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If you’re not aware, the Cadillac CT4 is a rear or all-wheel drive sedan that competes with small luxury entries like the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Audi A3 sedan.
The CT4 is positioned below the roomier Cadillac CT5…because duh…and it comes in a range of variants.
Keep your wish list simple and you can get a base CT4 Luxury trim with a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (2.0L Turbo 237hp, 258 lb-ft), an 8-speed automatic transmission (2.0 Turbo 23city, 34hwy RWD), and an asking price a touch above $33-grand not including destination charges.
Choose the loftier, nearly $38,000 Premium Luxury trim and you have the option to upgrade to a 2.7-liter turbocharged engine married to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Hooray. More horsepower! (2.7L Turbo 310hp, 350lb-ft) And…cool. Decent fuel economy (2.7 Turbo 21city, 31hwy RWD)
The version I’m wheeling is the CT4 V-Series. The V-Series starts around $45-grand and employs a more powerful rendition of Cadillac’s 2.7-liter turbo engine, to the tune of 325 horsepower. Also, pay attention to that torque figure. (325hp, 380 lb-ft)
It takes a short beat for that plentiful torque to manifest from a stop. But once in motion, the 2.7-liter and 10-speed transmission work well together, delivering prompt, stout pull when your right foot demands it.
As observed when I drove the CT5, the CT4’s 10-speed automatic transmission offers graceful, fluid shifts.
The 10-speed can also escalate its urgency when driving with a purpose. Especially in sport and track driving modes.
As long as I’m driving with needless speed, let me state that the CT4 has a stable yet eager spirit when cornering. Helping elevate the lateral thrills in the V-Series I’m driving are summer tires, an adaptive magnetic suspension, and a V Button on the steering wheel that instantly sportifies all possible parameters.
When driving more sedately, the CT4 commutes with a pleasing ride. You can also switch to tour mode for chill cruising…which sounds like a Jimmy Buffett album title.
Explore the cabin and you’ll find tasteful style, some nice materials, and some less dazzling plastic areas. In the front seat, I have enough space, but I wish the steering wheel telescoped just a bit further so I could stretch my legs more.
Before leaving the front seat, let’s bring back the Micah Muzio elbow comfort index.
The armrests are well-positioned, but the inboard padding is too firm with stitching where my elbow lands.
Move me back one row and there’s barely enough space for my head and knees to clear. Sorry CT4 buyers but it’s time to jettison your tall friends.
For lugging gear there’s a cozy 10.7 cu-ft trunk but if you need more room the rear seats fold revealing a wide passthrough.
For your phone, there are 2 standard USB ports, NFC abilities for convenient pairing, and an optional wireless charging pad, which teams well with the standard wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Thoughtful segue completed let’s talk about the 8-inch CUE infotainment interface. It is easy to operate, whether touching the screen or using this control knob. Though the knob only comes on the fanciest CT4s.
On that note, if you embrace automotive indulgence, you can outfit your CT4 with ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, all-wheel drive, plus lane-keeping assist and full-speed adaptive cruise control, both of which, incidentally, come standard on a Honda Civic.
Additionally, for $3,100, you can add Cadillac’s Supercruise, which is a handsfree driving feature available on more than 200,000 miles of freeway throughout the US.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the CT4-V Blackwing. Take a CT4, then cram a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 in it (472hp, 445 lb-ft). The resulting Blackwing can clock 189 miles per hour and sprint from still to 60 in 3.8 seconds, provided you choose the 10-speed automatic transmission…though a 6-speed manual is offered for the 3% of the population who care. Boy that Blackwing looks like a fun time.
As mentioned upfront, when shopping in this class you might also consider the Audi A3 Sedan, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, or maybe the Mercedes-Benz CLA. But, in terms of base price, the CT4 undercuts all of them.
And, honestly, I’ve enjoyed driving it more than expected. In the world of small luxury sedans, the Cadillac CT4 deserves consideration.
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