2021 Cadillac CT4

MSRP range: $33,395 - $44,895
MSRP$37,395
Edmunds suggests you pay$36,147

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2021 Cadillac CT4 Review

  • Sporty acceleration
  • Up-to-date technology features
  • Powerful engines still net good fuel economy
  • Many advanced driver safety aids don't come standard
  • Small back seat, even for the class
  • Overly firm ride quality
  • Too much cheap-feeling plastic and too many hard surfaces given the CT4's price
  • Wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking now standard
  • Available customizable digital instrument cluster
  • Super Cruise (Cadillac's semi-automated driving system) is available
  • Part of the first CT4 generation introduced for 2020

What's the CT4? This is probably something most people don't know the answer to. Cadillac has rejiggered the name of its sedans recently, and consequently there's not a whole lot of equity behind the 2021 CT4. Effectively, it's Cadillac's entry-level sedan that's priced below the larger CT5 and meant to rival the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Cadillac certainly has the basics right for the CT4. It boasts a decent collection of technology features, two available turbocharged engines, optional all-wheel drive, and a V-Series trim level that boosts the car's sport sedan credentials. But we've found the CT4 lacks the polish and refinement those rival sedans often deliver to make them more compelling picks. Check out the categories of our Expert Rating below to get our in-depth review of the 2021 CT4.

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The Cadillac CT4 needs a lot of work before it can genuinely compete with other entry-level luxury sedans. Its promise of grandeur is spoiled by ergonomic errors, costly options and a downright uncomfortable ride. The CT4 pales in comparison to modern rivals that do a far better job of providing modern comfort at a similar — or often better — price point.
The CT4 certainly has power, and it can get going in a hurry. Our all-wheel-drive test car with the upgraded 2.7-liter engine accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds. Unfortunately, the driving experience is better on paper than in reality. The turbocharged engine wheezes when pushed, and it lacks responsiveness when you need it. The brake pedal on our test vehicle audibly clicked upon almost every touch, but worse was its wooden feel that made it difficult to consistently come to a smooth stop.

Most aspects of the CT4 seem reluctant to do what you ask. Its steering is unceremoniously heavy, and its chassis struggles when asked to transition from one quick turn to another. The 10-speed automatic transmission issues thumpy shifts, and the automatic engine stop-start system is one of the loudest around.
The vehicle we tested came in the Premium Luxury trim, but we found little evidence to back up that lofty claim. The CT4 feels neither premium — the seats lack support — nor luxurious — the leather feels generic — and it gets worse from there. Drivers will notice that road noise is present inside the cabin at nearly all speeds on nearly all surfaces. That's disappointing in a vehicle at this price, wearing this badge.

Worst of all, though, is the choppy suspension. You don't just hear every crack and bump in the road; you feel them. There are many affordable economy sedans that provide a much smoother ride. It's simply uncomfortable.
There are some head-scratching issues that mar an otherwise tolerable cabin. Getting in and out of the front seat is no problem, and there is ample room inside. The back seat, though, is tight even for the compact class. The roof is low, the sills require a high step-over, and the doors don't open very wide. Passengers 6 feet or taller will not be comfortable in the back for long, and they will likely find it need to contort themselves to get out.

Elsewhere, buttons and controls for the driver seem to have been placed wherever there was space with little thought to making the experience pleasant or convenient. We often found ourselves searching for the desired button or dial, and the rotary controller to operate the main interface feels cheap.
Our test CT4 came with an integrated navigation system and 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system. Both are optional, and both stood out as highlights of our time with the car. Navigation is easy to read and follow on the 8-inch touchscreen, and the stereo has a wide range of adjustability and nice acoustic quality.

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity comes standard, and connecting up with Bluetooth is quick and easy. The CT4's integrated voice recognition system also works quite well. While it can't recognize natural language, it's simple enough to issue the right command for directions and some in-car functions. Adaptive cruise control is optional and wasn't included with our test car, which is unjust considering it's a standard feature on many mainstream vehicles.
When it comes to utility, the CT4 is mostly usable for everyday tasks. But there are a lot of caveats. The trunk is wide and deep but only amounts to 10.7 cubic feet of total capacity, which is low for the class. It also lacks handles in the trunk to fold down the second row of seats that many rivals have.

Inside the cabin, small-item storage seems fine at first glance. There's a decent-size center console, and our test vehicle came with a smartphone charging station. But that same console is only acceptable compared to other small luxury sedans, and the cupholders and door pockets are on the small side. Child seat attachment points are accessible, but the tight second row does not accommodate bulky child seats.
The EPA estimates the all-wheel-drive CT4 with the 2.7-liter engine will get 24 mpg in combined city/highway driving, which is underwhelming for a four-cylinder luxury sedan. But the good news is that our test car easily beat that number in our real-world driving, posting an impressive 29.5 mpg on our standardized 115-mile evaluation route.
We didn't notice any shakes or rattles coming from the inside of the cabin while driving, but there is little else worth praising. There's too much cheap-feeling plastic and too many hard surfaces given the CT4's price. Our test car came to $46,690, which simply isn't justifiable considering the quality of rivals for the same money.

Cadillac provides a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and six-year/70,000-mile powertrain coverage, slightly better than average for the class. Rust protection of four years/50,000 miles is shockingly low for a luxury brand.
It's difficult to point to any aspect of the CT4 that is unique, innovative or even distinctive. It feels like you made a Xerox of a Xerox of a modern luxury sedan. The driving experience is far from dynamic or rewarding, and that could be forgiven if the CT4 provided an excellent ride — but it doesn't. The CT4 tries to coast on the cachet of its Cadillac badge. Instead it risks cheapening it.

Which CT4 does Edmunds recommend?

Get the V-Series. It's the most expensive version of the CT4, but the payoff in additional power and sporty handling is worth it. We also recommend getting the optional Driver Assist and Driver Awareness Plus packages because they add desirable driver aids such as adaptive cruise control.
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Cadillac CT4 models

The 2021 Cadillac CT4 is available in four trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport and the top-flight V-Series. Each comes well equipped, but the higher-level trims open up the available options. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all trims, and all-wheel drive is offered as an option. Feature highlights include:

Luxury
The base Luxury trim comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (237 horsepower, 258 lb-ft) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Proximity keyless entry and ignition with remote start
  • LED headlights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration (with wireless connectivity)
  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

Premium Luxury
The Premium Luxury trim is similar to the Luxury but with more of the CT4's available options detailed below. It has the 2.0-liter engine as standard. Optional is a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder (310 hp, 350 lb-ft) matched to a 10-speed automatic. Other features include:

  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Leather upholstery

Sport
As the name implies, the Sport trim (only available with the 2.0-liter engine) gives the CT4 a more sporting and athletic look and feel with:

  • Brembo brakes
  • Body-colored exterior trim such as door handles and rear spoiler

V-Series
The top-tier CT4 V-Series basically combines the Premium Luxury and Sport trims. It comes standard with the 270-hp engine as well as:

  • Mechanical limited-slip differential for improved traction
  • Performance traction management, an improved traction and stability control system
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Adaptive suspension dampers (enhance ride comfort and handling; rear-wheel-drive CT4s only)

Notable option packages for the CT4 include:

  • Technology package
    • Air ionizer
    • Digital instrument cluster
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
  • Bose Premium Audio package
    • Bose audio system
    • Wireless smartphone charging pad
    • Integrated navigation system
  • Climate package
    • Heated and ventilated front seats
    • Heated steering wheel
  • Driver Assist package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the CT4 and the car in front)
    • Enhanced forward collision mitigation system
  • Driver Awareness Plus package
    • Lane keeping assist (steers the CT4 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
    • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
  • Super Cruise (a semi-automated driving system that allows for hands-free driving on select highways; late availability)

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Cadillac CT4.



Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$33,395
MPG & Fuel
23 City / 34 Hwy / 27 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.0 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 237 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 187.2 in. / Height: 56.0 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: 77.7 in.
Overall Width without Mirrors: 71.4 in.
Curb Weight: 3422 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 10.7 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite CT4 safety features:

Teen Driver
Provides configurable vehicle settings and reports to help ensure safer driving habits of young drivers.
Blind-Spot Monitoring
Warns you of a vehicle in the car's blind spot by illuminating lights in the car's mirrors.
Buckle to Drive
Ensures the driver's seat belt is fastened before he or she shifts out of park.


Cadillac CT4 vs. the competition

2021 Cadillac CT4

2021 Cadillac CT4

2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Cadillac CT4 vs. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The A-Class is one of our favorite small luxury sedans. Compared to the CT4, it boasts a classier interior and a more helpful infotainment system. The CT4 fitted with the available 2.7-liter engine is considerably quicker than the base A 220, though Mercedes does offer a sport-tuned AMG A 35 that has 302 horsepower. You might be able to get a better deal on the CT4, but the A-Class is the better car. Read Edmunds' long-term A-Class test for even more detail.

Compare Cadillac CT4 & Mercedes-Benz A-Class features 

Cadillac CT4 vs. Genesis G70

The Genesis G70 is slightly larger than the CT4 but similarly priced. It's sportier and more fun to drive than the CT4, especially when optioned with its 365-horsepower V6 engine. Genesis' better warranty is another draw. Both the G70 and the CT4, however, suffer from small back seats and trunks.

Compare Cadillac CT4 & Genesis G70 features 

Cadillac CT4 vs. BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

BMW recently came out with the 2 Series Gran Coupe, which is priced lower than the 3 Series. Despite the name, it's actually a sedan, but with coupe-like styling. It has sharp handling and more standard advanced driver aids than the CT4. Neither car has a particularly smooth ride, but there's more of a sporting payoff with the 2 Series Gran Coupe.

Compare Cadillac CT4 & BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe features 

FAQ

Is the Cadillac CT4 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 CT4 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 6.6 out of 10. You probably care about Cadillac CT4 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the CT4 gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg to 27 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the CT4 has 10.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Cadillac CT4. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Cadillac CT4?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Cadillac CT4:

  • Wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking now standard
  • Available customizable digital instrument cluster
  • Super Cruise (Cadillac's semi-automated driving system) is available
  • Part of the first CT4 generation introduced for 2020
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Is the Cadillac CT4 reliable?

To determine whether the Cadillac CT4 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the CT4. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the CT4's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Cadillac CT4 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Cadillac CT4 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 CT4 and gave it a 6.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 CT4 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Cadillac CT4?

The least-expensive 2021 Cadillac CT4 is the 2021 Cadillac CT4 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,395.

Other versions include:

  • Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $37,595
  • Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $33,395
  • V 4dr Sedan (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $44,895
  • Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $38,695
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What are the different models of Cadillac CT4?

If you're interested in the Cadillac CT4, the next question is, which CT4 model is right for you? CT4 variants include Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), V 4dr Sedan (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 10A), and Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of CT4 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Cadillac CT4

2021 Cadillac CT4 Overview

The 2021 Cadillac CT4 is offered in the following submodels: CT4 Sedan, CT4 V. Available styles include Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), V 4dr Sedan (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 10A), and Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Cadillac CT4 models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine or a 2.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 325 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Cadillac CT4 comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic, 10-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Cadillac CT4 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Cadillac CT4?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Cadillac CT4 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 CT4.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Cadillac CT4 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 CT4 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Cadillac CT4?

2021 Cadillac CT4 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Cadillac CT4 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,395. The average price paid for a new 2021 Cadillac CT4 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,248 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,248 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,147.

The average savings for the 2021 Cadillac CT4 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 3.3% below the MSRP.

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2021 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,055. The average price paid for a new 2021 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $979 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $979 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,076.

The average savings for the 2021 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 2.2% below the MSRP.

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2021 Cadillac CT4 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Cadillac CT4 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,470. The average price paid for a new 2021 Cadillac CT4 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,321 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,321 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $45,149.

The average savings for the 2021 Cadillac CT4 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 2.8% below the MSRP.

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2021 Cadillac CT4 V 4dr Sedan (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Cadillac CT4 V 4dr Sedan (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,300. The average price paid for a new 2021 Cadillac CT4 V 4dr Sedan (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $1,019 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,019 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $51,281.

The average savings for the 2021 Cadillac CT4 V 4dr Sedan (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 1.9% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Cadillac CT4?

2021 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
27 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/34 highway MPG

2021 Cadillac CT4 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
27 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/34 highway MPG

2021 Cadillac CT4 V 4dr Sedan (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 10-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
23 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/29 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG27
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase109.3 in.
Length187.2 in.
WidthN/A
Height56.0 in.
Curb Weight3455 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Cadillac CT4?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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