The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V models are closely related structurally to their companion CTS models, and in either case, safety doesn't take second stage. In fact, the CTS is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, with top 'good' results from the IIHS in frontal offset, side impact, and roof strength tests. Although the CTS hasn't yet been rated by the federal government in its revised 2011-model-year crash-test procedures, NHTSA gave the 2010 Cadillac CTS five stars for side impact and four and five stars for frontal impact (just four for the driver). Cadillac's excellent StabiliTrak stability control system with a special track-oriented performance mode is standard along with anti-lock braking, front side airbags, and head curtain airbags for front and rear outboard passengers.
Visibility can be a major issue in all versions of the 2011 CTS-V—especially the CTS-V Coupe. Sedans aren't too bad, but the CTS Sport Wagon's thick rear header can get in the way, and rearward vision leaves a lot to be desired in CTS Coupes.