The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V gets one of the highest Total Car Scores in the High-Performance Luxury segment.
As the more potent version of Cadillac’s CTS sedan, the CTS-V is known for being one the best high-performance values in current production. It just as remarkable, but far less expensive, as many others in its segment. Lauded for its prodigious power and tremendous road grip, the CTS-V is a bonafied track machine. Reviewers were impressed with its handling and cornering prowess as well. Also garnering praise is its opulent and well-appointed cabin.
However, the 2011 CTS-V has been criticized for various shortcomings, including an occasional heaviness through low-speed turns due to its 4300-plus pound curb weight. The CTS-V is also said to suffer from vague steering feel. Other cited negatives include a cluttered instrument panel, unsupportive front seats, limited cargo space and low fuel economy.
Now in its third year, the 2011 CTS-V shows off a new fender vent design and comes equipped with a standard rear-view camera. The car will remain virtually unchanged for the following model year.
The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V is offered as a high-performance sedan, coupe and wagon.
The CTS-V is offered in one trim for the coupe, sedan and wagon body styles. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated seats, automatic climate control, navigation, a premium audio system with hard drive digital storage and USB input, 19-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance tires, Brembo brakes, Bluetooth, xenon headlights, an active suspension with automatic damping and rear parking sensors. Notable options include a panoramic sunroof, Recaro sport seats and an interior wood treatment.
The Cadillac CTS-V is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 rated at 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. This engine ties to either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic transmission with steering-mounted shift buttons.
The CTS-V earned high crash and safety test ratings from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V is 14 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined with the manual transmission, 12/18/14 mpg with the automatic.
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