Cadillac
CT6
2017
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Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - August 25, 2016

Expert Rating

4.5 (Excellent)
MPG
19 City / 27 Highway

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2017 Cadillac CT6 OVERVIEW

Not since Cadillac canceled the DTS sedan in 2011 has it had a flagship model. The Cadillac CT6 goes beyond those earlier sedans by offering standard rear-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive, and a host of engineering and technology features not seen before.

Although larger than any other Cadillac sedan, the new CT6 is considered a midsize model. Cadillac points out that the sedan’s interior room matches at least one full-size luxury model’s standard wheelbase offering. The roomy 2017 CT6 seats five.

What's New for 2017

As the CT6 arrived late in the 2016 model year, the changes for 2017 are modest. Two new color choices are available and an updated wash feature is added to the rearview camera system.

Later in the model year, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle variant will be released. It represents the first PHEV for Cadillac and it most certainly will not be the last one.

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Choosing Your Cadillac CT6

Four trim levels are available with the 2017 Cadillac CT6: CT6 (base), Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. Rear-wheel drive is the standard and all-wheel drive is available across the model line.

A long list of standard and available features are found in the Cadillac CT6. All models are equipped with OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless phone charging. Cadillac CUE telematics, navigation, Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility, a premium Bose audio system, and a handcrafted cut-and-sewn interior are among the many features offered.

Three engine choices are available:

  • A 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 265 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque is standard. This engine comes with rear-wheel drive models only.
  • A 3.6-liter, V6 engine making 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque is available.
  • Also available is a 3-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine making 404 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

Both V6s are found in all-wheel drive models only. All three engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy for the base engine comes in at an EPA-rated 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The 3.6-liter V6 is EPA-rated at 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The turbo V6 is EPA-rated at 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Both turbos require premium gasoline. The standard V6 takes regular grade. All models are equipped with a 19.5-gallon fuel tank.

Only models equipped with the 3.6-liter, V6 engine are rated for towing. This sedan pulls a modest 1,000 pounds.

CT6 (Base)

Priced from $54,490, the base CT6 trim is powered by the turbocharged four-cylinder engine and provides standard rear-wheel drive. Upgrading to all-wheel drive at this level requires choosing the 3.6-liter, V6 engine. Trim level highlights include LED headlights, daytime running lights, and tail lights; 19-inch, multi-spoke aluminum wheels; and power-folding heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.

Inside, the CT6 offers a leather interior; a Bose 8-speaker premium audio system; SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity; a suite of airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag; and a 10.2-inch center console touchscreen display.

Luxury

The Luxury edition is priced from $59,390 and has the same powertrain equipment offerings as the base model. Model highlights include automatic headlamps with auto high beam detection, front cornering lamps, concierge lighting, upgraded wheels, and an automatic trunk.

Convenience features include a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a surround vision recorder, and a heated steering wheel. Standard safety features include forward collision alert; front pedestrian detection and rear cross-traffic alert; and lane keep assist with lane departure warning.

Premium Luxury

Cadillac prices the Premium Luxury edition from $64,590. This model is powered by the standard V6 engine, and it is all-wheel drive. At this trim level, Cadillac brings in available Magnetic Ride Control, the same chassis management system found in the Corvette.

Inside, this edition brings in a rear camera mirror, a reconfigurable full-color gauge cluster, a head-up display, and a panoramic sunroof. Cadillac also expands the standard safety features to include low-speed automatic braking, following distance indicator, automatic safety belt tightening, and side blind zone alert.

Platinum

With a starting price of $84,490, the CT6 Platinum edition brings in nearly all packages and options offered elsewhere. Like the Luxury and Premium Luxury editions, customers can upgrade to the 3-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine.

Standard equipment includes 20-inch, all-season tires, Magnetic Ride Control, and a driver assist package with adaptive cruise control. All Platinum models include a 34-speaker Bose Panaray sound system; heated, ventilated, and massaging 20-way adjustable front seats; power operated rear reclining seats; and enhanced vision, comfort, and rear seat packages.

CarsDirect Tip

As with other luxury models, there is overlap between trim levels. Your best bet is to prioritize your powertrain and drivetrain requirements, and work your way from there. The 3.6-liter, V6 will suit most buyers and it comes with standard all-wheel drive. The Premium Luxury edition offers most of the top features. Choosing the Platinum edition automatically adds $20,000 to your final price.

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