The 2023 Cadillac CT5 represents the fourth model year of the first-generation compact luxury sedan. With a model lineup ranging from the pedestrian CT5 Luxury to the fire-breathing CT5-V Blackwing, the CT5 offers a variant for every type of driver. However, Consumer Reports has now recommended prospective buyers to avoid the luxury four-door sedan altogether.
While CR commends the CT5 as a very competitive offering against its European rivals, the publication notes that the luxury sedan has a few significant flaws. These issues are reflected by a few different scores:
- Owner satisfaction rating – 2/5
- Road test rating – 76/100
- Predicated reliability rating – 2/5
- Overall score – 63
An overall score of 63 ranks the 2023 Cadillac CT5 at 10th out of 15, placing it towards the bottom of the luxury compact car segment.
From a predicted reliability viewpoint, the Caddy’s 2 out of 5 rating places the luxury sedan in the bottom tier of rankings, just above the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Polestar 2. CR notes that a majority of CT5 reliability pitfalls are related to its powertrain.
Speaking of powertrain, the road test review lauds the CT5 for its handling dynamics and sporty yet comfortable ride. Where the luxury sedan falls on its face is in the powertrain department, as CR reported that the turbocharged 2.0 LSY I4 gasoline engine, which is equipped as standard, felt wheezy, while the GM 10-speed automatic transmission felt unrefined. It’s worth noting that CR only tested a lower spec’d vehicle.
As a reminder, the CT5 is offered with the LSY engine on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels with a 350T designation, while the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 LGY gasoline engine is available on the Premium Luxury trim, wearing the 500T designation. The CT5-V receives a high-output version of the same LGY engine, and the range-topping CT5-V Blackwing features the supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 gasoline engine. Most trim levels are RWD as standard with an optional all-wheel drivetrain, while the Blackwing is RWD exclusively.
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