The first-generation CT5 is a really impressive luxury midsize sedan for the price Cadillac presents it at, although it doesn’t quite offer the performance proficiencies of its predecessor. It’s a pretty handsome vehicle and it boasts a spacious and comfortable interior that looks and feels high quality – for the most part. We found a few low-grade bits and pieces here and there, but the cabin is well built and plush enough to stay in competition with some of the CT5’s European rivals. The base turbo-four motor is a major disappointment, however, lacking in power and fuel efficiency. The optional twin-turbo V6 unit is a much better option.
All models are refined on the road, though, with a well-insulated cabin that absorbs road abrasions and road noise, and is thoroughly loaded with value. The 2021 Cadillac CT5 underwent review by the NHTSA and scored exceptionally well, with a full house of top mars. Although two recalls exist for this model year – both pertaining to potential airbag malfunctions – ratings from J.D. Power are high, with a score of 85 out of 100 for quality and reliability. The CT5 may not be as proficient or engaging as its European 4-door contemporaries, but for the price it’s offered at, it can’t be ignored.