One particularly useful feature of the Cadillac CT5 sedan can be found in the front door pockets. These contain compartments specifically designed for the storage of umbrellas.
The utility of the compartments naturally varies according to the state in which the Cadillac CT5 spends most of its time. In California or Arizona, for example, they are generally of little more than academic interests. However, in states where the annual rainfall is higher, a part of the car dedicated specifically to the storage of umbrellas becomes a matter of great importance.
In vehicles which do not include this feature (which is most of them), anyone climbing aboard rapidly to avoid a rain shower is faced with several unwelcome choices. One could put the folded wet umbrella on the floor, assuming there are few enough passengers for this to be practical, or on an unoccupied seat, which will itself become wet and possibly dirty by this action.
One might also put the umbrella in the trunk, but this means spending more time outside the vehicle in the rain, dramatically reducing the benefit of using the umbrella in the first place.
Front-seat occupants of the Cadillac CT5 can circumvent all of the above by folding the umbrella immediately before entering the car, and then putting it in the stowage compartment. This could be problematic if there are three or more passengers, because the ones in the rear do not have this option, though it’s fine if there are only two.
In-car umbrella storage is a textbook example of the old saying that any fool can have a complicated idea, but it takes a genius to have a simple one. It is so straightforward that it seems obvious, yet it is still very rare in the auto industry long after it was first thought of. It would be reasonable to expect that every manufacturer offered it this far into the 21st century, but very few of them do.
Even Cadillac has offered umbrella storage only intermittently. It was available on the eighth-generation Cadillac DeVille, but not the more recent (though now discontinued) Cadillac ATS or Cadillac CTS luxury sedans, indirect predecessors of the Cadillac CT5.
The type of manufacturer does not appear to make any difference to the importance it attaches to providing a dedicated spot for umbrellas. U.K.’s ultra-luxury brand Rolls-Royce and the Volkswagen Group’s Czech Republic-based budget brand Skoda (two manufacturers rarely mentioned in the same sentence) both currently offer not only door-mounted umbrella storage compartments but also actual umbrellas to put in them, and have done so for several years.
The 2021 Cadillac CT5 is priced to start at $37,990, including $995 destination charge, for the Luxury trim with rear-wheel-drive – the base configuration. The range also includes the more sporty Cadillac CT5-V.
An upcoming highlight is the ultra-high-performance 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, which is scheduled to go into production on July 5th, 2021. The range-topper will be fitted with GM’s supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 engine rated at 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful vehicle Cadillac has ever offered to the public.