2019 Cadillac CT6 Platinum: We drive Caddy’s current top sedan

2019 Cadillac CT6 Platinum: We drive Caddy’s current top sedan

After about 500 miles when driving in this Cadillac CT6 I will claim that it’s nearly plush enough being a 'big Cadillac,' and it’s more or less not quick/agile enough becoming a sporty Cadillac; it’s just pretty good in all facets.

The twin-turbo V6 is smooth and powerful. It is a big car so that it doesn’t stun having a speed, but jumping between 70 and 87 mph to secure slower traffic is easy. I didn’t get pinched off during the slow lane by faster drivers. There’s not a large amount of sound to barefoot jogging either, so don’t expect that. I conducted experience a little leader vibration at 85 or so, I checked the tires and didn’t see anything. I ponder if anyone else will feel that.

The stop-start technique is one of many least intrusive I've experienced with a V6, which meant Irrrve never turned it well in anger. I do that about 75 % of times — take that EPA fuel mileage!

The eight-speed automatic hunts a little if you’re hesitant together with the throttle but shifts are typically smooth and quick. Sometimes you give it additional throttle to enhance thrust, rather it shifts and you just lose a bit. Hard two, couple of downshifts at one time aren’t a challenge though.

Throttle weight and sensitivity are fantastic, assisting the CT6 grow both fast and clean, without snapping your neck back for the leather-wrapped headrest. The brakes are spectacular: stiff pedal, little movement, sense that they might haul this thing down from 100 mph to 0 in seconds.

I love that your CT6 is rear-wheel based all-wheel drive, when compared to the Lincoln Continental (front-wheel based, all-wheel drive) I’m driving soon, on the other hand didn’t have weather to communicate in of, and so i can’t really comment. I am aware you possibly can flatten the pedal from a grinding halt without wheelspin.

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From the driver’s seat, I enjoy the adjustable head-up display that shows your speed together with other information inside dash. It truly is height- and brightness-adjustable. I want mine to remain just barely visible in the road ahead. Staying on tech, the radar-equipped cruise control still leaves too much space among you and the car ahead, plenty for two or three cars to slide in, slowing you down far more. Conversely, the collision avoidance brake warning doesn’t turn off until essential; some systems are tuned way too sensitively and so are more annoying than anything. I loved the massaging seats, seat and wheel heat and automatic start. Is it an excessive amount to question that all car has these? Probably.

Inside, I really like the dash and instrument cluster nonetheless the mix off wood and graphite styling never looks directly to me. Apple CarPlay worked perfectly as did the navigation; my big complaint though, was that the 12-volt automobiles was totally inside the back seat. The radar detector I was testing necessitated an electric cord stretched over the passenger compartment that looks like it was planning to snap back at anytime. I’m sure that’s not much of a priority for Cadillac, considering when it was a phone which was charging it wouldn’t really need to be linked to the windshield.

This CT6 is $90K; that’s a helluva lot of cash for the car that’s less space-consuming than the S-Class using a touch, and yes it feels way smaller compared to the Hyundai G90, though it’s approximately the same size. The G90 undercuts it by about $20,000 too. Maybe this Caddy undercuts the S-Class, properly get into an S-Class, I think it feels as though $90K. I don’t think this Cadillac does that.

— Jake Lingeman, road test editor

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Getting from the new Continental and into the CT6 was instructive. This car is firmer, seems better built (especially inside) and looks to have more rear-seat room. I’d been all set to prattle on about how exactly I liked this Caddy’s sportiness as good as the Lincoln’s soft/smoothness. There’s a solidity here the Lincoln simply lacks. Next, i saw the CT6 wears a automobile almost $10K higher so hmmmm. Might have to rethink.

Lingeman covers the Cadillac well: Certainly not smooth and soft enough to become big Cadillac, less than quick enough as being a sporty Cadillac. Before I drove a CT6 I asked what its purpose was, so i ask again. Alternatively there’s no problem with a tweener.

I do think the car is a great one looking, and yes, the twin-turbo V6 is smooth and powerful additionally, the chassis super-responsive especially considering how big it is actually. The motor car is significantly sharper than you’d guess by just examining its size, from steering reaction to low body roll to excellent brakes. It’s quiet while travelling (actually, its freeway quietness is primarily impressive) and sweeps through corners at confidence-inspiring speeds, maybe the bumpyish ones.

Back in May we wrote that "ever since the industry is trending off from sedans to crossovers, maybe there best big Cadillac ever won’t sell."

Then we said “With less than 700 sales in May, it’s got nowhere to go but up.”

That similar don’t be true: Cadillac only sold 634 in June.

–Wes Raynal, editor

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On Sale: Now

Base Price: $88,490

As Tested Price: $91,580

Powertrain: 3.6-liter DOHC twin-turbocharged V6, AWD, 8-speed automatic

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

Curb Weight: 4,085 lb

Fuel Economy: 18/26/21 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

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

Pros: Great looks, roomy

Cons: Doesn’t think that a $90,000 car


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