I certainly did not enter the journalism field to get rich. So when I recently stated in a video that I was “sold” on the 2018 Cadillac CT6, my wife loudly scoffed. That’s because she and I know my salary, and that there was no way in hell I could afford the $89,000 price tag associated with the Platinum edition I tested.
No, I fear that price range is a bit too much for someone who second guesses adding guacamole to his Chipotle burrito given the cost associated with doing so. But while journalism may leave my pockets skinnier than Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” it does give me the opportunity to experience, a week at a time, the lap of luxury.
The CT6 comes with four trim levels, and it’s up to you how Cadillac you want you Cadillac to be.
The CT6 is well-equipped in the standard version starting at $54,090. The standard comes with rear-wheel drive and a two-liter turbocharged engine with 265-horsepower and 295 pounds of torque. Fitted as standard on the standard is a 10.2-inch infotainment screen, driver memory seat, dual-zone climate control, a rear camera, wireless charging, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, LED headlamps, remote start and a universal home remote.
But if you want some more luxury in your executive sedan, you can beef up the standard or go full bore and opt for the top trim, the Platinum, which carries a price tag of between $85-89,000 depending on your engine selection.
The Platinum comes with a load of toys, including a 34-speaker Bose Panaray sound system, 20-way adjustable, massaging front and rear seats, quad-zone climate control, “concierge” lighting that illuminates the car as you approach with the key fob and a noise control system to dampen cabin noise.
The CT6 is perhaps the only car where I may have preferred to sit in the rear seats. Here you still get all the creature comforts of the front seats, loads of leg and headroom, and two 11-inch diagonal video screens with a Blu-ray and HDMI inputs. Two sets of wireless headphones are included, allowing you to still be pleased if you prefer DMX over the driver’s Dan Folgerberg.
You can also shield yourself from the view of the peasants (me any other week) with rear window manual sunshades and a power rear windshield shade.
The CT6 is certainly enjoyable in the rear seats, but if you want a little excitement to go with the comfort, might I suggest the driver’s seat.
All-wheel drive comes fitted in all but the standard trim, and you have a choice of two power units — a 3.6-liter V6 with 335-horsepower or the version I tested, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo cranking out 404 horsepower and a neck-snapping 400 foot-pounds of torque.
The twin turbo did not disappoint.
When your right foot plants the accelerator, you will be thankful for the comfortable headrests because the back of your head will soon be striking it thanks to a punch of torque in the moment it takes the turbos to spool.
The CT6 also produces an enjoyable growl, though the Cadillac has enhanced the engine sound in the cabin, so it’s hard to tell how much of its bark is organic.
The Platinum trim comes with aids for feisty driving, including active rear steering, which improves the turning radius at slow speeds and provides stability when you crank up the revs. There is also magnetic ride control, which is far beyond my technical knowledge, but the gist is the CT6 can actively stiffen the suspension during cornering when needed.
These features enable the Cadillac to be soft and supple on the highway without body roll becoming an issue in the corners. In fact, I would argue it’s a fun car to thrash around a winding road despite its girth and hefty weight.
To keep yourself in check should you give it a little too much zest, the top trim also comes with plenty of nifty safety features.
Included are those you expect on any new luxury model — low speed automatic braking, a forward collision alert and lane departure warning — but the CT6 goes beyond the standard fare.
In addition to night vision and a surround video recorder, which allows you to record video captured by the CT6’s cameras, the Cadillac comes with “Super Cruise,” a semi-autonomous cruise control system (See video below).
Super Cruise uses sophisticated mapping technology with the car’s onboard sensors and cameras to deliver truly hands-free driving. That is, provided you are on a major, divided highway that has been mapped. This includes 130,000 miles in the U.S. and finding suitable roads was no issue here in Atlanta.
When traveling on a mapped thoroughfare, simply turn on Super Cruise — indicated by a light on the steering wheel turning green — set your speed and let technology do the steering, braking and acceleration. It is truly a remarkable feature, and I can only hope the CT6 is highlighting the future of what cruise control will become.
It is technology I hope will one day be fitted to a car I can afford.
For those who would not need to sell their home to purchase a top-trim CT6, it is comfortable, well-appointed, quiet and has a soft ride while not folding like a flan when you put your foot down. The engine delivers plenty of grunt without being a nuisance on the daily commute, and the steering and brake feel is spot on for a car of this size and weight. It’s also just an enjoyable from the back seat as it is from the pilot’s position.
So, if you do decide to purchase one, can I at least ride in the back?