2019 Dodge Charger SRT vs. 2019 Cadillac CTS-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Charger SRT has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Charger SRT and the CTS-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.


There are almost 3 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger SRT’s warranty.


The Dodge Charger SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the CTS-V’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 23rd in reliability. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 3 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.


The Charger SRT’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 67 more horsepower (707 vs. 640) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 630) than the CTS-V’s 6.2 supercharged V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Dodge Charger SRT is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V:


Charger SRT


Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.2 sec

8.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.7 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.7 sec

2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.3 sec

2.4 sec

Quarter Mile

11.4 sec

12 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

128 MPH

121 MPH

Top Speed

204 MPH

200 MPH

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger SRT has larger tires than the CTS-V (275/40R20 vs. 265/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Charger SRT has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the CTS-V.

The Charger SRT has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CTS-V; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger SRT’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the CTS-V

(120.4 inches vs. 114.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Charger SRT is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the CTS-V.

For better maneuverability, the Charger SRT’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the CTS-V’s (39 feet vs. 40.3 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Charger SRT a Large car, while the CTS-V is rated a Mid-size.

The Charger SRT has 7.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS-V (104.7 vs. 97).

The Charger SRT has 2.4 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 4.7 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS-V.

Cargo Capacity

The Charger SRT has a much larger trunk than the CTS-V (16.5 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).


The Charger SRT’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 CTS-V does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Charger SRT to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CTS-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Charger SRT 392 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The CTS-V doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.


The Dodge Charger outsold the Cadillac CTS by almost 9 to one during 2017.

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