2020 Cadillac CT4 - Driven
With so many Americans rushing from cars into crossover SUVs, only the strongest sedans are surviving. That’s not good news for Cadillac. Its huge, decadent luxury sedans were once desired all around the world. But while its Escalade SUV is still an international icon and its crossovers are fairly successful domestically, Cadillac failed to establish itself among the leading luxury-sedan brands today. The few remaining luxury sedan buyers more often turn to Audi, BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes-Benz. Some will try out critically acclaimed but unconventional options like Volvo and Genesis. And a growing number are choosing all-electric Teslas over any traditional luxury sedan.
It’s into this backdrop that Cadillac has overhauled its two luxury sports sedans: the midsize CTS and compact ATS. They wear new styling and new names: CT5 and CT4, respectively. This 2020 Cadillac CT4 delivers a sophisticated rear-wheel-drive sports sedan platform at the price of the Germans’ subcompact front-wheel-drive sedans. We recently spent a week in the new CT4 to see whether that’s enough to earn a second glance from the people who still want a luxury sports sedan. Prices start at $32,995.
2019 Cadillac XT4 - Driven
Back in 2018, Cadillac finally decided that it was tired of missing out on sales in the compact SUV market and launched the XT4. This compact crossover was designed to compete against the best in the market, including the BMW X1, Mercedes GLC, Infiniti QX50, and Lexus NX, among others. Now that the XT4 has been on the market for well over a year, we decided it was time to get behind the wheel and see how it really holds up. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really seem to hold water against models from BMW, Mercedes, or Audi, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t compete in the market at all. This means there are a lot of questions to answer: How does the Cadillac XT4 drive, does it have enough passenger space, and what about cargo room? What models does the XT4 actually compete against? Well, we spent a week with the XT4, and we’re here to answer all those questions and more . This is what we’ve learned after spending a week with Cadillac’s latest compact crossover.
2020 Cadillac CT4-V
The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V is the company’s latest compact performance car and a replacement for the 2019 ATS-V. The CT4-V is based on the CT4, a sedan that’s set to break cover later in 2019. The CT4-V marks Cadillac’s return to the performance compact sedan market, currently dominated by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. However, the CT4-V doesn’t go against the high-profile BMW M3, and Mercedes-AMG C63 like its predecessor did.
While the 2019 ATS-V came with a V-6 engine rated at more than 450 horsepower, the 2020 CT4-V features a smaller engine with a smaller output. The new compact features the 2.7-liter four-cylinder that debuted in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado truck and hits the road with a little over 300 horsepower. Does it have what it takes to compete with Germany’s finest performance sedans? Let’s find out in the review below.
Cadillac Just Revealed the CT4-V and CT5-V, and I’m Pissed
Outside of the fact that you could have pretty luxurious American car with decent power, something that made the Cadillac ATS-V (and the last-gen CTS-V) stand out was the availability of a manual transmission. Cadillac dropped the manual on the CTS-V a few years back, so we didn’t expect the CT5-V to be offered with one, but the CT4-V certainly should at least be offered with the option. At least the ATS-V and CTS-V came with decent power. Well, now Cadillac has announced both replacement cars and, as it turns out, there’s no manual transmission and no power in sight. Does that mean those both cars are duds and should just be written off like the many other GM models that GM ruined in one way or another? Yeah, probably, and I’m pissed. What the hell is wrong with GM these days?
CTS-V and ATS-V are Axed to Make Way for the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V
Cadillac has announced it will reposition the recently revealed CT6 V-Sport as an actual V-branded model. That’s all well and good, but it apparently entails waving goodbye to the excellent ATS-V and CTS-V performance sedans. Both will be taken out of production by the spring of 2019, and in their place will be the CT6-V, once more performance bits are added on.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe
Cadillac might be all about luxury (and SUVs, these days) but there’s one thing it’s always done right, and that’s high-powered sports cars. I’m talking about, of course, the V-series lineup. In this case, I’m talking specifically about the ATS-V Coupe and its 3.6-liter V-6 that’s good for 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Even better yet, it’s a true sports coupe with power sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and a 3.73 rear axle. Cadillac didn’t just give it a few good selling points either. It can be optioned with a 2.85 rear axle, a performance data and video recorder, and Recaro performance seats if you’re so inclined. To make things even better, it comes standard with Brembo performance brakes in the front and rear, a Bose audio system, and an electronically limited slip differential. It’s a true beast and competes easily with the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.
With such an amazing portfolio of credentials, we’ve decided to make the ATS-V our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite from the list but have also thrown in a few more for you to choose from. Go ahead and brighten up your desktop a bit!
Cadillac to Stop Producing the ATS Sedan After 2018
Introduced for the 2013 model year, the first-generation Cadillac ATS won’t get a replacement. The luxury automaker just confirmed that the four-door sedan will be discontinued after the 2018 model year. The ATS was developed as a competitor for the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but it wasn’t exactly successful against its German rivals in the U.S. Following sales of more than 20,000 units per year between 2013 and 2016, ATS deliveries dropped to only 13,000 examples in 2017. Cadillac will continue to offer the ATS Coupe model into the 2019 model year; a company spokesman told Motor Authority.
2019 Cadillac XT4
A few years ago, Cadillac finally admitted that it’s way behind its competitors in the premium market and hired Johan de Nysschen, who devised a new strategy for America’s iconic luxury brand. The new plans includes a host of new models, of which the range-topping CT6 sedan and the XT5 crossover have already been launched. Come 2018 and Cadillac launched the XT4, an even smaller crossover that competes against the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Spotted testing on public roads since early 2017, the XT4 made its public debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
Cadillac’s smallest crossover to date, the XT4 rides on a new platform and uses a brand-new, small-displacement engine. While the larger XT5 is a replacement for the dated SRX and aims at the midsize luxury crossover market, the XT4 is actually a brand-new entry. And it’s not surprising that Cadillac wants a piece of the compact market, as this is where a lot of car makers are making huge profits. Having missed out on sales for so many years, Caddy is finally trying to catch up. The question is, will the XT4 be good enough to give the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 a run for their money? Let’s find out in the review below.
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Those Cool Lights on the Cadillac XT4 - They Were the Hardest Part of the SUV to Design and Engineer
As much as we liked the design of the Cadillac XT4, not everyone was onboard with its style. Some liked it while some didn’t. But everyone seems to agree that the XT4’s lighting signature was its best feature. As it turns out, there was good reason for that. The SUV’s exterior design manager, Therese Pinazzo, admitted to Autoguide that the company put particular importance in developing the XT4’s lighting structure to make it look high-end without having to spend too much in costs.
The Cadillac XT4 Sends a Warning to BMW, Mercedes, and Audi
Cadillac just entered a brand-new market by unveiling the XT4 crossover at the 2018 New York Auto Show. An all-new nameplate, the XT4 is a compact luxury crossover that slots under the already familiar XT5. The XT4 is also Cadillac’s smallest SUV yet. The crossover will compete against some of the industry’s best selling premium SUVs, like the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, and the Audi Q5.
Cadillac Claims its Upcoming CT3 Will Be Faster Than both the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and Audi RS3 Around the Nurburgring
Cadillac is one automaker that’s making a dramatic and aggressive push in beefing up its lineup. That pursuit includes a small sedan, called the CT3, that will compete against German rivals like the Mercedes CLA-Class and Audi A3. Cadillac chief, Johan de Nysschen, dropped a few tidbits about the compact sedan, including the fact that it will come standard with rear-wheel drive. More importantly, its range-topping version will be faster than its competitors around the Nurburgring.
The Cadillac XT4 has been a sure thing for quite some time, being spotted as far back mid-2017 in heavy camo. We’ve neither seen nor heard much since then aside from a few by shots earlier this year. Now, Cadillac has finally confirmed that the new, compact XT4 will make its long-awaited debut at the New York Auto Show. Along with this announcement came a few teaser images, along with Cadillac’s round of commercials for the Oscars. That’s right; the all-new XT4 will star in its very own commercial during the Oscars.
Keep in mind that the XT4 is a big deal for Caddy. It’s an actually all-new model, meaning it doesn’t replace any model from the old lineup. It’s Caddy’s first big step into the compact crossover\SUV market, and it will compete against models like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 – a tall order to say the least. It’ll be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo mill with some 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Built on the D2XX platform, the XT4 will undoubtedly be front-wheel drive, with an optional AWD system available if you’re willing to pay for it.
The good news is that it’s on its way, and it looks like, based on the teaser, that it will practically print money for Cadillac. All three Oscar commercials will be played on Sunday, but to sweeten the deal we’ve included all three Cadillac commercials down below.
Cadillac Could Drop the ATS Sedan in 2019 Because Coupes Rule
The Cadillac ATS is a good example of a car that needs a high sales volume in order to remain relevant in a competitive market. The coupe version of the entry-level model has been able to pull its own weight in that regard. Unfortunately, the sedan version hasn’t had as much success. It’s no wonder then that Cadillac appears to be ready to cut ties with this version of the ATS as documents received by The Truth About Cars show that Caddy’s 2019 product lineup will hit the market without the ATS sedan.
The 2017 XT5 Succeeds At Being A Cadillac
Forget your grandfather’s 1985 Cadillac DeVille and even your neighbor’s 2011 DTS; the 2017 XT5 is the best iteration of the Cadillac spirit since the big fins and acres of chrome on the 1959 Eldorado. Sitting inside is where that feeling originates. The materials, the fit and finish, the in-dash technology, and the overall appearance impart a sense of luxury not found in prior generations.
The XT5 is completely new for 2017. Its clean-sheet architecture gave engineers the ability to bake in added comforts and features not seen Caddy’s previous crossovers. There’s an honestly new 3.6-liter V-6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the techie part-time AWD system. But beyond the mechanics and greasy bits, the XT5’s interior simply feels a cut above. I recently spent time in a 2017 CTS-V – the 640-horsepower monster with the bones of Chevy Camaro ZL1. While it was insanely powerful, it can’t match the XT5 for luxury. Granted, the CTS-V’s aim isn’t to coddle, so I’ll give it a partial pass. Still, the XT5 just feels incredibly plush.
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How It Works: The 2017 Cadillac XT5’s AWD System
The 2017 XT5 is Cadillac’s clean-sheet crossover designed to compete against some stiff competition that includes the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLE. Part of its secret sauce is its fancy all-wheel-drive system. Unlike most AWD systems, the XT5’s is actually a part-time system, meaning the driver can turn the system off manually. A Simple button near the gear shifter toggles through three modes – Tour, AWD, and Sport. In Tour, only the front wheels get power. The biggest advantage is fuel economy, of course, but I’ve found the FWD mode also heightens the liveliness of the 3.6-liter V-6 thanks to less parasitic loss in the driveline.
Being able to turn the AWD system on and off is a big deal, but it’s not the system’s crowning achievement. Rather, it’s the true torque vectoring abilities that help in vehicle control, both on slippery and dry surfaces. This isn’t some brake-activated cheater system, either. It uses a twin-clutch pack to progressively and precisely dial in the amount of power each axle gets. It’s pretty impressive, so let’s dive in.
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Cadillac Fixed CUE For The XT5
The Cadillac User Experience, or CUE system, has been dragged through the dirt for not being easy to use. Specifically, it’s the touch-sensitive radio and HVAC controls that leave critics in a bad mood. Cadillac models like the ATS, CTS, and even the Escalade all have nearly identical CUE systems that require sliding a finger across gloss-black plastic to adjust the radio volume and pressing on invisible buttons marked only with labels. Well, apparently Cadillac heard the complaints and decided to address the issue.
The 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover I’m driving this week has an updated version of the CUE system – with actual buttons! In fact, the center stack is far simpler in design and feels less cluttered. The XT5’s HVAC system has chrome toggle switches that control fan speed and temperatures for the dual zones. Yes, other features like the heated and vented seats, defrost, and recirculation functions still rely on the invisible buttons, but their operation seems improved. The same is true with the radio slider. Yeah, it’s still there, but it somehow isn’t as frustrating to use as the one in the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V I tested a few weeks back.
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