Cadillac XT4

Editors' Review

There's no denying the business case for automakers selling as many sizes and types of crossovers as possible. With so many crossovers on sale today, new entrants need to do something special to make a splash and to earn our recommendation. The 2019 Cadillac XT4, the brand's smallest and most affordable crossover, is likable in many ways but not head-and-shoulders above what the competition sells. Though it's stylish and filled with great features, the XT4 leaves me feeling a bit underwhelmed.

Strong first impressions

At least it's not meh to look at. The XT4, which is about 8 inches shorter in length than the Cadillac XT5, packs far more curb appeal than its big brother. Enormous vertical running lights at either side of the big mesh grille define the nose, while an angled rear window with a relatively large spoiler injects a dose of sportiness. My tester's 20-inch wheels added extra pop, and while clear taillights are an unconventional choice, they somehow work quite tidily on the XT4. As on all modern Cadillac design, straight lines and tight creases make for a very modern look all round.

Move inside and things are still stylish, albeit with some dull plastics that feel more Chevrolet than Cadillac. But carbon-fiber trim, nice leathers and some chrome garnishes dress up the cabin. The center stack is button-intensive, although it's nice to have quick shortcuts to things like the safety systems and heated/cooled seats without digging through the touchscreen menus.

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The Good Bold design inside and out, with lots of useful and simple in-car tech.

The Bad A coarse engine, lazy transmission and disappointing fuel economy.

The Bottom Line Handsome and well-equipped, the XT4 nonetheless fails to grab our attention.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 6.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 9
  • Media 7.7

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