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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.

Full 2005 Cadillac CTS-V Review

What's New for 2005

No significant changes for the CTS-V this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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!

Detroit iron flyer

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

My first car was a 69 Camaro, followed by a couple of Firebirds in the 70's, an Old's Aurora in 90's and this CTS-V. This car is a quantum leap in feel and power. My drives seem shorter, because it is such fun to drive I hate to arrive. I like it's stealth Corvette quality. I bought this car used with 40,000 miles on it and it looks like new except for a small fleck of finish missing from one of the Nav system buttons. I get lots of complements from people who know what it is and those who don't. Total thrill to step on it and work through the gears and step down into a set of twisties.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

A true 4 door vette

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

I have owned several muscle cars over the years and this one truly lives up to the standard, the handeling is great and the torque is available at any speed. Its a sleeper and the car is very under rated and there are few of these produced. All I can say is that 0-60 under 5 seconds and qtr miles in 13 seconds flat from a 3800lbs car is great. Also this one handles great and the steering reponse is excellent. Get rid of the runflat tires and you ll get your self and excellent highway cruiser. why over pay for an M5 when you can get this. I am very satisfied with the car and plan to keep it for years to come. Good work GM performance division. Also looking on 2010 camaro SS and 08 Gt500


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

Car runs fine, no problems of serious nature. Just it seems to be not well thought out. Simple thing, how can a car in this price range not have a central lock gas cover or at least an interior release for the gas cover? The navigation system is better than the BMW iDrive but that is a pretty low bar to beat. If l could take the computer tower out, it would improve my feelings a lot. l am stupid enough not to be able to change the name of previous owner so shut off personalization and now have no memory for seats. Cannot change clock, not a computer guy, a car guy yes, but too much computer issues.

Talk About The 2005 CTS-V

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2005 CTS's can be easily identified with the body color plastic license plate frame on the trunk which replaces the much maligned gray version. 2004 CTS-V's have the same new panel, but they have oth...

Oh my.....you keep filtering out the content that answers the questions you pose. I already covered why the CTS-V is a preferable mix of attributes over an M5. It's more useful as a 4 door while deliv...

Gas Mileage


  • 13
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  • 21
  • highway
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