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The Cadillac ATS debuted in 2013 carrying Cadillac’s vertical headlights and taillights, the “Artwork and Science” design theme the model has since backed away from.

The brand new CT4 wears the crisper traces that Cadillac debuted with the XT6 crossover.

The headlights are extra horizontal and hook up with the grille, although they preserve a vertical spear on the outdoors edges. The taillights additionally stay extra vertical, a part of an arguably busy rear design: The slim trunk opening forces the trunk lid away from the taillights, making the bumper bigger.

Probably the most notable side of the CT4’s exterior is that it’s larger and extra upright than most sedans at this worth level. It stretches 187.2 inches lengthy — 4.2 inches longer than the ATS and a foot longer than an Audi A3. It’s even longer than a Mercedes C-Class or BMW 3 Sequence, and the identical size because the Audi A4. This makes the CT4 statelier than most equally priced luxurious sedans and offers it extra presence, particularly once you additionally see its clear, crisp entrance finish.

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Cadillac CT4 exterior dimensions
(in. / mm):
109.3 / 2775
General Size
(in. / mm):
187.2 / 4756
General Width
(in. / mm):
71.5 / 1815 (w/o mirrors)
77.7 / 1974 (w/ mirrors)
General Top
(in. / mm):
56 / 1423
Monitor (in. mm): 60.3 / 1532 (entrance)
61.7 / 1568 (rear)


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Though the CT4 obtained larger, its inside dimensions stayed proper the place the ATS was — petite.

Rear-wheel-drive structure is at all times a identified drag on house effectivity, and the CT4 suffers worse than most. There’s ample house up entrance and beneficiant fore-aft seat journey, however adults will wrestle to wedge themselves into the backseat. Equally priced European subcompacts are usually related, however don’t rely on the CT4’s additional measurement to yield a sensible profit. The identical applies to the Cadillac’s small 10.7-cubic-foot trunk, which is shallow and awkwardly formed. That mentioned, the Genesis G70 — one other rear-wheel-drive sports activities sedan that’s solely barely smaller and barely dearer than the Cadillac — has a equally small rear seat and trunk.

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Whereas house didn’t enhance from the ATS to the CT4, the brand new mannequin does have a modernized dashboard design with extra user-friendly controls. Its 8-inch touchscreen is now extra separated from the remainder of the dashboard, although not perched all the best way on high like in another trendy automobiles. This isn’t a high-tech or extra-opulent cabin, however it a minimum of avoids obvious ergonomic or high quality flaws. The side-by-side quantity and tuning knobs look tacked-on just under the touchscreen, however it’s nonetheless higher than the posh automobiles that bury these capabilities — because the ATS did. (The CT4 additionally supplies redundant controls on the middle console between the entrance seats.) We’d have preferred a extra exact really feel to the turn-signal stalk, however dashboard buttons really feel nice.

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Cadillac CT4 inside dimensions
(in / mm):
38.3 / 973 (entrance)
36.5 / 928 (rear)
(in. / mm):
42.4 / 1077 (entrance)
33.4 / 848 (rear)
Shoulder Room
(in. / mm):
55.2 / 1403 (entrance)
53.9 / 1370 (rear)
Hip Room
(in. / mm):
53 / 1346 (entrance)
52.5 / 1333 (rear)


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The CT4 is accessible with a selection of three four-cylinder engines.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter 237-horsepower four-cylinder is customary gear, a 310-hp 2.7-liter turbo is a $2,500 upcharge on one trim degree (Premium Luxurious), and the CT4-V comes solely with a 325-hp model of the two.7-liter.

The two.0-liter engine pairs with an eight-speed computerized transmission whereas the two.7-liters get a 10-speed. All-wheel-drive is optionally available on all fashions, sometimes costing $2,000.

Cadillac CT4 specs
Sort: 2.7L Twin-Volute Turbocharged I4 DOHC with Energetic Gas Administration, direct injection and auto. cease/begin
Bore & Stroke
(in. / mm):
3.63 x 4.01 / 92.25 x 102
Block Materials: Solid aluminum
Cylinder Head Materials: Solid aluminum
Valvetrain: Twin overhead camshafts, 4 valves per cylinder
Gas Supply: Direct injection with digital throttle management
Compression Ratio: 10:1
(hp / kW @ rpm):
310 / 228 @ 5600 (SAE Licensed) – Premium Luxurious
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm): 350 / 475 @ 1800 (SAE Licensed) – Premium Luxurious
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Our take a look at automotive was a rear-drive Premium Luxurious with the 310-hp 2.7-liter. It was straightforward to drive this automotive gently or to dig in for easy acceleration with a nice growl. The engine didn’t at all times sound nice at idle, although, particularly proper once we fired up the engine. The bottom 2.0-liter can also be present in a number of different Cadillac fashions, and it proved decently peppy and quiet once we examined it within the XT4 crossover. Nonetheless, the CT4 is much less highly effective throughout the board than the ATS; the older Cadillac had come customary with a 272-hp 2.0-liter and provided two 3.6-liter V6 engines: a naturally aspirated 335-hp motor and a turbocharged 464-hp monster within the ATS-V. The ATS’s accessible guide transmission can also be gone.

What’s extra, the CT4 loses a few of the ATS’s steering sharpness. It’s nonetheless a well-balanced, well-composed sedan that’s respectable enjoyable to drive. In spite of everything, the CT4’s platform additionally underpins the Chevrolet Camaro, which has grow to be fairly poised and agile in its newest era. However the ATS got here out when Cadillac thought its path to greatness was European-beating driving enjoyment. And since that gambit failed (as a result of Cadillac’s title, design, inside high quality, inside spaciousness, ergonomic shortcomings, and/or middling powertrains), the newest fashions are much less sport-focused, with extra of a disconnect between the driving force and the pavement. Once more, we don’t imply the CT4 doesn’t trip and deal with fairly effectively for its class; it’s simply that the ATS proved that these bones had higher potential than the CT4 is delivering.

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The bottom 2.0-liter engine achieves EPA scores of 23 mpg within the metropolis, 34 mpg on the freeway, and 27 mpg general — about two mpg higher than the bottom ATS. The two.7-liter will get 20 mpg metropolis / 30 mpg freeway / 24 mpg general, which is equivalent to the V6-powered ATS. The ATS V6 used regular-grade gas as an alternative of the CT4’s premium, too. All-wheel-drive prices about one mpg on each CT4 engines. The excellent news is that our 2.7-liter take a look at automobile handily beat the EPA scores, topping 40 mpg on the freeway and staying within the higher 20s general.


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The CT4 begins at $32,995 (plus a $995 vacation spot cost) in its base trim, referred to as luxurious. It’s a strong deal, particularly since you will get most simple luxury-car options while not having to improve to a pricier mannequin. Choices embrace a 14-speaker Bose sound system, a sunroof, heated entrance seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, and a wi-fi smartphone charger. Nevertheless, as is widespread on many Basic Motors merchandise, you possibly can’t get superior security options.

For these, you want the Premium Luxurious, which begins at $37,495. Along with computerized emergency braking, it brings real leather-based upholstery, a reminiscence system for the driving force’s seat and mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. That is additionally the place you can begin upgrading to the two.7-liter engine, together with different driver-assistance gear like a lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise management. Outfitted with these security options, navigation, the Bose sound system, heated and ventilated entrance seats, and the two.7-liter turbo (however not a sunroof or all-wheel-drive), our CT4 take a look at automobile got here to $44,690. That sounds steep, however do not forget that this worth buys you a 310-horsepower rear-drive sports activities sedan. And that’s proper across the base worth of a 288-hp Audi S3 with no choices and fewer cash than an equivalently outfitted front-wheel-drive A4 with a piddly 188 horsepower.

Different trim ranges embrace the Sport, $38,585, which is ideal for the handful of consumers who’ll wish to pair sportier styling and stronger brakes with the bottom engine; the two.7-liter isn’t accessible. For max 2.7-liter efficiency, the CT4-V ($44,495) brings the 325-hp 2.7-liter together with a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive suspension system, and limited-slip differential.


2020 Genesis G70

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Genesis is Hyundai’s luxurious model, and it blends Hyundai’s twin focuses of worth and ambition — it’s inexpensive for what you get, and it goals to be a world-beater. The G70 is the model’s entry-level mannequin, and as we talked about, it’s about the identical measurement and about as roomy because the CT4. It’s a bit dearer, beginning at $35,540, however it offsets that with additional customary options, together with the protection gear that Cadillac is so stingy with. It additionally brings extra customary horsepower (252 hp), sharper steering and dealing with, and a stronger optionally available engine: a 365-hp V6. Just like the Cadillac, the Genesis doesn’t have fairly the inside ambiance or know-how of the European leaders, however it’s extra user-friendly. Between these two sedans, the CT4 is extra fuel-efficient, and since it has extra standalone choices (versus giant, costly choices packages), it may be simpler to tailor the Cadillac to exactly what you need.

Learn our full evaluate on the 2020 Genesis G70

2020 Infiniti Q50

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If you wish to go quick on a funds, the often-overlooked Infiniti Q50 stands prepared. It brings a 300-horsepower turbocharged V6 at its base worth of $36,400, together with a roomier backseat and trunk than the CT4 or G70. The Q50’s never-stellar inside hasn’t modified that a lot for the reason that mannequin debuted in 2014, however should you’re not explicit about that, the Q50 is snug, well-equipped, decently agile — and speedy.

Learn our full evaluate on the 2020 Infiniti Q50

2020 Mercedes-Benz A220

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Should you’re on the lookout for the tech facet of luxurious at a low worth, quite than high-end driving dynamics, the Mercedes-Benz A220 is likely to be the entry-level lux sedan for you. This front-wheel-drive subcompact sedan has cramped quarters and unremarkable trip, acceleration, and dealing with, however regardless of its $32,800 base worth, it affords all-out Mercedes opulence in and out. It additionally contains the dizzyingly superior MBUX infotainment system, the alternative of the CT4’s simple, mainstream-grade 8-inch touchscreen.

Learn our full evaluate on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A220

2020 Audi A3

The Audi A3 (together with its S3 efficiency mannequin) isn’t the freshest subcompact luxurious sedan you should purchase, however particularly should you step as much as the S3, it’s essentially the most enjoyable to drive. Its inside is extra high-tech than the CT4’s, if not as next-generation-amazing or meticulously completed because the A220’s. However whereas the A220 has Mercedes pizzazz and the CT4 has the stately proportions of a a lot bigger automobile, the A3 is kind of clearly a subcompact — it’s stubby and tall quite than lengthy and low.

Learn our full evaluate on the 2020 Audi A3


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It’s unclear whether or not many automotive consumers at present are on the lookout for a luxurious sedan that’s small but elegant, dynamics-focused with out being exuberantly enjoyable to drive, and extra user-friendly than dazzling. Definitely, it appears to us like a small area of interest. However the Cadillac CT4 is an all-around-credible entry-level luxurious sedan that sells at aggressive costs. We hope it manages to search out sufficient consumers who’ll admire such a automobile.