- Strong engine lineup
- Slick 10-speed automatic transmission
- Spectacular CT4-V Blackwing
- Good standard tech
- Reasonable pricing
- Boring interior design
- Tight back seat
- Tiny trunk
- Mid-level turbo-4 lacks refinement
features & specs
The 2023 Cadillac CT4 offers driving fun in any configuration.
What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Cadillac CT4? What does it compare to?
The 2023 Cadillac CT4 is a compact luxury sedan available in a wide range of powertrains and trim levels. It stacks up against the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, plus the Genesis G70.
Is the 2023 Cadillac CT4 a good car?
This is an impressive lineup, from the swanky Sport grade to the track-ready CT4-V Blackwing, bested perhaps only by the slicker (and costlier) CT5 iterations. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What's new for the 2023 Cadillac CT4?
The 2023 CT4 is mostly a carryover model, though Cadillac has hinted that it will offer some special edition versions of the sporty CT4-V Blackwing.
Overall, the CT4 rates a 5.6 out of 10 on the TCC scale.
This compact sedan lineup spans a wide range, from the pedestrian, lease-friendly Luxury through swankier Premium Luxury, Sport, and CT4-V trims with turbo-4 power to a rorty Blackwing beast. All share the same basic three-box shape, with varying degrees of tacked-on sportiness.
The standard 2.0-liter turbo-4 should do for typical commuting, while the available 2.7-liter turbo-4 provides a notable upgrade in power, if not refinement. The top of the heap is the CT4-V Blackwing, which uses a hefty twin-turbo V-6 and adds a 6-speed manual transmission option to the 10-speed automatic lineup. All models except the Blackwing come standard with rear-wheel drive and offer all-wheel drive as an option.
Handling is spectacular across the lineup, and the magnetic dampers on V versions make them comfortable enough for day-to-day driving. Fuel economy is fine with the turbo-4 models—figure 27 mpg combined, but the Blackwing is downright thirsty.
A dull cabin design is spiced up by a good infotainment system with wireless smartphone connectivity. While the CT4 lacks crash-test results, it can be had with Cadillac's terrific Super Cruise hands-free driving system on the highway.
How much does the 2023 Cadillac CT4 cost?
The 2023 CT4 lineup starts around $35,000 with decent standard tech. We’d spend up for the Premium Luxury for its standard leather. Figure about $40,000, or a bit more with extra-cost paint and a few options.
That said, at about $60,000, the Blackwing is a screaming deal among sports sedans.
Where is the 2023 Cadillac CT4 made?
In Lansing, Michigan.
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More conservative than some flamboyant rivals, the 2023 Cadillac CT4 is a clean-looking sedan.
Is the Cadillac CT4 a good-looking car?
It’s lithe and athletic, if not quite as ravishing as we’d like. We rate it a 6 out of 10, with that point above average allocated to its svelte exterior rather than its workaday cabin.
The CT4’s conventional three-box profile offers up few surprises, though its detailing can delight. A low snout up front includes a wide grille flanked by narrow headlamps. Big running lights that snake from the tops of the fenders down the bumper don’t look quite as well-integrated here as they do in some other models. Their basic shape is reflected at the rear, which nonetheless looks a little lumpy with the big trunk and its integrated spoiler.
CT-4 Blackwing models have a mesh grille and bigger air intakes, plus upsized wheels and a rear diffuser. You can even add carbon fiber exterior trim for a hefty cost.
Inside, the CT4 looks plain and somewhat unimaginative, though two-tone leather and dressier trim can spice it up a bit. The 8.0-inch touchscreen is mounted up high, sprouting from the dash for easy viewing, and Cadillac does a nice job spacing controls out below.
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The 2023 Cadillac CT4 is a balanced, well-rounded choice in any configuration.
Based on the standard CT4 models, we assign extra points for acceleration and ride quality. It’s a 7. CT4-V and Blackwing models would easily earn at least one more for their performance and handling.
Is the Cadillac CT4 4WD?
Rear-wheel drive comes standard, but all models save the CT4-V Blackwing can be had with all-wheel drive.
How fast is the Cadillac CT4?
It can be downright quick. The base CT4 uses a 237-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4, while the optional 2.7-liter turbo-4 ups the ante to 310 hp or 325 hp in the Premium Luxury trim level as well as the CT4-V. We’ve not driven the base turbo-4, though experience with it in other General Motors products has generally been positive. The 2.7-liter turbo-4 trails its German competition for smoothness if not necessarily responsiveness.
The 10-speed automatic transmission provides quick shifts with the 2.7-liter turbo-4, while an 8-speed automatic pairs with the base engine.
Better yet is the CT4-V Blackwing, which makes use of a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 472 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque. It’s as quick as 3.9 seconds to 60 mph, and it offers spectacular power from any speed. The Blackwing treatment also means an optional 6-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching for even more backroads fun.
Underneath, all models share a stiff, balanced chassis for agile cornering and a comfortable ride. CT4-V models come with magnetic dampers that take the edge off of its stiffer tuning and sportier tires, while the CT4-V Blackwing inches up a notch for track day fun. Strong, easily modulated brakes and steering with spectacular response add to the V models’ fun quotient.
As the industry shifts toward full electrification, the CT4-V Blackwing is a worthy parting shot for internal combustion engines.
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Comfort & Quality
The 2023 Cadillac CT4 is best up front.
The 2023 Cadillac CT4 treats passengers more like a coupe than a sedan. Its supportive front seats offer standard power adjustment and a choice between synthetic and two grades of real leather, but rear-seat riders will find limited leg and head room. It would be cramped to try and fit four people total, in spite of the five seat belts. The 11.0 cubic-foot trunk is also decidedly small for a sedan that’s really not that tiny.
Overall, the CT4 rates 5 out of 10 for its cabin.
It might net another point if Cadillac wasn’t so stingy with nice materials. Instead, the CT4 comes across more like a dressed-up mainstream model than a downsized luxury car, even with two-tone leather and carbon fiber trim in the Blackwing.
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The 2023 Cadillac CT4 has not been crash tested.
How safe is the Cadillac CT4?
We’re not sure, since neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has smacked one into a wall yet. We’ll have to wait until they do to assign it a score.
Base models have a relatively simple automatic emergency braking system, though other versions use a more advanced system that’s effective at any speed. Other standard equipment includes blind-spot monitors, active lane control, automatic high-beam headlights, and rear parking sensors, while front parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, and Cadillac’s impressive Super Cruise system that allows limited hands-free driving are worthwhile optional extras.
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Reasonable pricing and a wide range of trims make the Cadillac CT4 a good buy.
Cadillac offers a good set of standard equipment on the CT4, and pricing on some trim levels can be downright aggressive.
Standard fare includes synthetic leather trim, power-adjustable front seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, remote start, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and alloy wheels. The 4-year/50,000-mile warranty is typical for a luxury car.
On our scale, the 2023 CT4 scores 7 out of 10 thanks to good standard equipment and a terrific infotainment system.
Which Cadillac CT4 should I buy?
Most drivers will find plenty to like in the roughly $40,000 Premium Luxury trim, which adds leather seats with more power adjustment up front, 18-inch wheels, and a few other niceties.
All-wheel drive costs $2,000 more.
How much is a fully loaded Cadillac CT4?
The CT4-V Blackwing costs $60,000 to start, but optional extras including carbon fiber trim can top $70,000. That’s still not a bad value.
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The 2023 Cadillac CT4 offers average fuel economy.
Is the Cadillac CT4 good on gas?
It’s OK, but more power means more gas-station visits.
We rate the 2023 CT4 at 3 out of 10 based on the entry-level 2.0-liter turbo-4, which is rated at 23 mpg city, 34 highway, 27 combined, or 26 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.
The optional 2.7-liter turbo-4 dips to 25 mpg combined with rear-wheel drive, or 24 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. CT4-V models slide to just 23 mpg combined regardless of drive wheels.
The CT4-V Blackwing is downright thirsty: figure 19 mpg combined with the automatic or just 18 mpg combined with the manual.
Cadillac says to use premium fuel in all versions.