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Believe it or Not, Cadillac has direct ties to the Henry Ford Company – the same company that eventually led to Ford Motor Company – the American automaker that we know today. See, Cadillac came to be when the Henry Ford Company reorganized in 1902, taking the Cadillac name to honor Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit, Michigan. The first Cadillac rolled off the line in 1902, but it was essentially a Ford Model A with a few subtle differences. Seven years later, General Motors bought Cadillac, but by that time, the Cadillac name was already established as a major American manufacturer of luxury cars. Cadillac later became responsible for several advances in automotive technology, including full electrical systems, the steel roof, and even the clashless manual transmission. The brand’s early V-8 even set the standard in the American industry.

Despite two world wars, the Great Depression, and numerous economic roadblocks over the years, Cadillac has managed to survive, even when other GM brands like Saturn and Pontiac were executed in a time of need. Today Cadillac has a full lineup of vehicles, some of which are even capable of competing with German luxury cars from the other side of the pond. The lineup features four SUVs, six sedans, and one coupe.

What is the Least Expensive Cadillac?

Cadillac’s least expensive offering is the XT4, which is essentially a more luxurious version of the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain. It carries a starting price of $34,795 and can climb to more than $40,000 when fully equipped. As far as cars go, for now, the cheapest model you can get is the ATS Coupe, which starts out at $38,995 or the CT5 sedan that hits the market in fall of 2019 and should carry a similar price tag.

What is the Sportiest Cadillac?

As of the 2020 model year, Cadillac doesn’t really have any truly, sporty models. Through 2019, the brand sold the

and CTS-V performance models that were, for all intents and purposes, luxurious sports cars that were eager to move. However, with the introduction of the 2020 model year, both models have been replaced by the

and CT5-V, neither of which are anywhere near as sporty or performance oriented. Those are still your best bet at this point, but if you want something that’s truly sporty, you’re best to look elsewhere.

What is the Most Popular Cadillac

While some automakers find success with compact cars, Cadillac experiences things a little different with the midsized Cadillac XT5 crossover being the Brand’s bestselling model for 2018 with some 60,565 examples sold. In terms of cars, the midsized Cadillac CTS is the bestseller with some 11,219 being sold throughout 2018 – a far cry from years past but still admirable in a market where SUVs seem to be taking over.

What is the Most Expensive Cadillac?

The most expensive Cadillac model is the Escalade ESV (long-wheelbase model) which starts out at $98,590 with two-wheel drive or $101,590 with four-wheel drive. It is fully equipped and is capable of competing with the finest cars from Germany and Japan. It is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. In terms of cars, the CT6 is the most expensive non-V offering with a starting price of $62,595. Fully equipped models of the CT6 can reach beyond the $70,000 mark. While the CTS-V is still available and inventory is depleted it’s actually a bit more expensive at $86,995 but once inventory is depleted the CT6 will take over the throne.

What is the Fastest Cadillac?

As of 2019, the fastest Cadillac is the CTS-V and its 640-horsepower V-8. It can hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 200 mph on GM’s test tracks. Once the CTS-V is officially sold out, the CT6-V will take the reigns as the fastest Cadillac. It has a 4.2-liter, twin-turbo V-8 with 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It will offer an even faster sprint to 60 mph and will get you there in 3.4 seconds but will have the same top speed of 200 mph.

Are Cadillacs Reliable?

Cadillacs used to be notorious for oil leaks, and things have changed over the years, but the brand still isn’t ranked all that great. For 2019, J.D. Power ranked Cadillac No. 24 out of 32 in terms of reliability with some 166 problems reported per 100 vehicles produced (PP100.) To put this into perspective, the most reliable brand is Lexus, with a rating of 105 PP100 while the worst is Fiat with a rating of 249 PP100. Cadillac is the least-reliable GM brand, falling just one spot below GMC. Chevy and Buick are ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

According to Repair Pal, the average cost of repair on Cadillacs is $848 per year with a frequency of 0.5 unscheduled repairs per year. It also says that 12-percent of all repairs for Cadillac models are considered severe, which is just 1-percent higher than the probability of major issues across all models on the market. That said, Cadillacs typically have a higher-than-average cost of ownership, with the average being $631 per year across the entire market.