My 2018 ATS 2.0 Luxury AWD lease was up, so I went testing the CT5 Prem Lux 2.0.
Of course it didn't corner like my ATS, the new CT5 2.0 is slower, it didn't ride all that
much smoother than ATS and the CT5 seat bottom is 1" shorter/less than ATS/CTS,
making it less comfortable for me at 6'2". I considered ordering a CT5 Prem Lux 3.0,
but the seat was still bothering me. I didn't want to pay the extra $ for the Plat, to
get the seats like you see in the Sport or V. I could not see a CT5 Sport with the 2.0,
with some of them in stock up in the Plat/V price range.
I wanted those Sport seats without losing any performance, so I decided to rely/bet on
my ATS experience and research and order a CT4-V. It got built right before the plants
shutdown. They must have started the Vin's last 6 digits at 100,000 or higher, maybe
where ATS left off, so it's impossible to know how early a build it is, with a 136nnn seq #.
I consider this a next gen ATS.
I was satisfied enough with the ATS 2.0 engine, but not the slower version in CT4/CT5.
I can tell it's plenty faster, not broken in yet. The CT4 2.7 engine sounds a lot like the
ATS 2.0, but the exhaust is a lot better, more like a V6/V8 sound. Sound can be adjusted
some with the Modes discussed in the Mag reviews. It doesn't act or sound like a truck.
The trans feels really good and quick shifting, no stumble from 1 to 2, like the ATS 8-speed.
The 2.7 in Prem Lux or V gets the 10-Speed and the electric shifter. The new shifter is pushed
forward for reverse, back for Drive and press a button for Park.
Even with the V FE3 suspension, it rides smoother than my ATS luxury. I know it's not the
Full V and is at the V-Sport level, plenty for most who don't go on a track. It has the Sport seats,
which are more comfortable than the Lux/Prem Lux standard leather seats in CT4/CT5, which along
with the 2.7 is why I got the V trim. Before you buy a CT4 or CT5, check out the seats that come
with a Sport, V or the Platinum CT5 option. If not getting the 2.7 CT4 or 3.0 CT5, consider the
Sport for the seats.
CT4 is 4" longer than the ATS. Besides that 4", the hood and trunk are a bit higher, so it looks a
lot bigger than the ATS. The front is more squared off with the Sig lights out wide, so it looks
bigger than ATS. Tires are Continental RF with AWD. AWD only costs $500, because it replaces MRC.
There are more Mode options. Mymode only adjusts 3 features in Tour.
Vmode can be used for all Perf or to be more variable than MyMode. If you have MRC, the
suspension will be adjustable also in the Modes.
The top level Bose stereo sounds good and seems to provide more base if you want it.
You can control common things like sound, next, etc, multiple ways, buttons, dial, steering wheel,
voice. This should save wear on the CUE screen.
Back seat room is the same as ATS, but if that is an issue for anyone, they need a CT5 or SUV.
The dealers free Nitrous air in the tires doesn't seem to do much, as I see the pressure change
normally between 70° and 40° days. The front Sport seats have side bolsters and cushion length
CT4 has the general look of a smaller CT6.
The CT5 Sport with the 2.0 at $58-60K I see on lots doesn't make much sense, compared to
the CT4-V 2.7 with medium options at $52, with a few less options. The ATS Premium RWD
would be the closest to the CT4-V, which is faster and will cost less, depending on options.
I have the no cost Summit White with Black seats. Crystal White is not an option on the V.