Cadillac CT4 Research

The Car Connection Cadillac CT4 Overview

The Cadillac CT4 is a compact luxury sedan designed to entice new buyers into GM’s luxury brand and away from German rivals. 

The CT4 succeeds the smaller Cadillac ATS and offers a more traditional sedan package than the fastback shape of the CT5 mid-size luxury sedan. 

The CT4 faces stiff competition from luxury brands that pioneered the small sedan segment such as the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4, as well as newcomers stirring up equal parts performance, style, and value, such as the Genesis G70 and the latest edition of the Volvo S60. 

For 2021, Cadillac adds Super Cruise driver assistance to the CT4, and makes automatic emergency braking standard.

MORE: Read our 2021 Cadillac CT4 review 

The new Cadillac CT4

Available in Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, and the performance-driven V-Series, the CT4 covers familiar territory for Cadillac but in a new skin and with an innovative available powertrain. Longer than the ATS without being that much larger inside, the CT4 wears a crisply creased hood flanked by vertical LED boomerang daytime running lights that run down the sculpted door sides into vertical boomerang taillights. The design skews toward the safe side, contemporary and handsome, but also reserved. That motif carries over inside as well. 

The rear-wheel-drive sedan is powered by a 237-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-4 with an 8-speed automatic transmission or a powerful but efficient 2.7-liter turbo-4 with an effortless 10-speed automatic transmission. Available on the Premium Luxury trim, the larger turbo-4 makes 310 hp or 325 hp on the CT4-V, where it is standard. With a 0-60 mph time in about five seconds, the CT4 with the uprated engine, which is also used in the Chevy Silverado pickup truck, gets an EPA-rated 20 mpg city, 30 highway, 24 combined. All-wheel drive is available across the lineup, and lowers fuel economy by 1 mpg. 

For the initial model run, Cadillac skimps on safety features such as automatic emergency braking that many automakers—luxury and otherwise—include as standard. It’s not available as an option on the base Luxury trim. Aside from that gross oversight, the CT4 comes with good standard equipment such as an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, keyless entry and ignition, synthetic leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and remote starting. For advanced safety features, the Premium Luxury trim is the best value. 

The Cadillac CT4 presents an interesting option in a strong but narrowing field of luxury compact sedans. It doesn’t stand out in any single category, but is a relative value that looks the part of luxury sedan. 

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