It was with some regret that we absorbed the news last year that Cadillac was getting out of the full-sized luxury sedan business. Legendary luxury land yachts like the Sedan DeVille, Fleetwood and Eldorado — and, more recently, the CT6, XTS and ATS coupe — soon will be history. The midsize CTS will survive, only to be replaced by a new model, the CT5, probably for the 2020 model year.
No, Cadillac's primary mission today is to build luxury crossovers and SUVs. They range from the compact XT4 crossover, new for 2019; to the big-as-all-outdoors Escalade. The model we tested was the XT4 Sport, competitively base-priced at $41,795. We didn't get a chance to drive it in typical January weather, but figured its all-wheel-drive system, 20-inch all-season tires, 6.8-inch ground clearance and more than two tons of weight would have served us in good stead in snowy conditions.