2018 Cadillac CT6 Drivers’ Notes

Posted on Dec 5 2017 - 5:54am by Lisa Chan

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 showcases General Motors’ impressive Super Cruise feature. It’s the next milestone on the way to an autonomous future, though GM is being conservative about promoting Super Cruise’s considerable prowess. It helps the driver, GM says. Does it work? Our editors have been testing one this week as the calendar turns and the temperatures drop in Michigan. Also, the CT6 is a really nice car. Here’s what we think.

2018 Cadillac CT6

Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: Super Cruise just works. I was blown away how easy it was to use and how well it just did what it was supposed to do. Merging into the teeth of rush hour traffic in metro Detroit, I braced for the worst. I figured I’d be stuck in bumper-to-bumper gridlock and Super Cruise would never get deployed. Frankly, I was cynical Super Cruise would work. But then I was able to hit the 70-mph speed limit and figured, well, let’s just see about this thing. Like John, I did the two-steps to set up SC, and boom, it worked.

It trailed the cars in front of me at a proper distance. It braked naturally to a stop and then resumed speed. It slowed down when a Jeep Grand Cherokee cut me off. It navigated the curves with no problem. I took a phone call and had a lot of confidence the car would figure out what to do while I was gabbing.

Also, the CT6 is a solid car. I’ve been impressed with it since my first drive in Los Angeles in 2016. It’s powerful, has a presence and is a fitting range-topper for Cadillac’s car lineup. The CUE infotainment has gotten a little better, and the rest of the interior is comfortable and swanky. Overall, I like the CT6, and Super Cruise enhances the experience. Technology can be luxury, and Cadillac has that figured out. Naturally, Super Cruise tech will likely appear in other General Motors products, but the CT6 was the right place to start.