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2020 Cadillac CT6 Review

The 2020 Cadillac CT6 has supple, roomy seats and an ample list of standard safety features. It places near the bottom of our luxury large car rankings, however, because of its subpar predicted reliability rating and finicky infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Two potent available engines
  • Comfortable ride
  • Lots of standard features
  • Roomy seats
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Some fussy infotainment controls
  • Less-refined interior than rivals’

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Cadillac CT6's #7 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Large Cars category. Currently the Cadillac CT6 has a score of 7.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 6.9
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Cadillac CT6 a Good Car?

The CT6 doesn't fare well in our rankings, but it's still a decent luxury large car. Both of its available engines produce ample power, and the car boasts strong brakes. This Cadillac offers a long list of standard features and a well-insulated interior that prevents most road noise from seeping into the cabin. It also has abundant cargo space, with a wide trunk that makes it easy to load large items. However, while the CT6 provides a fairly smooth ride, its limited steering feedback makes it less enjoyable to drive than several class rivals. Also, its interior quality doesn't live up to the standards one expects from a luxury car.

Should I Buy the Cadillac CT6?

The 2020 CT6 has a lower base price than several class rivals, and it offers a wealth of standard technology as well as a comfortable ride. This makes it a tempting choice, but many competitors offer the same attributes plus more. For example, the Kia K900 and Genesis G80 both fare better than the CT6 in our rankings, and they each feature a more-user-friendly infotainment system. The K900 is comparably priced to the Cadillac's base model, while the midsize G80 costs thousands less.

Compare the CT6, K900, and G80 »

Should I Buy a New or Used Cadillac CT6?

The 2020 CT6 is part of a generation that started with the 2016 model year, and there have been notable changes since then.

For 2017, Cadillac added a plug-in hybrid model to the lineup. The major change for 2018 was the introduction of the available Super Cruise semiautonomous driving system, which can control the car's speed, steering, and braking on certain sections of highways.

The 2019 model saw some significant changes. It debuted with a refreshed exterior and a standard four-cylinder engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Midyear, Cadillac discontinued the four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive and replaced them with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive. Additionally, several features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, navigation, and a power sunroof, were added to the standard features list. Also for 2019, Cadillac introduced the performance-oriented CT6-V model and discontinued the plug-in hybrid.

The only major change for 2020 is the addition of an available 4.2-liter V8 engine.

Unless you want the new V8 engine, look for a midyear 2019 model. It's nearly identical to a new CT6 and likely less expensive. And if you want a plug-in-hybrid CT6, used models from 2017 and 2018 are your only options.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 CT6, 2018 CT6, and 2019 CT6 reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 CT6 »

We Did the Research for You: 26 Reviews Analyzed

To give you a complete overview of the 2020 CT6 – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 26 Cadillac CT6 reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and much more.

This 2020 CT6 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2016.

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How Much Does the Cadillac CT6 Cost?

The base Luxury trim starts at $58,995, which is less expensive than the base trims of several other luxury large sedans. The Premium Luxury trim has a starting price of $74,495, and the high-end Platinum trim costs $96,495. All models come standard with all-wheel drive.

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Cadillac CT6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Cadillac CT6 or Cadillac XTS?

The Cadillac XTS and CT6 are similar in many ways. Like the CT6, the XTS is a luxury large car with comfortable seats, powerful engines, and a comfortable ride. Both cars suffer from below-average predicted reliability ratings, fussy infotainment controls, and some subpar cabin materials compared to classmates. There are some notable differences between the two, however. The XTS has a slightly larger trunk (18 cubic feet versus 15.8) and a lower base price. You’ll pay more for the CT6, but you’ll get more standard safety features, including lane departure warning and lane keep assist. Choosing between these two Cadillacs comes down to your personal preferences.

Which Is Better: Cadillac CT6 or Lincoln Continental?

The Lincoln Continental costs less than the CT6, and it offers many of the same standard amenities, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. It also has a more user-friendly infotainment system. However, neither sedan provides the driving engagement and interior quality of higher-ranking classmates. Between these two, save some money and go with the Lincoln.

Which Is Better: Cadillac CT6 or Genesis G80?

The Genesis G80 is a luxury midsize car, though it offers spacious seating for five and nearly as much trunk space as the larger Cadillac. In addition to its lower starting price, the G80 delivers both nimble handling and a comfy ride that make it more engaging to drive than the CT6. The Genesis also has just as many standard features as the Cadillac, as well as a more responsive touch screen. Add in its nicer interior materials, and the G80 is a better pick for most shoppers.

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CT6 Interior

How Many People Does the CT6 Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the CT6. The front seats are spacious and provide comfortable seating for long trips, but they don’t offer much lateral support. The rear seats have plenty of space, even for taller folks. Visibility for the driver is good all-around.

The CT6 comes standard with leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, memory settings for the driver's seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available comfort features include 16- or 20-way power-adjustable front seats, memory settings for the passenger seat, ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel.

CT6 and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the middle seat.

CT6 Interior Quality

The CT6's interior is filled with high-quality materials such as genuine leather upholstery. However, some materials on the dash are more in line with what you'll find in a nonluxury vehicle, and the center console is too low-rent for this class.

CT6 Cargo Space

There's 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space in the CT6, which is about average for the luxury large car class. Its wide trunk opening makes it easy to stow larger items.

CT6 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The standard CUE infotainment system features a 10.2-inch touch screen, physical controls for climate and audio, and a rotary knob on the center console. Despite all those options, the system can be hard to navigate. The menu system runs multiple layers deep, and the voice controls aren't as intuitive as those found in other luxury vehicles.

Standard infotainment technology includes dual USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, satellite radio, an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, and wireless device charging. Available features include a 34-speaker Bose premium stereo, and a rear-seat infotainment system.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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CT6 Performance

CT6 Engine: Potent V6 and V8 engines

The CT6’s base Luxury and midlevel Premium Luxury trims come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 335 horsepower. This engine has plenty of muscle to get the CT6 up to speed around town and on the highway. The high-level Platinum trim and performance-oriented CT6-V model come with the new-for-2020 4.2-liter V8 engine. The engine in the Platinum trim produces 500 horsepower, while the version in the CT6-V makes 550 horsepower. All engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that usually delivers smooth shifts but sometimes struggles to hit the right gear.

CT6 Gas Mileage: Poor

Models equipped with the standard V6 engine deliver 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are below average figures for the luxury large car class. EPA estimates for models with the optional V8 engine are unavailable at the time of writing.

CT6 Ride and Handling: Comfort Oriented

This all-wheel-drive Caddy is built for comfort. It delivers a composed ride over both smooth and uneven pavement, and its cabin is mostly devoid of road noise. The biggest issue is the steering, which feels numb and provides little feedback from the road.

The performance-tuned CT6-V model adds enhancements like Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, and driver selectable modes: Tour, Sport, Snow, and Track.

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CT6 Reliability

Is the Cadillac CT6 Reliable?

The 2020 Cadillac CT6 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Cadillac CT6 Warranty

The Cadillac CT6 is covered with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Cadillac CT6?

The cost of insuring a Cadillac CT6 will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

CT6 Safety

CT6 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 CT6. That's common for luxury vehicles.

CT6 Safety Features

Lots of advanced safety features are standard, including a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

A Teen Driver system (which lets you set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers) and a safety alert driver's seat (which vibrates when it detects a possible collision) are also standard.

Cadillac's available Super Cruise technology is a semiautonomous driving system that on compatible highways and under certain conditions allows for hands-free driving, though you should always keep your attention focused on the road.

Other optional safety features include automatic parking assist, night vision detection, adaptive cruise control, reverse automatic emergency braking, active rear steering, a head-up display, a 360-degree parking camera system, and pedestrian detection.

Read more about safety »

CT6 Dimensions and Weight

The CT6 is nearly 17.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,063 to 4,634 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Cadillac CT6 Built?

Cadillac builds the 2020 CT6 in Michigan and China.

Which Cadillac CT6 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Cadillac CT6 comes in three trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. The base Luxury trim has an ample number of features for most shoppers, but there are some enhancements in the higher trims that may interest you. The midlevel Premium Luxury trim adds a semiautonomous driving system, and the Platinum trim boasts a more powerful engine. A performance-enhanced CT6-V model is also available.

All models come standard with all-wheel drive.

Cadillac CT6 Luxury

The Luxury trim costs $58,995 and comes with a 335-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 14-way power-adjustable front seat, memory settings for the driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sunroof, and remote start. The standard CUE infotainment system features a 10.2-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, satellite radio, an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, wireless device charging, dual USB ports, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Several active safety features are also standard, including a rearview camera, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a following distance indicator, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a Teen Driver system, and a safety alert seat.

Cadillac CT6 Premium Luxury

The Premium Luxury trim (MSRP: $74,495) adds ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, 16-way power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, memory settings for the passenger seat, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 360-degree parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, reverse automatic emergency braking, night vision detection, automatic parking assist, pedestrian detection, Super Cruise Driver Assistance technology, a 34-speaker Bose premium audio system, a rear-seat infotainment system, and Magnetic Ride Control.

 Cadillac CT6 Platinum

Starting at $96,495, the Platinum trim comes with a 500-horsepower 4.2-liter V8 engine, Brembo brakes, and 20-way power-adjustable heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats.

Cadillac CT6-V

The CT6-V (MSRP: $94,895) is a performance-oriented model that comes with a 550-horsepower V8 engine and the Premium Luxury trim's features. It adds Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, driver selectable modes (Tour, Sport, Snow, and Track), and ventilated front seats.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Cadillac dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Cadillac deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Cadillac CT6 is a decent pick in the luxury large car class. It offers a spacious, feature-filled cabin and a choice between a potent V6 or V8 engine. However, while the CT6’s ride quality and interior refinement are good, they lag far behind what you'll find in many of its classmates.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The CT6 is a convincing executive sedan in many respects. Overall, the CT6 lacks the wow factor of the world's best, but it's also more affordable." -- Edmunds
  • "The Cadillac CT6 has all the virtues you expect out of a big, luxurious sedan: comfortable, quiet, and spacious. … With the exception of Super Cruise and the CT6's angular exterior design, it's hard to distinguish the Cadillac from its competitive set." -- Motor Trend (2019)
  • By cutting back in small but perceptible ways, the CT6 presents itself as more of a value buy." -- CNET (2018)
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