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2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum evaluation: A sport/luxurious tweener

2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum evaluation: A sport/luxurious tweener

After about 500 miles behind the wheel of this Cadillac CT6 I can say that it’s not fairly plush sufficient to be a ‘large Cadillac,’ and it’s not fairly fast/agile sufficient to be a sporty Cadillac; it’s simply fairly good in all aspects.

The dual-turbo V6 is easy and highly effective. This can be a large automotive so it doesn’t stun with its velocity, however leaping between 70 and 87 mph to go slower site visitors is straightforward. I didn’t get pinched off within the sluggish lane by quicker drivers. There’s not a ton of sound to it both, so don’t count on that. I did discover a little bit steering wheel vibration at 85 or so, I checked the tires and didn’t see something. I ponder if anybody else will really feel that.

The stop-start system is without doubt one of the least intrusive I’ve skilled on a V6, which meant I by no means turned it off in anger. I do this about 75 p.c of the time — take that EPA gas mileage!

The eight-speed computerized hunts a little bit bit in the event you’re hesitant with the throttle however shifts are usually easy and fast. Generally you give it a little bit extra throttle to extend thrust, however as an alternative it shifts and also you lose a little bit. Arduous two, three or 4 downshifts at a time aren’t an issue although.

Throttle weight and sensitivity are good, serving to the CT6 take off each quick and clear, with out snapping your neck again on the leather-wrapped headrest. The brakes are spectacular: stiff pedal, little motion, really feel like they may haul this factor down from 100 mph to zero in seconds.

I like that the CT6 is rear-wheel primarily based all-wheel drive, versus the Lincoln Continental (front-wheel primarily based, all-wheel drive) I’m driving this week, however I had no climate to talk of, so I can’t actually remark. I do know you’ll be able to flatten the pedal from a useless cease with no wheelspin.

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Gallery: 2017 Cadillac CT6 inside

From the driving force’s seat, I just like the adjustable head-up show that reveals your velocity and different data within the sprint. It’s height- and brightness-adjustable. I would like mine to be simply barely seen within the highway forward. Staying on tech, the radar-equipped cruise management nonetheless leaves a little bit an excessive amount of area in between you and the automotive forward, loads for 2 or three vehicles to slide in, slowing you down much more. Conversely, the collision avoidance brake warning doesn’t go off till completely crucial; some techniques are tuned means too sensitively and are extra annoying than something. I cherished the massaging seats, seat and wheel warmth and computerized begin. Is it an excessive amount of to ask that each automotive has these? Most likely.

Inside, I just like the sprint and instrument cluster however the mixture of wooden and carbon fiber styling by no means seems proper to me. Apple CarPlay labored completely as did the navigation; my large criticism although, was that the 12-volt energy supply was all the way in which within the again seat. The radar detector I used to be testing necessitated a twine stretched by the passenger compartment that appeared prefer it was about to snap again at any second. I’m certain that’s not a precedence for Cadillac, contemplating if it was a cellphone that was charging it wouldn’t should be connected to the windshield.

This CT6 is $90Okay; that’s a helluva lot of cash for a automotive that’s smaller than the S-Class by a contact, and it feels means smaller than the Hyundai G90, although it’s about the identical dimension. The G90 undercuts it by about $20,000 too. I suppose this Caddy undercuts the S-Class, however whenever you get in an S-Class, I believe it seems like $90Okay. I don’t suppose this Cadillac does that.

— Jake Lingeman, highway check editor


Getting out of the brand new Continental and immediately into the CT6 was instructive. This automotive is firmer, appears higher constructed (particularly inside) and appears to have extra rear-seat room. I used to be all set to prattle on about how I preferred this Caddy’s sportiness higher than the Lincoln’s gentle/smoothness. There’s a solidity right here the Lincoln merely lacks. Then I noticed the CT6 wears a sticker value virtually $10Okay larger so hmmmm. May need to rethink.

Lingeman sums up the Cadillac nicely: Probably not gentle and easy sufficient to be a giant Cadillac, not fairly quick sufficient to be a sporty Cadillac. Final time I drove a CT6 I requested what its objective was, and I ask once more. Then again there’s nothing mistaken with a tweener.

I do suppose the automotive is sweet trying, and sure, the twin-turbo V6 is easy and highly effective and the chassis super-responsive particularly contemplating how large it’s. The automotive is means sharper than you’d guess simply by taking a look at its dimension, from steering response to low physique roll to glorious brakes. It’s quiet on the freeway (really, its freeway quietness is especially spectacular) and sweeps by corners at confidence-inspiring speeds, even the bumpyish ones.

Again in Could we wrote that “for the reason that market is trending away from sedans to crossovers, maybe the very best large Cadillac ever gained’t promote.”

Then we stated “With fewer than 700 gross sales in Could, it’s bought nowhere to go however up.”

That seems to not be true: Cadillac solely bought 634 in June.

–Wes Raynal, editor

On Sale: Now

Base Value: $88,490

As Examined Value: $91,580

Drivetrain: three.6-liter DOHC twin-turbocharged V6, AWD, Eight-speed computerized

Output: 404 hp @ 5,700 rpm; 400 lb-ft @ 2,500-5,100 rpm

Curb Weight: four,zero85 lb

Gas Economic system: 18/26/21 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)

Choices: 20-inch Midnight Silver wheelers ($2,095); Crystal White Tricoat ($500); spoiler package ($495)

Execs: Nice seems, roomy

Cons: Would not really feel like a $90,000 automotive

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