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2017 Cadillac CTS-V Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

With a starting price of $86000, and totally worth its value, the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is an ideal combination of performance and daily drivability making it an ideal luxury Sedan. Over the years, the conception about Cadillac being an old people's car has changed significantly and the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is the perfect example of it.

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Pros

Excellent stability and high-speed handling

Astonishing power and performance

Lively feeling to the steering

Brilliantly balanced comfort

Cons

Slightly congested rear seats

Dull infotainment system

Moderate crash test reports

Crude and coherent design

What's New?

New features like the teen driving system and rear camera mirror


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$85995

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183

horsepower

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

630 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/14.2

dimensions

wheelbase

101.7 in.

length

182.3 in.

width

73.9 in.

height

51.2 in.

curb weight

3826 lbs.

ground clearance

3.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

50.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

11 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/28 mpg

ev range

266 mi.

highway range

554.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

6 yr./ 70000 mi.


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Styles

 2017 Cadillac CTS-V in Black Raven color  2017 Cadillac CTS-V in Crystal White Tricoat color  2017 Cadillac CTS-V in Phantom Gray Metallic color  2017 Cadillac CTS-V in Red Obsession Tintcoat color  2017 Cadillac CTS-V in Stellar Black Metallic color
Black Raven

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Ratings

Features

7.4

Engine

8.7

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.2

Safety

8.1

Comfort

7.8

Driving

8.1

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Cadillac CTS-V base

base

power
640 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$85,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $85,995 MSRP (14/17/21) 640 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


The supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine produces a horsepower of 640; the eight-speed transmission with rear wheel drive of the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan makes it a very powerful performer.


7.4/10
Features

 

8.7/10
Engine

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

9.2/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Cadillac CTS-V Features

7.4/10

Trims

CTS-V

MSRP

$86,000

Key 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 Sport 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 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is the only well-equipped trim with optional packages according to the needs.

We Recommend

The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is the highest performing version of the conventional five-passenger midsize CTS Sedan and thus hits all the recommendations.

2017 Cadillac CTS-V Engine

8.7/10

"It’s got a supercharged 640-hp 6.2-liter V-8, big Brembo brakes, an eight-speed automatic, and rear-wheel drive. A manual is not offered, but you won’t care when this brute hits 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and 100 mph just 3.9 seconds later." - Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The powerful supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine of the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan puts on a muscular performance. The all-aluminum engine generates 640 horses at 6,400 rpm and 630-pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. The fifth-generation small block engine has added features like direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation, and variable valve timing.

Complementing this monstrous engine is the fast-shifting automatic 8-speed transmission of the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan. It also offers a manual transmission for those who like it the old way. The transmission sends the power to the limited-slip differential that is an electronically controlled unit in the rear. It manages the traction in the rear tires by continuously altering power between them.

Models

Cadillac CTS-V

Sedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Audi RS 7 Performance Sedan

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

MSRP

$86,000

$104,400

$113,075

$67,040

Engine

6.2L (376 ci) supercharged V8 DI

4.0L V8 Biturbo

4.0-liter turbocharged 8-cylinder

6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 SRT

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

640 hp

603 hp

605 hp

707 hp

Torque

630 lb-ft

627 lb-ft

516 lb-ft

645 lb-ft

The two costliest cars among the group, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 and the 2017 Audi RS 7 are not significant regarding their engine performance despite having a 9 speed and 8-speed automatic transmission respectively. The comparatively cheapest among the four, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, on the other hand, has the more impressive drivetrain producing a whopping 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet torque. The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan has to settle as the runners-up in spite of sharing an almost similar engine and transmission with the Hellcat.

Acceleration

With a ferocious engine under its hood, the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan produces an exceptionally terrific figures for a Cadillac. This 4,200-pound car can hit 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds which are groundbreaking numbers. It continues to roar through a quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at 124 mph and has the capacity to attain a high-speed of 200 mph.

Models

Cadillac CTS-V

Sedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Audi RS 7 Performance Sedan

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

10.1 sec

11.2 sec

Engine

6.2L

4.0L

4.0L

6.2L

Emission

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

10.4

8.4

10.4

11.0

In spite of having such an amazing acceleration, it somehow falls behind against all its three major opponents. The Audi RS 7 is the fastest to reach the speed of 60 mph and also maintains an increasing rate within the quarter mile. Though the Mercedes-Benz has a quick start, it slows down over the quarter mile. Even the Dodge Charger has faster acceleration than the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan. On the other hand, the Mercedes has the lowest emission rates while the Charger emits the most.

Handling and Steering

The CTS-V Sedan has the ZF electronic steering with a variable ratio and independently controlled magneto-rheological dampers. There are four different driving modes to be chosen from; Track, Tour, Sport, and Snow. Furthermore, the Performance Traction Management system inbuilt in the car provides five options available only in the Track drive mode designed for specific tracks namely Wet, Dry, Race, Sport 1 and Sport 2.

The body control and steering response of the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is acutely precise, courtesy of the Magnetic Ride Control Suspension system offers a five-link rear suspension enables smooth cornering, making it compatible for both freeways and busy city roads.

Braking

The deceleration and stopping power in the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is provided by the Brembo braking system. Adding to the Cadillac’s good road holding capacity, the braking system brings the car at halt from 60 mph in just 99 feet, which is pretty impressive. The front braking discs are two-piece 15.3-inch discs with six-piston calipers whereas the 14.3 inch rear braking discs come with 4 piston caliper.

Model

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Audi RS 7 Performance Sedan

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Brake Front(in)

15.3

15.4

15.4

15.4

Brake Rear(in)

14.3

14.2

14.0

13.8

Curb Weight(lbs)

4141

4515

4497

4575

60-0 MPH (ft.)

99.0

102

100

107

Being the lightest among the four is an added advantage for the Cadillac and hence it has the best braking distance of 99 feet from 60 to 0 mph. the Dodge Charger, on the other hand, comes to halt at the greatest distance of 107, mainly because of its highest curb weight. The Audi being a little lighter than the Mercedes has a little better braking rate.

2017 Cadillac CTS-V Fuel Economy

6.5/10

Keeping in mind the strong V8 engine with more than 600 horsepower, the 2017 CTS-V Sedan has a respectable fuel efficiency. The estimated mileage for cities, highways and combined for the Cadillac is 14, 21 and 17 respectively.

Model

Cadillac CTS-V

Sedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Audi RS 7 Performance Sedan

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

MPG (City)

14

19

14

13

MPG (Highway)

21

25

24

22

MPG (Combined)

17

21

17

16

Except for the Mercedes-Benz, this Sedan has comparatively decent mileage along with the Audi and the Dodge. As for the Mercedes, it enjoys the most efficient fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and a combined 21 mpg.

2017 Cadillac CTS-V Interior

8.0/10

The CTS' interior displays high-level craftsmanship, materials quality and technology integration throughout. There's plenty of leather and suede-like microfiber trim, hand-stitched accents, and excellent fit and finish. There are also plenty of shiny finishes and surfaces likely to require frequent use of a microfiber cleaning cloth. - Edmunds

Seating and comfort

The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan has a 20-way power adjustable, full-leathered driver and front passenger seats along with 4 headrest adjustments and manual cushion length extension that guarantees unmatched comfort. As for the rear passengers, the heated seat and tri-zone climate control provides a smooth arrangement.

Model

Cadillac CTS-V

Sedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Audi RS 7 Performance Sedan

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

36.9/57.2/41.3

38.6/59.5/41.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.5/54.8/35.4

38.2/56.9/35.8

36.6/57.2/41.3

36.6/57.9/40.1

With a passenger capacity of five for all four cars, the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan has a better front driver and passenger headroom while the Dodge Charger surpasses it with a bigger legroom. For the rear passenger space, the Audi and Dodge suffer from less headroom while favoring a larger legroom than the Cadillac and the Mercedes, which on the other hand have a better headroom.

Interior Features

  • Matte cotton fiber dashboard
  • Recaro performance seats
  • Black suede steering wheel
  • Microfiber gear shifting knob
  • LED interior ambient lighting
  • Wireless charging cabinet for compatible smartphones
  • Sunshades on the side and rear windows
  • BOSE surround sound system

Infotainment System

The integrated CUE infotainment system (Cadillac User Experience) of the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display with panel inputs. It is capable of Smartphone assimilation and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The volume controls can be found in the steering wheel as well:

  • Fan speed adjustment
  • Bluetooth/USB port
  • Smart Device Integration
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Built-in Wi-Fi hotspot over 4G LTE network

Cargo Volume

The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan has a cargo space of 13.7 cubic feet, which is fairly smaller compared to Sedan class. For easy accessibility to the trunk, there is a rear seat pass-through available.

Model

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Audi RS 7 Performance Sedan

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Volume (ft cube)

13.7

13.1

24.5

16.1

As mentioned above, the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan has the third smallest cargo volume, only bigger by few pointers from the Mercedes-Benz. The Dodge has a decent enough volume while the Audi boasts the biggest trunk space of 24.5 cubic feet accommodating almost double the luggage than the Cadillac and the Mercedes.

2017 Cadillac CTS-V Exterior

9.2/10

"This is a sharp-looking car, and we mean that literally. The creased fenders, rippled hood and prominent new grille on Cadillac’s 2017 CTS stand out even among its talented competitors in the luxury-sedan segment. Details range from the pragmatic -- grille shutters that close to improve aerodynamics -- to pretty, such as the seamless aluminum trim around the side windows." - Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The CTS-V is a sleek car, the fine lines on the hood blended with the character-defining front grill making it stand out from the regular caddy look. The design features grill shutters to enhance the aerodynamics and an all-new dual exhaust. Diving into the detail the CTS -V falls on the lighter side of the luxury sedan spectrum competing with much heavier sedans in the lot. Considering the dimensions the CTS-V stretches a 197.6 inches long, rated at 72.2 inches width, and 57.2 inches in height. Not the best but quite sizeable for a luxury sedan. 

Model

Cadillac CTS-V

Sedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Audi RS 7 Performance Sedan

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Curb weight(lbs)

4141

4515

4497

4575

Length(in)

197.6

196.4

197.3

200.8

Width(in)

72.2

75.1

75.2

75.0

Height(in)

57.2

56.6

55.8

58.2

Ground clearance(in)

5.0

5.0

NA

4.6

Wheelbase(in)

114.6

115.7

114.8

120.4

Track width(in) F/R

62.1/61.2

64.9/62.8

64.3/64.0

63.4/63.7

Leading this fatal four-way in almost all the aspects like curb weight, length, height and wheelbases, the Dodge Charger is the bigger and heavier contender. Meanwhile, the 2017 CTS-V Sedan is the shortest in width and also the lightest. The Mercedes and the Audi interchange the middle two positions in a couple of traits.

Exterior Features

  • Carbon fiber splitter
  • High beam assist in adaptive HID headlamps
  • Spoiler with integrated LED brake light
  • Twin exhaust tips
  • Illuminated door handles
  • 19-inch forged aluminum wheels
  • Rain-sensing wiping blades
  • Heated side mirrors and ultra-view sunroof
     

2017 Cadillac CTS-V Safety

8.1/10

The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan has a good crash-test record. It comes with a lot of airbags starting from the frontal and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, front and rear thorax protection airbags along with curtain airbag in case of side impacts.

  • 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, rear, all seating positions
  • Automatic Safety Belt Tightening
  • Child seat restraint system
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
     

2017 Cadillac CTS-V Competition

Cadillac CTS-V vs Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

The significant power and fiery acceleration of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S make it stand out among its rivals. Its 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine has a horsepower of 603 which is supported well by the 9-speed automatic transmission.

The excellent suspension and all-wheel-drive system ensure smooth and bump-free ride. The engine isn’t as powerful as compared to the Cadillac CTS-V Sedan. Although it does have a much better fuel economy and faster acceleration rate than the Cadillac.

Cadillac CTS-V vs Audi RS 7 Performance Sedan

The sleek looks and extensively stylish modifications, the 2017 Audi RS 7 Performance Sedan is surely an eye-catcher. The 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine makes a horsepower of 605 and works well with the 8-speed automatic transmission.

It also has an all-wheel-driving system and a lowered suspension. In spite of having a good acceleration and an efficient fuel economy, it generates significantly less torque than the Cadillac. Adding to that, the high price range makes it less suitable than its competitors offering similar facilities for a lower cost.

Cadillac CTS-V vs Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Reputed as the most powerful sedan on Earth, the 2017 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has a 707 horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine under its hood which generates a torque of 645 pound-feet, making it much better than the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan.

The driver is offered with three modes through its adaptive suspension system - Street, Sport and Track modes. However, unlike the Cadillac, it lacks behind is ride quality and interior passenger space. Although being the cheapest among its competitors, it’s an ideal deal.

2017 Cadillac CTS-V Final Verdict

The 2017 CTS-V Sedan is an overall perfect driving experience craftily blended with comfort and convenience and a massively powerful engine. This package of a luxurious Sedan at the specified price range is an absolutely good buy for those who desire for a strong performing car for a day in day out usability.