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.
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2019 Cadillac CT6 Overview
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.
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:
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.
2019 Cadillac CT6 Review
Cadillac's flagship. The 2019 Cadillac CT6 is the model's final year due to the endless onslaught of crossovers and SUVs, but it still remains Cadillac's flagship sedan. Despite Cadillac's brilliant forays into the performance world with the CTS-V and ATS-V, the CT6 represents how the company sees itself. It's big and stylish, like Cadillac sedans of yore, but full of cutting edge technology that defines luxury sedans today.
The exterior of the CT6 has been recently updated, with an overall handsome look that stands apart from the crowd. Unfortunately, the interior is largely forgettable compared with most of its rivals, with nothing that catches the eye for better or for worse. It isn't an ugly interior, it's just very plain looking.
Shift into SuperCruise. The real calling card of the CT6 is the availability of the company's remarkable SuperCruise semi-autonomous driving system. The CT6 is currently the only Cadillac with this feature, and it's available as an option on the Sport trim and as a standard feature on the top-of-the-line Platinum model.
Unlike Tesla's Autopilot system, SuperCruise will actually drive itself without input from the driver; you don't need to keep you hands on the wheel at all times. Instead, an infrared camera will track your eyes to make sure that they're focused outside of the vehicle and paying attention.
Additionally, instead of using radar and cameras to monitor the road around you like Autopilot, SuperCruise only works on interstates that have been laser-mapped by a fleet of LIDAR-equipped cars. While this does mean that there are less places to use the feature, it also adds a measure of safety and caution to prevent people from using the feature in less than ideal circumstances.
Other nifty features. In addition to SuperCruise, the Cadillac CT6 has several other tricks up its sleeve. One of the best is the optional rearview mirror that utilizes a high definition widescreen camera that allows you to see much more behind your vehicle than you would with a piece of mere reflective glass. Another unique option is Night Vision, which adds a forward looking infrared camera to provide a further look ahead than what you're headlights would be capable of, so you won't hit that deer lying in ambush ahead.
There's also a 34-speaker Bose Panaray premium audio system, but even the standard eight-speaker Bose unit is a great option. Standard features are competitive, with dual-zone climate control, 14-way adjustable leather seats, and active noise cancellation to make the ride that much nicer.
Surprising performance. While the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is nothing to get excited about, the CT6 does pack some excitement. The 3.6-liter V6 that equips all-wheel-drive variants of the low-end models is a step in the right direction, but the real fun starts with the 404-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that powers the top end. That's enough to propel it to 60 mph in five seconds flat, an impressive number for a large sedan.
In addition to the power, the CT6 is one of the best handling models in its class, with a sporty base suspension and optional magnetic ride control that makes carving corners a real joy. However, the overall trend in this segment is moving away from performance and toward comfort, and the sporty suspension makes the CT6 ride a bit rougher than rivals.
Final thoughts. If you want to ride in a big Cadillac luxury sedan, it's officially last call. Cadillac has said that they will be ceasing production of the CT6 in 2019, although the high performance CT6-V may live on. Regardless, it was a short but bright life for the sedan.
SuperCruise is by far the most compelling reason to buy the 2019 Cadillac CT6. The feature is one of the best executions of semi-autonomous driving that we've seen from any manufacturer, and it helps the car eat up highway miles.
Those looking for a more memorable interior may want to investigate the perennial favorite, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which, while more expensive, can offer a much nicer overall experience. The Lexus LS offers a famously reliable ownership experience, while those in search of a semi-autonomous driving experience should also investigate the Tesla Model S.