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2005 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan


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Cadillac CTS-V Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.7 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 400 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Cadillac CTS-V

  • It may be a little rough around the edges, but the fast and nimble CTS-V is one of the most promising signs yet that Cadillac is ready to take on the world.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    V8 muscle, do-it-yourself gearbox, composed chassis, inexpensive compared to its peers, spacious cabin for day-to-day livability.

  • Cons

    Can't keep its feet planted during hard launches, awkward interior design, average interior materials.

  • What's New for 2005

    No significant changes for the CTS-V this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (70 total reviews)

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Over a year ownership (happy)

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac CTS-V 4dr Sedan (5.7L 8cyl 6M)

bought my V with 49k on it in 2011. Performance is outstanding. It is F-A-S-T, saying that I don't abuse the car, but I have pushed the gas a few times. It corners well. The rear differential is crap. I cant say that enough. Huge fail point for GM. 2ndly the gear shift is crap as well. Designed after the BMW type shifter. It's vague & has a looong throw to it. Nothing like muscle car coupes of GM & Ford. Overall I do enjoy the car, it's definitely fun to drive & easy to pass folks. My suspension is nice & stiff, it will jar your kidneys on bumps. LOTS of power, sucks the gas if you lay into it. Decent mileage, City is aroud 16 mpg & hwy it's been up to 27mpg at 70 mph. 21mpg @ 85-90mph

A corvette for those of

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac CTS-V 4dr Sedan (5.7L 8cyl 6M)

First, I own a 2005 CTS-V, essentially this means my 400HP comes from a 5.7 L Aluminum block instead of a 6.0 L one..that difference notwithstanding, the vehicles are nearly identical. First, this is an amazing vehicle, and can be had at a reasonable price. I purchased mine and it still has a full MasterGuard GMPP Warranty. For those of you who are looking at CTS-V's, I would recommend post 2005, as the 05's have rear differential issues that were addressed with an updated P/N in 06 (mine has been replaced). I get many positive comments on my black V, and she begs to be driven rough. The 6 speed is phenomenal, if a little bulky in traffic. Very smooth, very dignified, and fits the family

Racing family

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac CTS-V 4dr Sedan (5.7L 8cyl 6M)

Love our cts-v, 6 speed, 5.7, 4 door! Fun to drive, looks HOT and holds 3 kids in the backseat! Can't complain about the mpg, getting 22 when we drive easy! Always run 91 in it too! Wouldn't trade it, after 2 years, even with my 'cons' below! Tinted the windows in solar guard 5%. Exhaust is not loud enough for me. Putting flowmasters on soon. Always turns heads everywhere we go as it is!

Gas Mileage


  • 13
  • cty
  • 21
  • highway
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What's New for 2005

No significant changes for the CTS-V this year.

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