|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/h/Observed||Source|
2017 Cadillac CT6
|2.0E Plug-In Hybrid Sedan||2.0L Turbo I-4 + Elec 18.4-kWh||RWD||CVT||5.2 sec||13.8 sec @ 102 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|Luxury 2.0T Sedan||2.0L Turbo I-4||RWD||8A||6.4 sec||14.7 sec @ 92.8 mph||22/30/25.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Platinum 3.0TT Sedan||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||AWD||8A||4.7 sec||13.2 sec @ 106 mph||18/26/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Platinum 3.0TT Sedan||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||AWD||8A||5.1 sec||13.6 sec @ 102.3 mph||18/26/20.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
2016 Cadillac CT6
|Luxury 2.0T Sedan||2.0L Turbo I-4||RWD||8A||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 92 mph||22/31/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Platinum 3.0TT Sedan||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||AWD||8A||5.0 sec||13.5 sec @ 105 mph||18/26/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Platinum 3.0TT Sedan||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||AWD||8A||5.0 sec||13.4 sec @ 105 mph||18/26/20.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Platinum 3.0TT Sedan||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||AWD||8A||5.4 sec||13.7 sec @ 105 mph||18/26/22.8 mpg||Motor Week|
|Premium Luxury 3.6 Sedan||3.6L V6||AWD||8A||5.9 sec||14.3 sec @ 100 mph||18/27/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Cadillac CT6
When people see or hear the term “luxury sedan”, for most of them the brands they immediately think about include BMW and Mercedes Benz. But back in the day when your grandpa was young, people in the US thought of the Caddy as the symbol of luxurious personal transport. Now with the CT6, it’s as if Cadillac is trying to bring the old days back.
The CT6 is the current flagship of Cadillac, although the car company has assured customers that a “true” flagship is on the way. That’s because in so many ways, the CT6 doesn’t quite compare favorably with the real flagships of the luxury car giants today. Compare it side by side with its counterparts from BMW and Mercedes Benz, and it falls short.
But then again, it’s not really meant to challenge those high-priced cars. The CT6 offers more affordable luxury, and in itself it’s an excellent car to own.
The CT6 is available in 4 main trims: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum. But even with the base you get lots of goodies, including 18-inch wheels, parking sensors for the front and rear, and dual-zone automatic climate control. You also get 8-way power front seats (with two-way power lumbar), driver memory settings and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. You also get GM’s OnStar system with 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot capability, along with lots of other techie goodies. Your sound system also includes 8 speakers.
As you go for the most expensive trims and you pick more options, you get to enjoy even more perks. Basically, you can find any package here that will improve either your comfort or your driving skills. There’s even a Bose Panaray premium audio system that features 34 speakers. And that’s not a typo—you can really get thirty-four speakers for your CT6 sound system.
As a driver, you’ll probably welcome the lack of isolation you get from the high-priced German cars. The CT6 will really engage your attention, and you’ll drive with a good feel for the road through the wheel to the car seat. The car feels light and agile, with sharp steering and corner-taking ability.
For the lower models, the 4-cylinder engine is surprisingly capable of moving the large car with gusto. It offers 265 HP and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard features also include rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
But you can also opt for the 3.6-liter V6 that offers 335 HP and 284 lb.-ft. of torque, which comes standard in the Premium Luxury and Platinum trims. For those more expensive options, you can also choose to get the 3.0TT engine, which is the turbo version of the 3.0 liter V6. This one can make the Platinum CT6 go from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5 seconds.
Should You Get One?
As a brand new design, this is a solid car for the Cadillac brand, and it’s worthy of the flagship position for the next few years while the car company designs and manufactures its “real” flagship model in the future.
It comes with a competitive price, and for your money you get lots of engine choices that demonstrate efficiency and responsiveness. It offers an engaging driving experience, a quiet cabin, and lots of passenger space.
On the other hand, some things can be improved. The trunk can use some more space, the tech interface is clumsy compared to Audi and BMW controls, and it’s not quite as plush inside.
Still, it has all the features you’d want in a luxury car. It’s elegant in its design, it doesn’t lack for high-tech features, you’re comfortable when you ride, and you feel good when you drive it.
However, balancing out the pros and cons of the Cadillac CT6 isn’t the problem. With all things considered, it’s obvious that the CT6 is excellent. It’s not even a debate. It’s without a doubt the best GM sedan and it topples the CTS from its previously lofty position.
But the problem is that the Cadillac brand is no longer what it once was. Now that Mercedes Benz and BMW have become the car brands of success, Cadillac faces an uphill battle to convince the luxury buyer to give the CT6 some attention. And that’s not going to be easy at all.
So the decision to buy the CT6 depends greatly upon your views regarding flaunting your success. If you want to enjoy great performance and a luxurious ride—and you don’t care about announcing your success—then the CT6 is ideal for you. You even get to save some money.
But if you want to make other green with envy that you own a Caddy, then you’ll have to wait for the brand to establish its credentials in the market. That can be a long wait, and if flaunting your success is a priority then the German car brands will have to do in the meantime.
To learn more about Cadillac CT6, visit the official Cadillac website.
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