Introduced as a new model, the 2005 CTS-V helps Cadillac regain its reputation for powerful cars. In the years prior to the release of this unique sedan, Cadillac had become known for releasing staid, though well-built and well-designed, cars more at home with the senior crowd than with the demanding drivers of the day. The CTS-V has been called a cross between a traditional Caddy and a Corvette, and anyone can see why.
This sedan comes equipped with a LS6 V-8, exactly like the one found in the Corvette. This engine generates 400 hp. In addition to the power of the CTS-V, the suspension and handling of this monster make it a pleasure to drive with its ability to hug the road. This isn’t the classic Cadillac your granddaddy drove. Overall, the 2005 Cadillac CTS-V aims to please the demanding driver who expects a lot from his car. It proves suitable for a family, a young professional, or a Cadillac lover looking for something different.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Cadillac CTS-V
As a new model, the 2005 Cadillac CTS-V shows no changes.
The 2005 Cadillac CTS-V sure gets some attention. This car departs from many of the other models Cadillac has released. It features an assertive and sloped front end, grille, and hood. It looks as if it means business with its low front bumper and modern lines along the sides of the car. The CTS-V comes in four colors, including Black Raven, Light Platinum, Red Line, and Stealth Gray. Regardless of the color choice, this car looks as impressive at a stand-still as it does on the road.
The 2005 Cadillac CTS-V cabin suffers from some lack of attention. The most impressive cabin aspect concerns the space. It offers plenty of room for even the tallest passengers in the front and rear seats. The bucket front seats come in leather or suede and offer adjustable lumbar support and height adjustment. Naturally, this car has power accessories and comes equipped with all the features you would expect, including air-conditioning, reading lights, and vanity mirrors. Wood and alloy trim on the doors and center console provide a bit of class and elegance. The tilt-adjustable steering wheel comes covered in leather. For convenience, a trip computer and compass comprise standard equipment.
Performance & Handling
While the 2005 Cadillac CTS-V looks impressive on the outside, under the hood, and in the cabin, this car focuses on performance. In test drives, people make very few complaints about the off-the-line ability of this sedan. With its Corvette engine in place, driving on the highway certainly does not present a problem. Merging into traffic and passing feels smooth with the CTS-V. In the city, the car handles well and hugs the road in a way few larger sedans can manage.
With so much power under the hood, it makes sense that Cadillac offers this car with a long list of safety features. The sedan comes equipped with front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The 2005 Cadillac CTS-V also has front and rear ventilated disc braking systems. Stability and traction control remain part of the safety features along with a tire pressure monitoring system, xenon high-intensity headlamps, and a post-collision safety system. Car seat anchors and rear door child safety locks protect young passengers.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac CTS-V 5.7-liter V-8: 13/21 mpg city/highway
- Well-designed chassis
- Lots of cabin room
- Powerful V-8 engine
- Nice gearbox
You Won't Like
- Awkward interior design
- Mediocre cabin materials
- Struggles with hard starts
Unique, fast, and powerful—a modern sedan.
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