The 2023 Cadillac XT4 five-passenger compact luxury SUV is available in three different trim levels. (Cadillac)

The 2023 Cadillac XT4 five-passenger compact luxury SUV is available in three different trim levels. (Cadillac)

2023 Cadillac XT4 is handsome, roomy and agreeable on the road

The compact luxury SUV has two new paint colors and adds some driver assistance features as standard.

Cadillac’s XT4 compact luxury SUV is smartly styled, has a sizable interior with five-passenger seating capacity, and comes with a nice helping of standard features. It’s available in Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport trim levels, with front- or all-wheel drive.

For 2023, the XT4 has two new exterior colors: Radiant Red Tintcoat and Argent Silver Metallic. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are now standard on the Luxury trim.

All models are equipped with a lively 235-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine joined to a nine-speed automatic transmission and generating 258 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy ratings with front-wheel drive are 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. AWD numbers are 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Standard features of the Luxury model ($37,490 including a $1,195 destination charge) include leatherette synthetic upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 8-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, seven-speaker audio system, and a power liftgate.

The Premium Luxury trim has leather upholstery and adds front parking sensors, hands-free power liftgate operation and more.

The 2023 Cadillac XT4 is powered by a 235-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. (Cadillac)

The 2023 Cadillac XT4 is powered by a 235-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. (Cadillac)

The XT4 Sport model ($44,490) incorporates select features of the other two trims and adds sport suspension along with unique exterior and interior sporty elements.

Additionally, more than $13,000 worth of optional packages are available to augment XT4’s comfort, convenience, technology, appearance and safety features. A fully loaded Sport model with all-wheel drive is a bit above $58,000.

If there were an Academy Award for Best Production Design in a Motor Vehicle Interior, the XT4 wouldn’t take home the Oscar. Not because there’s anything defective or unattractive about the interior, it just isn’t particularly innovative or compelling. However, seat comfort and roominess would get lots of votes.

It was an agreeable week of driving the XT4 Sport, thanks to the small SUV’s maneuverability, eager acceleration, and nifty handling. The rear cargo area when second-row seats are in upright position is kind of cozy but still useful. A tonneau cover completely obscures any items stowed there, and if more cargo room is needed, the rear seatbacks easily fold down to create 48.9 cubic feet of space with a nearly flat floor.

The 2023 Cadillac XT4 has an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and six-way power-adjustable front passenger’s seat. (Cadillac)

The 2023 Cadillac XT4 has an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and six-way power-adjustable front passenger’s seat. (Cadillac)


Base price, including destination charge: $44,490

Price as driven: $58,135

Mary Lowry is a member of the Motor Press Guild and a member and past president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association. She lives in Snohomish County. Vehicles are provided by automotive manufacturers as a one-week loan for evaluation purposes only. Manufacturers do not control content of the reviews.

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