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2018 Cadillac CT6: Real World Review

Falling somewhere between a mid-size and a full-size luxury car, the 2018 Cadillac CT6 fills a void in luxury sedans. But this unconventionally sized sedan makes us wonder: is this a gap that really needed to be filled? For shoppers who want something a little bigger than something like a BMW 5 Series, but doesn’t quite have the budget for a BMW 7 Series, the Cadillac CT6 steps in as an attractive option.

If it’s exclusively a flagship American luxury car you’re after, your only options are a CT6 like the one we’ve been driving or a Lincoln Continental. Our editor, Tommy, found the CT6 to be a great flagship for Cadillac, but preferred the styling of the rival Continental. He also found that there were a few interior components that seemed a bit too cheap for a car in this class, but still found it to be a nice car overall.

Another editor, Dwight, liked a lot about the CT6, like the value it provides, the roomy interior and excellent driving dynamics. However, he found it to be a bit of a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none. While it drives well, it’s not quite as sporty as some of its competitors. The luxury features like massaging seats were nice to have, but they’re not as good as the massaging seats in other luxury sedans in this class.

What Dwight really liked about the CT6 was its technology, especially Super Cruise. Super Cruise is Cadillac’s semi-autonomous technology which offers the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature for the highway. While he found the car accelerating by itself hard to get used to, Dwight liked Super Cruise the more he used it and says he would use it all the time if he owned a CT6. Overall, Dwight found the Cadillac CT6 to be an elegant luxury sedan that may not have found its niche yet, but offers an excellent value.

Another one of our editors, Brian, was another big fan of the CT6, especially the styling. Brian found the CT6 to have all of the basics covered for a big luxury sedan, like the classy styling, a powerful engine, good handling and a quiet, comfortable interior. Like all modern Cadillacs, the CT6 has a real presence on the road, perhaps more than any other Caddy.

The CT6 has such a strong presence, even Brian’s 12-year-old daughter recognized it as an "expensive car." And, we must admit, driving a car that looks expensive is one of the best things about driving a flagship luxury car. However, when Brian needed the car to transport a full-length mirror, he was disappointed to find that the back seats don’t fold down. While this inconvenience certainly isn’t exclusive to the CT6, it’s an impracticality to keep in mind and one that could be remedied in a much more affordable car. For all of the CT6’s strengths, it’s an expensive car that isn’t always all that usable.

So the 2018 Cadillac CT6 might not be the right fit for all luxury shoppers, but it does offer a unique luxury car experience that’s not quite like any of its competitors. Even the Continental is a pretty different car, because it’s front- or all-wheel drive rather than rear- or all-wheel drive like this Cadillac. At the end of the day, the CT6 is one of the best values in big luxury sedans today with advanced technology, a composed ride and sophisticated styling.

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Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy Metro as his only car for a year and regrets nothing.

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