First Drive: 2020 Cadillac CT4 Both Thrills and Disappoints

This small, agile sport sedan invigorates the luxury lineup

2020 Cadillac CT4 Consumer Reports

Cadillac has been shaking up its product line, with a slew of new models bringing crisp-edged styling, better-sorted infotainment systems, and sporty, enthusiast-skewed driving dynamics. Cadillac recently freshened its line with two SUVs, and now we're experiencing a sedan revival with the CT4 and CT5.

The CT4 is slightly longer than the ATS it replaces. It's offered in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, with a choice between two turbocharged powerplants, plus a long roster of available technologies.

The CT4 competes with the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, Genesis G70, Lexus IS, and Mercedes-Benz CLA, and it's packaged on the smaller side of this upscale group.

As our purchased CT4 approaches the 2,000-mile mark, when our formal testing begins, our testers have gathered their notes to share their first impressions.

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What we bought: 2020 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury
Powertrain: 237-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
MSRP: $37,495
Options: All-wheel drive ($2,000); navigation and Bose audio ($1,700); Crystal White paint ($1,225); driver assist package with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and reverse automatic emergency braking ($1,200); climate package ($1,200); technology package ($1,150); sunroof ($1,050); Driver Awareness Plus with blind spot warning, lane keeping assistance, and lane departure warning ($800); and light package ($400).
Total options: $10,725
Destination fee: $995
Total cost: $49,215

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