Review and Test Drive: 2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

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Despite its long wheelbase, it feels very well planted. The terms “sprightly” and “agile” come to mind. Indeed, it offers performance characteristics that, to some extent, one might expect in a smaller sports sedan. We had two different CT6s for a total of two weeks and the Active Chassis Package, which harnesses active rear steering, all-wheel drive, and Magnetic Ride Control to adjust vertical suspension damping millisecond by millisecond, is clearly the way to go.

On smooth roads, the magnetic ride control, which GM says is the world’s fastest reacting suspension, the ride could be described as plush; on roads that could use a repaving, however, I’d rate the ride as merely satisfactory.

I’m not quite sure how Cadillac’s designers and engineers accomplished this (we know magnets were involved), but overall I’d say that the CT6 drives well enough to earn the title “sports sedan” while still having comfortable seating with ample legroom for rear passengers.

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One problem we ran into on the first CT6 was a resounding thump from the transmission when driving the car out of the garage cold at slow speed. It didn’t happen once warm, but it was consistent enough for us to bring it to Cadillac’s attention and it shook the car a tad. This was also present on the second CT6 but not nearly as objectionable.

The second-generation Cue infotainment system is less maddening to operate than the prior version. Support for Apple CarPlay made it possible to largely avoid it and CarPlay integration was excellent.

Once underway, we found the CT6 to be library quiet and noticeably more hushed than the BMW 7er or Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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