2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

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2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Entering the hybrid scene for the first time, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in is based on the luxurious sedan birthed in 2016 to compete with the saturated European and Japanese market in the high-end arena. With the hybrid system sat in extensive research by GM, the time has finally come to merge this research with the Cadillac's CT6's offering that made it an impressive and interesting sedan in the first place.

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Pros

Elegant looks

Exceptional ride quality

Packed with features

Ergonomic interior

Performance figures

Cons

Lane-keep assist is not impressive

Brakes feel artificial

Pricey compared to rivals

Polarizing interior design

What's New?

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In is an all-new variant with a hybrid system in the CT6 lineup.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75095

bodystyle

4dr sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

169 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122

horsepower

265 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

continuously variable transmission

chassis

suspension front

independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

122.4 in.

length

204.1 in.

width

74 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

4537 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

10.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

177 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/30/26 mpg

ev range

224 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr./ 70000 mi.


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Styles

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Bronze Dune Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine

8.5

Fuel Economy

7.8

Interior

8.5

Exterior

9.3

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan Base

Base

power
265 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$75,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid EVT) Starting at $75,095 MSRP (14/26/30) 265 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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evt rear wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

8.5

Overall Rating


Along its competition, the CT6 goes head to head with the German's affluent sedans namely Mercedes Benz S550 Hybrid, and the BMW 7 Series Hybrid. Where does the American Cadillac stand? Read on the review to find out.


8.5/10
Features

 

8.5/10
Engine

 

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

9.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan Features

8.5/10

The CT6 Plug-in starts at $75,095 and comes with in a single trim with a host of lavish and opulent features. Propelled through the rear wheels of the sedan, the powertrain churns out 265 horses and 295 pound feet of torque, of which the hybrid system pumps out 100 horses. Mated to a CVT transmission, the CT6 does 0-60 MPH in 5.2s and disappointingly comes with a meagre cargo space. Given below are some standard features offered in the lone trim.

Trim CT6 PLUG-IN
MSRP $75,095
Key Features Electric Variable Transmission (EVT)
  Driver-selectable modes (Tour, Sport, and Hold)
  LED Indirect Fire high beam/low beam headlamps and LED light pipe signature
  Dual-zone automatic climate control
  Night Vision
  Bose 10-speaker surround sound system
  Rear Camera Mirror
  Keyless Access, Passive Entry, and Push-Button Start
  Automatic Parking Assist with Braking
  SiriusXM satellite radio

We Recommend

Cadillac Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) is available in a single well-appointed trim with a plethora of standard features.

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan Engine

8.5/10

The 2017 CT6 is not a grand Cadillac sedan of old, wafting down the road as if riding on springs made from marshmallows.-edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In derives its power from a turbocharged 2.0L I4 engine with a pair of electric motors that produces an extra 100 horses. With the engine mated to a CVT transmission, the output produced is 265 horses and 295 pulling forces that drives the rear wheels of the sedan.

The performance underneath the Caddy is just short of perfection; there is apt and excellent power delivery with commendable and buttery smooth gear shifts. However the luxurious hybrid sedan cuts down the impromptu kick in the throttle, producing an evident latency in its burst of power.

Amongt its competition, the Cadillac slums down to the bottom of the list while its rivals fly ahead in terms of pricing and performance output. The closest however BMW's 7 -series luxurious flagship while Porsche and Mercedes sprint ahead.

 

Models

 

 

Cadillac CT6 PLUG-IN

 

 

BMW 740i Hybrid

 

 

Porsche Panamera E Hybrid

 

 

Mercedes-Benz S 550 Hybrid

 

 

MSRP

 

 

$75,095

 

 

$90,500

 

 

$94,000

 

 

$96,595

 

 

Engine

 

 

2.0L 4

 

 

3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder

 

Engine with an electric motor

 

 

3.0-Liter Turbocharged with an electric motor

 

 

3.0-Liter V-6 Biturbo engine

 

 

Transmission

 

 

electrically variable-speed automatic

 

 

8-speed automatic

 

 

8-speed automatic

 

 

9-speed automatic

 

 

Horsepower

 

 

265 hp @ 5500 rpm

 

 

322 hp

 

 

417 hp

 

 

354 hp

 

 

Torque

 

 

295 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

 

 

369 lb-ft

 

 

3875 lb-ft

 

 

516 lb.-ft

 

Acceleration

Getting past the 0-60 MPH is done with ease in this athletic luxurious machine; clocking a time of 5.2s, the Caddy is at par with the rest of the powerful rivals except for the Mercedes S 550.

The Silver Arrow obliterates the field, where they are left eating the German's dust by a whole second.

Talking about the quarter mile, the Beemer tails the Merc with the rest.

 

Models

 

 

Cadillac CT6 PLUG-IN

 

 

BMW 740i Hybrid

 

 

Porsche Panamera E Hybrid

 

 

Mercedes-Benz S 550 Hybrid

 

 

0-60 MPH

 

 

5.2

 

 

5.4 sec

 

 

5.5 sec

 

 

4.3 sec

 

 

Quarter mile

 

 

13.8

 

 

13.4 sec @ 104 mph

 

 

13.8 sec @ 101.3 mph

 

 

12.0 sec

 

Engine

 

2.0 L

 

 

3.0L

 

 

3.0L

 

 

3.0

 

 

Emission

 

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

 

 

N/A

 

 

2.5

 

 

3.2

 

 

2.2

 

Handling and Braking

Driving the CT6 Hybrid gives a sense of stability and refinement. There is a smooth cruising over undulations of the road while the ride isn't anything short of exceptional of the luxurious sedan. It lacks steering feedback but tweak up the driving mode to sport and with the stiffening of the suspension and the wheel, there is a nice athletic feel to the same especially if you want a sporty driving experience. Cornering capability takes a hit mostly due its heavy weight.

Due to the complex regenerative braking system, the brakes feel synthetic although they are responsive and do provide confidence to the driver regardless of the road conditions. In terms of panic braking, the Caddy takes 117ft to come to a standstill from 60-0 MPH compared to its competition where the quickest is the Beemer at 112ft.

 

Model

 

 

Cadillac CT6 PLUG-IN

 

 

BMW 740i Hybrid

 

 

Porsche Panamera E Hybrid

 

 

Mercedes-Benz S 550 Hybrid

 

 

Brake Front (in.)

 

 

N/A

 

 

14.7

 

 

15.0

 

 

13.2

 

 

Brake Rear (in.)

 

 

N/A

 

 

14.5

 

 

14.3

 

 

11.8

 

 

Curb Weight (lbs.)

 

 

4,537

 

 

4195

 

 

4464

 

 

4773

 

60-0 MPH (ft.)

 

117ft

 

 

112

 

 

118

 

 

115

 

 

 

 

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

7.8/10

The fuel economy is where the CT6 slightly disappoints its buyers. The hybrid system, although very advanced and efficient, couldn't reduce the drawbacks of the extra weight as shown below.

 

Model

 

 

Cadillac CT6 PLUG-IN

 

 

BMW 740i Hybrid

 

 

Porsche Panamera E Hybrid

 

 

Mercedes-Benz S 550 Hybrid

 

 

MPG (city)

 

 

23

 

 

21

 

 

19

 

 

18

 

 

MPG (highway)

 

 

29

 

 

29

 

 

29

 

 

26

 

 

MPG (combined)

 

 

25

 

 

24

 

 

22

 

 

21

 

In the city, the CT6 provides 23 miles to the gallon and it goes up to 29 mpg on the highway. A combined figure of 29 mpg isn't bad for a car of its size but it loses the fight for best fuel economy among the RLX and 530e hybrids.
 

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan Interior

8.5/10

The CT6 has exceptional room, especially in back, but it's less plush that some rival luxury cars. -thecarconnection

Seating and Comfort

There's tons of legroom and headroom in the front and the back as you'd expect from a big bruiser Caddy like this one but where the CT6 surprises the most is the position and seating of the driver. Beyond just being spacious, the windshield has been widened to give a perfect view of what lies ahead and everything up front is thoroughly driver-focused.

The leather-clad seats are broad and perfect for long journeys on the highway. Even the headrests on those seats are positioned brilliantly to mitigate any amount of fatigue. A total of five passengers can sit comfortably and enjoy the ride offered by this hybrid saloon.

Interior Features

  • Android Auto Apple Car play support
  • 360 degree camera monitoring
  • 6 USB outlets
  • HDMI video cable
  • Night vision
  • Paddle shifters handle Regenerative braking features
  • Bose surround sound system
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Sirus XM satellite radio
  • Driver selectable modes (Tour, Sport, and Hold)
     

 

Model

 

 

Cadillac CT6 PLUG-IN

 

 

BMW 740i Hybrid

 

 

Porsche Panamera E Hybrid

 

 

Mercedes-Benz S 550 Hybrid

 

 

Passenger capacity

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

 

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

 

 

40.2/58.3/46.4

 

 

39.9/59.2/41.4

 

 

37.2/59.1/41.4

 

 

39.7/59.7/41.4

 

 

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

 

 

38.0/56.2/40.4

 

 

38.9/57.7/44.4

 

 

39.1/57.8/42.9

 

 

39.2/59.1/43.0

 

Infotainment System

Cadillac's CUE infotainment system can be found on the center console that has been curved towards the driver for greater convenience and ergonomics. The number of buttons on the dash has been reduced as the infotainment screen handles almost all the major functions on the interior of the car.

The screen responds well to commands and the clarity is sufficient as well. The CUE infotainment system was found to be even quicker than the Mercedes-Benz S550 which is worth bragging about. Right in front of the driver, the digital gauge cluster can be found which is reconfigurable to a certain limit but isn't a treat to the eyes as the rest of the interior.
 

Cargo Capacity

The reduced cargo space is a direct result of the positioning of those lithium-ion batteries under the seats and sadly, the CT6 also loses the fight for the most cargo-space among its rivals.

The most spacious boot volume is offered in the Mercedes S 550 at 16.3 cubic feet followed by the BMW and Porsche, each a cube feet down on the Silver Arrow. The CT6 is the at the bottom with a paltry 10.6 cubic feet.

 

Model

 

 

Cadillac CT6 PLUG-IN

 

 

BMW 740i Hybrid

 

 

Porsche Panamera E Hybrid

 

 

Mercedes-Benz S 550 Hybrid

 

 

Cargo Volume with 2nd row up (ft.3)

 

 

10.6

 

 

15.2

 

 

14.2

 

 

16.3

 

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan Exterior

9.3/10

The CT6 is the most mature piece of Cadillac styling we've seen, but it must be seen to be loved. -thecarconnection

Dimensions and Design

Starting from the front is the mean, sturdy fascia where peculiarity draws itself upon the front LED headlamps extending from the lamp's cluster further down the fenders beneath which rest the turning indicators beside the slitted air dams. Wide and chrome accented grilles sit in the middle upon which is fitted the Cadillac insignia.

With a sharp styling all across the design of the sedan, the long hybrid features hard character lines on the vertical expansive hood. Walk over to the sides, running along from the fender to the rear is a solid and evident waist line herein where a chrome accent on the body. Its roofline ever so faintly rises and tapers into the C-pillar and the top of the roof seats a shark-fin antenna.

At the back is a quiet business; resembling a smiling visage, the cargo panel is broad and designed sharply. Seemingly sealed, the derriere houses a single twin-node exhausts on the lower right of the bumper and LED taillights on either end.

 

Model

 

 

Cadillac CT6 PLUG-IN

 

 

BMW 740i Hybrid

 

 

Porsche Panamera E Hybrid

 

 

Mercedes-Benz S 550 Hybrid

 

 

Curb weight (lbs.)

 

 

4,537

 

 

4195

 

 

4464

 

 

4773

 

 

Length(in)

 

 

204.1

 

 

206.6

 

 

207.3

 

 

206.5

 

 

Width(in)

 

 

74.0

 

 

74.8

 

 

76.7

 

 

74.8

 

 

Height(in)

 

 

58.0

 

 

58.2

 

 

57.9

 

 

58.8

 

 

Ground clearance (in)

 

 

N/A

 

 

5.8

 

 

4.9

 

 

5.0

 

 

Wheelbase (in)

 

 

122.4

 

 

126.4

 

 

122.9

 

 

124.6

 

 

Track width (in) F/R

 

 

63.4/64.0

 

 

63.5/64.6

 

 

64.7/64.4

 

 

63.9/64.5

 

Exterior features:

Some of the exterior features include-

  • LED headlights and taillights
  • 18 wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Single Twin-node exhausts
  • Shark in antenna
  • LED the hadlights and taillights
  • 18 wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Single Twin-node exhausts
  • Shark in antenna
     

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan Safety

The 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid hasn’t been tested by NHTSA or IIHS but the car has state-of-the-art safety features and here are a few of them:

● Front pedestrian braking
● Lane-keep assist
● Side blind zone alert
● Pedestrian safety signal
● Rear cross traffic alert
● Antilock Braking System(ABS)
● Traction Control System (TCS)
 

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan Competition

Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid vs BMW 7 Series Hybrid

Compared to one of the epitomes of luxurious sedans, BMW 7 series, the Cadillac CT6 shaves some of the dollars while trying to maintain as much of luxurious and opulent offering under its belt while the Beemer exacts that same notion but at a higher stage. Both the sedans offer commendable driving style and experience, but the BMW is a lot more comfortable and athletic. It is also a tad quicker with a more throaty performance. Closing to the $100,000 mark, the BMW is costlier than the Cadillac and it entirely depends on your budget. With the CT6, you would still be happy at the offered price.

Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid vs Mercedes Benz S550 Hybrid

Rivaling with the Silver Arrow, the Cadillac CT6 pretty much offers similar features and performance however take quality and the brand value into consideration, the Mercedes zips past. Comfort and opulence define Mercedes while the Cadillac offers its sedan for a whole lot less but in doing so, misses out on these specifics. Again, like the conclusion on the BMW panel, the choice is yours. While both cars are excellent, the CT6 should suffice if money is an issue.
 

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

Powerful, elegant and luxurious, the Cadillac CT6 competes among the best at a relatively lower price and ofcourse, there are few shortcomings you'd notice along the way. While it doesn't offer the best hybrid efficiency, you'd love its refinement and the experience it offers. As a daily driver, the CT6 is worth a purchase.