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2020 Cadillac CT4

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2020 Cadillac CT4 Review

The 2020 Cadillac CT4 is one of the more athletic luxury small cars thanks to its potent engines and adept handling. However, it lacks the interior quality and comfort afforded by several competitors, which is why the CT4 doesn't challenge for a top spot in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Energetic engines
  • User-friendly infotainment controls
  • Small trunk
  • Unimpressive interior materials
  • Cramped rear seats

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Cadillac CT4 is unranked in Luxury Small Cars due to missing safety data. Currently, the Cadillac CT4's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 7 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 5.1
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury small cars.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Cadillac CT4 a Good Car?

Yes, the Cadillac CT4 is a good car. Its quick acceleration, ample high-end power, and nimble handling make it fun to drive, and it gets good gas mileage. The front seats are supportive, and the infotainment tech is user-friendly.

Unfortunately, this all-new Cadillac also has some notable shortcomings. There are some low-rent interior materials, which leave this Cadillac feeling a bit cheap by luxury car standards. The rear seats aren't overly spacious, and the trunk is one of the smallest in the class.

Should I Buy the Cadillac CT4?

If you're looking for an affordable luxury small car with delightful performance chops, then this Cadillac is worth a look. The CT4 has one of the lowest base prices in the class, making it a decent value pick. On the other hand, many rivals have interiors that are more upscale and comfortable than the CT4’s, so you may want to look at other options if those are high on your priority list. The Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series are other strong choices in this class.

Compare the CT4, A4, and 3 Series »

Should I Buy a New or Used Cadillac CT4?

The 2020 Cadillac CT4 is a brand-new model, so you're unlikely to find any used models for some time.

We Did the Research for You: 7 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking the best cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years’ worth of auto industry experience combined. To keep our reviews unbiased, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside company manages our advertising.

How Much Does the Cadillac CT4 Cost?

The CT4 carries a base price of $32,995. That's one of the lowest starting prices in the class. At the high end of the trim range sits the CT4-V, which starts at $44,495. That's less than the MSRP of most rivals' top trims.

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Cadillac CT4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Cadillac CT4 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a better luxury small car than the CT4. The CT4 costs much less and has a slightly higher predicted reliability rating than the C-Class, but those are its main advantages. The Mercedes-Benz has a more varied engine lineup and comes in coupe, sedan, and convertible body styles. The Mercedes also has a much nicer interior – one of the best in the class – with plush seats and a laundry list of tech features.

Which Is Better: Cadillac CT4 or Cadillac CT5?

The Cadillac CT5 is a luxury midsize car, but its matchup with the CT4 is another instance of bigger not necessarily being better. The CT5 has a slightly bigger trunk, though it's still small, and more rear-seat legroom than the CT4. These cars, which are both brand-new for 2020, have similar features lists, and neither is that upscale inside by luxury car standards. Both have powerful engines, but the CT4 gets better gas mileage and has sportier handling.

Compare the CT4, C-Class, and CT5 »

CT4 Interior

How Many People Does the CT4 Seat?

This Cadillac seats five people. The front seats are supportive on long drives and provide plenty of room, even for taller people. The rear seats have much less legroom, and adults will feel cramped in the back.

CT4 and Child Car Seats

The CT4 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats.

CT4 Interior Quality

This small Cadillac's interior leaves room for improvement. It looks OK and has decent styling, but the materials quality is a step below most other rivals in the class.

CT4 Cargo Space

The CT4 isn't great for hauling cargo, with only 10.7 cubic feet of trunk space. That's enough room for about half a dozen shopping bags but not much large stuff.

CT4 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the CT4 include dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, eight speakers, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include a sunroof, wireless device charging, navigation, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.

The CUE – or Cadillac User Experience – infotainment system works well, and the touch screen responds quickly to inputs. The interface is intuitive, and there are physical controls for some functions. On the downside, some rivals have larger displays.

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CT4 Performance

CT4 Engine: Full of Pith and Vinegar

The CT4 gives you a choice between two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The standard powertrain is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and puts out 237 horsepower. The optional powertrain has a 10-speed automatic and produces 310 horsepower in Premium Luxury models and 325 horsepower in CT4-V models.

The base engine should have ample power for just about any driving situation, but the available turbo-four feels much more energetic. It delivers quick acceleration from a stop, and it never feels short of power on the highway.

CT4 Gas Mileage: Pretty Decent

Only a handful of class rivals get better gas mileage than this Cadillac. It gets 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with its base engine and rear-wheel drive. With the more powerful engine, ratings fall to 20/30 mpg city/highway. CT4-V models get 20/29 mpg. Fuel economy ratings drop by about 1 mpg if you opt for all-wheel drive.

CT4 Ride and Handling: Enjoy Yourself

Handling is a strong suit for the CT4. The car feels buttoned-down around turns, and its sharp steering helps you feel in control at all times. The CT4-V is even more agile and more fun to drive than a lot of competitors. Even better, this Cadillac delivers a cushioned ride, and the suspension soaks up road imperfections without troubling you or your passengers.

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CT4 Reliability

Is the Cadillac CT4 Reliable?

The 2020 Cadillac CT4 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Cadillac CT4 Warranty

Cadillac covers the CT4 with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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CT4 Safety

CT4 Crash Test Results

The 2020 CT4 has not been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

CT4 Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera and Teen Driver, which lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers.

Available active safety features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, a safety alert seat, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.

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CT4 Dimensions and Weight

The Cadillac CT4 is 15.6 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,422 to 3,616 pounds.

Where Is the Cadillac CT4 Built?

General Motors builds the 2020 Cadillac CT4 in Michigan.

Which Cadillac CT4 Model Is Right for Me?

The CT4 comes in four trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, and CT4-V. While the base trim comes well-equipped, the best choice is the Premium Luxury. It comes with more driver assistance features than the base trim, and it offers a litany of option packages to let you pick and choose other upgrades. As the icing on the cake, the Premium Luxury is the only trim that lets you pick between the two turbo-four engines you can get in a CT4.

CT4 Luxury

The CT4 Luxury carries a base price of $32,995. It comes with a 237-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive.

Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, eight speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera and Teen Driver.

The Bose Premium Audio package ($850) adds wireless device charging and a 14-speaker Bose audio system. The Sun and Sound package ($2,750) includes the features of the Bose package plus a sunroof and navigation. The Cold Weather package ($600) adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. You can also add all-wheel drive for $2,000.

CT4 Premium Luxury

The CT4 Premium Luxury starts at $37,495. In addition to the base trim's features, the Premium Luxury comes with forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, a safety alert seat, and rear parking sensors.

The Bose Premium Audio package ($850) adds wireless device charging and a 14-speaker Bose audio system. The Navigation and Premium Bose Audio package ($1,700) adds the features of the Bose package plus navigation. The Climate package ($1,200) adds power lumbar adjustments, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The Driver Assist package ($1,200) includes adaptive cruise control and reverse automatic emergency braking. The Technology package ($1,150) includes a head-up display and an 8-inch driver information display. The Driver Awareness Plus package ($800) adds lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Front Lighting and Assist package ($400) includes front parking sensors.

The Premium Luxury is the only trim to give you multiple engine options. For $2,500, you can swap out the standard engine for a 310-horsepower turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder. You can also add all-wheel drive for $2,000.

CT4 Sport

The CT4 Sport has a starting price of $38,585. The Sport trim comes with the 237-horsepower turbo-four engine, Brembo brakes, and some unique styling elements. The Sport offers all of the same option packages as the Premium Luxury trim, and you can add all-wheel drive for $2,000.

CT4-V

The CT4-V starts at $44,495. It features a 325-horsepower turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include Brembo brakes, a performance suspension, Magnetic Ride Control, a limited-slip rear differential, wireless device charging, a rotary controller for the infotainment system, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.

Most of the option packages from the lower trims are also available in the CT4-V. You can add all-wheel drive for $500.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Cadillac dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Cadillac deals page.

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The Final Call

The brand-new 2020 Cadillac CT4 is an interesting luxury small car. Though it doesn't challenge for a top spot in our rankings, the CT4 is a good car and a solid value. Buyers who prioritize performance will certainly want to check out this Cadillac, while those who care mostly about luxury may want to explore alternatives.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V will easily entertain driving enthusiasts, yet it's still comfortable and efficient enough to live with on a daily basis. In terms of outright performance, it may be a big step back from the ATS-V, but it's plenty powerful and enjoyable, plus it still leaves room on the table for an even more potent Blackwing variant. Yes, the dearth of standard equipment and some head-scratching interior components are this car's biggest drawbacks, but hey, at least GM nailed the fundamentals." -- CNET
  • "Serving as the new entry-point to General Motors' most prestigious brand, the 2020 Cadillac CT4 has the unenviable job of attracting first-time luxury buyers away from established German carmakers such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. The sharply-styled CT4 takes over for the now-dead ATS coupe and sedan, but its angular exterior design, tight cabin, and playful handling make it a worthy replacement. The top-spec CT4-V model is Cadillac's way of renewing its commitment to enthusiast drivers, but it's not the spiritual successor to the muscled-up ATS-V. That job now belongs to the CT4-V Blackwing." -- Car and Driver
  • "So yeah, maybe it's the big, held-back kid in class – but he's ready to quarterback the varsity team." -- Motor Trend
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