I drove the CT4 Premium Luxury AWD with the 2.7 turbo/10 speed!
Sticker is $50,490; the car is fully loaded with all options. It has the electronic shift, premium Bose stereo with 14 speakers, wireless charging and navigation. Also has the Driver Assist package including the advanced adaptive cruise control, etc. Climate package – heated and ventilated front seats with heated steering wheel, Tech Package including HUD, sunroof, Drivers Awareness Plus package and the Lighting package. Black Raven is the color.
All my fears of the 2.7 being a truck engine are gone! Fantastic combination – smooth, powerful and willing to rev!!!! And it sounds fantastic in sport mode; it’s considerably louder than my ATS. In touring mode the sound is a lot quieter. Let off the gas at high rpm and it has a really nice burble. This engine is what has been missing from my ATS! I no longer need to say the German engines are better. Other than the "on purpose" engine/exhaust sound the car is very quiet.
Suspension/ride – much more compliant than my ATS, very fluid over bumps, however the handling isn’t as sharp. I think people living in the northern climate with potholed and broken roads will be better off with this suspension. I did notice a touch of float, nothing bad though. I do have suspicions that car mags will not like this suspension tuning, much like they don’t like the base CT5. But, as I said I think the real world will prefer the softer ride. Though I like this suspension, I do want drive the CT4-V before I make my final decision.
Visuals, it is a good looking car! Some people are having issues with the trunk, in pictures it looks like the upper portion of the trunk protrudes. It looks nothing like that in real life; I’d have to say it is one of the best aspects of the car. I was pleased when I shut the trunk, it closes with a solid thunk vs. my ATS where the license plate is in the trunk lid and rattles in a non-luxury way when I shut the lid, which drives me nuts.
Rear seat – I sat in it, feels like they scraped some more space vs. my ATS. I’m 5’ 9” and 165 lbs.; I felt comfortable in the back seat with plenty of headroom and didn’t feel like my feet were sealed in.
The controls are all intuitive; CUE is very easy to use with nice graphics. And I’m happy to say that Timeshift is back – you can rewind the radio, which I do quite often. For some reason they took that away in the last few years of the last gen CUE. No lags or anything else that was complained about with the last gen.
I walked away really excited with a huge grin on my face, I can’t wait to buy one later in the year!
And yes, no pictures because of the freaking pain in the ass GMI is about uploading them.