“The Cadillac CT5 is one of those cars that I can’t recommend to people shopping in this class,” I said during our last Car of the Year discussion. “I just don’t see anything special or attractive here.” Pretty much everyone agreed the Cadillac didn’t have a chance of moving forward as a finalist. It simply didn’t handle like its predecessors, the ATS and CTS.
A few months later, my colleague Jonny Lieberman got to drive the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V during its launch in Palm Springs and came back stunned. “This thing drives fabulously,” he wrote.
So when I took delivery of the CT5-V, my expectations were still low. Not that I don’t trust Jonny, but my personal experience with the non-V was nothing extraordinary.
The CT5-V changed my mind.