Since the 1920s mankind has been experimenting with autonomous driving. Nearly 60 years passed before the first real prototype with the technology was produced. Many more would debut just a little better than the last. Today autonomous driving has moved from the labs and test tracks to the roads and highways of the world. Lucky for me that I got to try out this hands-free driving technology behind the wheel of the 2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD.
Cadillac keeps its tradition of sophistication and class in the overall design of the CT6. Though it is smaller than its rivals, the CT6 makes up for its size with all of its styling detail and technology. Eye-grabbing vertical LED lights frame the classic grille. Distinctive lines and curves guide your eyes along the sleek body of the vehicle. The CT6 gives an elegance presence for a gorgeous vehicle.
Still excited about the exterior, I eagerly opened the door of the CT6 and was instantly impressed with the craftsmanship. Perforated stitching, wood accents, rich leather, the CT6 is luxury on 10! Comfort is paramount in the CT6. Front seats do everything imaginable from automatically heating and cooling based on inside cabin temperature to having 15 different massage settings to memorizing the seating preferences of driver and passenger. Rear seat passenger may also have the option of the massage setting and heating and cooling as well. Ample legroom and headroom is available in any seat. Space is also plentiful in the cargo area that can carry up to 6 carry-on size pieces of luggage in the area. Perfect for a road trip!
The quick responsive infotainment center cluster is fully loaded with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charging, Navigation, real-time traffic and weather, and more displayed on a 10” color touchscreen. Operation can also occur on the touchpad located right behind the gear shift. In reverse mode, the screen will display three different camera views from a top view, front face, and surround view. I love the fact that it is equipped with a rear seat alert to remind the driver to check the backseat in case a little one is back there. Another nifty technology is the Teen Driver mode that allows parents to set things like audio volume, speed warnings and limits top speed to 85mph. It even turns the radio all the way off if front seat passengers are not belted in. Speaking of sound, the radio gives off clear crisp sound through the 34-speaker Bose Panaray audio system. A rear seat infotainment system is available with two pop-up screens in the headrests.
All of the elements make the Cadillac CT6 an amazing vehicle but the performance coupled with the Super Cruise gives it star quality. The CT6 is powered by a 3.0 L twin turbo direct injection engine with 404 horsepower 400 lb-ft of torque automatic start/stop. It is one of the rather quicker vehicles in the segment. Two other powertrains are available but if you like speed I suggest the twin turbocharged. Sharp steering and firm suspension account for the smoothness of the ride. Braking is extremely responsive. EPA estimates are 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.