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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars, frontal impact; five stars, side impact
Good," frontal offset test and side impact test
Optional advanced traction-control system
The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V gets good crash-test ratings, but they’re not quite top-notch in all areas. The Cadillac CTS—which has virtually the same structure—gets four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side crash protection from the federal government. However, it earns very impressive "good" scores in IIHS frontal offset, side, and rear tests.
Cadillac’s excellent StabiliTrak stability control system, with a special track-oriented performance mode, is standard on the 2010 CTS-V, along with anti-lock braking, front side airbags, active head restraints, and head curtain airbags for front and rear outboard passengers.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com rave about the standard stability control system, which Automobile Magazine says has "three levels of computer control: full on, competition mode (traction control off and stability control allowing more leeway), and full off." Motor Trend also notes that the Cadillac CTS-V offers an "optional advanced traction-control system called Performance Traction Management, which will allow the driver to select up to six different traction thresholds."
As with many of today's new vehicles, the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V suffers from impaired visibility from the driver's seat. ConsumerGuide is disappointed to find that the "rakish roof line hurts visibility...with thick rear pillars being a particular hindrance to the outward view."
The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V doesn't have straight-A crash-test scores to match its excellent performance specs, but it's definitely safe.