PINEHURST, NC — May 15, 2020 — Okay, let’s start with “It’s a Cadillac.” That should, and does, say a lot right there. There is a lot to like about this car, not the least of which is the price – $50K loaded, for a Caddy!
It is, however, an interesting Cadillac in this writer’s opinion. While the seats are very comfortable, and everything you need in the way of easy driving is right where it is supposed to be, it felt a little small to me. I went to the Cadillac website on the CT4 V-series to learn that “Cadillac CT4 is designed for a new generation of performance-luxury customers. It makes a statement with unmistakable RWD proportions and an athletic design, complemented with bold color (ours was Black Raven), material and trim palettes, featuring 13 exterior and nine interior choices.” And “CT4-V blends nimble handling and Cadillac’s signature technology, infusing the brand’s racing DNA, for a dynamic, responsive and exhilarating driving experience. It is powered by a high-output version of the 2.7L Dual-Volute Turbo engine rated at an SAE certified 325 hp (242 kW); and complemented by a lightning fast and refined 10-speed automatic transmission.”
Do you notice how words like ‘performance’, ‘proportions’, ‘nimble handling’, and ‘racing’ are sprinkled throughout this quote? That’s because the CT4 V-Series is different than the Cadillac’s we have driven in the past. This one is designed for a younger crowd, a crowd looking for speed and style in the short term, as opposed to the Cadillac that offers smooth ride, luxury feel, and an ‘investment’ for the long term.
Road noise? We had some. A ‘bumpier’ ride than one would expect in a Cadillac? We had it.
However, on a positive note, when we got the car with a full tank of gas, it told us we could go almost 500 miles before we would need to fill up again – 500 miles. With 20 mpg city, 28 highway, and an average of 23mpg, the tank is sizeable. The 2.7L Turbo was responsive, and the handling was excellent. So, Cadillac’s idea of crossing luxury with sporty is certainly there.
Of course, there is a lot of Luxury and Convenience with this car as standards. Remote start, BOSE Premier Sound with 14 speakers, dual zone climate control, HD Radio, LED headlamps and tail lights, keyless entry, driver memory settings, driver and passenger 18 way adjustable seats, with power lumbar; rain sense wipers, and wireless phone charger.
The base price of $45K includes a lot of safety as well: Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, HD Rear Vision Camera, Rear Park Assist, Safety Alert Seat, Teen Driver, and Buckle to Drive.
Included in the Options were the $1500 Sangria seats with leather seating surfaces and jet-black accents; the $1200 Climate Package with power front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated steering wheel. For $800, you get the Driver Awareness Plus Package with ‘Following Distance Indicator’, Intellibeam Auto High Beam, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. For $500, you get All Wheel Drive, and for another $500, you get Cadillac User Experience with Embedded Navigation – which, by the way, worked like a charm on one address and didn’t work at all on another legitimate address. Interesting.
I think Laurie should weigh in on this Cadillac too as she had both seat time and driving time on a short excursion we made with it. Take it away, honey.
We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to drive this car a great distance, which gave us an opportunity to really judge it on long-haul driving. Johnny’s right. First and foremost, this is a Cadillac—at a surprisingly affordable price for a Cadillac. And, of course, it comes with the assurance of quality, style, and dependability. For a long, long time in America, Cadillac was the most popular luxury brand. Times have changed since one of our country’s earliest car manufacturers was founded in 1902—going on 120 years, through thick and thin, tough times and smooth—focused the entire time on building some of the finest cars in history. Cadillac, like Tiffany, has even become an adjective that describes the very best and established, since 1915, as “the standard of the world.” Some of its most famous styling features, such as the 1959 Cadillac’s iconic large tail fins, abundant use of chrome trim, distinctive front bumper and wraparound windshields—the innovation of General Motors’ styling chief Harley J. Earl—were innovations developed right after World War II. In 2000, Cadillac adopted a new design philosophy for the 21st century called “Art and Science,” which the company describes as, “incorporates sharp, sheer forms and crisp edges—a form vocabulary that expresses bold, high-technology design and invokes the technology used to design it.” To be honest, I don’t think I would have thought that of the CT4 body design, which to me is rounded, elegant, and understated—truly beautiful—but there it is, that’s my take.
I agree with everything Johnny has mentioned. However, there were a number of times when we both discussed “felt road” and “road noise” and came to the same conclusion and wonder how much that has to do with the dual-valute turbocharger that drives acceleration powered by a 2.7L turbo engine. Or could it be the summer-only, run-flat wheels? Don’t know…
I do know that with an MSRP of just under $45k and a tad over $50k fully loaded, this is a wonderful, comfortable, drivable, responsive luxury sedan. What’s more, it’s a Cadillac and like I said, it doesn’t get much better than that.
# # # # #
Cadillac Dealerships Serving Pinehurst, NC
Clark Chevrolet Cadillac Inc.
35 Dundee Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Sales: 1-866-770-3927; Service: 1-877-244-0540
# # #
Cadillac Dealerships Serving Westchester County
Mount Kisco Cadillac
175 North Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Sales: 1-866-233-3089; Service: 1-866-233-3089
# # #
15 Water Street, White Plains, NY 10601
Sales: 1-877-504-5165; Service: 1-877-504-9994
# # #
Cadillac of Greenwich
144 Railroad Avenue, Greenwich CT 06830
Sales: 1-203-987-6147; Service: 1-203-987-6383
# # #