I owned a CTS for about a year and the backseat was also surprisingly small for a car of its size: I had owned a TL before it and the Acura had much more legroom. I dumped the CTS after I had an issue Cadillac could not resolve.
Current: 2019 BMW X3
Past: 2015 Lexus CT200h, 2008 Mazda MX-5, 2006 Opel Vectra, 1999 Renault Safrane, 1998 Golf Mk IV, 1985 Golf Mk II
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Same here. My ATS-V lease is up at the end of March and I have been planning to get a CT5-V as a replacement. After reading the first reviews of the CT5 I was really concerned they had ruined an otherwise great vehicle set between ATS and CTS. My dealer recently let me take a CT5 Sport home for a Demo test for a few days and I wasn't as disappointed as I expected to be based on those early reviews. The power was really down compared to my ATS-v but I expected that going in. In day-to-day street driving, the handling was pretty good. Good enough to satisfy most buyers anyways. Frankly, "good enough" is all that most people want as long as they are happy with other elements of the car. The CT5-V can cater to the other 5%, which it sounds like it does. Prior to my ATS-V I also had a CTS vSport so I have a lot of time driving the Alpha Cadillac's. And even with my CTS vSport people would occasionally complain it rode too stiff for a "Cadillac". At the end of the day most buyers don't have the same priorities as most auto journalists.
Anyways it looks like I'll be picking up a CT5-V at the end of March (assuming lease rates aren't ridiculous).
but I am gonna miss this guy
I would compare it with the backseat of other compacts(Civic, Jetta, etc), but with and manual, RWD drivetrain.
35hp less, 37lb/ft less and 300lbs more weight.
I am anxiously waiting for the CT4V and CT5V to show up at a dealer so I can get a closer look.
I would be especially interested if they bring a manual CT5V for 2021 like MT mentioned.
Cadillac should be the American comfort choice that is capable of showing its wild muscle car-ish side, kind of like Mercedes Benz is in Germany.
In the end, the 3-series fighters are going after the "volume generic premium brand sedan lease customer" more than anything else. How you acquire that customer is up to you whether you try to win on size, power, price, or combination of the three.
If you really like your ATS-V coupe and can float the payment, I’ve noticed when used CTS-V browsing that resale value seems to have a high floor. Might not ‘cost’ much depreciation to keep it around. Not like they’re making more (manual?) coupes anytime soon.