Are Cadillac Sedan Models Reliable?
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Cadillac is the flagship brand for General Motors and known for building cars and SUVs with an edgy style and luxurious interiors. The V-Series is especially focused on their sporty look and driver engageability. If you’re looking for a sedan that’s fun-to-drive but also reliable, should you go with a Cadillac?
The luxury brand doesn’t score well in Consumer Reports’ (CR) list of best car brands of 2021. Here’s a breakdown of why Cadillac cars didn’t stand out, and more details about their sedans.
How did Consumer Reports rank 2021 Cadillac sedans?
Critics were not impressed by the CT4 and CT5.
Cadillac overall took a spot close to the bottom of the pack on Consumer Reports’ list of best car brands. They ranked 22 out of 32 brands. Based on the five Cadillac models tested, CR only recommends one of them.
For the 2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 in particular, CR gave them both an Overall Score of 65. This score is based on things like Road Test performance, Predicted Reliability, and Predicted Owner Satisfaction.
The CT4 and CT5 sedans may have poor reliability
Both the CT4 and CT5 have decent owner satisfaction scores, but poor reliability, receiving a score of 2 out of 5.
The CT4 and CT5 have been impacted by two different recalls. The first recall issued in June is related to the airbags and electrical system. The airbag malfunction indicator might fail to warn you about a problem with your airbags and increase your risk of injury. The second recall also involves the airbags and the fact that they don’t deploy properly.
CR doesn’t have any detailed reliability data on the models yet, but the review site provides predicted reliability of the models based on the manufacturer’s track record.
2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 specs
Since the Cadillac sedans are still new, you might have a different experience than predicted by Consumer Reports.
The 2021 Cadillac CT4 has engaging, European-inspired driving dynamics. The handling and braking are excellent, and the steering is precise. The front seat is comfortable, but the rear seat is more cramped and harder to access.
The CT4 offers a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is responsive but might sound hoarse. The car comes in either a rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive version. CR measured 25 mpg for overall fuel economy on premium fuel. The base model starts at around $34,590.
The 2021 Cadillac CT5 drives well with agile handling and a firm ride. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine like the CT4, with similar noise issues. The car is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission but this tends to delay upshifting. The CT5 starts at $38,190.
The controls of the CT5 are easy to use, and the front seats are comfortable. There’s a lack of headroom space for rear-seat passengers. The CT5 offers standard active safety features like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking for city driving with pedestrian detection. The Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system is also available for the 2021 model.
Other luxury sedan options
If you’d prefer to go for a luxury sedan with better predicted reliability, you can look into the Infiniti Q50 or Audi A4. There are also some older models like the Mazda Miata that can be great options if you want to save money but still drive a sporty car.
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