2013 Cadillac CTS-V Styling

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Subtlety is not the Cadillac CTS-V's strong suit, in any regard, but perhaps least of all in style. A gaping mesh grille, flared fenders, large wheels, and a general ambience of menacing speed are the key takeaways at first glance.

Inside, the CTS-V is a bit more refined, but still isn't shy of chrome accents or V-themed design elements. LED accent lighting makes the car feel rather posh at night, and the retracting navigation screen on equipped cars is positively James Bond.

The cut-and-sew leather upholstery and wood trim is well-done, too, but feels at odds with some of the switchgear, which looks and feels more plasticky and cheap than it should. Overall, however, the effect is dramatic and sharp, though it will appeal to a different personality type than the cooler, more starkly-styled German offerings will.

Whether Sedan, Coupe, or Sport Wagon, the 2013 Cadillac CTS-V is a dramatic, stylish car with a strong street presence.

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