Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Cadillac CTS-V VS 2013 BMW M5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Cadillac CTS-V

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2013 BMW M5

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Cadillac CTS-V Sedan/Sport Wagon are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW M5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the CTS-V and the M5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the CTS-V 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the M5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 4 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CTS-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The M5’s redline is at 7200 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The CTS-V has a 6200 RPM redline.

The CTS-V has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The M5 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 10th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in reliability, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

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The CTS-V’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (551 vs. 500) than the M5’s 4.4 turbo V8.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The CTS-V stops much shorter than the M5:

CTS-V

M5

80 to 0 MPH

115 feet

201 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The CTS-V Sedan handles at .93 G’s, while the M5 pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the CTS-V’s turning circle is 3.4 feet tighter than the M5’s (37.9 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The CTS-V Coupe is 5 inches shorter than the M5, making the CTS-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track while under full throttle, the interior of the CTS-V Sedan is quieter than the M5 (77 vs. 80 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The CTS-V Sport Wagon has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the M5 (25.4 vs. 14 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The CTS-V Automatic has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The M5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The CTS-V’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The M5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CTS-V has standard extendable sun visors. The M5 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the CTS-V owner. Kiplinger’s estimates that insurance for the CTS-V will cost $274 less than the M5 each year.

The CTS-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the CTS-V will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the M5.

CTS-V

M5

Four Year

37%

30%

Two Year

54%

45%

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