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2020 cadillac CT4

The CT4 may be tamer than the CTS-V, but that’s not necessarily bad.

When the Cadillac CT4 showed up in my driveway, it evoked fond memories. Last year, I had a CTS-V in my possession for one glorious week. I took my mom on a three-hour drive north to Dallas for the day, and every time I revved the engine, she giggled. Every time the seat belt hugged us in for a tighter fit after we fastened it, she said “ooh!” The sedan topped out over $100K, but I can’t say it isn’t worth it: with 640 hp and a supercharged 6.2L engine, this was not your granddad’s Cadillac. It’s more of a luxury car with the heart of a muscle car, and it was awesome to drive.

Overall, the CT4 is a tamed steed versus a wild stallion. It’s smaller and lighter with half the horsepower. What you need to know, however, is that sometimes having a broken-in horse is the better choice – depending on what you need, of course.

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2020 Cadillac CT4

Two engine choices

The CT4 is an all-new sedan replacing the Cadillac ATS It’s part of the first generation of the sedan introduced for model year 2020. Compared frequently to a similarly-sized Audi A3 or a Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the CT4 can hold its own for fans of the brand.

The 2020 Cadillac CT4 is available in four trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport and the top-of-the-line V-Series. The one I drove this week was the Premium Luxury, which means it includes all the features of the ground-floor Luxury and is available with either the 237-hp 2.0L engine or an optional turbocharged 310-hp, 2.7L four-cylinder matched to a 10-speed automatic.

Engine choice alone is enough to choose the mid-range trim. Other features include auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, handsome 18-inch wheels, and forward collision alert (which flashes a big red box on the instrument cluster and emits a loud alarm if danger is imminent).

In the Sport trim, the CT4 comes with the same 2.0L engine as the Luxury model. The sport also adds meaty Brembo brakes and shift paddles along with a more athletic profile. Honestly, I’m perplexed by this combination of the smaller engine and bigger brakes on the Sport. It makes more sense that the next trim up (the CT4-V) comes standard with a tweaked version of the 2.7L turbocharged engine that generates 325 hp, and the Brembos.

If fuel economy is important to you, note that the epa-estimated mpg is 20 city/ 30 highway for the CT4. The CT4-V requires premium gasoline and costs about $6K more than the Sport trim.

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CT4 or CT5? That is the question.

The CT4 is a smaller, more compact sedan. It’s nearly six inches shorter than the CT5 but interestingly, the headroom in front is only less than an inch taller in the CT5.  If you regularly ferry tall teens from place to place, the CT5 offers four inches more legroom, which will make a difference for them.

In terms of engine size, the base model of the CT4 and CT5 both come standard with the 237-hp 2.0L.

Base model pricing:

CT4 Luxury (2.0T engine) $33,990 $36,590
CT5 Luxury (2.0T engine) $37,890 $40,490

2020 cadillac ct4
In summary…

If a luxury sedan is on your mind, the CT4 checks all of the boxes. The drive was incredibly smooth and the seats supremely supple and comfortable. As an audiophile, I was a little disappointed in the sound quality of the Bose audio system and felt it might need some retooling of the locations of the speakers. On the other hand, I appreciated all of the options to change the station without looking down; there are three places to turn the volume up or down and two knobs to scroll through the channels. It all works together very well.

Musical pairing

Is the CT4 worth it? I say yes. It’s fairly priced and it’s a great choice for the luxury set.

This Missy Elliott song matches our theme well:

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For successful executives, entertainers, athletes, and entrepreneurs, $200K might be as simple as a weekend expenditure; it is for that market that the 2020 Bentley Continental GT exists. The Bentley has long been a name that evokes words like elegance, exclusivity, and style. And the 2020 Continental fits right into that camp with both coupe and convertible body styles.

Even if a Bentley isn’t in your budget this year (or for the next decade), it’s still quite satisfying to take a few minutes to open up a browser tab and have some fun designing your own dream car with the brand’s car configurator.  First, start with the model you like best. If you have your eye on a brawny sedan, the Mulsanne or the Flying Spur is where you’ll begin. Have a need for a sporty coupe? Check out the Continental GT. Or if you want the combination of roomy seating and elegance, the Bentayga SUV is going to be your groove. Next, pick your interior hide colors, trim, headliner, wheels, and more. Then sit and stare at your creation and wish really hard.

For me, the Continental was an easy pick. In 2019, the Continental was redesigned inside and out with a new body structure and updated materials. As a big sports fan, I could not resist a Cricket Ball Red interior, designed to evoke the deep hue of cork cricket balls. Never seen a cricket game? It’s kind of like baseball, but there are some significant difference. For instance, a cricket ball is harder and slightly heavier. And games can last up to five DAYS in cricket, whereas even baseball games with extra innings will finish within hours.

In any case, the color of a cricket ball is a gorgeous, rich red. In my opinion, it works very well with Imperial Blue in the Bentley I designed. If you like choices, you’ll be thrilled with the sheer number of them on the Bentley Continental GT. We’re talking about seven interior hood colors; Magnolia, Camel, Light Grey, Grey, New Blue, Saddle, Beluga, Red. And a further eight options for the roof headliner. For the wheels, I was totally enamored with the 21″ five tri-spoke alloy option in black.

Beauty is only trim deep, but the Bentley Continental has it all, with two different engine options for the coupe and the convertible:

  • GT V8 coupe: $207,825
  • GT W-12 coupe : $224,225
  • GT V8 convertible: $228,025
  • GT W-12 convertible: $246,125

With an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds  and reach a top speed of 207 mph. In a convertible, you can even open or close the roof while driving at speeds up to 30 mph. While surely built to make the most of sunny days, it’s also ready for cooler conditions. For instance, it’s equipped with active AWD for icy and rainy conditions; both the front seats are equipped with innovative cooling technology to keep you comfortable in the height of summer; and heated armrests, heated steering wheel and front seat neck warmers circulate warm air around your neck and shoulders in the winter. A four-layer insulating roof ensures you’re ensconced in a cozy bubble if you like.

Let’s talk about the size of the Bentley Continental for a sec:

  • 5,322 pounds curb weight
    • In comparison, the Mercedes-Benz SL maxes out at 3,959 pounds. Even the M-B S-Class sedan is 500 pounds lighter, so this car will hold its weight on the road.
  • 8.3 cubic feet trunk space, or about five pieces of carry-on luggage
    • Compare to Mercedes-Benz SL, which offers 8.5 cubic feet)
  • 190.9 inches long
    • The Mercedes-Benz SL is 182 inches long; the S-Class is 206.9 inches long

In terms of safety and driver-assistance features, Bentley doesn’t include as standard adaptive cruise control. Other optional features include a head-up display to inform you of your speed, the speed limit, and directions from the navigation system. Bentley offers two package deals: the city specification (hands free trunk opening, top view camera, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian warning) and the touring specification (active lane assist, active cruise control with traffic assist, Bentley safeguard plus and a night vision camera).

You could even add a Bentley child seat matched to the same interior as the car. In colder weather, you might opt for Bentley winter tires. If you’re planning to store your Bentley for an extended period of time, the battery charger and conditioner helps it start up again when you’re ready.

Go ahead, dream a little. You might be tempted.

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