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2016 Cadillac CT6 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Cadillac CT6 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

Auto writers note that the all-new 2016 Cadillac CT6's interior is sophisticated, streamlined, and made with all real wood and leather. The cabin is also hushed, making it easy to carry on a conversation at highway speeds. There is copious front- and rear-seat space. The CT6 has a new version of Cadillac's CUE infotainment system. It's better than the systems in other Cadillacs, but its touchpad controller doesn't work as well as the controller knobs that rival brands use.

  • "Overall, the CT6 is an incredibly handsome sedan, especially in person. Even in base trim, this Caddy has fine looks to match its fiercest rivals. The interior is no different, with real leather, wood, carbon fiber, and even an available alcantara headliner. … Lines are clean and simple throughout the cabin, and the single, unbroken character line that runs from one end of the dash to the other gives an air of width." -- New York Daily News
  • "Inside, the CT6 is serene and sophisticated. Conversation is easy, and the outside world is largely kept at bay. Cadillac designers are proud that all of the materials are authentic. There's no leather-like trim or wood reproductions here. It's all real. Our Platinum tester festooned in a color combo called 'very light cashmere with ample sugar' is as syrupy as it sounds. It's basically a gorgeous layout of wood and tan broken up by the 10.2-inch Cue touchscreen in the middle." -- Autoblog
  • "Offset by the 10.2-inch HD screen, laid into the dash, the whole interior is quite tasteful, unlike a lot of new luxury sedans." -- Jalopnik
  • "But what of indulgence? It's here as well in the form of the eerily quiet cabin that lets the driver and passengers indulge in conversation without having to raise their voices. This quiet persists well into brisk highway speeds." -- AutoWeek

Seating

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

Available features include upgraded leather, 16- or 20-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The available Rear Seat Package upgrades the rear seats with 8-way power adjustment, heating, cooling, massaging, two 10-inch video displays, and two wireless headphones.

The CT6's front seats are extremely comfortable and spacious, and they provide a great view of the road. In a class known for spacious rear seats, the CT6 falls in the middle. However, there's more than enough space to provide all passengers with plenty of leg- and headroom.

  • "In terms of interior space, there is plenty. The front seats have copious leg- and headroom (even with the panoramic sunroof) and boast a seating position that feels slightly taller than normal. This conspires with the low, downward-sloping hood to create a superb view of the road ahead and furthers the impression that the CT6 is smaller than it actually is. The backseat is similarly spacious, falling somewhere between its main competition in terms of leg- and headroom." -- Edmunds
  • "Speaking of width, the interior volume is immense. This is no Maybach or Phantom, of course, but overall rear legroom is very generous. There's plenty of wiggle room for stretching out on long drives in every seat." -- New York Daily News
  • "Front passengers get cozy in elegantly contoured chairs that may be Cadillac's most comfortable ever." -- Car and Driver
  • "What is opulessence, you ask? It's a word I made up just now to describe the essence of opulence. That's certainly how I felt from the back seat, which is comfortable as hell even in base form and can be equipped with heated, cooled and massaging, as well as video screens on the backs of the two front seats. It's fairly awesome back there, a great place to be chauffeured around in." -- Jalopnik

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Cadillac CT6 include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, which has a 10.2-inch touch screen, an 8-inch screen in the gauge cluster, a touchpad on the center console, voice recognition, a Bose eight-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, three USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless phone charging. The OnStar Guidance Plan is included for one year. It provides numerous telematics assistance features, including stolen vehicle recovery and automatic crash response.

Available features include lane keep assist, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, automatic parallel and perpendicular park assist, a night vision camera, a surround-view parking camera system, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 12-inch screen in the gauge cluster, a head-up display, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and a 34-speaker Bose Panaray audio system, which is expensive but provides astonishing sound quality.

The CT6 is also available with Rear Camera Mirror, which integrates a large rearview camera screen into the rearview mirror. The display stays on, even when you're not in reverse, though you can switch back to the standard rearview mirror if you want. The Rear Camera Mirror is a useful feature that provides a wider field of view than a regular rearview mirror and is not obstructed by rear-seat passengers.

Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system is tailored for the CT6. It’s responsive to touch commands. However, the touchpad controller doesn't work particularly well, especially compared with the controller knobs in rival luxury vehicles.

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  • "Cadillac does lose points for the mouse-style controller below the gearshift. I don't think it's well suited to navigating CUE's menu layouts for the driver or passenger; Audi's buttons and BMW's knob still have it beat." -- Jalopnik
  • The [CUE] system is much quicker to respond to inputs and no longer uses palpable clunks to register your choices. The CUE screen itself is also larger and is joined by a redundant touchpad controller on the center console, not unlike the one found in several Lexus models. In total, we prefer the knob-and-screen systems of rivals, but didn't find CUE to be the deal-breaker it once was." -- Edmunds
  • We wish Cadillac would just bring back good ol' knobs and buttons already, but this is a much cleaner, more responsive look than the 'Transformer Head' of the CTS and ATS. CUE is also revised for the CT6, and is altogether easier to use, although the new touchpad alongside the gearshift seems like it speaks a different language than the massive touchscreen. … the $3,700 Bose Panaray audio system … is by far one of the best automotive stereos my ears have ever heard. It's expensive, but worth every penny." -- New York Daily News
  • "The clever Rear Camera Mirror helps us know when another CT6 creeps up on our bumper in a parking lot. A normal mirror wouldn't catch that, and the wide angle offers an early warning of a child approaching on the sidewalk. ... Because it's a camera filming the car's wake, we don't see pillars or passengers that would normally obscure a traditional rear view mirror." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 has 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit below average for a full-size luxury sedan. A hands-free power trunk lid is optional.

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