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The 2025 Cadillac CT5 And The Long Goodbye

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No one can tell you the future because, if they could, why would they waste telling the future to you. Will the future be entirely made up of gas-powered sedans? Probably not. Will it be entirely electric crossovers? Also, probably not. The answer lies somewhere in between, which is why the update for the 2025 Cadillac CT5 is interesting to me. It is indicative of the era of cars we’re entering, which I call The Long Goodbye.

The Long Goodbye is the inevitable outcome of this transitional moment between a maybe EV future and a definitely gas present. I’m always tempted to call it a liminal space and yet, even that implies we’re at the line and not over it or behind it. If we’re in a liminal space, it’s a doorway as wide as the gap between the expectations Jets fans had for Aaron Rodgers this season and the reality of Aaron Rodgers this season.

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25cact550002 V6b Final Int Driver SportWhat do you do if you’re an automaker? Start ejecting gas-powered vehicles out of your lineup as fast as possible, a la Volvo? Go long on hybrids, as Ford is doing? Whatever the strategy, a company with a gas-powered car that’s successful probably shouldn’t shut down the production lines just yet.

Thus the CT5. Sales, Cadillac will tell you, were up 70.6% in August. There are people who want the CT5. According to the brand, the average buyer age is in the lower 60s, compared to the mid 50s for Cadillac overall, so I’ll leave it to you to surmise who those people might be.

Is there upside in completely revamping, rebuilding, and reengineering the car? Again, I am no futurist (I’m my only critic), but my guess is the answer is “no” and that’s been indicated by what has changed, which isn’t much.

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So what do we get with this new Cadillac CT5? A mild visual refresh that brings the car more inline with its EV brethren, but doesn’t offend. A 33-inch screen with 9K resolution that stretches across the dash. New standard safety equipment that includes Blind Zone Steering Assist, Intersection Automatic Emergency Braking, and available Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Assist, as well as available Super Cruiser ADAS. Plus, there are two new colors: Deep Space Metallic and Typhoon Metallic.

To be fair to General Motors, this car has only been around since 2019 and is thus do for a mid-cycle refresh. My guess is that we’ll keep seeing refreshes until it disappears completely. Like most gas-powered cars, the investment in making an entirely new platform (this rides on the second generation Alpha platform, the CTS it replaced also ran on the Alpha platform) would be misplaced given other priorities.

25cact550006 Int Passenger Premium Lux V7b FinalThe longest of The Long Goodbye cars is probably the Dodge Charger, which has somehow continued to lumber on through refresh after refresh and, finally, so many Last Calls that I’m too inebriated to remember when production is actually supposed to end.

No word on future Blackwings or CT5-Vs, but this version will be available with either the 2.0-liter turbo, which is good for 237 horsepower, or the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, capable of squeezing out 335 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque on the good gas. Both engines are available as AWD or RWD.

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Is The Long Goodbye a bad thing? Not really. A long goodbye is better than no goodbye. Think of all the cars we’ve lost that may never come back. The Challenger, as we know it, is going to eventually leave. The Camaro, too. The Fiesta is dead, along with every other thing that Ford calls a car and not a Mustang.

As the man said: “To say goodbye is to die a little.”

But it’s probably better to die a little than to die completely, though I can’t say for sure what happens after.

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Mike McDonald
Mike McDonald
8 months ago

Bye BMW wannabe. Cadillac hasn’t made Cadillacs since 1976. Now do me a favor and get off my lawn.

Greg
Greg
8 months ago

I was behind one of these cars the other day they are beautiful from the outside. Not a fan of that dash though. Hopefully next refresh they get something a little more traditional looking.

The World of Vee
The World of Vee
8 months ago

I just don’t see it, I don’t see the EV future. I’m sorry, I don’t.

Tim Cougar
Tim Cougar
8 months ago

Quick, someone talk me out of buying a red 2011 CTS-V coupe.

Protodite
Protodite
8 months ago
Reply to  Tim Cougar

Oh you should do it

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
8 months ago
Reply to  Tim Cougar

Do it.

Livinglavidadidas
Livinglavidadidas
8 months ago
Reply to  Tim Cougar

Don’t do it. Buy the wagon instead!

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
8 months ago

Looks like a nice refresh. The previous one looked to Civic XXL to me but the front of this at least is more visually distinctive.

Cerberus
Cerberus
8 months ago

Dead cars are heavier than broken hearts. Apologies to R.Chandler, plus that’s from The Big Sleep, not The Long Goodbye.

3WiperB
3WiperB
8 months ago

I just want good cars to still exist. And I mean cars. 3 of my vehicles are still car form, not an SUV or truck. I don’t want a small SUV, I want a sedan or coupe and they are disappearing very quickly. Quick, name another US GM sedan outside Cadillac that is still for sale. (There’s only 1 left, it’s not one I want, and I’d be shocked if it gets another generation). Ford doesn’t have any left. Stellantis won’t have the Charger much longer.

I’m glad to see the CT5 get a good looking update. And it still has physical buttons as it should.

Patrick George
Patrick George
8 months ago

Almost everyone I know (outside The Business) still refers to this thing as the “CTS” and the faster versions as the “CTS-V.” Throwing away two decades of brand equity was a real mistake on Cadillac’s part, and it certainly didn’t help in a segment as troubled as the sedan one is.

Chronometric
Chronometric
8 months ago
Reply to  Patrick George

As someone in The Business, can you explain why auto companies make that same mistake repeatedly?

V10omous
V10omous
8 months ago
Reply to  Chronometric

Simple, they all keep hiring JDN.

Chronometric
Chronometric
8 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

He is a hell of a salesman but his only product is himself.

Patrick George
Patrick George
8 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

People really need to stop doing this!

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
8 months ago
Reply to  Patrick George

I’ll admit it – for a decent while, I thought it still was the CTS, given how the 5 looked at a glance.

Lokki
Lokki
8 months ago

Rumors of the death of the ICE car have been greatly exaggerated

George CoStanza
George CoStanza
8 months ago

Not to get all old mannish, but was this originally the “CTS”? At the rental car parking lot, the place where I see the most of this era of Cadillacs, the CT5 badge is nearly indistinguishable from CTS. What does the 5 stand for? There is no 5-cylinder option. Does it represent 5 out of 10, so “meh” in numerical terms?

If GM really wants to move these, then they need to call it the Seville, swap the t-4/6’s with a low stressed V8 and stop being a pretender to the BMW throne.

Dinklesmith
Dinklesmith
8 months ago

Yes it was originally the CTS. They changed the whole lineup to alpha numeric to differentiate sizes. CT4 was small, CT5 mid size, CT6 big
I’m not sure that very many of the people who think of the name Seville fondly are still alive. I’m fine with catering to old people–a Buick got me through college and I loved it and appreciate the brand. However, most people dislike the geriatric association. At some point I think domestic automakers will return to the “American luxury” style though and stop copying the Germans

RootWyrm
RootWyrm
8 months ago

And the CT5 can still be configured as Best Camaro (because the Camaro was always built like shit.)

2.0 LTG, RWD, full mechanical LSD, Brembo calipers, adjustable Magneride suspension, 19″ wheels, Performance Recorder, sunroof delete, and actually built to a standard above ‘it drives under it’s own power.’

Build code E2O1M7 on the ’24.

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
8 months ago
Reply to  RootWyrm

But no manual until you go CT5-V Blackwing

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
8 months ago

True, but that 10 speed is great in performance applications. It ain’t towing your own of course but it’s not like it’s an “it ruins the car” type of situation.

Cerberus
Cerberus
8 months ago

It would have to be massively better than the sluggish-shifting, gear-hunting 8 speed for that to be at all true.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
8 months ago
Reply to  Cerberus

It is, I’ve driven it in a couple different cars.

Parsko
Parsko
8 months ago

Probably, but the problem with me is that I am not allowed to own an automatic. Not until my left leg is amputated, at least.

Cerberus
Cerberus
8 months ago

That’s good to hear. That thing had me missing ’80s 3-speeds.

RootWyrm
RootWyrm
8 months ago
Reply to  Cerberus

A box of neutrals would be superior to the 8 speed, frankly. Also a lot more reliable.

The 10 speed however, is perfectly cromulent. Would be nice if it was quicker, but, I presume it’s to avoid slamming. And it’s much nicer in an all-arounder than stop-and-go with an awful hydraulic clutch.

_ian351c_
_ian351c_
8 months ago
Reply to  RootWyrm

Can you do the same thing with the V6? Asking for a friend…

RootWyrm
RootWyrm
8 months ago
Reply to  _ian351c_

You cannot and you should not. The V6 is the inferior option. (The CT5 is a nicer ATS without the manual option. Also you have to tick the ‘Sport’ trim which is only available with the excellent LTG, as it should be.)

_ian351c_
_ian351c_
8 months ago
Reply to  RootWyrm

Fair enough. Still considering my options after selling my 2016 A8 2SS. I loved the car, except for that POS transmission.

Opa Carriker
Opa Carriker
8 months ago

I felt a similar pain when they rather abruptly cancelled the CT-6, a truly great car that too few customers availed themselves of. Shot the hell out of the resale market too.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
8 months ago

https://youtu.be/LLji1buqZOk?si=v1jVkY3yzDyv5wgH

I hadn’t thought about this gem of a song in a few years, but it seems like an appropriate soundtrack for this article. I’ve always considered both the CT4 and CT5 to be attractive cars, and the Alpha platform needs no introduction. It’s a shame that in typical GM they finally got something very right just as the market for sports sedans started to die.

Can we maybe get an LT1 option in this or the CT4 as a last hurrah? I’d buy one in a nanosecond.

Diana Slyter
Diana Slyter
8 months ago

For those of us who live beyond the range of EV chargers and prefer performance cars to pickups and SUVs, it’s good to know the CT will be available through 2025 at least. I’ll put it on my too short shopping list…

Paul E
Paul E
8 months ago

I first saw this and thought that the “long goodbye” context was for the ‘car’ format, in general — you know, sedans/coupes, versus SUV/crossover/brotruck seating and associated ride heights. Kudos to Cadillac for still making actual cars.

DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
8 months ago

Good Riddance!! Yeah, yeah, yeah the CT5 is amazing, but is it really a Cadillac? The Celestiq is what a Cadillac should be. Leave the high performance to Chevy, or in an alternate universe, Pontiac. Hell, Buick needs a lean, mean, driving machine.

BolognaBurrito
BolognaBurrito
8 months ago

Have you been living under a rock for the past 20 years?

V10omous
V10omous
8 months ago

Wow, hard disagree.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
8 months ago

As a Dolphins fan, I just want to go on record as saying fuck the Jets and ha-ha!

Chris Stevenson
Chris Stevenson
8 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Adrian having opinions on American football was not on my Autopian bingo card.

Chronometric
Chronometric
8 months ago

Seriously, I would think Grumpy Brit would disdain all such American frippery.
Or possibly a Raiders fan.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
8 months ago
Reply to  Chronometric

You must have missed the multiple times I’ve mentioned I’m a massive Amerophile.

Chronometric
Chronometric
8 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

I am glad that our provincial colonial ways have finally reached an appreciative audience.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
8 months ago
Reply to  Chronometric

We like to keep an eye on you, just in case we need to come and burn the White House down again.

Chronometric
Chronometric
8 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

The way we’re going we’ll probably do it ourselves.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
8 months ago

My friend you have not been paying attention. I’ve seen them twice, once in London and last year at Hard Rock Stadium. And I’m not some parvenu either – I was around when Marino was still throwing bombs downfield.

World24
World24
8 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Not the same division but conference, I wish the Chargers had a head coach like yours, coming from a fan already on the “Fire Staley” train!

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
8 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Since 1776 it has become illegal for Britons to hold opinions about American sportsball.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
8 months ago

When you stop making tea in the microwave, I’ll consider it.

Dinklesmith
Dinklesmith
8 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Now that’s just because we don’t have 220v electric standard and our electric kettles take longer than the microwave

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
8 months ago
Reply to  Dinklesmith

Over the Goodwood weekend Torch, Beau and myself had a detailed conversation about British electrical plugs and outlets. I kid you not.

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
8 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

That is an absolutely valid point.

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
8 months ago

Love the dark teal color

...getstoneyII
...getstoneyII
8 months ago

(Speaking of balls…) You know it’s a cool car when you have the balls in the top picture to have a dude in a suit smoking a splif involved.

Trust Doesn't Rust
Trust Doesn't Rust
8 months ago
Reply to  ...getstoneyII

That’s Elliott Gould photoshopped into the photo from the movie, The Long Goodbye.

It took me a minute as well.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
8 months ago

Seriously, there’s nothing the addition of a chain smoking Elliott Gould doesn’t improve

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
8 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

The ending is haunting. One of my favorite neo-noirs.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
8 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Yup, it’s possibly my favourite Marlowe adaptation, along with Bogie in The Big Sleep.

...getstoneyII
...getstoneyII
8 months ago

I know, I was just having a funsies 🙂 The CT4/5 are my favorite cars, they just drive great. Some folks overlook them because they are Caddies, but that’s their loss. Can’t say I’m thrilled about still holding on to the 2.0 turbo, but I get why they did. I really hope (and they probably will) that they will make a V version and at least one more cycle of Blackhawks.

Patrick George
Patrick George
8 months ago

Great flick, if any folks haven’t seen it!

BlueBlurr1565
BlueBlurr1565
8 months ago

Finally, the vertical running lights are one continuous piece. The CT4 always looked better because the lights looked complete.

Chronometric
Chronometric
8 months ago

Crystal Ball Says: Five years from now, EVs will be 38% of new car sales. The rest will be various spiffed and spruced 10 year old zombie ICE cars and Borg-like hybrids.

Kudos for the word liminal.

Thomas Metcalf
Thomas Metcalf
8 months ago
Reply to  Chronometric

I know Crystal Ball well. Is she still dancing at that club off the New Jersey Turnpike?

Chronometric
Chronometric
8 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Metcalf

Still known as the Stripper Sage of Exit 9.

SuperNova
SuperNova
8 months ago
Reply to  Chronometric

Quick! Who will be president?

Chronometric
Chronometric
8 months ago
Reply to  SuperNova

Trump will be entering his third term as dictator for life.

Last edited 8 months ago by Chronometric
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