The 2013 Cadillac CTS the V-series is based on, however, has been tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) scores the sedan and Sport Wagon at five stars overall, with five-star frontal and five-star side impact scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) scores the essentially identical 2012 CTS at top marks of "good" in front and side-impact tests, awarding the CTS Sedan a Top Safety Pick designation.
Even without direct crash-test scores to work with, the CTS-V's capable handling, impressive braking, and immense grip provide a feeling of stability and safety. Standard safety equipment includes: dual-stage frontal driver and dual-depth frontal passenger airbags; front occupant side airbags; and front and rear head curtain airbags; Automatic Crash Response service via OnStar; rearview cameras; rear park assist sensors; plus anti-lock brakes, an advanced stability and traction control system, and wiper-activated headlights.