William Kinton
Automotive Editor - January 14, 2019

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2019 Cadillac CT6 OVERVIEW

The 2019 Cadillac CT6 is back for its final model year, as General Motors has announced that it will ride off into the sunset along with most of their cars. This isn't because the CT6 is a bad car, it's just that the American public has an insatiable appetite for SUVs and crossovers these days, and the CT6 is a sedan. Regardless, it's a good luxury car with some serious high tech features that make it stand out against the rest of the crowd.

What's New for 2019

For 2019, the CT6 has seen a slight price reduction for the lowest trim, and the top trim levels now get the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 as standard. Beyond this, there are no major changes to the CT6.

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Choosing Your Cadillac CT6

The Cadillac CT6 offers three different engine choices. Lower trim models get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder model that puts out 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that gets sent to the rear wheels. All-wheel drive models at lower tiers are equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 335 hp while the Sport and Platinum models get a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 404 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. All models are equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A new CT6 V-Sport is also available for 2019 with a twin-turbocharged V8 and 550 hp, but we cover that separately.

The CT6 is available with a wide range of luxury and tech features to help it fulfill its role as a true luxury sedan. Most notably is the available Super Cruise, which allows the CT6 to actually drive itself on highways without input from the driver (although, the driver's eyes are monitored and the system will warn you if you take your eyes off the road). Additionally, the rearview mirror can be replaced with a version that uses a wide-angle, high-definition camera, and audiophiles will love the optional 34-speaker audio system. Not everything is extra though; even the most basic CT6 models come with 14-way adjustable front seats and a 10.2-inch infotainment system.

The CT6 is available in four trims:


Even though its called the Luxury, this trim level is the most basic CT6 you can buy at $51,490 (all prices include the $995 destination fee). The Luxury comes with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for rear-wheel drive, but buyers can upgrade to an all-wheel drive version equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 for $5,000. Despite being the lowest trim level, the CT6 gets a 10.2-inch infotainment system, leather seats with 14 ways of adjustability for the driver and passenger, automatic start-stop, and a Bose eight-speaker audio system. Keyless entry, remote start, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers, and active noise cancellation are all standard as well.

The Luxury is offered with four packages. The largest of these is the $3,500 Driver Awareness and Convenience Package that includes some niceties like heated front seats and a sunroof along with a host of driver assistance and active safety feature like low-speed forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, following distance indicator, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic seat belt tightening. Other packages include the $410 Premium Carpet Package and the $280 Interior Protection Package that both include new floor mats, as well as the Exterior Accent Package that adds new wheels and a spoiler, but the pricing is determined by the dealer.

Premium Luxury

The Premium Luxury trim starts at $59,090 with the same turbo-four as before and optional all-wheel drive with the 3.6-liter V6 for $5,000. This trim comes standard with the panoramic sunroof, 16-way adjustable heated front seats, automatic parking assist, a Bose 10-speaker audio system, automatic parking assist, and a hands-free trunk lid. It also features the HD Surround Vision camera system with a recorder, which can be used as a security system if the vehicle is ever tampered with. Additionally, all features found in the previous trim's Driver Awareness and Convenience Package are now included as standard.

Two new packages are offered on the Premium Luxury: the $2,700 Rear Seat Package and the $2,000 Comfort and Technology Package. The Rear Seat Package includes a rear seat infotainment, quad-zone climate control, and an air ionizer, while the while the Comfort and Technology package adds the aforementioned rear camera mirror, a 12-inch color gauge cluster display, ventilated driver and front passenger seats, a head-up display, and rear seat heaters. The only real standalone option includes a $3,700 34-speaker Bose Panaray audio system, which can only be added once you add the two packages.


The Sport starts at $67,590, and is positioned as the "performance" model of the standard CT6. The Sport comes standard with all-wheel drive and the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. To further sell this idea, the Sport gets a performance-inspired grille, ground effects, a rear spoiler, and carbon fiber trim. Additionally, this trim receives all standard features of the Premium Luxury model as well.

The Sport gets the same Rear Seat and Comfort and Technology packages as the Premium Luxury, as well as a couple of other packages. These include the amazing Super Cruise Package, which for $6,000 adds the autonomous interstate driving capability, magnetic ride control, adaptive cruise control, night vision, automatic braking, and active rear steering. If you'd prefer not to pay for driver assistance features, there's the $3,300 Active Chassis Package which adds the magnetic ride control, active rear steering and unique wheels.


The top-of-the-line CT6 is the $87,790 Platinum trim. At this price, you get pretty much everything. Super Cruise is standard, as is magnetic ride control, the 34-speaker Bose Panaray audio system, the rear camera mirror, 20-way adjustable front seats, heated, ventilated, and massage functions for both the front and the rear. It also comes standard with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive. The only package available is the Exterior Accent Package, and no other options are available.

CarsDirect Tip

If you're looking for a large American luxury sedan, you better act quick. Cadillac is discontinuing the CT6 after 2019 in favor of a more SUV-centric line up. That said, one of the big draws of the CT6 is the Super Cruise feature, so we'd recommend getting the Sport Model and choosing the Super Cruise package.

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