The 2018 Cadillac CT6 can be described as a full-size luxury sedan at a price like a mid-sized sedan. If you love a luxury sedan with a Detroit attitude, Cadillac CT6 could be an option. Under the hood, CT6 identity is clear. Turbocharged four-cylinder power is standard, and two V6 engine options. You will not find that combination in the German model.
There is no doubt that CT6 is reaching a new level of luxury compared to mid-sized brothers. With generous rear passenger space, the ultimate interior decoration and competitive starting price, and 2018 Cadillac CT6 being a legitimate challenger for the leaders.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 is a four-door large luxury sedan available in four trim levels: base, Luxury, the Premium Luxury and Platinum. There’s also a CT6 Plug-In that uses hybrid powertrain.
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 base comes standard with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, LED taillights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, driver-seat memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-way power front seats with two-way power lumbar, leather upholstery, a 10.2-inch touchscreen with Cadillac’s CUE interface, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, voice controls, four USB charge ports, OnStar system with Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE connectivity, an eight-speaker Bose sound system with three audio USB ports and satellite radio.
Optional Driver Awareness and Convenience package include automatic high-beam headlights, power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, heated front seats, a navigation system and safety features.
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 Luxury trim add all above equipment, auto brake hold, automatic parking system, a hands-free trunk-lid, rear side window shades, a top-down 360-degree parking camera system, upgraded interior lighting, front passenger-seat memory settings, four-way power lumbar front seats, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system. The optional Comfort package adds ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. The Enhanced Vision and Comfort package adds a unique rearview mirror.
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 Premium Luxury adds the Enhanced Vision and Comfort package, a head-up display, upgraded gauge cluster display. Also available for the Luxury and Premium Luxury is the Rear Seat package, which adds four-zone automatic climate control and a rear entertainment system. The Active Chassis package adds 20-inch wheels, active rear steering and adaptive suspension dampers. The Driver Assist package adds a night vision camera system, adaptive cruise control and enhanced automatic braking. A 34-speaker Bose Panaray premium audio system is also optional.
The top-level 2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum includes all of the above equipment plus premium leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with massage functions and eight-way power-adjustable outboard rear seats with ventilation.
The Plug-In models variant takes the Premium Luxury and Luxury option as standard along with 18-inch wheels, the Driver Awareness and Convenience and the Enhanced Vision and Comfort packages.
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 offers three choices of powertrains and come with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The base is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine produces 265 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s only available with rear-wheel drive only. EPA fuel economy stands at 22 mpg city/ 30 mpg highway.
Second is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine produces 404 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy stands at 18 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway. The third is a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 335 hp and 284 lb-ft. EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 18 mpg city/ 27 mpg highway. Both V6 models are available with all-wheel drive.
New this year is a hybrid powertrain that uses the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired to 100-horsepower electric motors for a peak output of 335 horsepower and 432 lb-ft of torque. It is only available in rear-wheel drive with 4-speed automatic transmission. The CT6 Plug-In is rated at 62 MPGe combined with an all-electric range of 31 miles, and charging the batteries via a 240-volt outlet should take about 4.5 hours.
Going in, you see and touch upscale materials almost everywhere, and the Platinum model has every feature available. Overall, it is not as good as what you get from Audi or Mercedes-Benz, but it’s hard to determine its shortcomings. Good for the price, though the customization option is limited.
Outward visibility is satisfactory in front and back. You do not feel as though you are in a bunker. The streaming-video rearview mirror had seeing double due to the different focal point, but it shows a wider view of what’s behind.
There is plenty of space in the front seats, and is generous in all other areas. The tall driver has plenty of room to sit comfortably. Rear seat space is also quite spacious, even for larger passengers, but there is no footrests like on some competitors.
Essentially, the 2018 Cadillac CT6 is a stretched version of CTS midsize sedan, and it’s seen on relatively short and small trunks. Cadillac also does a good job in providing storage for personal items. The trunk has a nice wide gap for loading big items like golf bags. The overall volume is 15.3 cubic feet, which is smaller in the hybrid model due to large battery pack.
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 production started in April 2017, and we expect it to start rolling into dealers any day now.
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 base model Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is about $55,000, including the $995 destination charge. The Luxury model starts at $62,000, while the Premium Luxury comes in around $66,300. The Platinum starts at about $85,300, or $89,300 if you choose the twin-turbo V6. Add options and you’re looking at more than $90,000 for a loaded Platinum with the twin-turbo, but it’s worth.