2019 Cadillac XT4 First Drive: The Cadillac Of Compact Crossovers?

Cadillac’s going through a bit of an identity crisis. First, it ditched Mom and Dad’s Detroit basement for a Manhattan high-rise. Then it showed up at the Oscars, strutting along those SoHo cobblestone streets in bespoke attire. And recently it said you don’t even have to drive anymore; the car will do (most of) the steering for you. This coming from the company that still develops its V-Series line, which includes the all-new 2019 CT6 V-Sport performance sedan. You know, the one that unleashes an estimated 550 horsepower from a brash twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V8?

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Make up your mind, already.

Then again, you don’t survive a fickle industry for 116 years by doing the same thing over and over, do you? Adapt or die. And Cadillac is adapting to the market again thanks to a makeover plan that will see it unveil a new product every six months through 2020. It starts with a subcompact crossover – the XT4.

Yeah, I cried a little, too, while writing that – this is the brand that boasted the tagline “The Standard of the World” – but with compact crossovers attracting customers like moths to a flame, this is just good business. A quick search on U.S. auto sales shows that cars represented only four of the 10 most popular vehicles sold through August. When looking specifically at the luxury market, only two make the top-10 list: the Lexus ES and Tes...