cabin space. The car has enough room for the front passengers but there is not so much of space at the rear. It has Recaro performance seats which offer 16-way adjustability. The seats are well-padded and you will not feel tired on long rides. Overall, the CTS-V is a comfortable car but the taller passengers may have to face difficulty in adjusting at the rear because of less leg room.

Model Cadillac CTS-V Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S BMW M5 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

40.4/56.9/45.7 37.9/57.8/41.3 38.8/58.7/41.4 38.6/59.5/41.8
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.5/54.8/35.4 38.2/56.9/35.8 37.5/55.9/36.5 36.6/57.9/40.1

Interior Features

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Bose CenterPoint Surround Sound System
  • Head-Up Display
  • Wireless Charging
  • Cadillac 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot

Infotainment System

The CTS-V’s infotainment system includes an 8-inch touchscreen display with Cadillac user experience with Navigation+. It is very easy to use and makes driving easier and enjoyable. The infotainment system is connected with the other apps like weather, music etc. and receive updates with the latest available software. The Bose premium audio with 13-speaker surround sound system is very impressive.

Cargo

The Cadillac CTS-V has a trunk volume of 13.7 cubic feet which is not the best in its class. The trunk volume is very low in comparison to the other rivals.

Model Cadillac CTS-V Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S BMW M5 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Volume (ft cube) 13.7 13.1 18.7 16.1

In this segment, the BMW M5’s trunk has the highest trunk volume of 18.7 cubic feet. The Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S has the lowest trunk capacity of 13.1 cubic feet. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has got 16.1 cubic feet of trunk volume that is quite awesome.

Exterior

8.7/10

“The 2018 CTS-V looks terrific from just about any angle. Especially with the Carbon Black package, the already-sharp lines of the standard CTS take on an intimidating aura with the CTS-V’s wide fenders, big wheels and tires, and vented hood.”-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight

The CTS-V is 197.6 inches in length and 57.2 inches in height. The ground clearance of the car is 5.0-inch and the wheelbase is 114.6 inches because of which the rear passengers may face the space problem. The overall weight of the car is 4141 pound which is not as heavy as other cars in the competition.

Model Cadillac CTS-V Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S BMW M5 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Curb weight(lbs.) 4141 4515 4370 4575
Length(in) 197.6 196.4 195.5 200.8
Weight Distribution(Front-Rear) 52.7% – 47.3% 51% – 49% 54.7% – 45.3% 55% – 45%
Width(in) 72.2 75.1 74.9 75.0
Height(in) 57.2 56.6 58.0 58.2
Ground clearance(in) 5.0 5.0 5.5 4.6
Wheelbase(in) 114.6 115.7 117.4 120.4
Track width(in) F/R 62.1/61.2 64.9/62.8 64.0/62.8 63.4/63.7

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the longest and the highest car of this segment with the length of 200.8 inches and height of 58.2 inches. It has also got the highest wheelbase of 120.4 inches. The Mercedes Benz AMG E63 S is 196.4 inches long and 56.6 inches high and has got a wheelbase of 115.7 inches. The BMW M4 is the shortest car in this segment with length and height of 195.5 inches and 74.9 inches respectively. It has got the highest ground clearance of 5.5 inches.

Safety

8.1/10

What’s the point of having a sports sedan if the car isn’t safe enough? That is why Cadillac has put some really impressive safety features like Head-up Display, front-collision assist, and lane keep assist. IIHS has not rated the Cadillac CTS-V yet.

Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Electronic traction control
StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
Airbag system
Rear Vision Camera
Following Distance Indicator
Forward Collision Alert
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
Automatic Safety Belt Tightening
Child seat restraint system
Door locks, rear child security
Tire Pressure Monitoring System

NHTSA Ratings

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has rated the Cadillac CTS-V with a 4-star Overall safety rating which is quite impressive.

Overall Rating 4 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 3 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 5 Star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat 5 Star
Rollover Rating 5 Star

Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S vs Cadillac CTS-V

The AMG E63 S is not an impressive car in this segment. It has got a 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo motor connected to a 9-speed automatic transmission that generates 600bhp power and 627 lb.-ft torque which is a bit less on comparing with the Cadillac CTS-V. The AMG E63 S costs around $104,400 due to its luxurious equipment. So, keeping the performance and budget in the mind, the CTS-V will be a better buying option.

BMW M5 vs Cadillac CTS-V

The BMW M5 has got 4.4-liter TwinPower turbo V8 engine producing 600bhp power and 553 lb.-ft of torque. In terms of power, it cannot match the level of the CTS-V. It is costlier than the CTS-V, having the price of $102,600 because of its more luxurious feel. But the customers who want much power and thrill will definitely choose the CTS-V.

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs Cadillac CTS-V

This car is one of the exceptionally high performing vehicles in this segment. Hellcat is the most powerful car in this segment. The SRT’s V8 outclasses every other rival in terms of performance. Also, it is cheaper and got better space for the rear passengers as compared to the CTS-V. So, the Charger SRT Hellcat will be the choice of the customers who expect more power and thrill from their car in this segment.

Final Verdict

The Cadillac CTS-V is one of the most handsome looking high-performance cars in its segment at a reasonable price. The car has excellent handling with great stopping power. It has got high-quality Interior with Carbon Fiber finish at many places. So, the customers who need a sedan with an excessive amount of power, a comfy ride and good handling at a decent price, the CTS-V will be one of the better buying options.

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