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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.
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.
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.