Derek Shiekhi | Dec 03, 2020


Exterior view of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V

Chevy might be getting out of the traditional four-door segment, but its corporate sibling, Cadillac, has brought the sedan back in its own way.

After it ended production of the ATS and CTS, it didn't shift over to pumping out more crossovers and SUVs. It replaced them with the CT4 and CT5, respectively. Whereas the last model year of the ATS only included a coupe version, the 2020 Cadillac CT4 is exclusively available as a sedan. Pricing starts at $32,995, which buys you the base - Luxury, in Cadillac speak - trim level.

The next step up is the $37,495 Premium Luxury grade. For an MSRP of $38,585, you can get the CT4 in Sport trim. The $44,495 CT4-V combines racy looks with increased power and performance hardware. Cadillac sent me its newest V sedan equipped with comfort, infotainment and safety upgrades that raised its as-tested price to $52,165.


2020 Cadillac CT4-V Exterior

Exterior view of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V

To set the V model apart from other CT4s, Cadillac gave it unique exterior elements. The mesh-filled grille sits above a special lower front fascia. V badges replace the Cadillac wreaths on the front doors and the torque rating (in Newton Meters) badge on the spoiler-topped trunk lid.

The blacked-out grille frame, greenhouse surround, rocker panel extensions between the 18-inch wheels and summer tires, and trim-specific rear diffuser that linked the four angular exhaust finishers were even more noticeable set against my test car's premium Velocity Red paint.

Just like many of its ancestors, the CT4 has distinctive lighting. Up front, the LED headlamp and signature lighting assemblies are curved to form a sort of brilliant leading edge to the front fenders. In the back, the taillights continue the upper creases in the body sides and cap the top corners of the rear bodywork with red pipes of LED illumination.

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2020 Cadillac CT4-V Interior

Interior view of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V

Despite its sporty outer looks, my CT4-V tester still provided plenty of comfort and luxury features. Both rows of seats were covered in Jet Black leather. The Climate Package added heating, ventilation and a massage function to the front seats, as well as a heated steering wheel. While I had the orbs embedded in the driver's seat cushions work their magic, I breathed in the clean air purified by the Technology Package's ionizer.

There was plenty more tech in my press loaner's optional infotainment setup. I could use the eight-inch touchscreen to punch an address into the embedded navigation system or access functions on my iPhone through Apple CarPlay (Android Auto is also included). A conveniently located wireless charger allowed me to add juice to it while I was on the go. I used the onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot to stream audio from my phone and cranked up the volume on the 14-speaker Bose surround sound system.

The CT4-V's cockpit had its share of sporty elements, too. When I was working the metal-covered pedals, I could change gears with the small paddles behind the steering wheel and keep my eyes on the road and my speed simultaneously thanks to the Technology Package's head-up display. If I needed to check my tire temperatures or other important readouts, I could glance down at the eight-inch display between the tachometer and speedometer.

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2020 Cadillac CT4-V Performance

View of the engine block of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V

 

There are two major components that make the CT4's turbocharged four-cylinder as unusual as it is powerful. The first is its sheer size. Cadillac took the massive 2.7-liter I4 that does hard work in GM's full-size trucks and refined it to perform in a luxury performance car. The second is what Cadillac calls the CT4-V's "Dual Volute" turbo setup.

That's an exotic way of saying that the engine strategically routes gas from the exhaust manifold to spin the turbo's turbine wheel from two ends at once. The combined results of the CT4-V's generous displacement and trick turbo is 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, which it sends to the road through an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive.

Turbo lag was virtually nonexistent. I tried to catch the snail sleeping, but failed every time. Pitching the CT4-V into curves revealed the delicate tuning of its steering. It had a sporty firmness to it, but lacked the leaden weight of the rack in the 2019 ATS-V coupe. Cadillac completely overhauled its adaptive Magnetic Ride Control suspension to speed up its reflexes in the CT4-V. Version 4.0 was athletic when I put the CT4-V in its Sport and Track modes and gentle when I engaged the more relaxed Tour setting.

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2020 Cadillac CT4-V Safety

View of the safety features of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V

In standard trim, the CT4-V has an array of technologies that watch out for you in multiple directions. Forward Collision Alert and Front Pedestrian Braking keep their electronic eyes on what's ahead. The HD rear camera and Rear Park Assist feature cover your six. The innovative Safety Alert Seat alerts you to potential hazards from both sides by vibrating the corresponding outboard section of the bottom cushion.

My media vehicle fortified that protection with two options packages. The Driver Assist Package contained Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking and Reverse Automatic Braking. Cadillac bundled IntelliBeam automatic high beams, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert into the Driver Awareness Plus Package.

 

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2020 Cadillac CT4-V Overall

Exterior view of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V

Automakers may not be moving as many rear-wheel-drive sedans as they used to, but the good news is that you can still get that classic body style and layout. You just have to know where to look.

If you want a small sport sedan with immediately recognizable styling, a sporty and comfortable interior and a responsive, powerful engine, go to your nearest AutoNation Cadillac dealership to check out the 2020 CT4-V.

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2020 Cadillac CT4-V Specs

Layout

4-door, 5-passenger, RWD

Engine/Transmission

2.7L I4, 325 hp, 380 lb-ft
Eight-speed automatic

Mileage

23/34 mpg (city/hwy)

NHTSA Safety Rating

N/A


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