2017 Cadillac CTS-V Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- One of the most powerful sport sedans on the road today
- Ultra-sophisticated suspension delivers world-class ride and handling
- Optional sport seats offer excellent support
- More bang for the buck compared to direct rivals
- Cabin doesn't feel as luxurious as some competitors
- Tech interface too clever for its own good
- Stiff ride quality can grow tiresome over rough pavement
- Smallest trunk in the segment
With a monster engine and a body structure stiff as an English lord's upper lip, the CTS-V's acceleration and handling equal — or better — many of its European rivals. It's more than just a performance machine, however; it's also a plush, well-crafted luxury sedan that's comfortable enough to be a daily driver. The exhaust note sounds menacing at full throttle, but a well-insulated cabin makes this a surprisingly quiet car on the highway. A cylinder deactivation system shuts down half of the V8's cylinders when cruising and helps to ease some of the CTS-V's natural thirst.
The seats are comfortable and supportive whether you opt for the standard 20-way-adjustable performance seats or spring for the optional Recaros. Steering response and body control is razor sharp, as the CTS-V's Magnetic Ride Control suspension makes it a predictable companion whether you're covering miles on the interstate or winding your way down a local back road.
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.
Front passengers enjoy ample personal space, yet the enveloping dashboard and door panels form an intimate cockpit that reinforces the car's sporting mission.
Rear passenger room is decent, but it's tight compared to some other midsize luxury sedans. The trunk, at 13.7 cubic feet, is also small for the class.
The Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system pairs a graphically rich 8-inch touchscreen with touch-panel inputs. Outfitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, CUE is more capable than ever when it comes to smartphone integration. The constant poking and swiping at the touch panel, especially for routine functions such as adjusting the fan speed or stereo volume, gets tiresome, however (although you can also control volume on the steering wheel). It's one of the few drawbacks to an otherwise advanced and impressive interface.