2020 Cadillac CT5 Costs Nearly $10,000 Less Than The CTS

The Cadillac CTS’ high price tag was blamed for lackluster sales and it appears the company has acknowledged this as the 2020 CT5 will cost $9,105 less than the outgoing model.

According to Autoblog, the entry-level CT5 Luxury will have a base price of $37,890. That’s significantly less than the 2019 CTS and similarly sized vehicles such as the Audi A6 ($54,100), BMW 5-Series ($53,400) and Mercedes E-Class ($53,500).

Cadillac hasn’t released detailed specifications, but the automaker has previously confirmed the CT5 Luxury will come standard with LED lighting units, active noise cancellation technology and forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking. Buyers will also find a 10-inch infotainment system and voice recognition technology.

Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 237 hp (177 kW / 240 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to a ten-speed automatic transmission and a standard rear-wheel drive system.

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Buyers looking for something more luxurious can opt for the mid-level CT5 Premium Luxury which starts at $41,690. The model boasts additional equipment including auto-dimming mirrors, rear park assist and a blind spot warning system. Inside, customers will find leather seats, a wireless smartphone charger and LED ambient lighting.

The CT5 Sport will carry a base price of $42,690 and it features unique styling inside and out. Exterior changes include sportier fascias, a revised grille and standard 19-inch alloy wheels. The model also has rocker extensions, a rear spoiler and black accents.

The sporty styling continues in the cabin as drivers will find heavily bolstered front seats and a steering wheel with magnesium paddle shifters. The model also has carbon fiber trim and Brembo front brakes.

All-wheel drive will be optional, but it’s a tad pricey as it adds $2,600 – $3,090 to the base price. On the bright side, Cadillac throws in the Cold Climate Package which includes heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

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The 2020 Cadillac CT5 will go on sale this fall and it will eventually be joined by the new CT5-V.

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  • caddy45

    Oh wow… this just go interesting. This leaves a huge gap in pricing between the base CT5 and CT6 now though. $38K base price vs. $60K base price. That leaves a loooot of room in the middle, but for what? Does next gen CT6 get pushed down market?

    And isn’t the CT5 now a 3/A4/C fighter again (like 1st/2nd gen CTS) than a 5/A6/E competitor? And the CT4 being a 1/A3/A competitor? So pricing seems pretty reasonable from that perspective.

    • Rocket

      Actually, no. Despite what was reported before the release, the CT4 is actually 4″ longer than the ATS, so it’s still appropriate to compare it to the 3-Series set. The CT5 is less than 2″ shorter than the CTS.

    • You are correct. That is the new strategy going forward regardless of the size of the vehicles. Buyers will mainly focus on luxury models in the price point.

  • Zandit75

    It’s got to make up for it’s lack of style somehow.

    • Bash

      That is exactly my thought.

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      I think it has an Audi like blandness about it.

      Which I’m not mad at.

      • Zandit75

        No way, Audi look stylish, and timeless(my opinion, and you won’t change that!! :P) This…..thing above is not much better than the Aztec!!

        • MayTheBestCarWin05

          Not trying to change your opinion. Looks are subjective.

          But “not much better than an Aztec” is a stretch.

    • Joe E

      I agree that the pics look pretty boring. But I think this design language doesn’t photograph well and looks way better in person than in pics. Basing this off the CT6 refresh and XT4. Not much to look at in pics, but very striking in person.

      • Zandit75

        Yeah, but those models look good in pictures too. I’m not holding my breath!

    • caddy45


    • Zandit75

      Same rear quarter window design!

    • ErnieB


    • Paul

      Is it just me or does that Accord look more elegant or luxurious than the Cadillac?

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        It does, and a loaded Accord Touring 2.0T will not only be more reliable, but likely better all around.

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      1. I LOVE the new accord. I think it punches waaay above its class.

      2. I don’t think buyers who are shopping for a RWD sport sedan are cross shopping the accord.


        • MayTheBestCarWin05

          That’s fine. Looks are subjective man. I think it’s handsome and restrained.

          And in today’s market of crazy Japanime look at me designs. This is refreshing.

        • Enter Ranting

          Those fake grilles on the CT5 are a new standard for ridiculous.

  • ME

    I do like the interior!
    As for price, the XT4 should have a lower MSRP too.

  • BlackPegasus

    This is a smart strategy for Cadillac. Aside from my reservations about this model, it’s still a lot of car for the money.

  • Paul

    Good move for Cadillac.

    • Harry_Wild

      Trading their brand legacy for cheap models! Phase two on destroying Cadillac brand. Pretty soon Cadillac will be the same as Chevrolet!

      • Paul

        No, because the vehicle this replaces was already overpriced for the market.

  • no25

    i mean i wouldn’t pay CTS pricing for such a disgrace of a “replacement.”

  • PhilMcGraw

    I think part of the reasoning was that one year old Cadillac’s were going down in price by $10,000 or more depending on what model.

    A 2018 CTS was $57,423 when new. After one year the car depreciated to $38,425 or just about what this new CT5 is starting at.

    • bd0007

      Fastest depreciating lux model (under $80k) is the Acura RLX.

  • Merc1

    Inferior car, cheap price, typical GM.


    • performante

      How exactly is it inferior? Please elaborate.

      • Merc1

        It’s a GM product. Every single time a new car comes along they claim it’s better and it is still ALWAYS behind the competition. They haven’t produced a best in class car in 40 years. It’s always the same thing, lesser car lesser price, not a better vehicle.


        • TheAmerican2point0

          Camaro Zl1 1Le?

          • Merc1

            Muscle cars and trucks are were the domestics do their best work and those happen to the same segments where they have the last foreign competition. It’s no coincidence. They haven’t been to build a world beating family or luxury sedan in over 40 years.


  • McFly

    I just can’t shake the feeling that the CT5 reminds me of a 20 year old Opel Vectra.

    • Carlos Gamarra

      i- oh my god you’re right, i see it

  • Craig

    I am very quickly warming up the CT5. It will be interesting to see it in person.

  • bd0007

    The CT5 is significantly less than the CTS b/c it replaces the ATS (and not the CTS).

    The CT5 actually undercuts the 3 Series, C Class, etc.

    The next gen CT6 will take over as Cadillac’s “mid-size” offering (being the replacement for the CTS) and the production version of the Escala will be the new flagship.

    • Merc1

      Stupidest strategy ever. American car companies can’t stick with anything to build up an equity in a nameplate or anything. This constant reshuffling screams failure and it’s just plain dumb. After these sedans fail Cadillac may as well just give up on sedans all together or produce an electric one.


  • Seats & a steering wheel

    I really like it, inside and out. Shame these won’t come to Australia.

  • JBsC6

    SMArt move by cadillacs. JDN s pricing strategy designed supposedly to create exclusivity turned cadillac faithful off to the brand.

    If americans wanted to overpay then there are plenty of german garbage vehicles to get ripped off by…

    The second gen cts was an excellent vehicle priced appropriately….

    THe third gen a fine vehicle but woefully over priced by about 9 grand …

    THE ct5 corrects that .

    THE Market has evolved to cuv s though so dont expect sales miracles on the ct5…

    USEd to be a second gen fe2 304 hp awd cts owner….

    I alREADy moved on to an alfa stelvio ti sport which is a hoot to drive and own..

    If and when GM offers a sports cuv to compete with the porsche macan or alfa

    • Joe E

      +1 Well said. The CT5 seems like the successor to the second-gen CTS. The 3rd gen CTS was a weird model that should have been the STS.

      I say this as the owner of a second-gen CTS who will be looking closely at CT5 “Mild V” to replace. Jealous of your Stelvio but no car payments since 2011 has been glorious.

  • Porkopolis

    Maybe the automotive world is ready for a full-on Discount Luxury segment (needs a better name):
    Genesis started to carve the original niche
    Mazda has intentions to go more upscale
    Cadillac is about on par with Genesis
    Who else could we throw in the loop?

    • MP4-12C

      Maybe Acura, Infiniti, Alfa Romeo, Tesla, Volvo as well?

  • getoffme

    As it should. Cadillac is a cheapo brand.

  • Green

    U dumb*ucks don’t understand that this is a D class car. So thats why it costs just like the cars from the D segment..
    CT4 will be the C segment car. It means it will compete against the fugly A class.
    CT6 is an E class car.
    I’d take the CT5 over the MB C, Bmlexus 3, A4 anyday.

    • Salih Ahzem

      Pricewise yes but in size definately no, Cadillac is going back to “tweener” models that are in between classes like the second gen CTS.

    • Merc1

      No the dumb f’s are Cadillac who can’t seem to focus on squat and are constantly reshuffling the same crap cars. These will fail just like the last ones did.


    • SteersUright

      You and about 7 others. Meanwhile the Germans will clean house and eventually put Cadillac to pasture if it doesn’t step up its game big time. I often wonder why Cadillac insisted on going after the Germans instead of charting its own path as beautiful, mega-luxurious, quiet and super comfortable affordable alternatives to unobtanium like Rolls-Royces. With the Germans doing an excellent job on sporty luxury, let them have it. Nobody is laser focused exclusively on luxury in the “affordable” class of “luxury” cars and this seems a big miss.

  • DHG2605

    The styling is a huge improvement anyway.

  • Felipe Politano

    Wait a minute, so the V6 will only be available as the “mild” CT5-V? When the car came out in mid May the six-pot was mentioned as part of the regular lineup, no “V” in the conversation. It seems like the disappointing 335hp CT5-V was an afterthought… a bad one at that

    • Mike Gauthier

      The V6 will be offered on the CT5 Premium Luxury and Sport, but Cadillac hasn’t revealed how much it will cost yet

  • Joe E

    I still daily a 2008 CTS. I don’t think Cadillac has reliability issues anywhere near those of the german brands. My car is a first-year model, first year of the 3.6 DI engine. Overall, very reliable. Besides normal wear stuff, only a thermostat and alternator in ~100k miles. Even if everything falls to pieces now, I’m satisifed.

  • john1168

    So, they’re going for cheap now. Well, at least it looks the part.

  • Steven Strain

    JD Power are terrible. When a customer complains because the infotainment system occasionally lags or takes 10 seconds too long to boot. That is held against the car manufacturer just as severely as would a defective transmission. One issue is a nuisance and the other is safety and drivability and they make no distinction.

  • SteersUright

    Put this side by side with nearly any 2019 Audi or BMW and it looks 8-10 years old already. Why are the tach and speedo a mile apart? Why insist on those terrible looking taillights that are no more Cadillac than they are attractively designed?
    Also, the Germans have perfected the clean side window design while Cadillac’s continues the broken up by ugly chunks of black plastic style like its the early 2000’s all over again.
    Lastly, there’s no forgiving that hideous kinked-design in the rear part of the side windows. How did it ever make it past their designers without one noting how ugly it is?
    Shame, this car is really close to a compelling offering. The front looks really good but, that about it. GM should just hire Audi to do their interiors and lighting design.

  • SteersUright

    Here’s a game plan Cadillac:
    1. Make cars that focus on supreme comfort, ease of use, and beautiful design inside and out. Forget “sporty” for the most part.
    2. Take the Corvette and make your own version of it with a far more beautiful design and higher quality interior. Make it quieter and more luxurious and start it at $100k.
    3. Keep V8 options for everything, add hybrid tech, etc to lower fuel consumption.
    4. Outside of one S-class competitor & sports car, make all others cars CUV’s and SUV’s, that’s what the public wants so give it to them.
    5. Do NOT borrow anything from Chevy. Learn from Ford and develop a RWD chassis for Cadillac first, then loan it out to Chevy and others, not vice-versa.
    6. Do not try to match Germans on price, you haven’t earned it. Always play the budget card like Genesis does.

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