In the last year, Cadillac has been hard at work on their new line-up. They launched a series of new models recently including the Escalade and the new CT5 which is adhering to a new naming scheme. I’m not going into details but the CT5 is aimed at cars like the 5 Series, A6 and E-Class. Which brings me to today’s video.
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I’ve been watching the guys from Throttle House for quite some time now, before they made cool videos with Jason Camisa. They have been pretty spot on but this time I don’t agree with the comparison they set up. That’s simply because the CT5 is a bigger animal altogether. You can actually see that in the video below, in any of the shots with the two cars together. The 3 Series is smaller than the Cadillac but they do have a point when it comes to engines and pricing.
What we have here then is a comparison between the new BMW 3 Series and the new Cadillac CT5 Sport. While both cars come with 4-cylinder engines under the hood and similar price tags, that’s about where the similarities end. The 3 Series’ more compact size make it a more agile car even though it doesn’t have the M Sport package. Yet, I agree it should be a standard option on any 3er right now as it makes a huge difference.
The CT5 on the other hand comes up short in the drivetrain department. The big issue I think comes from the gearbox, which isn’t nearly as well set up as the ZF unit in the 3 Series. Without a good gearbox, you could have the best engine in the world and still end up disappointed as the power would struggle to reach the road.
There are a number of other points the guys discuss and you should listen in case you were comparing the two and couldn’t make up your mind.