2017 Cadillac CT6
2017 Cadillac CT6
Ever since the second generation CTS was introduced, people were hoping to get a smaller and a bigger version of the same car to compete with the German rival equivalents. After a few years, Cadillac delivered on the first front with the ATS. It proved to be more than a match for the likes of the 3-Series and the C-Class. The ATS still went head to head with the 5-Series and the E-Class, but that left the larger BMW and Mercedes all on their own. Finally, after years of rumors and anticipation, Cadillac gave us the CT6, a full-size passenger car competing at midsize price levels. It’s currently one of the most appealing cars Cadillac makes, and here’s why.
The 2017 Cadillac CT6 remains essentially unchanged, a carryover from 2016, but as it’s so new and fresh, it doesn’t really matter. The truth is that although the CTS and ATS are remarkable cars, the CT6 is the key to Cadillac becoming a globally luxury company, as it’s their flagship model, the one set to compete with the best of the best. Price wise, it’s positioned like a midsize model but it’s actually a full-size, executive premium limo, so as you can imagine, the value for money is off the charts. In our opinion, this isn’t a competitor for the larger German limos simply because it’s s much cheaper and yet, in a lot of areas, also better.
For starters, there’s the exterior. How often do you see a large, luxurious limo and simply enjoy its beauty? Almost never, right? It’s because most large luxurious cars are designed to be understated, to fly under the radar and be stealthy. They’re not necessarily boring, but unnoticed. The CT6 is different. It’s a rare sight on the road, at least for the moment. It’s like a unicorn. Not a lot of people know about it, and many don’t even know what it is until they see the badge or read on the back. It’s such an incredible design because it follows Cadillac’s current design vision and yet, it brings a different character and vibe than that of the CTS or ATS for instance. The visual cues, lines and angles are there, but it’s somehow more refined, more grown up, overall more elegant. This is a car full of character, and you can instantly tell.
It’s offered in four different trims: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum. The standard, base CT6 gets lots of
goodies such as 18-inch wheels, parking sensors on both ends, LED taillights and headlights, heated mirrors, and pretty much everything else that comes on the flagship models of most midsize sedans and then some. A driver awareness and convenience package is optional, and with a panoramic sunroof, automatic high-beams, automatic wipers and heated front seats, we can see why a lot of people will go for it.
The Luxury trim offers automatic parking system, auto brake hold, memory settings for the front seats, a 360 camera looking from a bird’s eye and an incredible Bose surround-sound audio system with 10 speakers. There’s an optional Comfort package which boasts ventilated front seats as well as heated rears.
The Premium Luxury gives you a better gauge cluster display, a head-up display and the Enhanced Vision and Comfort package we discussed earlier as standard. And then we get to the big boy, the flagship Platinum. It gets everything the other trims have plus 12-way power adjustable front seats with massage functions, premium leather upholstery and rear ventilated seats. If you have the money, go for the Flagship, but in our opinion, the Luxury trim is the best value for money. Even the base is excellent as you get pretty much everything minus a very few luxuries.
The interior is even more breathtaking. There’s premium, soft materials everywhere you look and touch. It really one-ups the Germans in our opinion. The design is much more appealing, the cabin is spacious but you get the feeling that you’re cocooned in your own personal space, which is really nice. There’s plenty of leg and headroom everywhere, and the amount of features the driver and passengers can play with is astonishing. This really is one of the most luxurious limos on the market, especially at the price Cadillac is selling it.
The standard engine is a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit with 265 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s rear-wheel drive in standard guise and the engine is mated to an eight-speed auto transmission. There’s also a V6 engine but it’s optional. It’s a 3.6 liter V6, and in the first guise it develops 355 hp and 284 pound-feet of torque. A 404 horsepower, 400 pound-feet of torque version is also available in the Premium Luxury and Platinum models, dubbed as the 3.0TT. The most powerful engine is capable of turning the CT6 into a real rocket, catapulting it from zero to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, a blistering time for the CT6’s size. It doesn’t have a V8 rumble, but the V6 scream more than makes up for it.
To drive, it’s exactly as one might expect. This is a far cry from the Cadillacs of old. It’s nimble, sharp, agile and precise, everything old Cadillacs weren’t. It doesn’t feel like it’s aiming or competing with anyone however. It does its own thing, and it does it brilliantly. The body is composed and relaxed, with minimal body roll, but just enough to make it feel like a luxury car. It has an incredible chassis that’s able to transmit everything through the wheel, giving you lots of feedback and resistance when you want to push it. It’s a big car, but you don’t really feel it when accelerating or cornering. With massive brakes that don’t fade, you can’t even tell when rapidly decelerating.
The available adaptive suspension is even better at ironing out any road inconsistencies, and provides extra cornering support. Ride quality and dynamic capabilities are definitely a “con” of the CT6. This is a large car that handles like the best midsize sedans, and you can’t really compliment it more than that.