Cadillac. A name that has been synonymous with luxury and top of the line automotive technology. Cadillac was the preferred brand from some of the most famous names in American history from John F. Kennedy to the King of Rock n' Roll, Elvis Presley. But, those were all cars from the'50s and 60s. What has Cadillac done lately? Put out some really incredible cars. Modern Cadillacs may not have the vintage styling of the 50s, but the luxury lineup of the brand is solidly intact. From supped up sedans to low-riding coupes and some sleekly defined wagons, there's a little something to love in the modern Cadillac, regardless of your body style. Plus, Cadillac continues to put out some awe-inspiring tech, so here's a look at what this iconic brand has under the hood for the modern era.
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A few body types practically scream soccer mom, like minivans and station wagons: elongated body lines and tons of storage trade-off with the sleek lines of a more aerodynamic vehicle. But, the CTS-V Wagon, affectionately known as the Vagon, is anything but a standard station wagon. Under the hood is an engine that is remarkably similar to the one that powered the Corvette ZR1, and it packs a punch with 556 horsepower. Lay that engine on a smooth, Cadillac suspension system, and you have a weird, yet amazing combination of hot rod and luxury station wagon.
If it's good enough for the President, it's good enough for us. The Beast is the monster version of a limo that protects and transports the US President during travel. At a rumored 20,000-lbs, this Caddy doesn't exactly break speed records, but it does pack a whole lot of protection. The engine runs on diesel since it's less likely to explode and more readily available worldwide. Inside is enough room for seven passengers and a fully loaded cargo space that has every emergency option known to man, all under the vibrant branding of the Cadillac logo.
A full-size SUV can be a monster to drive, but the updates in the 2007 model year changed that for the Escalade. While it is built on the same platform as cheaper alternatives like the Yukon or Tahoe, it's infinitely more drivable. The switch to a rack and pinion steering system and a newly designed shock system all come together for a driving feel that is smooth and easy in action. Aggressive styling, a bit more bling, and a six-speed automatic transmission option all combined to make 2007 a banner year for the Escalade.
Imagine a supercharged sports car with 500+ horsepower and sleek exterior styling, all priced at an MSRP of around $65K. That is the CTS-V Coupe. It's in a class all its own. This maneuverable coupe comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, rear wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission. Under the hood is the same engine as the Corvette ZR1, and it's just as great under the hood of the CTS-V Coupe as it is in the 'Vette.
For a car that stays competitive with the top European roadsters, the XLR is where to look. The 2007 XLR has every luxury feature you could ask for, and it all pretty much comes standard with the purchase. The convertible hard top and wood accents in the interior take the styling to the next level. Enjoy the Bose sound and heated leather seats at all trim levels. All of this combined makes the XLR a surprisingly affordable option for a fast and powerful roadster.
The 2013 Cadillac CTS Coupe took everything great about the 2012 — a 3.6-liter V6 engine, 318 hp, 6-speed automatic transmission, RWD standard with optional AWD — and pairs it with some new styling to make a car that is fun to drive and fun to show off. It goes from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, but also includes all the luxury features you could want. Surround sound, 19-inch wheels, power sunroof, leather seats, onboard navigation, and more; all come pre-installed.
Bose, Bluetooth, and dual-zone climate control come standard in the 2016 ATS, making it a comfortable addition to the Caddy lineup. The 2016 model year added the 8-speed automatic transmission and a newly designed 3.6-liter V-6 engine. In this configuration, the ATS delivers 333 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque for performance comparable to any vehicles in the class. Plus, it's available in both a sedan and coupe body style, making it a flexible option.
Cadillac would be nothing without their sedans. After all, it is the sedans that were the core of the brand for decades. Today, their luxury sedans remain near the top of the list with entries like the 2017 CT6. This large luxury vehicle includes plenty of high-end finishes on the interior and three engine options, though all are powerful. The backseat actually accommodates three passengers, making it a much more comfortable ride for the whole family.
When Cadillac adds the V after a model, it means a performance and power upgrade to an already luxury model. And, that is certainly true for the much anticipated CT6-V. This luxury sedan delivers 550 hp and 627 lb-ft coming from the 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 that GM hand builds. It's known as the Blackwing and is only available in Cadillac branded cars. You know it's a winner when it sells out before it even hits the sales floor.
The CTS-V is a great sports sedan. The Corvette engine under the hood is reflected in a 0-60 speed of just 3.8 seconds. The 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 delivers 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque to hit those speeds, and all in a comfortable ride that Cadillac is known for. This special edition comes in a one-of-a-kind color, and only 115 were made. After all, it was in celebration of Cadillac's 115th anniversary, and while the power and performance were the same as the standard CTS-V, some of the options and trim levels vary.
Sometimes, a little nostalgia is what helps make a car great, and that certainly comes into play for the DTS. It's a big, luxury sedan with everything you'd expect to find in that class. Comfortable seats, a smooth ride, and cutting edge technology for the day. What it also has is the last opportunity to own a 3+3 Caddy with that special extra seat in the front. If childhood memories of riding between mom and dad make you nostalgic, the DTS delivers.
The 2007 Escalade is a great SUV. In fact, it's one of the best Caddy's ever made. Now, add a bed compartment in the rear for cargo, and you have the best of both worlds — the cargo capacity of a small pickup truck and the rugged drivability of an SUV. The fully-boxed frame, new suspension design, wider tracks, and the addition of rack-and-pinion steering all combine to create a driving experience that feels more like a sedan and less like a lumbering truck. It's surprisingly agile for a vehicle this size.
The 2005 STS was a trailblazer for Cadillac and, ultimately, a lot of other brands. It brought Magnetic Ride Control to the road for the first time in a consumer vehicle, and the technology has since become standard in dozens of vehicles. Why? It really is an incredibly fast acting suspension system, smoothing out the ride for passengers on almost any road conditions. Add in the all-wheel drive that was standard for this model, and you have a groundbreaking addition to the impressive Cadillac lineup.
For the speed demons out there, the 2009 CTS-V set a new standard. When introduced, it was the fasted production sedan available to consumers. On the Nurburgring, it smoked the BMW M5, Mercedes E63, and the Porche Panamera. That's some pretty awesome bragging rights delivered in a package that runs on a 556-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine. With six-speed manual and automatic options available, the 2009 CTS-V took a great sports sedan and made it even better.
The 1999 model Escalade may not be the best version of the SUV around, but it is legendary. It was the first Cadillac SUV and such a shocking departure from traditional Caddy lines that it became a runaway success. Big, bold, and packed full of luxury features, it quickly grabbed celebrity attention. The 1999 Escalade may have only got 11mpg, but that didn't stop urbanites from packing it full of passengers and enjoying a slow drive to show off the excellent sound system.