2020 Cadillac CT4-V First Drive | The Cadillac of compact Cadillacs
June 10, 2020
We only got to drive the CT4-V this go around, but on the road, we found it strikes a near-perfect balance between luxury and performance. Its eagerness and athleticism never encroach on its luxury mission until you ask them to, whether you dial in your own drive mode profile — Cadillac calls it “My Mode” — or you simply reach for the one-click V-Mode option on the steering wheel.
When you’re on the highway, the CT4-V is composed and buttoned-down without being in-your-face. Its adaptive cruise control (part of the $1,100 Driver Assist package) maintains speeds just about perfectly, demanding little attention and prompting little consternation. It can also be shut off if you'd prefer plain old cruise control. The seats are relatively plush but supportive and offer plenty of adjustment for individual preferences — a bit of a theme for the CT4-V.
Thanks to the Magnetic Ride Control and the CT4’s drive-by-wire systems, virtually everything about the sedan changes depending on the mode you select. In Sport or Track modes, the brakes react to the most minute pedal pressure, ready to bring the CT4-V’s 3,616-pound heft to a stop if need-be...
...So many of Cadillac’s recent products have prompted us to say things like, “It’s pretty good, but…” The CT4-V needs no such qualifier. To put it succinctly, they nailed it.
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