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2016 Cadillac CT6 Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.8

The new 2016 Cadillac CT6 has a solid engine lineup, a lightweight design, and more agility around corners than most of its large rivals, critics say, making it a surprisingly satisfying car to drive.

  • "Regardless of engine or driven wheel count, the new Cadillac CT6 proved nothing short of a revelation as we pressed it hard on several canyon roads above Los Angeles." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We already spec'd out our perfect CT6, and it doesn't come close to ninety large. And nor does it have to, since the CT6 drives beautifully even without all the bells and whistles." -- Car and Driver
  • "So it looks like a Cadillac and feels like a Cadillac. But how exactly does the CT6 drive? Really nicely, thank you very much!" -- New York Daily News

Acceleration and Power

The base 2016 Cadillac CT6 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 265 horsepower. There are two optional engines: a 335-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 and a 404-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The four-cylinder models have rear-wheel drive and the V6 models have all-wheel drive. Every CT6 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

According to the EPA, the base 2016 Cadillac CT6 gets 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

The base engine may be small, but it delivers strong acceleration and plenty of power for highway passing. The CT6's lightweight design also contributes to the base model's lively acceleration. The midlevel 3.6-liter V6 provides solid power, especially at higher RPMs. The top-of-the-line twin-turbo V6 has even more muscle.

  • "The base engine will be a 265-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. That sounds like a very small engine for a big car, but the CT6's light weight gives it more than acceptable acceleration with the 2.0L." -- The Detroit Free Press
  • "Making 265 horses but a stout 295 lb-ft of torque - 11 more peak twist units than the 3.6-liter -- this formidable four dispelled any lingering doubts about its suitability for CT6 duty. Free-revving, smooth and responsive, the engine has plenty in hand to deal with any average driving duty including freeway passing and sufficient kick to elicit at least an occasional smile of delight with its enthusiasm -- not to mention its 31-mpg EPA highway rating." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 3.6 is perfectly competent, mostly silent but with deep buckets of power in its higher reaches." -- Car and Driver
  • "The top-of-the-range 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 is a peach, and has copious amounts of power - 404-hp and 400 lb.-ft. to be exact - and the 8-speed automatic is a fine transmission." -- New York Daily News

Handling and Braking

The Cadillac CT6 feels more nimble around corners than most rivals, thanks in part to its tight steering, responsive brakes, and lightweight design. The CT6's ride is comfortable, though it doesn't filter out as much of the road's texture as do some luxury competitors. If a cushy ride is your top priority, you might want to consider another vehicle. Models with the four-cylinder engine have rear-wheel drive, while the V6 models have all-wheel drive.

  • "Both versions of the CT6 we sampled steer with more clarity than a 2016 BMW 750i xDrive with the M Sport package. The Cadillac feels nimbler and unquestionably lighter on its feet than its competitors from behind the steering wheel." -- Motor Trend
  • "While the CT6 never felt small on the twisty two-lanes on our drive route, the well-balanced, communicative chassis gave us confidence to take some corners at speeds that might send any number of its competitors careening into the weeds. Road textures are transmitted loyally through the steering and suspension, yet the ride remains serene." -- Car and Driver
  • "The CT6 is not as plush, cushy or isolating as its rivals. This is a car that delivers distinct road feel that we find reassuring. The ride quality is still deep within the realms of comfortable, but if you're looking for comfort above all else, there are better options in the class." -- Edmunds
  • "The steering is surprisingly tight and the brakes have strong response with little pedal travel." -- Autoblog

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