The CT4 is Cadillac's smallest sedan, slotted below the larger, more expensive CT5. For 2022, Cadillac is finally offering the CT4 with its fantastic Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving tech, and active safety features which were previously optional are now standard. Plus, there's finally a successor to the old ATS-V in the form of the CT4-V Blackwing. The CT4 competes in the subcompact luxury sedan segment alongside cars including the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
The Cadillac CT4 carries the same appeal as early examples of the BMW 3 Series; it's a tiny, luxurious sport sedan with great rear-drive handling balance and handsome styling. Though handsome, the interior and exterior design fail to exude "luxury car" the way the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class does.
Ride quality is solid on both the CT4 and the CT4-V with its standard magnetic dampers. Body control is impressive on both variants, and the CT4's rear-drive architecture brings it much closer to an ideal 50/50 front/rear weight distribution than all of its transverse engine, front-drive competitors. The more performance-oriented CT4-V is noticeably stiff but not uncomfortable.
One complaint that applies to the 2.7-liter CT4 Premium Luxury and CT4-V is the unpleasant moan that originates from the engine bay. Under hard acceleration, the engine sounds cheap and unpleasant, more like an econocar than a luxury sedan. As for the CT4-V Blackwing, we can only hope it retains the sweet driving characteristics of the CT4-V while improving the exhaust note and amping up the styling.
The CT4 is offered with a pair of four-cylinder engines, mated to automatic transmissions. Meanwhile, the new Blackwing gets a twin-turbo V-6 and a standard six-speed manual.
Drivetrain: RWD or AWD
Engine: 2.0-liter turbo-four
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Horsepower/Torque: 237 hp/258 lb-ft
Efficiency (city/highway): 22-23/31-34 mpg
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 6.2 seconds (mfr est)
Drivetrain: RWD or AWD
Engine: 2.7-liter turbo-four
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Horsepower/Torque: 310 hp/350 lb-ft (Premium Luxury); 325 hp/380 lb-ft (CT4-V)
Efficiency (city/highway): 20/28-30 mpg
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 5.1 seconds (CT4-V AWD)
Engine: 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6
Transmission: Six-speed manual (standard), 10-speed automatic (optional)
Horsepower/Torque: 472 hp/445 lb-ft
Efficiency (city/highway): 15-16/23-24 mpg
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.8 seconds (mfr est)
Buyers will be pleased to hear Cadillac has made some active safety features standard for 2022. The Driver Awareness Plus package, previously unavailable on the CT4 Luxury and optional on all other trims, is now standard on every CT4. That package includes lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams.
Similarly, the previously optional Driver Assist package—including adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic emergency braking, and reverse automatic braking—is newly standard on the CT4 Sport and Premium Luxury.
Also new for this year, the CT4 can be ordered with GM's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system, although it's only available with the CT4 Premium Luxury and CT4 Sport. That system impressively mimics the lane centering, cornering, traffic recognition, lane changes, and braking/acceleration of a human driver.
The CT4 accommodates up to five passengers, but rear legroom is lacking compared to the subcompact Cadillac's rivals. Cargo capacity is more competitive, but the CT4 is still far from best in class.
2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 8.6 cubic feet
2022 Cadillac CT4: 10.7 cubic feet
2022 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe: 15.1 cubic feet
Legroom (first/second rows):
2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 41.8/33.9 inches
2022 Cadillac CT4: 42.2/33.4 inches
2022 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe: 41.4/34.4 inches
Regardless of what's under the hood, all CT4s feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster is included in the Technology package and the Super Cruise 1 package. Eight-speaker audio is standard but a Bose 14-speaker premium system is available on most trims and standard on the CT4-V.
The subcompact CT4 and compact CT5 are both four-door, five-seat sedans with standard RWD and optional AWD, but what separates these two? First off, a base CT4 Luxury starts around $34,500, whereas a comparable CT5 will set you back more than $38,000. The CT5 is bigger, too, measuring 193.8 inches in length with a 116.0-inch wheelbase compared to the 187.2-inch CT5 and its 109.3-inch wheelbase. That translates to more rear legroom and cargo capacity in the CT5, but this car also weighs around 200 pounds more.
The CT5 can be had with more powerful engines, too. Both cars share the same 237-hp base engine, but the CT5-V gets a 360-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 instead of the CT4-V's 325-hp turbo-four. That performance advantage carries over to top-spec Blackwing variants, too; the CT5-V Blackwing is motivated by a rockstar of a 668-hp supercharged V-8 while the CT4-V Blackwing makes do with "just" 472 hp from its twin-turbo V-6.
The CT4 is offered in five trim levels, ranging from the CT4 Luxury starting under $35,000 to the CT4-V Blackwing which will cost buyers almost $61,000. For most buyers, we'd recommend a CT4 Premium Luxury 2.7T with the Super Cruise 1 package. The larger turbo-four should provide plenty of acceleration for the average driver, and Super Cruise is absolutely worth springing for. That said, the CT4-V makes for an excellent mid-tier sport sedan and the CT4-V Blackwing is a riot.
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