The Cadillac CT4 is powered by a choice of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines sending power to either the rear-wheels or all-four wheels via an optional all-wheel drive system. The base engine displaces 2.0 liters and makes 235 horsepower and a stout 258 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via a standard 8-speed automatic transmission. Premium Luxury and V-Series models are available with a bigger 2.7L 4-cylinder which makes either 309 horsepower in Premium Luxury trim or 325 horsepower in V trim. Opting for the bigger engine also nets buyers a couple of extra gears as the only transmission choice with the bigger engine is a 10-speed automatic. The V-Series Blackwing is powered by a 472 horsepower 3.6L twin turbo V6 engine that's mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission.
An 8-inch touchscreen housed in the dashboard is well integrated with the various infotainment and technology systems. A leather-wrapped steering wheel with optional heating offers subtle metallic accents and sharp looking, integrated paddle shifters. Soft touchpoints and a general lack of hard plastics also help to heighten the appeal of the CT4 interior.
The CT4 comes in five trims for 2022 including Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, V-Series and V-Series Blackwing. Standard features on the base CT4 Luxury trim include keyless entry, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a remote engine starter, 2 USB ports, wireless phone connectivity, 4GLTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability, SiriusXM satellite radio, voice activation for the 8-speaker sound system, OnStar turn by turn navigation, 8-way power adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery. Outside, the CT4 comes standard with automatic LED headlights, a rearview camera, integrated mirror mounted turn signals, chrome exhaust tips and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Premium Luxury and Sport Trims give buyers access to the bigger 2.7L engine as well as 18-inch wheels. Premium Luxury equipped cars also get leather seating surfaces available in a couple of different colors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a built-in garage door opener while Sport equipped cars get blacked out exterior trim, a rear spoiler, and transparent tail lamp lenses.
The CT4-V is immediately recognizable from the outside thanks to its unique grille and quad-exhaust tips. In addition to the extra power, the CT4-V gets magnetic adjustable dampers, which adjust suspension stiffness at the push of a button. Inside, the V-series gets a Bose premium sound system with 14-speakers.
Safety features are numerous and include parking sensors, an active lane departure system, blind spot warning, forward and rear collision mitigation, pedestrian detection and a following distance alert.
How could theever fill the beloved shoes? Instead of a 464-horsepower V6, it only comes with a four-cylinder engine. In lieu of an available six-speed stick, Caddy's latest and greatest is automatic-only. In many ways -- at least, on paper -- this car is a big step back from its forbear.
The ATS family was a delight to drive -- nimble, crisp and responsive. But building on that excellent foundation, the CT4 rides on an updated version of the ATS's underlying architecture. Accordingly, it's also light on its feet and plenty engaging. Aside from the annoying name change (I keep typing instead of CT4), the car should be a softer, friendlier version of the V-Series and it still leaves plenty of room for to really blow us all away.
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