2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
The Cadillac CT4 first hit the market in 2020. Despite being only a year old, this luxury sedan makes several big moves in 2021. A new Diamond Sky Edition package is now available and gives the CT4 two-tone leather upholstery, a lower body kit, unique wheels, and Brembo brakes.
Elsewhere, both pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking become standard features. A new semi-autonomous driving system is optional for the 2021 CT4. Also now optional is a 12-inch digital gauge display.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
Cadillac calls the entry-level model of the CT4 the Luxury. Synthetic leather upholstery is standard, along with dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, and a remote start. Drivers get to take advantage of standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with Bluetooth and a Wi-Fi hotspot. A respectable number of driver aids, such as forward-collision warning, can be found here as well.
The Premium Luxury trim really only adds rear parking sensors and leather upholstery. It is worth considering, however, because it unlocks many optional packages. The Premium Luxury also is available with a more powerful engine. Choosing the Sport trim means getting the same features, but also Brembo brakes and a few more aggressive styling features.
Finally, there is the Cadillac CT4-V. It comes with a much more powerful engine and several other performance-enhancers. Highlights include a limited-slip rear differential, a sport-tuned suspension, and Magnetic Ride Control. Inside, this trim gets wireless charging and a premium Bose sound system.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
Anyone who wants a truly luxurious model of the 2021 Cadillac CT4 should step up to the Premium Luxury trim. On top of the genuine leather upholstery, it gives buyers the option of adding packages that include things such as a head-up display and a 12-inch driver information display. The CT4-V trim holds appeal to those who are willing to pay extra for a little extra zip.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
A Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless versions of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay help to give the cabin of the CT4 a cutting-edge feel. An 8-inch touchscreen is standard across the board. Also found on all models are HD and satellite radio, along with an eight-speaker sound system to enjoy them on. Wireless device charging and a 14-speaker sound system are available.
How Does It Perform?
The standard powertrain consists of an eight-speed automatic transmission and a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine. It generates a satisfying 237-horsepower and is found underneath the hood of the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport trims. Standard for the CT4-V, and interestingly available for the Premium Luxury, is a larger turbocharged engine with a ten-speed automatic transmission. Premium Luxury models with this engine make 310-horsepower, while the CT4-V uses it to make 325-horsepower.
This small sedan has exceptional handling abilities. All models are agile and do well when it comes to absorbing impacts. With their extra performance features, both the Sport and CT4-V models do an even better job making the drive enjoyable. Rear-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is an available add-on for all four trim levels.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
Found on all 2021 CT4 models are advanced driver aids such as forward automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and front pedestrian braking. A safety alert seat is also standard. Both a rearview camera and Teen Driver are included.
The list of available driver aids is quite extensive. With the Driver Assist Package, the CT4 gains reverse automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Another option is the Driver Awareness Package, which bundles blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist.
Moving onto reliability, J.D. Power gives the 2021 CT4 a score of three out of five. This score is average.
What's the Interior Like?
While the CT4 technically has room for up to five, filling it to capacity will not be comfortable for anyone. Four adults should do just fine, however. Cabin materials are nice, but perhaps not as fancy as others in this vehicle class. Trunk space is another area where the CT4 falls just a bit behind, offering up only 10.7 cubic feet.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
Those who like what the CT4 has to offer but want a bit more space should consider the Cadillac CT5. It offers up much more rear legroom and has the same features. If space is not essential, however, buyers should keep in mind the fact that the CT4 is more fuel-efficient.
A similarly-sized alternative to the CT4 is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This vehicle, which is available as a coupe, convertible, and sedan, has a truly luxurious cabin. It also has more powerful engines to choose from. Other options to consider would be the Audi 3 and the BMW 2 Series.
Note: All Cadillac CT4 lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.