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.
Editors at The Car Connection found that the stability control system—normally a safety feature—doubled duty as a useful performance mechanism by making the CTS-V approachable for better drivers. Automobile magazine listed the available settings on the standard system, from on, competition, and full off, and Motor Trend complimented the Performance Traction Management system, which is optional, and noted the six different traction settings for varying circumstances.
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."