2017 Cadillac CT6 Pros vs Cons. Should You Buy?
What’s New for 2017
New for 2016, the Cadillac CT6 has only been on the market for a short period of time. There are a few changes for the 2017 model year, however. On the exterior, 2017 models are no longer available in Graphite Metallic but are now offered in two new colors: Phantom Gray Metallic and Bronze Dune Metallic. The only other exterior changes for 2017 are a transition to a darker tail lamp and the availability of an additional appearance package. The interior of the 2017 Cadillac CT6 remains largely unchanged except for a small update to the Cue infotainment system.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2017 Cadillac CT6 – The Pros
1. Class-Leading Sound System
Cadillac’s exclusive Bose Panaray Sound System must be heard to be believed. Using 34 individual speakers arranged in strategically-positioned arrays throughout the vehicle, every passenger has the privilege of experiencing studio-quality sound.
2. Advanced Exterior Lighting
Cadillac has gone to unprecedented lengths to ensure drivers will have an unobstructed view of the road ahead. LED-powered multifunctional headlamps are both powerful and elegant while daytime running lights give the vehicle a signature look that can’t be missed on the road. In addition, the CT6 features “concierge lighting” which creates a soft glow of light around the vehicle as the driver approaches.
3. Wireless Phone Charging
CT6 owners will be delighted to find that the vehicle comes equipped with wireless phone charging. With a compatible smartphone, a special slot in the center console provides a secure storage spot where the phone can be placed. While in this slot, the phone will continue to charge without any cord as long as the vehicle is running.
4. Night Vision and Collision Mitigation
Cadillac continues to stay ahead of the curve with its night vision and collision mitigation systems. Part of the “Driver Assist Package”, a camera scans the road ahead for pedestrians and alerts the driver if there is any reason for concern. In an emergency situation, the vehicle can even brake on its own to avoid a pedestrian collision. To complement this system, an advanced night vision camera uses thermal imaging to alert the driver of obstructions in the road ahead.
5. Luxurious Interior Appointments
Leather-covered surfaces abound in the 2017 Cadillac CT6. From the soft door panels to the stitched dash and steering wheel, drivers and passengers alike are sure to feel comfortable and relaxed in the CT6. Specialty seats in the vehicle have ample adjustability and are contoured to offer supreme comfort along with the ability to heat, ventilate, and even massage.
6. Infotainment and Technology
Suited for traditionalists and tech-enthusiasts alike, the infotainment and digital gauge cluster systems in the Cadillac CT6 are designed with user-friendliness and accessibility in mind. Easily access vital vehicle data, connect a smartphone, or check traffic and weather with Cadillac’s latest infotainment system. Also available for the CT6 is a supremely luxurious rear-seat infotainment system offering passengers dual 10” retracting screens for playback of media from a plethora of sources.
7. Innovative Digital Rear-View Mirror
For times when additional visibility is needed, the CT6 is available with a system that offers 300 percent more visibility compared to a traditional rear-view mirror. At the flick of a switch, a camera is used to transmit a wide-angle, high-definition view behind the CT6 through the rear-view mirror to the driver.
8. Lightweight Vehicle Construction
Using fusion technology, Cadillac combines 13 high-pressure aluminum castings and steel into a unified structure that reduces flex and acoustics. CT6 models using this technology are able to weigh as little as 3,647 lbs. As a result, Cadillac has been able to provide owners with a level of handling, stability, and performance that is unrivaled in the segment.
9. Over 400-Horsepower
While the 2017 Cadillac CT6 has several engine options available, the top-trim model uses a 3.0L twin turbo V6 with an output of 404-hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Combined with the light weight of the CT6, the high-output engine is capable of propelling the CT6 from zero to sixty miles-per-hour in a scant 5.3 seconds. Mated to Cadillac’s new 8-speed automatic transmission, the CT6 is not just quick but smooth and luxurious as well.
10. Active Chassis Package
The 2017 Cadillac CT6 makes it easier than ever to handle adverse road conditions. With an available Active Chassis Package, magnetic dampers, all-wheel drive, and rear-wheel steering help guide the vehicle safely and comfortably over road imperfections and winter weather. In addition, this package enhances the performance characteristics of the CT6 when the situation demands.
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Reasons Not to Buy a 2017 Cadillac CT6 – The Cons
1. Price of Fully-Optioned Models
The Cadillac CT6 has wide appeal with a starting price of under $55,000. Start selecting options packages however, the MSRP of the Cadillac climbs quickly. Fully-optioned, CT6 models can cost over $90,000. Prospective buyers will want to be aware of these costs before seriously considering a Cadillac CT6.
2. Fuel Economy
Although CT6 models with less-powerful engines can achieve EPA estimated fuel economy figures upwards of 22-MPG city and 30-MPG highway, the twin-turbo V6 engine manages a paltry 21 MPG combined fuel economy. Those concerned with costs at the pump may not want to opt for the most powerful CT6 models.
3. Stiff Competition
At no time in recent history has there been such fierce competition in the full-size luxury sedan segment. The 2017 Cadillac CT6 not only competes with well-established luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi but faces competent newcomers such as the Lincoln Continental and Genesis G90. Although the CT6 offers many unique and attractive features, it may be difficult to select it over competitors that are more established in the segment or those that offer a similar “bang-for-buck”.
How It Stacks Up to the Competition:
The top competitors for the 2017 Cadillac CT6 include the new Lincoln Continental and the Genesis G90 sedans. German competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-series may be similar in size but their price (often north of $100,000) makes them unlikely competitors for the CT6. The Continental and G90 on the other hand can be had for a similar price. The Lincoln Continental is a unique proposition due to its innovative 30-way adjustable power seats and stand-out styling. The Genesis G90 manages to offer some luxury features above-and-beyond the Cadillac CT6 at a price which is lower than one might expect. The Cadillac CT6 however holds its own against these vehicles thanks to its performance and athleticism as well as its striking looks.
The 2017 Cadillac CT6 is a formidable competitor in the full-size sedan segment. Although competition is fierce, the CT6 manages to stand on its own thanks to a multitude of unique features, appealing looks, and dynamic performance. Unique construction methods combined with artful craftsmanship and a commitment to the latest technology come together in a package that is an incredible value for the segment.