Cadillac Is Your Best Bet for an American Sedan
Although sedans aren’t dead, they’re very ill. Trucks and SUVs have expanded their market dominance to the point they’re running out of uncovered segments. They’re also the reason why the IIHS is making its crash tests more extreme. Ford’s sedan lineup has shrunk to one model. Chevrolet does offer more; however, it’s Cadillac that offers the most GM sedans.
GM’s sedan selection has shrunk
GM hasn’t always steered its brands in the best directions. And, as with Ford, cutting out small cars and sedans may wind up hurting the company in the long run.
Apart from Chevrolet and Cadillac, GM no longer offers many sedans. Buick especially has felt the brunt of this product culling. As part of its 5-year plan, it cut out every single sedan-based product. The Cascada convertible? Gone. The LaCrosse, which had finally regained its luxury image, and Forbes claimed was meant to be redesigned for 2020? Discontinued after the 2019 model year.
Originally, Forbes reported the Buick Regal was supposed to continue as the sole Buick sedan. However, Car and Driver reports the Regal and all its derivatives will cease production after the 2020 MY. This includes the Regal TourX, the last American station wagon.
Which means Cadillac is now your best option for an American luxury sedan.
The current Cadillac sedan lineup
To be sure, Cadillac hasn’t entirely escaped the sedan cull. Car and Driver reported 2019 is the last year for the XTS. And the flagship CT6, one of the fastest Cadillacs ever made, won’t survive past the 2020 MY.
But, for the most part, it’s not Cadillac sedans that are going away, it’s their names. The CTS is now the CT5, and Car and Driver reports the ATS’ platform will underpin the entry-level CT4.
Sadly, the CT6-V’s 550-hp twin-turbocharged V8 won’t fit under the CT5’s hood, Road & Track reports. But the CT5-V will receive the previous-gen CTS-V’s 640-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8. And, although the CT4-V’s turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder only makes 325 hp, Cadillac seems to be developing a higher-output track-focused variant of the sedan. They might not use the Blackwing engine itself, but The Drive reports Blackwing tech may still end up in Cadillac performance sedans.
But the V trim is only one version of Cadillac’s sedans.
Cadillac CT4 trims
The CT4 offers a number of trims, starting with the $32,995 Luxury. The other trims are Premium Luxury, Sport, and $44,495 CT4-V. Each Cadillac CT4 can be ordered with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive; RWD is standard. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 237 hp and 258 lb-ft, linked with an 8-speed automatic. The Premium Luxury and Sport also offer a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, making 309 hp and 348 lb-ft.
The base CT4 does have some good standard features, like an 8” HD touchscreen and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But to get driver-assistance features like automatic emergency braking and forward collision alert, buyers need to step up to the Premium Luxury, which costs $4500 more. Customers interested more in handling than luxury can opt for the $38,585 Sport. It has the same features as the Luxury, but it adds things like Brembo brakes, bolstered front seats, and magnesium paddle shifters.
Car and Driver and Jalopnik note that, with 325 hp, the CT4-V is less powerful than the outgoing ATS-V. However, the CT4-V will be cheaper than both the ATS-V and its competition. For example, the Audi S4 only has 24 more hp, but it costs $49,900—and it doesn’t offer RWD. The BMW M2 Competition has 405 hp, RWD, and a manual (the CT4-V has a 10-speed automatic), but it costs $58,900.
Unfortunately, the CT4 isn’t out yet, so a proper comparison isn’t possible as of this writing.
Cadillac CT5 trims
Like the CT4, the CT5 trims start at the $36,895 Luxury and go through Premium Luxury and Sport before ending at the $47,695 CT5-V. Again, RWD is standard, but AWD is available. The CT5 Luxury gets the CT4’s 2.0-liter engine, but pairs it with a 10-speed automatic. The $41,690 Premium Luxury, though, offers a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, making 335 hp and 400 lb-ft, for $4,850 more. At the moment, the $48,690 CT5-V also uses that 3.0-liter engine, but with 360 hp and 405 lb-ft.
The CT5 Luxury does have more standard features than the equivalent CT5, such as the previously-mentioned driver-assistance systems. The Premium Luxury and Sport trims, meanwhile, offer the Platinum Package, which adds features like massaging seats and Bose audio. These two trims can also get the Driver Assistance Package, which adds adaptive cruise control and reverse automatic braking, among other things.
If the CT4 is meant to compete with cars like the BMW M2 and Audi A3/A4, the CT5 is more a BMW 5-Series competitor. But Car and Driver reports the CT5 is only 41 pounds heavier than the smaller 3-Series. Unfortunately, the Cadillac CT5 seems to compare poorly against its competition.
Although Car and Driver reports Cadillac has improved the CT5’s infotainment interface, and the car rides comfortably, in many ways the sedan is worse than the outgoing CTS. The softer suspension means the CT5 doesn’t handle as well, and the interior materials don’t match up to the sedan’s pricing. And the non-V models aren’t quick: Car and Driver found both the Alfa Romeo Giulia and BMW 3-Series were at least 1.5 seconds quicker to 60 than the Cadillac.
Hopefully, the high-power CT5-V makes up the difference.
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