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2017 Cadillac
CT6 Luxury AWD
• Large sedan, AWD
• 3.6L V6 engine
• 8-speed automatic transmission with sport shift
• Cadillac Cue Media System, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto capability, Bose Premium Surround (10 speakers)
• Heated & cooled front seats, heated rear seats
• Rear camera mirror
• Ultraview sunroof
• Lane Keep Assist, Pedestrian Detection
• Surround Vision, Rear Vision.
• 6 Year/70k Powertrain Limited Warranty, Premium Care Maintenance & Courtesy Transportation. 4 Year/50k Bumper-to-Bumper
• 21 mpg (18/17 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $64.7k, pictured
As always, check with dealer for details



I know for a fact that there are Cadillacs that drive around the valley, but for some reason, just after I found out I was going to drive the 2017 CT6 AWD sedan, they swarmed me: I first saw a red CT6, then an Escalade, pretty soon I was driving down the road surrounded by them.
I might have been in trouble if I had been the blonde woman in an Alfred Hitchcock film, but thankfully, I was going to drive a Cadillac.
It’s a fine experience if you have the opportunity. Synonymous with big American luxury, Cadillacs have kept the promise, but added in powerful performance on top of the comfort and refinement.
The CT6 is a decent sized sedan, with a highly adjustable driver’s seat.  The seat controls are on the door panel, making them easier to reach, and because the cockpit design makes everything fit like a glove.  Inside, everything is rich and tactile, with glossy burl, a brown-gold carbon-fiber style highlight that I feel like I should call ‘buzzing’ from its appearance and not its sound, and the enormous touchscreen kind of makes me wish I could plug my PlayStation into it.  There are no knobs to distract, and very few buttons.  Everything was kept simple.
The high position on the touchscreen means some folks might not be able to reach it, particularly if you’re laying back and enjoying the ride (as a passenger!). There’s a convenient and precise touchpanel (kind of like on a laptop) that includes haptic feedback to know when you’ve changed selections.
Cadillacs have brilliant features. Some trickle down to less elite vehicles, some stay on the lineup.  Ed Nielsen, general manager at Fuoco GMC Cadillac, gave me some highlights in vehicles with even higher trims than the CT6 Luxury I drove. My favorite was the surround camera system that records when someone tries to get into the car (so you can see who has been messing with your car).
Cameras are highlights even on the one I drove.  The surround camera offers a top-down view as well as front and rear views. I’d love to have that to dodge the kids that like to try to run behind my car in my neighborhood.  The rear view mirror shows the rear camera view at the touch of a button, for clarity in backing up.
The 10-speaker Bose Surround system provided excellent sound, made all the better from the extremely quiet cabin.  Ed told me about a 34-speaker system on some models, which I could only dream about.
Drenched in features, the CT6 doesn’t disappoint in the performance category. The acceleration and braking could be described as effortless, and navigation is simplified with a pillow-soft Lane Keeping Assist system, ever so gently nudging the CT6 back into its lane and keeping it there.
A pleasure to drive, a pleasure to just sit in, the CT6 is available now for you to experience at Fuoco GMC Cadillac, on newly renovated First Street.





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