2016 Cadillac CT6 3.6 L Premium Luxury: The Prestige Sedan Reinvented

September 24, 2016 Updated: September 24, 2016

The Cadillac has everything essential to all drivers. It has a powerful engine, driver oriented cockpit, and well-designed interior. All these elements work together to define a crafted sedan.

The CT6 offers you three engines to choose from: A turbo 2.0 L 4-cylinder, a naturally-aspirated 3.6 L V6, and a twin-turbo 3.0 L V6. All three direct their output through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 3.6 L engine provided the power for my test vehicle.

This engine delivers a peak of 335 hp and features Active Fuel Management for everyday efficiency. The 8-speed automatic transmission is quick with the shifting, offering immediate responsiveness and further improves fuel efficiency.

The CT6 delivers a fuel economy of 27 mpg highway and 18 mpg city for a 21 mpg combined average.

The All-Wheel Drive system is a component of the Active Chassis System. It improves upon the conventional fixed-torque systems and provides sure footing in inclement weather. It also tackles the challenges from any kind of terrain that needs exploring.

CT6’s beautifully designed hood flows into the main body, complementing the rear spoiler.

Magnetic Ride Control, electronic limited-slip differential, high-performance front Brembo brakes, and 19-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum with pearl nickel pocket wheels add stability, control, and safety to this high performance vehicle.

Inside, you will immediately notice the head-up display that projects the minimal essential data such as speed, audio, navigation, and performance stats onto the windshield. This display keeps you informed while keeping your eyes on the road.

The driver and front passenger have leather seating surfaces with 16-way power adjustments. They are heated along with the steering wheel. The cabin is climate controlled with dual-zone automatic controls for individual preferences on comfort.

The Premium Luxury trims are standard-equipped with a 12-inch diagonal driver-customizable digital gauge cluster. Cadillac CUE Information and Media Control System with navigation puts a 10.2-inch display at the top of the center stack. This system supports Apple CarPlay integration with compatible smartphones, plus three USB ports and one aux input for other media devices.

Inside the posh Cadillac cabin. (Courtesy of Cadillac)
Inside the posh Cadillac cabin. (Courtesy of Cadillac)

Cadillac has a whole cadre of safety and security features. The test model came standard with Rear Vision Camera, Surround Vision, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

Remote start gets you started. Climate control provides an elegant atmosphere while beautiful Bose Surround Sound and ambient lighting (that highlights the dash and door trim) showcase the intriguing sculptured craftsmanship of the vehicle.

CT6’s beautifully designed hood flows into the main body, complementing the rear spoiler. Both accent the dramatic designed angles and sleek aerodynamics.

Several years ago, Cadillac changed its philosophy on what it felt the public wanted in a big, comfortable luxury car. Thus the interior appeared smaller, while the hood grew in length along with the horsepower. Cadillac was no longer what once made it great.

Other manufacturers saw a need that Cadillac once fulfilled. So the Chrysler 300 and other brands focused on more room and less horsepower. Cadillac began to lose market share.

The CT6 is a step in the direction of Cadillac’s former self. Horsepower has not been compromised, yet roominess has been made welcome. Cadillac is going to sell a lot of this fine luxury car.

Cadillac Owner Benefits
4-year/50,000-mile Premium Care Maintenance
4-year/50,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty
6-year/70,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
6-year/70,000-mile Roadside Assistance & Courtesy Transport
6-year/Unlimited-mile Rust-Through Warranty
Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this newspaper or at dcaussey@sbcglobal.net