For those that haven’t attended or signed up for Cadillac’s Truth + Dare driving event you really should. I attended the event in Houston this past Friday and had a really good time. I signed up for an 8:30am time slot because this is after all Houston in summer. Cadillac provided breakfast and drink along with free parking. There was a very small group during this time….like 30 – 40 people tops. Because the numbers were low they combined some of our groups. Before going into further detail I do have to say that I walked away from the event with a different view of Cadillac.
The first section that my group attended was the driving course that has ATSs and CTSs all equipped with the 2.0 motor. A pro driver hosted and gave tips and instructions. We were allowed to drive the hell out of the cars as long as we stayed on course or did not speed in the parting area. We paired off and tried coupes and sedans. Even though I had driven an ATS before I learned this. It is a rock solid car with unquestionable quality. My only two grips were the sport and regular seats were not comfortable for me or my driving partner. Second the lower shiny console area needs updating. Also the car is a touch on the small side. This is cool in coupe form but in sedan form I see why it is not setting the sales charts on fire. Now when it comes to the CTS I just melted. Totally matching or topping the Germans in the fit and feel of the cockpit. It also drove so much better than the ATS. Over bumps both cars seemed like they were made from one piece of steel. Anyone that questions if these are world class cars are totally off base.
We then went on a ride and drive off the premises with the complete Cadillac line up as an option. Sucks that there was only one CT6…..but you better believe I got it. The car is large but it feels like it is just a touch bigger than a CTS in how it drives. Very sporty and still very luxurious. The volume swipe worked very well so reviewers are lame for basing this. I did touch that lower door material. No it is not matching with the excellent quality of EVERY thing else but it does have a bit of rubber feel to it. Plus, if you are like me and sometimes kick that part you will appreciate being able to clean it off. I got a chance to gun the car, break hard and take curves quick in it and it was marvelous. The engine doesn’t have the best note, can’t remember which it was, but it is not a deal breaker. Everyone in my group asked me about my experience. Also I noted that those that got out of the Escalade all gushed and awed over it. We did stop along the way, near the end of the ride, and exchanged cars one forward in the lineup. I got an XT5 and it was nice but it was no CT6 or CTS. I came away from this section thinking reviewers had some accurate critics about the engine and it not being pillow soft. However, they were often totally wrong in basing the CUE system, quality or the sportiness of the ride which is still isolating from harshness. The lane keep is very weak but in Cadillac’s defense it is not super cruise so…
I won’t go into the driver assistance portion other than to say it does work very well and I would want this on my Cadillac. What was fun was being able to flog a ATS-V four times on the small track and try out it’s brakes. Crazy thing is the Recaros feel so good and comfortable dare I say that they need to be an option over the base or sport seats. There was a lag in taking off but I think that was the fact it was set to track mode so that it did not spin the tires.
Over all a great way to spend two and a half hour and experience great cars. I have been a fan of Cadillac but did not realize just how world class they had made their current lineup. Very solid, great materials and great performance. No they do not have the portfolio of some of their rivals but they are no longer lacking in substance. I think I should put a CTS on my buying list