2017 Cadillac CT6 Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Plenty of rear passenger space for adults
- Engaging driving experience for a large luxury sedan
- V6 engines are respectably powerful and fuel efficient
- Priced less than many other competing sedans
- Infotainment interface is less intuitive to use than some rival systems
- Comparatively small trunk
- Lacks the cosseting ride quality of top rivals
The 2017 CT6 is not a grand Cadillac sedan of old, wafting down the road as if riding on springs made from marshmallows. Nor is it akin to German luxury sedans, which tend to isolate the driver with so much technology that they blur the line between driving and riding. In the CT6, you feel the road through the wheel and the seat of your pants. As a result, the ride isn't as plush as those offered by executive-grade rivals. It's not remotely uncomfortable, and the available adaptive suspension irons out road imperfections and controls body movements to a laudable degree, but the CT6's ride quality may nevertheless be considered a relative "Con" in this segment.
On the other hand, feeling the road is a very good thing when it comes to going around corners. The base CT6 feels nimble and relatively lightweight, with crisp steering response. The V6-powered cars, meanwhile, feel slightly duller, but they perk right up with the optional Active Chassis package, which combines all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering and an adaptive suspension to create a truly surprising amount of capability and driver engagement. The hybrid CT6 benefits from the torque of its electric motors and provides smooth and quick acceleration from a stop. Plus, its regen braking capability allows you to one-pedal drive with regen braking strength adjusted through the left paddle.
The 2017 CT6 interior is undoubtedly Cadillac's finest work in recent years. Building on the strong foundation established by the current CTS, the CT6's interior takes American luxury to a new level with even richer materials, a gracefully styled dashboard and comprehensive technology integration. The CT6's overall design doesn't match the quality and construction of the world's best, but countering that is the car's lower price. We like the bold color schemes, too.
Every CT6 comes with the Cadillac User Entertainment (CUE) infotainment interface. We've been unimpressed with prior versions of this system in other Cadillacs, but this version features a bigger screen that reacts more quickly to inputs and lacks the uncouth "haptic feedback" clunk of its predecessor. There's also a redundant console-mounted touchpad. Overall, we appreciate the large icons, but using pinch-or-swipe commands on a large dash-mounted screen can be more difficult than doing so with your phone.
The CT6's front seats are firmly supportive and easy to get in and out of, but they don't hold you in place particularly well. Their optional heating, cooling and massage is certainly appreciated, though. The backseat serves up very generous legroom, even for 6-footers, and it's offered with heating, cooling, massage, power adjustments and a rear entertainment system that boasts two big screens and a multitude of media options. Suffice it to say that we're not used to seeing this level of rear-compartment luxury in the CT6's price class; it's a strong selling point for the right shopper.
At 15.3 cubic feet, though, the CT6's trunk is undersized for the segment, and the CT6 Plug-In checks in with a paltry 10.6 cubic feet.