These days, the average passenger vehicle has only a few bits and pieces that drivers and passengers physically touch on a regular basis. The door handles are one of these bits and pieces, and although they might not seem like a big deal, the way they feel and operate can make a big impact. With that in mind, the all-new 2020 Cadillac CT5 includes a noteworthy update to the door handle design that’s worthy of further examination.
GM Authority’s Alex Luft recently tried out the new door handles firsthand, and walked away feeling impressed by the way in which the handles operated, as well as the way they felt.
The door handle on the 2020 Cadillac CT5 is all-new for GM as well as the Cadillac brand. Essentially, the handles have a slim rubber “trigger” located on the backside of the handle. To open the door, drivers and passengers simply grab the handle and squeeze the rubber trigger. The handle itself doesn’t physically move, unlike traditional handles which typically move out towards the person operating them.
The new Cadillac CT5 door handles work in conjunction with the vehicle’s keyless entry system: drivers simply need to have the new key fob on their person, then squeeze the trigger on the handle to unlock and open the door.
Another cool little detail we noticed is the small Cadillac badge located on the corner of the door handle. It’s pretty minor, but definitely appreciated by those customers that look for the little stuff.
We’ve documented our experience with the new Cadillac CT5 door handles in a brief video, as originally presented by our sister publication, Cadillac Society. Hit play to see the handles in action. Also, listen for the solid “katunk” sound the door makes when closed. This sound is another fine detail worked into the CT5, and we think it lends the new sedan additional premium connotations.
For reference, the 2020 Cadillac CT5 is the brand’s latest compact, D-segment four-door sedan that indirectly replaces the Cadillac CTS and ATS sedans. Rivals include the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series. Under the hood, the Cadillac CT5 is offered with either the turbocharged 2.0L inline four-cylinder LSY engine making 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (in 350T models) or the optional twin-turbo 3.0L V6 making 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque (for 550T models). Routing power to the ground is the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission on both engine choices, with both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive on offer.
The CT5 line also includes the go-faster CT5-V, which is equipped with the same turbocharged 3.0L V6 as the 550T model. It routes its 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque through the same 10-speed automatic, but features Magnetic Ride Control and other sport-oriented suspension components. Above the standard CT5-V is the range-topping “next-level” CT5-V, which will offer more power and capability. That model is expected to debut later in the CT5’s product lifecycle.