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Test Drive: 2023 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury Review

2023 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury
2023 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury / Credit: Cadillac

It Would Be a Nice SUV at a Lower Price

  • Trim Tested: XT4 AWD Premium Luxury
  • Price as Tested: $56,385 (including destination charge)
  • What We Like: Simple cabin design
  • What We Don’t: Not enough features or power to justify $56K asking price

We recently test-drove Cadillac’s smallest SUV, the 2-row compact XT4. While we like it, and its $36,000 base price is reasonable, the $56,000 asking price of the Premium Luxury trim we tested feels too high to compete effectively with German and Japanese rivals. The number of much-larger and more-luxurious vehicles at that price is well into the double-digits (Acura MDX, Lexus RX L, Mercedes GLE, to name a few).

How It Drives

The only available engine in the Cadillac XT4 is a 235-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder. That is enough power to scoot the little crossover around town, and it’s a reasonable value for the XT4’s $36,000 base price. However, at $56,385, our XT4 Premium Luxury trim is simply too expensive to compete effectively with the performance of other luxury SUVs. That’s almost as much money as a 385-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 or a 382-horsepower BMW X3 M40i, and it’s way more than the athletic and feature-packed 272-horsepower Acura RDX. The XT4 feels lively enough around corners, with its composed ride and low weight lending responsiveness to the driving experience, but it just can’t hustle like its peers.

2023 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury
2023 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury / Credit: Cadillac

Interior Comfort & Quality

Some reviewers have criticized the XT4’s simple interior design, but we think it is tasteful and nicely built, certainly compared to other SUVs in the entry-level luxury class. There is good space front and back, and our Premium Luxury trim added tasteful ambient lighting, attractive (if firm) leather upholstery, and a hands-free liftgate. The liftgate is particularly clever; it projects a Cadillac logo behind the car and powers open when you kick your foot under it

Technology & Usability

The XT4’s CUE infotainment system uses a combination of a touchscreen and a large control knob on the center console. We liked the setup – the knob allowed us to select onscreen items without leaning forward, and both it and the volume knob felt like real metal: heavy and premium. In fact, simple buttons and knobs were the rule in the XT4’s cabin and we appreciated them greatly. Simplicity is becoming too rare in luxury vehicles in the 2020s.

2023 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury
2023 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury / Credit: Cadillac

However, our top-of-the-line Premium Luxury trim added just automatic headlights and windshield wipers, and lane keep assist as standard features. That’s a pretty meager list for a top-of-the-line trim. Many features, such as automatic emergency braking, are only available if shoppers select the Premium Luxury trim and then pay additional money for a package. That’s disappointing, especially with features that are standard on so many rivals.

Read our full 2023 Cadillac XT4 review for more specs and information about the entire XT4 lineup. Carfax vehicle reviews let shoppers compare a vehicle’s specs against its competitors. However, some aspects of a vehicle – performance, comfort, usability – can only be evaluated through actual driving. That’s why we evaluate as many vehicles as we can, so you’ll know what to expect.

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