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2016 2.0L Turbo Standard 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $53,495
2016 3.6L Standard 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $55,495
2016 2.0L Turbo Luxury 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $58,395
2016 3.6L Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $60,395
2016 3.6L Premium Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $63,570
2016 3.0L Twin Turbo Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $64,395
2016 3.0L Twin Turbo Premium Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $67,570
2016 3.6L Platinum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $83,465
2016 3.0L Twin Turbo Platinum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $87,465

Overview

Cadillac’s brand-new, full-size prestige sedan seeks to rise right to the top of the automaker’s lineup. Because the CT6 will be offered in various markets, including China, it’s meant to signal Cadillac’s return to the global prestige luxury segment. New technologies are intended to make drivers aware of their surroundings, according to Cadillac. Aluminum-intensive construction incorporates 11 different materials.

What's New for 2016

Offered with a choice of three engines, the full-size CT6 luxury sedan is a brand-new model for 2016, strongly focused on technology. Auto Vehicle Hold prevents forward/rearward vehicle creep when the driver’s foot is off the brake pedal. A true 360-degree view around the vehicle, displayed in Cadillac’s CUE screen, helps reduce blind spots.

The industry-first surround-view video recording system can record front and rear views while driving, and an enhanced Night Vision helps identify people and large animals. A Rear Camera Mirror puts the rearward view into the inside mirror. Advanced Park Assist integrates automatic braking into automatic parking. Pedestrian Collision Mitigation technology also is new.

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Choosing Your Cadillac CT6

Star of the powertrain trio is the new 3-liter Twin Turbo V6, generating 404 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, for nearly 135 horsepower per liter. Cadillac says it’s the first application of cylinder deactivation technology to a turbo V6. Buyers can also choose a 2-liter turbo four-cylinder or a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, producing 265 and 335 horsepower, respectively. Each engine mates with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but a different version is used for the Twin Turbo.

Active-on-demand all-wheel drive with a continuously variable clutch is standard with either V6 engine, whereas the four-cylinder model has rear-wheel drive. An available Active Chassis Package includes active rear steering, and Magnetic Ride Control. Any of three drive modes may be selected: Tour, Snow/Ice, and Sport.

Fuel economy with the Twin Turbo V6 is estimated at 18 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway, versus 19/28 mpg for the naturally aspirated V6 and 22/31 mpg for the four-cylinder.

Each of the three engines comes in a choice of two, three, or four trim levels:

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CT6 (Base)

Base trim is available with the 2-liter four-cylinder or 3.6-liter V6 engine. Standard equipment includes CUE information and media control, Bose eight-speaker audio, OnStar with 4G LTE, LED headlights and taillamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, memory driver’s seat, power tilt/telescopic steering column, rearview camera, and 18-inch alloy wheels. With the 3.6-liter V6, the CT6 has all-wheel drive and 19-inch wheels.

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Premium Luxury

Moving up another notch, Premium Luxury is offered with either V6 engine. Included are a rear camera mirror, Enhanced Vision and Comfort package, 12-inch display, head-up display, and panoramic sunroof.

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Platinum

The top trim level is available with either the 3.6-liter V6 or the Twin Turbo V6. Standard features include an Active Chassis Package, adaptive cruise control, front/rear automatic braking, Magnetic Ride Control, Driver Assist package, four-zone climate control, heated rear seats, and 20-inch wheels. The Bose Panaray audio system includes 34 speakers. Rear-seat entertainment includes articulating 10-inch screens that retract into front seatbacks. A Rear Seat package provides about 3.3 inches of adjustable seat travel, lumbar adjustment, tilting cushions, a massage feature, and heating/cooling.

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Cadillac claims the CT6 is among the world’s lightest, most agile full-size luxury performance sedans, with interior space equivalent to BMW’s short-wheelbase 7 Series. Weight and agility are said to be closer to the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Prices range from $53,495 to $87,465. Tempting as the Twin Turbo might be, most buyers are likely to be satisfied with one of the less-potent engines. Careful study of standard-equipment lists is essential, since moving up a trim level can add either a few extra features or an overwhelming selection.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

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The first Cadillac to compete head-to-head with top-shelf sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, the all-new CT6 combines dynamic performance with uncompromising room and comfort. In terms of product offering, the entrance of the CT6 puts Cadillac on more or less equal footing with Europe's luxury brands.

Pricing and Equipment

The CT6 covers a lot of price territory across its four trim levels:

  • The Standard model starts at $53,495 with the base turbocharged four-cylinder, or $55,495 with the available 3.6-liter V6. Appointments include leather upholstery, heated front seats with driver memory, a rearview camera, and a Bose eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
  • Luxury models ($58,395–$64,395) are eligible for a third engine option, a 3-liter twin-turbo V6. The Luxury comes with a heated steering wheel, an upgraded Bose system, a panoramic sunroof, and navigation. Safety technology is present in full force, including lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and front collision mitigation with automatic braking and pedestrian detection.
  • Next up is the Premium Luxury, which is available with the 3.6-liter V6 or 3-liter twin-turbo at $63,570 and $67,570, respectively. The most notable addition here is a rearview camera display in the rearview mirror. You also get get ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.
  • The Platinum ($83,465–$87,465) gets a magnetic ride control suspension, active rear steering, and a host if rear-seat amenities, including a video entertainment system. A thunderous Bose Panaray 34-speaker sound system is also standard.

Performance Pros

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The 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivers 265 horsepower to the rear wheels. You can upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6 with 335 horsepower, or a 3-liter twin-turbo V6 that's good for 404 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is used with all three engines.

Performance highlights include:

  • All-wheel drive: It comes standard with both V6 engines. The 2-liter is rear-drive only.
  • Steering/Handling: Thanks to a relatively firm suspension, CT6 is remarkably responsive for a car of its size.
  • Fuel Efficiency: The 2-liter engine is the mileage champ of the line, delivering an outstanding 31 mpg on the highway.

Performance Cons

  • The lack of a v8 engine anywhere in the lineup limits the CT6's performance potential.
  • Due to its sheer size, the CT6 simply can't match the athleticism of other Cadillac models.

Interior Pros

  • We expected the CT6 to be spacious, but the rear of the cabin is downright cavernous and can be loaded with high-class amenities.
  • The quality of materials (wood, carbon fiber, leather) is unquestionably the highest in Cadillac history.

Interior Cons

  • The rear center seat isn't even half as comfortable as the outboard seats. We got the impression that the CT6 is really supposed to be a roomy four-seater.
  • As nice as the interior is, the mood is somewhat subdued. Some may find it drab compared to the eye-catching opulence displayed by key competitors.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Cadillac CT6

The idea of a full-size Cadillac powered by a four-cylinder engine might sound like blasphemy, but the 2-liter takes the CT6 from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. We consider that outstanding for a base engine with such admirable efficiency.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

When fully equipped, the CT6 loses its price advantage against more established and prestigious competitors.

The Bottom Line

Cadillac has finally earned a position in the top tier of luxury sedans.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 265 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 265 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Brakes
Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$75
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
15.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
121 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
204.0 "
Exterior Width
74.0 "
Exterior Height
57.9 "
Front Headroom
40.1 "
Rear Headroom
38.0 " / 38.1 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
40.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,647 Lbs.
Wheel Base
122 "
Turning Radius
20.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Cadillac Cue Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Warning / Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Warning
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii+
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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