The CTS-V’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The GS F doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac CTS-V are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lexus GS F has only front height-adjustable seat belts.
Both the CTS-V and GS F have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The CTS-V has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GS F’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
Both the CTS-V and the GS F have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.
Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the CTS-V for 3 years and 40,000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the GS F (4/50,000 vs. 1/10,000).
There are almost 8 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CTS-V’s warranty.
The battery on the CTS-V is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the CTS-V’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GS F’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.
The CTS-V’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 173 more horsepower (640 vs. 467) and 241 lbs.-ft. more torque (630 vs. 389) than the GS F’s 5.0 DOHC V8.
The CTS-V has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the GS F (19 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The CTS-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GS F doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the CTS-V’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GS F:
For better traction, the CTS-V has larger tires than the GS F (F:265/35R19 & R:295/30R19 vs. F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19).
The CTS-V’s 295/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GS F’s standard 35 series tires.
The CTS-V has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The GS F’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CTS-V’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the GS F (114.6 inches vs. 112.2 inches).
The CTS-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The GS F doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the CTS-V is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the GS F is rated a Compact.
The CTS-V has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GS F (97 vs. 90.8).
The CTS-V has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 5.1 inches more front legroom and 2.6 inches more rear legroom than the GS F.
To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the CTS-V’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The GS F’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.
The CTS-V’s optional rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GS F doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.
The CTS-V 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GS F doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
On a hot day the CTS-V’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the GS F can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Both the CTS-V and the GS F have standard heated front seats. The CTS-V also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GS F.
On extremely cold Winter days, the CTS-V’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GS F doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The CTS-V offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The GS F doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The CTS-V’s Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The GS F doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The CTS VSport was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 8 years. The GS F has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
Motor Trend selected the CTS as their 2014 Car of the Year. The GS F has never been chosen.
The CTS-V was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The GS F has never been an “All Star.”