2016 : Cadillac CT6 2.0T

First Ride

Avant-garde styling and high-tech features are great, but the CT6 sheds the Cadillac clichés in an attempt to best its European rivals. A 265-hp 2.0-liter turbo four and eight-speed automatic drive the rear wheels; the optional 335-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and 404-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 get all-wheel drive. Onboard Wi-Fi with 4G LTE is standard, and a large touchscreen offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. High-end options include a 34-speaker stereo, giant sunroof and adaptive cruise control.

Four or five decades ago, the country-club parking lot would have been considered the natural habitat for any vehicle wearing Cadillac’s wreath and crest. But things changed somewhere in the latter half of the 20th century, when the idle rich and the aspirational merely wealthy moved on to European, and later Japanese, marques in search of the exclusivity and status that the domestic offerings seemed to have lost.

Still, here I am, wheeling up to the entrance of the club in a 2016 Cadillac CT6. Ostensibly, I’m here to deliver my mother to a social engagement, but really I just wanted to see what the khaki-and-madras types who loiter about the club think about Cadillac’s latest (which, it must be noted, doesn’t even have a wreath).

Starting Price from $54,490
Vehicle Type front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Engine turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Transmission 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Horsepower 265 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Displacement 122 cu in
Wheelbase 122.4 in
Length 204 in
Width 74 in
Height 57.9 in
Curb weight 3831 lb
Passenger volume 107 cu ft
Cargo volume 15 cu ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 22/31 mpg (city/highway)
C/D observed 23 mpg
Pros Spacious and comfortable seating, superb audio system, turbo torque.
Cons Clunky low-speed shifting, coarse auto stop/start operation, identity crisis.