By on September 24, 2019

Say you’re an auto shopper of wealth and taste who has around $60,000 to spend. Now, let’s assume the usual options from Japan and Germany are not for you. Would you turn to America or Sweden to fill your luxury needs?

Lincoln Continental

Lincoln’s Continental enters 2020 in three trims spanning three engine options. Prices start at $46,305 for a front-drive Standard trim with 3.7-liter V6, and top out at $75,470 for an all-wheel drive twin-turbo 3.0-liter in Black Label. Most likely in its final model year for 2020, this may be Continental’s last gasp. Today’s budget nets the 2.7-liter all-wheel-drive model in mid-range Reserve trim. The smaller of the EcoBoost choices offers up 335 horsepower via the six-speed automatic. The Continental asks $61,870.

Volvo S90

The S90, now a couple model years old, is offered in three trims for 2020. The entry-level Momentum starts at $51,195, while the top-tier Inscription enters at $54,495 before premium drive trains and options. Meeting our price ceiling is one short of the ultimate S90: the Momentum T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid. It pairs a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that’s both supercharged and turbocharged with an 87-horsepower electric motor. The dual-motor setup produces 400 total horsepower motivating all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic. Volvo asks for $63,650 of your dollars.

Cadillac CT6

CT6 is Cadillac’s dedicated “sports sedan,” because without exception, every Cadillac must be sporty. The second-highest entry price of $58,995 for the Luxury trim escalates to more than $96,000 for the Blackwing V8-powered Platinum. Through model year revisions, CT6 eliminated its previous base offering of 2.0 liters and rear-wheel drive. All examples now have at least six cylinders and all-wheel drive. The Luxury trim employs Cadillac’s 3.6-liter engine, which produces 335 horsepower. A 10-speed automatic doles out the ponies. The rear-drive-biased option is the value leader of the group, asking $59,990.

Three alternative luxury sedans for a new decade. Which one’s worth buying?

[Images: Lincoln, Volvo, Cadillac]

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101 Comments on “Buy/Drive/Burn: $60,000 Luxury Sedans in 2020...”


  • avatar
    Detroit-X

    Speaking specifically about Cadillac, the most corporately-delusional faux-luxury brand in today’s world: a 2020 $60k CT6 will be a $30k used car in 2021, and on that basis, it might be a good buy second-hand… —till your touch screen delaminates, causing you to pay $1500 for GM’s screw-up.

    P.S. GM will drop the CT-6 badges to save $0.72 per vehicle in 2022.

    • 0 avatar
      teddyc73

      “Cadillac, the most corporately-delusional faux-luxury brand in today’s world” Why do you say that? How are they any different than any other brand? What are they doing differently? They have cars, suvs, etc just like any other brand. They have performance models, like other brands. Not seeing how they are any different.

      • 0 avatar
        ttiguy

        Because it’s the TTAC echo chamber

      • 0 avatar
        1500cc

        @teddy

        In addition, none of Caddy’s cars share platforms with mainstream brands (as most of their competitors do), and none of their cars are FWD-based (ditto). It certainly isn’t for lack of effort/resources that Caddy hasn’t been able to make more headway in the luxury market. Reputation and opinions take a long time to change. I’m amazed there’s been virtually no market blowback on the Germans for all their emissions scandals.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          Well, not entirely correct, 1500cc – the Alpha platform that underpins all their sedans is also the basis for the Chevy Camaro, though in fairness, you’d never know it if one were parked next to an ATS.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Buy the CT6. I’m not thrilled here, but it is the sportiest of the three so it is the one I’d spend the most time with.

    Drive the Volvo. Gives me a chance to experience a PHEV in regular life. And I think it is the fastest of the 3.

    Burn the Lincoln. I like the idea of the Continental, but a FWD-based softee for $60K isn’t really my thing right now.

    • 0 avatar
      N8iveVA

      A few years of that complex Volvo powertrain may drive people to burn them.

    • 0 avatar
      Dawnrazor

      Buy Lincoln, drive Cadillac if “luxury” is the top priority. If performance is the main objective, do the reverse.

      In either scenario, burn the Volvo. It is a beautiful vehicle inside and out and the powertrain generates some impressive numbers, but given that Volvo has so little faith in the intelligence of its customers that it would outfit non-defeatable speed governors, performance capability is moot at this point. Also, it is excessively complex and likely contains a good bit of chinesium, which doesn’t inspire confidence in its long-term durability.

  • avatar
    gasser

    You are better off spending your $$ on a Hyundai G80 or G90. My recommendation is based upon having leased a Hyundai Genesis in 2016.

  • avatar
    jack4x

    Let me start out by saying the people complaining about pickups being too expensive should get a load of these $60K 6 cylinder (at best!) sedans that aren’t even from real luxury brands. Yikes.

    If I actually wanted to spend that much money on one of these, I’m buying the Lincoln. I don’t care that a cruiser is FWD based and it looks the best inside and out.

    I’m driving the Cadillac, natural aspiration is rare in this class and that plus the sporty chassis would make this a good driver’s car. Wouldn’t want to own it long term though.

    I’d happily burn the Volvo. Chinese built hybrid + twincharged 4 cylinder, what could go wrong?

    • 0 avatar
      teddyc73

      Um, but they ARE real luxury brands. What constitutes a “real” luxury brand?

      • 0 avatar
        jack4x

        Fine, I’ll rephrase. These are 3rd tier luxury brands.

        Just my opinion, but:

        1st tier: Rolls, Bentley, Maybach

        2nd tier: Benz, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Tesla

        3rd tier: Genesis, Cadillac, Lincoln, Volvo, Acura, Infiniti

        • 0 avatar
          Peter Gazis

          Jack4x

          Start throwing in brands like: Porsche, Aston Martin, Maserati, Ferarri, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lotus and your tier system quickly falls apart.

        • 0 avatar
          Mike Beranek

          I would add Maser and Jaguar to the second tier. I would also move Tesla to the 3rd tier, as they need more time to prove themselves.
          Where would Ferrari, Lambo, and McLaren go?

          • 0 avatar
            jack4x

            I knew I would forget at least one. Jaguar is in the 3rd tier. Maserati could maybe be considered second tier but I lean toward them as a sports car brand rather than luxury. Land Rover/Range Rover is second tier.

            Tesla is second tier on reputation/image alone, which is basically what luxury is. I wouldn’t own one of their cars, but I’m not a luxury car buyer and don’t think like they do. Arguably Range Rover has had decades to prove their vehicles are junk unworthy of luxury status but somehow they still qualify.

            Ferrari, Lambo, etc and all the ones Peter listed are sports car/supercar manufacturers and not luxury cars to me. Is there overlap, yes. But I’m ruling them out. That’s why I said it was my opinion only, anyone else is free to make their own list.

            Anyways, the point was to compare commenters bleating about expensive trucks (that actually offer capability) to these overpriced entries from brands most wouldn’t consider very prestigious. The exact classification of a Ferrari isn’t relevant to that point.

          • 0 avatar
            Reino

            Leaving out the exotics…
            1st (long-term champions): Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, RWD Lexus
            2nd (RWD ‘performance’ brands): Jaguar, Alfa, Cadillac, Genesis, Infiniti
            3rd (FWD ‘premium’ brands): Acura, FWD Lexus, Lincoln, Volvo

        • 0 avatar
          bd2

          Lexus (and Audi for that matter) are not “2nd tier” if they have trouble selling sedans in the midsize segment, nevermind the flagship segment (MB and BMW absolutely crush them in these segments).

          Both are at Tier 2.5.

          Once Genesis adds their CUVs, can see them climbing to the “2.5 tier” (by then, Lexus likely won’t have the GS around anymore and the Genesis CUVs will be selling at a higher price-point than the UX, NX and RX).

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            Does anyone else’s midsized luxury car outsell the ES350? Are A7s and A6s thin on the ground where you live? I see more A7s in a week than I’ve seen Genesis products.

  • avatar
    A Scientist

    Buy: Cadillac. Not overly impressed here, but the power numbers + RWD sells it on me.

    Drive: Volvo. The best looking of these by a large margin, IMO. But this ain’t your grandpa’s Volvo, and long-term I wouldn’t trust it any further than I could throw it.

    Burn: Lincoln. Honestly, could have gone either way between this and the Caddy. I like the Continental a lot, and I think it looks even better IRL than in pics.

  • avatar
    Jon

    Drive – Lincoln: I’ve never driven one before and I’m not spending my own money here.
    Buy – Cadillac: because I have to buy one of them.
    Burn – Volvo will likely burn itself with than super hybrid turbo (S.H.T.) powertrain
    Own – A8 or B7

  • avatar
    redapple

    Within the strict limits of the topic….

    Volvo NO! China is a clear terror to our long term future. Do not help them build up for the doomsday by giving them your money.

    Lincoln. Yes – until I saw front wheel drive. Like we used to say at GM Powertrain in 1985. G*d in his infinite wisdom made all animals rear drive. Same with cars.

    Caddy. NO. GM s average car is 40+ % Mexico China content. No way.

    A Honda has much higher N. American content.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Buy: Continental. Always liked the looks, the interior is lux, the sound system is killer, the seats are magic, and with that engine, it’s going to be plenty fast. I also have a “door closing sound” fetish, and the Conti’s is just about perfect – better than a S-class Benz, if you ask me. Not much of a handler, but an outstanding cruiser. Plus, its’ pimp hand is strong.

    Drive: Caddy. Best handler of the bunch, and if it was the twin-turbo six, it’d have been my buy (frankly, it’d be worth the extra few grand to step up to the uprated engine). I’m not spending sixty large on something that shares an engine with an Acadia unless it’s fast, and as equipped, the CT6 isn’t.

    Burn: Volvo. Looks good, and has a lovely interior, and that’s about it. I’m not all that enthused about the “new” Volvo – for grins, a couple of weekends ago, I drove a V60 T6 with the turbo/supercharged four. The engine made plenty of power but clearly wasn’t having much fun doing it, and the power delivery was slightly uneven. Infotainment was glitchy and slow, with a zillion submenus, and I wasn’t a fan of the huge touchscreen. The nanny systems were annoying, and to shut them off, you have to delve into the touchscreen submenus. Plus, I noticed quite a few clunky noises that are unseemly with a mid-fifties pricetag. Worth noting: my local dealer is selling T6 V90s that were in its’ service fleet for around 45. That tells me nothing good.

    (If this were buy/drive/burn at $65,000, the Caddy would have won hands down.)

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Yes – it’s a dirty shame that the Caddy doesn’t come with the 3.0 twin turbo V6. Might as well search to find a leftover XTS V with the twin turbo 3.6 and AWD.

      That for me would push it above the Continental – but the choices as are I’d go for the Continental.

      If I was going to roll the dice on a Volvo I’d get the V60 with the turbo/supercharged minus the hybrid portion. At least I’d be driving something much harder to find (wagon) than a Luxury Sedan.

      • 0 avatar
        MRF 95 T-Bird

        The XTS V with the 420 horsepower twin turbo 3.6 and AWD is one of those sleeper cars people sadly forget about since they see so many pedestrian FWD livery XTS’s on the road.

  • avatar
    John R

    Buy: Volvo
    Drive: Caddy
    Burn: Lincoln

  • avatar
    Fliggin_De_Fluge

    Buy Lincoln
    Drive Volvo
    Burn Caddy

  • avatar
    teddyc73

    Buy Lincoln
    Drive Cadillac
    Burn Volvo

    OH yeah, stop saying “Caddy”. Unless you start saying “Lincy” “Volvy” just stop.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      I’ll call it Cadillac again when they restore the family crest of Monsieur Antoine Laumet de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac to it’s former glory as their emblem.

      The current one is an impressionist version of the logo.

    • 0 avatar
      SPPPP

      Well, Cadillac has three syllables and the other brands have only two. So maybe there is a logic to it.

      Also notice that Chevrolet becomes Chevy, BMW becomes Bimmer, Mercedes sometimes becomes Benz.

      Also notice that Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Buick were all roughly equivalent in prestige in the 1990s, yet only the 3-syllable brands were killed off. Buick still remains, with 2 syllables. Coincidence … or something more?

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Burn them all, these aren’t luxury cars, these are compliance vehicles. 4 and 6 cylinder “luxury” cars is a oxymoron.

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      400-ish HP and 400-ish FT/LB of smooth reliable power, with a broad power curve. Why does anyone care about how many cylinders it takes?

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        I haven’t driven the Ford 3.0T so maybe it is amazing & perfect, but I have driven basically every other turbo-6 out there (I even bought one) and although they do have their charms they do not do “smooth” and “broad power curve” with the best modern V8s.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        If cylinder count didn’t matter Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, and Bugatti would be running turbo 4s with several hundred pounds of boost.

        You can make a small engine put out large numbers but it will never compete with a naturally aspirated engine for an all around luxury feel. Buying any so called “luxury” car with a turbo 4 or a turbo 6 is laughable and completely defeats the purpose of buying something “nice”. It’s not prestigious, it’s not cutting edge, it’s not luxurious to have less than what you wants. Luxury is having more than you need/want.

        If I was satisfied wanting less for everything I’d move to China and be a faceless number with zero aspirations and complete my life void of emotions and desires. Luxury is more, not less.

        Driving a 4 cylinder car is fine, if being thrifty is necessary. Buying a “luxury” car with a 4 cylinder makes as much sense as saying you have a huge house only to show up to a huge tobacco barn with only exterior walls and say “We’re here!”

  • avatar
    jmo

    Does $60k get me Super Cruise? If so that answers the question for me.

    If we were in the market for these vehicles the biggest question is who is offering the most cash on the hood/subsidized leases.

    Cadillac starts at $5k off MSRP
    Volvo $6k
    Lincoln $980

  • avatar
    22_RE_Speedwagon

    Buy: caddy. It’s a handsome car and despite breaking the rear armrest on a test drive at a Cadillac event it’ll hold up better than the other two. Supercruise is pretty sweet.

    Drive: Volvo. Or rather, crash the Volvo.

    Burn the Lincoln but only after removing the bridge of weir leather seats to make myself a duster.

  • avatar
    alfaromeo

    I will put my $60k money on a latest KIA K900 :)

  • avatar
    R Henry

    None of the above.

    I’ll take a loaded Chrysler 300C V8 for a lot less money.

    Thank you.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I like the 300 as well, but the V8 is a RWD-only proposition. Around here (Colorado), anything with RWD and a big honkin’ V-8 is an iffy proposition from October to April.

      • 0 avatar
        Reino

        No it’s not. Just get winter tires.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          Sure, if I take the time and expense to buy, mount and trade out (and store) winter tires, and put up with more noise and less performance when they’re on, I’ll do fine in the winter. Makes perfect sense if we’re talking about a Miata. Why am I screwing with all that on a $60,000 luxury car when I can just get one with AWD and all-seasons?

          Chrysler would sell a LOT more 300 V8s if they offered AWD on it, like they used to.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “Why am I screwing with all that on a $60,000 luxury car when I can just get one with AWD and all-seasons?”

            Because RWD+summer tires+power is manna from heaven.

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            @FreedMike: why open up this debate again? Put simplistically. AWD is for going. Winter tires are for stopping.. Or in more dramatic terms, AWD is for getting into accidents and winter tires are for avoiding accidents.

            And if you don’t feel like swapping them each season, then try out ‘all weather’ tires. They work as winter tires for the first 2 to 3 years of their lifespan.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            @ajla & Arthur:

            You’re both right, but I was thinking of the people who actually buy these cars. Are they enthusiasts who are going to be burning up corners on summer tires and switching to winter tires come November? I don’t think so. And these aren’t the cars that folks like that are going to be into in the first place.

            By and large, they’re older middle-manager types who may or may not really be into cars per se, and may not really have the time to *be* an enthusiast to begin with. They want something luxurious and zero-effort. AWD and all weather tires do that for you quite nicely.

            Plus, these cars are typically leased, so what’s the sense in dropping money on a set of tires that you won’t get more than two winters’ worth of use from?

            So…no, they won’t be into fiddling with winter tires.

            (By the way, I think what I’m talking about explains the growing popularity of duded-up Denali pickups rather well – those are basically aimed at the same buyer, if you think about it. They’re big, fancy, loaded-up, effortlessly powerful vehicles that they don’t have to worry about getting to work in during the wintertime. I don’t think it’s any accident that these trucks are selling better than ever, while cars like this are gathering dust on dealer lots.)

        • 0 avatar
          bunkie

          I used to think (and live) that.

          Then I got an AWD car with a fresh set of Blizzaks for the winter.

          Best slippery-condition vehicle I’ve ever driven.

          And as for the “AWD is for going” notion, being able to distribute power to all four wheels means it is less likely to break loose (and then have to recover) while accelerating which makes for safer driving. As for the “snow tires are for stopping”, I agree completely.

  • avatar
    jfk-usaf

    I’d love to see Chinese part content percentage figures to show those Cadillac fans that throw rocks at Volvo. What’s that nick name GM has now?… Guangzhou Motors…

    • 0 avatar
      jfk-usaf

      oh … and
      Buy – Volvo
      Drive – Lincoln (just to see if McConaughey is completely full of it)
      Burn – Cadillac… Because GM sucks… (ignition switch (should have been criminal charges filed with this), that horrible thing called the Escalade, the buy out, those Chevy commercials and the fact that they still bill themselves as American cars when so much of their part sourcing and production happens outside of the US)

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    Buy: CT6. I am fairly certain that I am alone as I am of the opinion this is a great looking vehicle, both in person and in photo. I really like the look of this car. I have never driven one so I can’t speak to the driving dynamics. I did enjoy the time I spent in a CTS, so perhaps this would be similar. I did not enjoy the XTS I rented though.

    As noted above, I am kind of digging the idea of a 3 Y.O second hand CT6 as a LaCrosse replacement. I would be they could be had for mid to perhaps low 20’s with sub 40k miles. That is a lot of car for decent dollars.

    Burn: Lincoln; I had one from the National rental car counter. Hands down the most uncomfortable front seat I have ever sat in. At 6’2″ and 240 and reasonably fit I was too wide for the seat and the bolsters dug into my sides. I suppose if you are of smaller, narrower nature this would be a comfortable car. I could not focus on anything else the seat was so bad.

    Drive: Volvo, I don’t want it after the warranty is up. My in-laws are Volvo-philes and good god they spend a boat ton of $$ on repairs. They plan on about $1500 a year per vehicle; XC90 and a wagon of some nomenclature or other.

  • avatar
    thejohnnycanuck

    The only one of the three I like is the CT6 but I had no idea you could get that close to six figures (no doubt you can break that threshold here in Canada).

    I wouldn’t waste a match on the other two.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    The rear of the CT6 looks more like a Hyundai or Kia than a Cadillac.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Burn Volvo – Volvo shortened their cpo warranty because they know the drivetrain is crap.
    Drive Caddy – RWD, power, comfy seats, supposed good handling. Don’t trust GM though..
    Buy Continental – killer seats, killer stereo, nice interior, but since Ford is showing that 100 years is not enough car building experience to know how to screw it together correctly, pick this up used 2 years old.

  • avatar
    Rick Astley

    Burn: Lincoln, this ain’t no Hot Rod Lincoln!
    Burn: Caddy, it’s as if they actually try to not make a competitive vehicle
    Burn: Volvo, because their corporate motto is “Volvo: cars for people who don’t like cars”…. And it shows.

    Would genuinely prefer a 1942 Pontiac Streamliner (coupe) over either of those three cars for luxury and prestige.

  • avatar
    Dan

    A pretty sorry field. I wouldn’t look twice at any of these at 40. YGTBSM at 60. But I’ll give it a shot.

    Burn the Volvo first. This one’s easy. Attractive proportions, great interior, sounds like an angry mail truck. Volvo knows as well as I do that fours are econobox garbage. They admit as much, by marketing the base four as a T5 and the more expensive fours as a T6 and T8. They’re only fooling the deaf.

    Placing second and third gets harder. The Lincoln is big and overpowered, a good start, but it’s also a short hood transverse blob with all of the visual presence of a Camry. The Cadillac is right wheel drive and looks like it, and everything I’ve read says they drive well, but it’s also a Cadillac. Store brand BMW is embarrassing. “I’m a vehicular sociopath, but also poor” already wasn’t a good look for 28 year olds in second hand G35s. “Old and rich enough to know better, but somehow still don’t” is even worse.

    Twist my arm and I’d drive the Cadillac.

    And hate myself in the morning.

    • 0 avatar
      ttiguy

      Meanwhile in the real world…. Dan’s broke-ass probably drives a 2009 Toyota RAV4

      Or worse! a 2009 BMW 3 series off-lease special

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        BMW leases last 10 years?

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        The past couple of years, I’ve often been driving a cheap old car that I bought new for cash. Most of the years I’ve owned it were spent driving cars in the class these three aspire to occupy that were provided by my employers. These are uninspired and uninspiring choices. Instead of renting disposable luxury since I lost my company car benefit, I paid cash for a waterfront condo last October. The homeless guys living under my neighborhood bridge probably make better decisions than people who drive Chinese Volvos and Cadillacs.

        I still do some management consulting for the employer who provided me with an Audi A6 and then an A7 from 2012-2016. If I were still in a position that required a company vehicle, there is a strong likelihood that it would be a Sierra Denali or similar instead of a disposable ‘premium’ sedan. That’s what the guys I’m coaching are driving now.

  • avatar
    spookiness

    I’m going by the old-school definition of “luxury” which to me means creature comforts and not conspicuous consumption or perceptions of a brand’s prestige. I am not a luxury car buyer, so this is strictly a fantasy ranking.

    Drive: Continental. True to its name, this is the car of the 3 I’d drive from sea to shining sea.

    Buy: Volvo. Because beauty inside and out but I especially love the interior.

    Burn: I like old-school “Cadillac Style” but this doesn’t have it, although I’m sure its nice.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Buy the Volvo. These are luxury cars and it is the most luxurious of the three. It is also a PHEV, meaning no cold-start stink (you will usually be driving, not sitting, when the engine first starts).

    Drive the Continental to sit in those nice 30-way seats.

    Burn the Caddy by default, although I really wouldn’t mind driving it either.

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      Cold start stink? Has that been a thing since manifold cats? Real men are rolling in their graves.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        TIL that real men like to breathe carcinogenic unburned fuel. Well, then it’ll be more manly to go stick your head next to the exhaust pipe of a coal-rolling Cummins. If you don’t go do that, you’re a pu$sy.

        • 0 avatar
          ToddAtlasF1

          Did reading “The Princess and the Pea” give purpose and meaning to your life? Carbureted engines with chokes diminished air quality noticeably on cold mornings. If something made after 1991 does, then you should open your garage door.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            You’ve been breathing so much of your own hot air that you can’t smell the smoke.

            My entire neighborhood (a pretty wealthy one with not many older cars) smells like unburned fuel on cold winter mornings from about 7:30 to 9 a.m. It’s a miasma. It’s disgusting.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      What the hell is cold start stink? You must have a leaking exhaust or your engine is drinking oil, the only vehicle I’ve ever seen that had a smell on startups are my catless IH Scouts.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        Dean Wormer said that fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, but it has to be preferable to spending your time on earth as an open wound.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        I can only conclude that all your senses of smell are destroyed by too much huffing gasoline.

        Every single gas vehicle emits unburned fuel (and a bunch of carbon monoxide) on cold start when it’s in open-loop mode. Every single one. Cats closer to the engine just made the length of time during which that happens shorter.

        Go drive your car behind your stock 2019 vehicle of choice when it drives away from a stop after a cold start. If you can’t smell it, you need to see a doctor.

        • 0 avatar
          ToddAtlasF1

          I can only conclude that you’re so shamelessly fragile about refueling and exhaust smell for the same reason you thought it was worth reporting that you replaced the brakes on your car only fifteen months before you traded it in. Your narcissistic victimhood of a life has been one constant onslaught of perceived injustices. I’m sorry you never had a decent male role model.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            I’m the one who’s supposedly fragile, and yet whenever I argue with you, you’re the one who always ends up triggered and frothing.

            All this because I like PHEVs (and EVs) because they don’t stink.

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            I am absolutely shocked that you have found another way that my replies are unfair to you. Shocked, I tell you.

            Lots of things that smell are worth it. Maybe not to you, but that isn’t really my problem.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          The lengths people are going to to justify their beliefs in PHEV and EVs are truly astounding. This is probably the 3rd “problem” I’ve seen produced on this site that is supposedly “fixed” by switching to electric/PHEV. Problems I have never even heard of or detected in my 39 years on this earth. Its a desperate attempt to defends an industry that should be able to thrive or fail on its own merit.

          No ones coming for your EVs outside of the economy.

          • 0 avatar
            ToolGuy

            Hummer,

            Does General Motors “thrive or fail on its own merit”? Just curious.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            They failed and they should have been broken up, what happened instead was a poorly propped up company kept the people with the same mindset to run a huge multinational company when they couldn’t run a lemonade stand.

            Individuals with a finance background should not be CEOs of an auto company, for that matter almost any company. I give you the ex Enron Exec that’s now running one of the nations largest power producing companies, Duke Energy.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Buy: Cadillac CT6- I still like the stealth art and design styling.
    If only GM did this RWD/AWD platform a couple of decades ago they would be in a better place.

    Drive: Volvo S90- Bang and Olefson meets upscale IKEA. The PHEV in a upscale luxury car.

    Burn: Lincoln Continental- Like the unique door handles. Dig the plush aircraft like interior but for the price it would be better if it was based on the new RWD-based Explorer.

    Honorable mention: Cadillac XTS V with the 420 horsepower twin turbo 3.6 and AWD.

  • avatar
    conundrum

    It’s damn difficult to rate three random sorta kinda premium cars, when not a single one of the three interests me personally in the slightest, nor many others judging by the sales numbers. These are in-betweeners which offer no particular value for money or prestige. Kind of blah cars. Who sets out from home all hot to trot to buy or lease one of these, following a deep dive internet search and a over-riding need to have one? That’s my point.

  • avatar
    PandaBear

    3.7 in FWD for such a heavy car? No thanks. AWD might be fine.

    4 cyl hybrid turbo charge and super charge? Let’s hope things are fine. If you really want to save gas you are probably ok using this setup, but you won’t save any money in the long term, and you will likely save more money buying a Tesla Model S.

    Caddy seems fine here.

  • avatar
    millerluke

    Buy: Volvo
    Drive: Caddy
    Burn: Lincoln… cause it’s a Ford and will probably do that anyway

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Buy? I wouldn’t buy these with your money.

    Drive? No interest.

    Burn? Not worth the effort – plus all those plastics would give off nasty fumes.

    Let them rot on the lot and perhaps the manufacturers will get the point.

    (Now in fairness, I’ve given myself the assignment to go look at these in person – I’ll update if I change my opinion.)

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    brn

    With my own money?

    Burn: the Volvo out of principal. In eight years, it’ll look terrible anyway.

    Buy: the Lincoln. It doesn’t get the credit it deserves and the ‘street price’ is very attractive.

    Drive: the Cadillac. I’m curious.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Burn the Cadillac CT6.

    Then use a 17,500 degree autoclave to incinerate the Cadillac CT6’s ashes.

    Then mount the remains of the Cadillac CT6’s ashes onto a deep space rocket and fly them directly into the surface of the sun.

    Seriously, do even a basic search on now the Guangzhou-Guadalajara Cadillac CT6 has absolutely non-repairable transmission, structural, HVAC, electronic and other major problems, and how Cadillac dealerships are loaded to the gills with barely used, sub-3,000 mile CT6s that were bought back by Guangzhou-Guadalajara Motors under Lemon Laws or other states’ consumer protection laws due to these non-fixable problems, now having branded titles, literally selling for 1/2 off, and you begin to scratch the very surface as to what a flaming dumpster fire the Guangzhou-Guadalajara Cadillac CT6 truly is.

  • avatar
    SuperCarEnthusiast

    The writer forgot about Genesis brand!

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Buy the Cadillac- several co-workers have 2019’s and love them
    Drive the Lincoln- if anything for those comfy seats
    Burn the Chinese owned car with a 4 cylinder- electrical issues seem to be the norm for these

  • avatar
    GoVeg

    Not to be a pill, but all of these choices are truly pathetic.

    For this sort of money one is in a top-spec Tesla Model 3 Performance, with a drive experience that rivals an exotic hypercar, and while leaving a usable planet for others to enjoy.

    When you just want to cruise, it has Autopilot, and Full Self Driving is likely a year or two away.

    Why would anyone buy something else, except out of ignorance or “don’t give a damn” social dysfunctional?


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