Inside the New Cadillac CTS V Sedan

Whenever you see a “V” slapped on a Cadillac, it means that this one is fast. And the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sedan is certainly no exception.

This four-door, five passenger high performance mid-sized sedan combines luxury with sports-car capabilities. Its MSRP starts at $83,995.


The 2016 CTS-V sedan packs a rear-wheel drive 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine under its hood. It’s a retuned version of the same engine that’s found in the Chevrolet Corvette ZO6.

The engine produces 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

On the track, the 2016 CTS-V sedan clocked a 0 to 60 miles per hour time of 4.1 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 200 miles per hour.

In regards to safety features, the 2016 CTS-V sedan comes with traction control, stability control and antilock brakes. It has front-seat airbags, rear-side airbags, front-passenger knee airbags and full-length curtain airbags.

To aid in parking, there are front and rear parking sensors, front camera and rearview camera. While in traffic, the 2016 CTS-V sedan aides the driver with a forward collision alert system, blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert system and lane-departure warning and intervention system.

In government crash testing, the 2016 CTS-V sedan received five stars overall in frontal crash, side crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 CTS-V sedan “good” ratings in moderate overlap frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

When it comes to keeping passengers entertained, the 2016 CTS-V sedan comes standard with a host of unique features. The CUE touchscreen system allows for operation of the sedan’s:

  • Navigation,
  • Audio system,
  • Climate-control system,
  • OnStar system,
  • Phone,
  • and other features.

Fuel Efficiency

The EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers for the 2016 CTS-V sedan are 14 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway. Its 17 miles per gallon combined rating is a jump up from the previous model CTS-V sedan, which had an estimated 14 miles per gallon combined rating.

The 2016 CTS-V sedan’s fuel tank capacity is approximately 19 gallons.

Pros vs. Cons

The 2016 CTS-V sedan has its pros and cons when compared to the competition. The 2016 CTS-V sedan goes up against the following four-door high performance mid-sized sedans:

  • 2016 BMW M5
  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63
  • 2016 Audi RS7
  • 2016 Jaguar XF S

Buyers who cross shop the 2016 CTS-V sedan against the competition will discover that it has more horsepower than its competitors. This works to the Cadillac’s advantage.

The 2016 BMW M5 might be attracted to the BMW’s manual transmission, which is not offered in the Cadillac. However, the BMW M5 has less horsepower at 560. Also, rated at 560 horsepower is the 2016 Audi RS7.

The 2016 CTS-V sedan also beats the 2016 Jaguar XF S in horsepower. The Jaguar has 380 horsepower. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 sedan 577 horsepower.

In addition to no manual transmission option, the CTS-V sedan’s disadvantage is a lack of all-wheel drive which is available in both the AMG EG3 and RS7. And even though it’s luxurious, others in the class provide a more luxury-appointed package than the CTS-V sedan.

The CUE system is also slow to respond to commands.

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