The Cadillac CT5 debuted in March of 2019, dropping in as an indirect replacement for the Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS. Slotting into the luxury D-segment, the CT5 is primed to take on rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series. What’s more, the CT5’s styling takes cues from the Escala concept, showcasing a new styling direction for the brand. Within the CT5 lineup, there are specific features that help to differentiate between the various trim levels, all of which we’re picking apart in the following GM Authority visual comparison.
The Cadillac CT5’s four trim levels start with the base-level Luxury. From there, the trim cadence splits into the Premium Luxury and Sport, per Cadillac’s Y trim level strategy. Finally, the Cadillac CT5-V is offered as the sportiest trim of the bunch.
We’ve provided side-by-side images of each trim level in Summit White for easy comparison. For the sake of simplicity, we’ve combined the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims for each side-by-side image line, given the similarities between the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims. A more refined styling feature comparison between the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims can be found in the text, as well as in the table included at the bottom of this post.
In front, the four trim levels are divided up via the grille treatment and the lower fascia design.
A bright grille is used for the Luxury and Premium Luxury, while the Sport and V-Series use a darker grille treatment. Meanwhile, the lower fascia on the Luxury and Premium Luxury uses a single, continuous styling line, whereas the Sport and CT5-V use a divided lower fascia aesthetic.
Moving into the profile view, we find differentiation with regard to the door handles, rocker extensions, Daylight Opening (also known as DLO) trim treatment, and wheels. The door handles come in body color for the Luxury, Sport, and V-Series, while the Premium Luxury gets bright accents. What’s more, an illuminating door handle feature is standard on the Premium Luxury, and optional on the Sport (via the Lighting Package) and V-Series (via the Premium Package).
There are also black rocker extensions on the Sport and V-Series, while the DLO Treatment is bright on the Luxury and Premium Luxury, and dark on the Sport and V-Series. Standard wheel sizing is set at 18 inches in diameter for the Luxury and Premium Luxury, and 19 inches for the Sport and V-Series.
Around back, we find five styling differentiators for the Cadillac CT5 trim levels. A rear spoiler is standard on the Sport and V-Series, but optional on the Luxury and Premium Luxury, while the lower rear fascia is black on the Luxury and Premium Luxury, two-tone on the Sport, and includes a faux diffuser element on the V-Series.
The exhaust treatment is also different, with dual tips on all trims except the V-Series, which gets a quad exhaust treatment. The tail lamps come with red lenses for the Premium and Premium Luxury, and gray-tinted lenses for the Sport and V-Series. Finally, there’s a bright rear decklid accent for all trims except the V-Series, which gets a dark accent.
|Door Handles||Body color||Bright1||Body color2||Body color2|
|Black Rocker Extensions||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Lower Rear Fascia||Black||Black||Two-tone||Faux diffuser|
- 1 Illuminating feature is standard
- 2 Illuminating feature is optional