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 2022, Cadillac adds the CT4-V Blackwing, a 472-hp sport sedan aimed at the BMW M3. It offers a 6-speed manual transmission in addition to a 10-speed automatic. The 0-60 mph run passes as in as little as 3.9 seconds, and the Blackwing can hit a top speed of 189 mph.

MORE: Read our 2022 Cadillac CT4 review 

The new Cadillac CT4

Available in Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, CT4-V and CT4-V Blackwing trims, 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. The larger turbo-4 makes 310 hp as an option in the Premium Luxury trim, or 325 hp in the CT4-V, where it is standard. It unlocks a 0-60 mph time of 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. 

The CT4-V Blackwing is not only faster in a straight line, it's also built to carve corners. It gets a strengthened version of the Alpha II platform the CT4 shares with the Chevy Camaro. It also comes standard with magnetic dampers, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, sport seats, improved cooling, and a pair of carbon-fiber packages that provide downforce to stick the car to any given racetrack.

For the initial model run, Cadillac skimpsed on safety features such as automatic emergency braking that many automakers—luxury and otherwise—include as standard. It became standard for 2021, though it only works under 50 mph in base cars. Cadillac's Super Cruise limited hands-free driving system, which works on certain mapped highways as long as the driver pays attention, becomes an option for 2022.

The CT4 comes with good standard equipment such as an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 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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