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Tuesday
Sep272016

2016 Cadillac CT6 - Spectacular

2016 Cadillac CT6 AWD Platinum

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo 404 HP with 8 Speed Automatic Transmission

Crystal White with Jet Black Leather

The photo gallery / slide show of the CT6...Click

The CT6 caught our attention at the Toronto Auto Show a few months ago. Needless to tell you that we seized the opportunity to spend a few days, and drive to the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance with this CT6,  where Cadillac is a sponsor.

A big car, with a fresh softer styling direction for Cadillac. Its appealing, with a subdued street presence, while the grille makes a bold statement, reinforced by the vertical LED lights which are distinctive to Cadillac.

The interior as expected is well finished, with a seat pattern that emulates the Cadillac logo capturing the attention. The detail stitching, wood and carbon fiber on the dash and door panels ads a touch of sophistication. The power, orthopedic and massage front and rear seats must be experienced to appreciate the sophistication, and simplicity of use.

The Bose Panarey sound system with the pop up speaker in the dash is superlative, frankly anything less would be a disappointment in a car of this caliber. Its clear that the folks at Cadillac know that the sound system must rock.

A power rear seat with generous leg room complements the interior. It might only be used occasionally or perhaps regularly, its all good. The pop up screens mounted on the front seat backs are a novelty. The Panarey speakers in the rear control center enhance the sound.

We could provide you with a lengthy list of all the features, they are all there from panorama roof, to adaptive cruise control, to a cool front and rear camera and a birds eye view camera. Lets not forget CUE which we always find intuitive to use, on this CT6 there is even a touch pad on the console. Needless to tell you that the camera in the rear view mirror is a display of technology.

The actual instruments are for some reason less intuitive than CUE. Blue lines on the perimeter of the gauges are not as legible as needles.

You can configure your own CT6...here.

How does it drive...

This car is a revelation to drive, if there is a next level to how a big luxury sedan should drive/handle this CT6 is the benchmark. Yes...from our perspective its that good. It feels lighter and smaller than its size, the steering is precise, the brakes are robust, the acceleration is good, the algorithm for the 8 speed transmission is well calibrated.

The growl from the V6 is interesting, while the sound of a V8 would be dramatically more appealing, and discreet. The V6 aided by the boost of the twin turbos there is an appreciable level of power for both acceleration, and highway passing.

It begs the question "Am I in such a big car or a small sport sedan?" This car attacks on/off ramps like a small sport sedan, encouraging you to get exuberant. Our tester had 4 season tires, imagine what a set of high performance summer tires will do...while sport mode puts 80% of the power to the rear wheels, and tightens up the entire car.

If you are considering a luxury sedan, perhaps you glanced at a CT6. We urge you to experience a CT6 it will redefine you understanding of handling.

Strada Talking Points:

  • Formidable handling, and driving dynamics.
  • Impressive Bose Panarey sound system with 34 speakers.
  • Inviting power, ventilated, massaging rear seats.
  • Good power from the V6.
  • What a V8 could do.

 The quick review...

 

 

Thursday
May282015

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T

2.0 L Turbo charged 4 Cylinder 245 HP with 6 Speed Automatic

Coast Blue Metallic with Black Leather

The photo gallery/slide show of the Sonata...click

Five years ago we had the then new Sonata for a few days. At the time we were impressed by the evocative styling, and mentioned that styling sells. In the ensuing years Sonata sales reinforced our thinking that styling sells. Subsequently we had an opportunity to do an extended road trip with a Sonata, again the car continued to impress.

Needless to say we were anxious to experience this restyled Sonata Sport with a turbo charged engine.

The Sonata was impressive five years ago, this new version is an appreciable improvement. Hyundai has made a diligent effort to reimagine the Sonata.

The grille is bolder, the headlamps and LED's reinforce the boldness of the grille, while the minimal rear spoiler complemented by the rear diffuser with the quad exhaust makes a statement. The side chrome moulding on the lower body is unique.

It upholds a solid street presence, even if there are a lot of Sonata's on the road.

The interior is truly a wow moment. How did such a sophisticated interior get into a Sonata? Its leather, contrast stitching, immense panorama roof, flat bottomed steering wheel its all good, and impressive. The layout of the dash is a quantum leap from the previous version. Although the dash cover comes across black, hard, and plastic.

Its well finished with a superior choice of materials for the price range. The front seats are comfortable, power, heated and ventilated. The controls are easy and intuitive, you expect a center screen, navigation, automatic climate control, satellite radio its all there. The sound system is impressive, and will capture your attention.

Rear leg room is ample for adults, the seat is heated, there are sunshades for the door glass, and vents is the console for the rear seat passengers. The seat backs fold down.

You can configure your own Sonata...here.

How does it drive?

The turbo charged engine deliver a rush of torque from low revolutions. Its impressive, and reinforces the styling, interior finishing, and strong value of the car. Especially if you have an appreciation for a bit more power.

This generates discreet acceleration on surface streets, accompanied by effortless passing on the highway.

The 6 speed automatic is well calibrated to the engine with precise shift points, while the paddle shifter permits manual shifts.

The steering and brakes are good, the suspension is firm (its a sport version) while the overall handling is reassuring. On our favorite stretch of road with broken pavement and several turns, the Sonata is composed and inspires confidence.

The mid size sedan segment is filled with exceptional vehicles, and very competitive. If you are considering a mid size sedan, make it a point to experience the Sonata Sport 2.0T especially if you appreciate an increase in power and torque. You will be pleasantly surprised by a myriad of features that you would not expect. While starting at $30,990 its a compelling value proposition.

This car will certainly provoke your thought process towards making a decision.

Strada Talking Points:

  • Refreshed iconic styling
  • Superb interior for the class
  • Immense Panorama roof
  • Great center of dash layout
  • The rush of torque

The quick review