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2019 Cadillac CT6 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 5, 2019


“With love from America” – Cadillac with its CT6 sedan aims to rival the greatest of the luxury brands dominating the market. With updated styling, the sedan looks sharper with the long hood and milder curves. While it's all hulla-bulla for the manufacturer, this sedan looks like it won’t be long till it’s forgotten, mainly because there is a feeling of sophistication missing that isolates the CT6 from the rest.

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Pros

Comfortable and composed ride

Extremely quiet cabin

Spacious and plush cabin

Intuitive infotainment system

Cons

Some materials falls short of luxury

Little to none customizability compared to its rivals

Not as luxurious driving as some of the competition

What's New?

Updated exterior design

New standard turbocharged 4-cylinder and 10-speed automatic transmission

Revised features list

Introduction of new high-performance CT6-V


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$50495

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

237 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1500 rpm

transmission

10-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.4/64

dimensions

wheelbase

122.4 in.

length

205.8 in.

width

74 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

3708 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

110 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/34 mpg

highway range

663 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Cadillac CT6 in Black color  2019 Cadillac CT6 in Bronze Dune Metallic color  2019 Cadillac CT6 in Crystal White Metallic color  2019 Cadillac CT6 in Manhattan Noir Metallic color  2019 Cadillac CT6 in Radiant Silver Metallic color
Black

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Cadillac CT6 Luxury

Luxury

power
335 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$50,495 - $55,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $50,495 MSRP (24/28/34) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 10A) Starting at $55,495 MSRP (18/21/27) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Cadillac CT6 Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
335 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$58,095 - $62,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 10A) Starting at $62,595 MSRP (18/21/27) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $58,095 MSRP (24/28/34) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2019 Cadillac CT6 Sport

Sport

power
404 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$66,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $66,595 MSRP (18/21/26) 404 hp @ 5700 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Cadillac CT6 Platinum

Platinum

power
500 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
TBD

$86,795 - $95,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $86,795 MSRP (18/21/26) 404 hp @ 5700 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Platinum 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $95,795 MSRP TBD 500 hp @ 5000 rpm, 4.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


Powered by a 3.6L V6 engine mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 churns out 336 horses and 284 lb/ft of pulling force. Propelling all the wheels of the sedan, the 4-door houses a host of luxurious features and technology alongside active safety features.

It also has a massive boot space for all the cargo you would carry. The Cadillac CT6 goes up against the likes of the luxurious Bavarian model, the BMW 5 series, and the high-end opulent Mercedes Benz S-Class. Where exactly does the new and updated Cadillac stand? Let’s find out in the review.

2019 Cadillac CT6 Angular Front View
2019 Cadillac CT6 Angular Front View
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2019 Cadillac CT6 Angular Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Cadillac CT6 Features

8.0/10

The 2019 Cadillac CT6 comes in 4 different trim configurations, namely Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, and the Platinum. While the base trim is offered with a 2.0L inline-4 engine at $50,495, it is also available with a 3.6L V6 that is paired to an AWD system, which is used in this review. Priced at $55,495, the CT6 Luxury trim is an all-wheel-drive sedan that comes with a 3.6L V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Together the powertrain spurts out 336 hp and 284 lb.-ft. of torque.

The sedan houses a host of luxurious features alongside an updated infotainment system that has better functionality as well as intuitiveness as compared to its previous iteration.

Trims

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Sport

Platinum

Starting Price

$55,495

$58,059

$66,595

$86,795

Features

Available with 3.6L V6 engine

Includes features and availability of V6 from Luxury trim

Based on Premium Luxury with Twin-Turbocharged 3L V6 with an increased output of 404 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque

Based on Premium Luxury with standard Twin-Turbocharged 3L V6 with an increased output of 404 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque

 

Bi-LED headlights

Automatic Parking System

Sports aesthetic and design

19” wheels

 

Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Rear Window Shades

19” wheels

Front seats with extra adjustments and massage functions

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Upgraded interior lighting

Lower body kit

Premium leather upholstery

 

10.2” infotainment system

Rearview Camera

Rear Spoiler

Power-adjustable rear seats with heating , ventilation and massage functions

 

Leather upholstery

Hands-free trunk lid

Carbon pattern interior trim

34-speaker Bose Panaray Sound System

We recommend

The base trim of the Cadillac CT6 comes standard with a decent list of luxurious features and is equipped well. For those who want performance, we suggest investing in the available V6 powertrain as used in this review for a good package.

2019 Cadillac CT6 Engine and Performance

The turbocharged V6 has a strong pull from almost any rpm, and quick, smooth upshifts give the sense of virtually uninterrupted power. Acceleration is midpack among top-shelf sedans." edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Cadillac CT6 comes with a 3.6L 6-cylinder engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that spews 335 horses and 284 torque pound-feet of torque. Its powertrain is powerful and works wonderfully as you jab the throttle. With the new transmission, gearshifts are seamless but still feels less refined. The power spurted from underneath the hood propels all the wheels with an uninterrupted flow of energy with which you can either tame to be wild or a serene feline crawling for its prey.

Its competition is varied and offers similar powertrain with the exception of the V8 under the Genesis which thanks to the same come second to Lexus’ V6 in the most powerful output. The luxurious Cadillac sits towards the bottom of the list, sharing the spot with Audi A8, Porsche Panamera whereas thanks to Beemer’s inline-4 sees it at the rearmost.

Models

Cadillac CT6 Luxury AWD

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Genesis G80

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Audi A8 L

Porsche Panamera

MSRP

$55,495

$54,395

$75,000

$59,500

$91,250

$83,650

$83,800

$ 86,300

Engine

Gas V6, 3.6L

2.0L i4

3.5L Twin-Turbo V-6

5.0L Premium Unleaded V-8

3.0-Liter V6 Biturbo Engine

3.0-liter TwinPower Inline 6-cylinder Engine

3.0-Liter TFSI 6-Cylinder and Electric motor

3.0L V6 Turbocharged Engine

Transmission

10-speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic with manual shift modes

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

335 hp @ 6800 rpm

248 hp @ 5200rpm

416 hp @ 5500 rpm

420 hp @ 6000 rpm

362 hp @ 5200 rpm

320 hp @ 5500 rpm

335 hp @ 5300 rpm

330 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque

284 ft-lbs @ 5300 rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1450 rpm

442 lb-ft

383 @ 5000

369 lb-ft

332 lb-ft

369 lb-ft

331 lb-ft

Acceleration

With the V6 under its hood,  the Cadillac CT6 takes 5.9 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill while taking flat 14 seconds to complete the quarter-mile. It’s surprising to notice how relatively slow it is amidst the competition especially since the CT6 is the lightest amongst the pack of quicker and similarly sized sedans. The quickest of the lot is the Porsche Panamera with timing under 5 seconds from 0-60 mph.

Models

Cadillac CT6 Luxury AWD

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Genesis G80

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Audi A8 L

Porsche Panamera

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

N/A

5.3 sec

5.2 sec

5.4 sec

5.4 sec

5.5 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter mile

14 sec

N/A

13.8 sec

14 sec

13.8 sec

13.4 sec

13.8 sec

13.3 sec

Engine

Gas V6, 3.6L

2.0L i4

3.5L

5.0L Premium Unleaded V-8

3.0-Liter V6 Biturbo engine

3.0-liter TwinPower Inline 6-cylinder

Engine

3.0-Liter TFSI 6-Cylinder

Engine

3.0L V6 Turbocharged

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

8.3

N/A

8.1

7.4

8.1

7.3

Ride and Handling

The Cadillac CT6 is a capable handler and although it houses a firm ride quality, it still balances out as a luxury-cum-sport limousine. It handles confidently among corners and returns minimal body lean. Driving over bumps and potholes is easily soaked by the suspension and there is a good amount of steering feedback. Best driven on the highway with plush and comfortable cruising, the sedan is still capable of giving the enthusiast a good amount of fun and spirited driving.

Braking

Fitted with disc brakes on all wheels, the Cadillac CT6 has firm and is easy to modulate. The luxury sedan shows no slip-ups or letdowns when stopping in an emergency. The 4000 pound Cadillac has impressive performance, similar to its powertrain counterpart.

Model

Cadillac CT6 Luxury AWD

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Genesis G80

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Audi A8 L

Porsche Panamera

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

N/A

14.0

14.2

13.2

17.7

15.0

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

N/A

13.1

12.4

11.8

14.5

14.0

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3985

3790

4707

4716

4630

4195

4751

4001

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

113

N/A

N/A

112

118

N/A

2019 Cadillac CT6 Fuel Economy

Frugal is not an adjective that describes the 2019 Cadillac CT6’s V6 underneath the hood. With an economy of 18 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and a combined 21 mpg, the sedan is at best an average deal in the competition. The Porsche is quite impressive in its offering while the 4-cylinders powering the BMW 5 Series takes the lead in the rivalry albeit it’s really a no-go for its smaller displacement and size.

Model

Cadillac CT6 Luxury AWD

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus LS 500

Genesis G80

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Audi A8 L

Porsche Panamera

MPG (city)

18

24

19

15

19

21

19

21

MPG (highway)

27

34

29

26

28

29

29

28

MPG (combined)

21

27

22

18

22

24

22

24

2019 Cadillac CT6 Interior

8.0/10

"The CT6 Platinum's cabin is swathed in leather, and chrome interior trim is thankfully sparse. Overall, the effect isn't quite as nice as what you get from Audi or Mercedes-Benz, but it's getting harder to pinpoint the flaws." -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Stepping inside the CT6’s cabin would welcome you with so-so quality for a luxury sedan. Seating five passengers on leather seats, the Cadillac is simplicity abound with comfort and plush feeling but materials are not what you expect from a luxury class sedan. It undercuts the high-end opulent sedans with ease, making the CT6 a value for money in terms of quality and technology.

The cabin is spacious and allows for good legroom and headspace. Noise cancellation is great with quite interior even at highway speeds. The front seats can fall short on support but are still comfortable for long drives.

Model

Cadillac CT6 Luxury AWD

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Genesis G80

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Audi A8 L

Porsche Panamera

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.2/58.3/46.4

38.8/58.7/41.4

37.3/58.8/41.0

39.4/58.3/45.7

39.7/59.7/41.4

39.9/59.2/41.4

37.2/59.1/41.4

N/A

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38/56.2/40.4

37.5/55.9/36.5

37.3/56.4/38.9

38.2/57.1/35

37.4/59.1/34.1

38.9/57.7/44.4

39.1/57.8/42.9

N/A

Infotainment System

The CT6’s cabin houses a 10.2” infotainment system with Cadillac user experience. The system is responsive to touch and is intuitive in usage. A big step up since its previous iteration, the controls of the system no longer feel clunky and it replaces the touchpad the manufacturer previously used. Some of the infotainment features include –

  • Cadillac user experience with 10.2" diagonal display
  • Bose Premium 8-speaker audio system
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot - includes data trial for 1 month or 3GB, whichever comes first
  • SiriusXM satellite radio for a limited trial period
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Cargo Volume

At the trunk of this luxurious sedan, the Cadillac can house 15.8 cubic feet of luggage space that is, in fact, an impressive feat by the American marque. While it does not lead the class as the most spacious cargo, that title goes to the BMW 7 series followed by the Porsche Panamera and the Lexus LS 500. The Cadillac is the least spacious but relatively has great space for a sedan.

Model

Cadillac CT6 Luxury AWD

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Genesis G80

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Audi A8 L

Porsche Panamera

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

15.8

N/A

16.9

15.3

16.3

18.2

14.2

17.4

Interior Features

The Cadillac CT6 includes some of the following interior features –

  • 14-way adjustable front seats with 2-way power lumbar
  • Handcrafted cut-and-sewn interior
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Memory Package

2019 Cadillac CT6 Exterior

“Sleek styling and high-tech features help the CT6 shed the Cadillac clichés in an attempt to best its European rivals. Despite being smaller and cheaper than flagships from BMW and Mercedes, the CT6's halo status compels a comparison with those well-established rivals.” -carconnection

Design and Dimensions

Rolling on 18-inch wheels on all four sides, the long-hooded American luxury stands 58” high and measures a lengthy 205 inches to the back alongside a width of 74”. With curves forgone and replaced by sharp lines and edges, the Cadillac CT6 looks like the sedan is here on a serious business and not on a holiday. The front features the iconic Cadillac chrome-accented grille with the insignia pasted on it and flanked by mean-looking Bi-LED headlights.

Model

Cadillac CT6 Luxury AWD

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Genesis G80

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Audi A8 L

Porsche Panamera

Curb weight (lbs.)

3985

3790

4707

4716

4630

4195

4751

4001

Length(in)

205.8

194.6

206.1

196.5

206.5

206.6

207.3

198.8

Width(in)

74

73.5

74.8

74.4

74.8

74.9

76.7

76.3

Height(in)

58

58.2

57.5

58.3

58.7

58.2

57.9

56.0

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.7

6.5

5.1

5.0

5.8

4.9

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

122.4

117.1

123.0

118.5

124.6

126.4

122.9

116.1

Track width (in) F/R

63.4/64

63/63.9

64.2/64.2

63.8/64.3

63/63.2

63.4/64.6

64.7/64.4

65.8/65.0

The stretched limousine-like design sculpts all the way to the back with hard character lines running across the sides and a simple, yet elegant looking rear of the sedan meets much to the pleasure of the eyes. Although the craft of the CT6 is different this year, the sharp styling aesthetic has nothing special about it to make it stand out.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features on the Cadillac CT6 include –

  • Bi-LED high-/low-beam projector headlamps and LED light pipe signature
  • Luxury grille
  • Galvano satin-chrome accents
  • 18" multi-spoke alloy wheels with bright silver finish
  • Body-color door handles

2019 Cadillac CT6 Safety

While yet to be rated by the NHTSA and IIHS, the luxurious Cadillac CT6 comes with a host of safety features, which include -

  • 8 airbags
  • Cadillac Connected Access capable
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Driver and front passenger seat belts
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • HD Rear Vision Camera
  • LATCH System
  • Passenger Sensing System

2019 Cadillac CT6 Competition

Cadillac CT6 vs BMW 5 Series

Going up against the German luxury marque, the Cadillac CT6 consistently falls short of every parameter compared to the BMW 5 series. In terms of performance and handling, the Bavarian sedan outperforms it especially in regards to its driving dynamics. It also houses excellent safety features alongside more luxurious interior and technology. While the American Cadillac equips better storage capacity in the trunk, the BMW is still a better buy when adding the fact it costs lesser than the CT6.

Cadillac CT6 vs Mercedes Benz S-Class

The American luxurious sedan, Cadillac CT6, heavily undercuts the Mercedes S-Class purely in terms of value for money. While the German from Stuttgart overhauls the CT6 in terms of luxury, opulence and driving dynamics, the Cadillac brings up its arsenal when its price is into consideration. It all depends on how much you’re willing to shell out, for both the sedans are actually a great car in itself.

2019 Cadillac CT6 Final Verdict

Even in its updated form, the Cadillac CT6 does turn heads but not due to its styling, - no no, it does so simply due to its simplicity and features offered in its price range. Granted, there are other rivals with better sophistication and that is missing in the CT6. Having said that, the American luxury marque is swiftly climbing the ladder to rival the best of the brands out there in the market.