Since launching the CTS and the iconic second-gen Escalade 15 years ago, Cadillac has been on a steady comeback to overcome the image damage of the ’80s and ’90s. With each subsequent launch, Cadillac has shown that it is capable of building world-class luxury automobiles, and the recent introduction of the 2017 Cadillac CT6 hopes to prove that definitively. Cadillac already has a solid lineup of sedans (ATS, CTS and XTS), but to be truly competitive with its European and Japanese counterparts, Cadillac needed a serious flagship sedan to make a statement. To see how this new full-size sedan stacks up, we spent a week with the 2017 Cadillac CT6 AWD in its range-topping Platinum trim level.
2017 Cadillac CT6 Exterior:
The best words to describe Cadillac’s current design language are understated and elegant, and the 2017 Cadillac CT6 is exactly that. Up front, the CT6 has full LED headlights with stylish daytime running lights that cut down into the fascia, and the bold, three-bar grille proudly displays Cadillac’s redesigned logo. Down the side of the car, there are no busy body lines to distract from this car’s beauty, but it is far from slab-sided, too. At the rear, vertical LED taillights help give this long car a slim look, while the quartet of exhaust outlets hint at the powerful engine lurking beneath the hood. Finishing off the look, this car was painted in the pearlescent Crystal White Tricoat hue ($500), and it also added on the optional 20-inch alloy wheels ($2,095) and a rear spoiler ($495). In terms of its size, the CT6 is unapologetically shorter than Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 (which is now only offered in the U.S. as the long-wheelbase A8 L model), but it is longer than the Lexus LS 460L; as a more direct comparison, its overall length is practically identical to the Escalade.
2017 Cadillac CT6 Interior:
Where the ATS and CTS have established Cadillac’s sport sedan potential, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 shows the brand’s ability to craft a fine interior – that is, after all, what these big sedans are known for. Step inside the CT6 Platinum, and every inch is covered by high-quality materials including the semi-aniline leather seats trimmed with a mix of wood and faux carbon fiber trim. This cabin boasts lots of tech, too, with the 12-inch digital and reconfigurable gauge cluster, Enhanced Night Vision, OnStar 4G LTE with built-in WiFi hotspot, a 34-speaker Bose Panaray Sound system and a 10.2-inch touch screen for the navigation and CUE infotainment system.
To best experience the CT6, the back seat is the place to be with plenty of legroom (just two inches shy of the bigger S-Class) and eight-way adjustable heated and cooled rear seats with massage feature; front occupants get 20-way seats with the same heating, cooling and massage functions. There’s also the massive, fold-down center console between the rear seats, and the dual 10-inch rear seat entertainment screens with wireless headphones. Sitting in the back seat offers a great view thanks to the UltraView panoramic power sunroof, but for more privacy, this sedan also has manual door sunshades and a power rear sunshade. And with the four-zone automatic climate control, there will be no bickering over the interior temperature.
2017 Cadillac CT6 Powertrain:
The 2017 Cadillac CT6 is available with four different powertrain combinations (including a plug-in hybrid), but the best way to enjoy this sedan is with the Cadillac-exclusive 3.0-liter twin-turbo, direct-injected V-6. Paired with its standard eight-speed automatic, the CT6 has acceleration that definitely puts it on par with its rivals. The transmission shifts smoothly and the engine pulls strong especially in wide-open-throttle, but doing so too often will obviously impact the CT6’s efficiency. Official EPA fuel economy ratings for this engine are 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway**, and it isn’t hard to hit either of these numbers if you’re easy on the gas.
Despite its size, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 drives like a much smaller car giving it a sportier feel. This is thanks to a liberal use of aluminum that allows the CT6 to have an impressively low curb weight – in base form weighs almost identical curb weight as the smaller CTS; this fully loaded, twin-turbo, AWD CT6 weighed in at 4,085 pounds. Additionally, the Active Chassis Package (including Magnetic Ride Control and Active Rear Steering) help make the CT6 fun to drive – far from the floaty land yachts of Cadillac’s not-too-distant past. To account for the extra power, the V-6 CT6 models receive larger front brakes giving this big sedan amazing braking power.
2017 Cadillac CT6 Safety:
The 2017 Cadillac CT6 has yet to be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Platinum trim level does come fully loaded with all of the latest safety technologies such as Front and Rear Automatic Braking as well as the standard Driver Awareness and Convenience Package with its Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front pedestrian detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Automatic Safety Belt Tightening and Side Blind Zone Alert.
2017 Cadillac CT6 Overall:
Forget the days of American land yachts, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 is a luxurious flagship loaded up with all the latest tech goodies but also an incredible powertrain that makes this big car fun to drive. And it is probably also worth a mention that Cadillac’s new statement sedan is manufactured in Detroit!
Cadillac offers four trim levels of the 2017 CT6 with the base model starting at $53,795*. This CT6 Platinum with options came in with an as-tested price $91,580. Bottom line, if you want a big sporty luxury sedan to one-up all of your Mercedes-Benz and BMW-driving neighbors, the all-new 2017 Cadillac CT6 is the way to arrive in style!
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Cadillac dealership and test drive the stylish, luxurious and high-tech 2017 Cadillac CT6 today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.