2023 Cadillac Lyriq

Review: The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq hits all the right notes

Cadillac’s Celestiq electric sedan will be the star of the show next year.

It would cost $300,000.00 and more for movie stars, rock stars, and sports stars to fly into space.

This hand-built luxury car is meant to help the brand regain the title of “Standard of the World”. However, there’s an electric car that’s available for sale that is a little more standard.

Cadillac’s first all-electric model, the Lyriq, was launched in 2011. The midsize SUV is priced at $62,990 and has a modern, sharp look that’s similar to the Celestia.

The vehicle comes with a 340-horsepower rear-wheel drivetrain and a 312-mile range between charges. However, a 500-horsepower model all-wheel-drive will soon join the fleet. The price includes either two years of free access to the EVgo public charging network, or a $1500 credit toward the installation of a house charger.

You shouldn’t be expecting to see many vehicles at dealers. There are only a few vehicles left in stock, as the reservations book for the first year of production is full.

It’s priced similarly to a Tesla Model Y but it’s almost as long as a Model X. However, it only has two rows and a large cargo space behind it.

The Lyriq is fully loaded and ready to impress. The interior is finished in luxurious leather with heated and cooled massage front seats and ambient lighting throughout. Everybody who saw it used the word “wow”

A 33-inch-wide digital screen covers the instrument cluster and touchscreen interface to the touchscreen infotainment systems. Below it is a row of buttons and toggles for the climate control system. However, it can be used for many functions of the vehicle, such as launching the 360-degree camera view, changing the drive modes, and opening the glove box.

The volume can be adjusted using the scroll wheel located on the center console. It is situated in front of a joystick/dial, which can be used to control the infotainment system.

Although the layout could use some more buttons and take some getting used to, it was designed to give the Lyriq a futuristic feel. You can easily update it with new features later on, as it is powered by Google and comes equipped with Google Assistant. You can ask for news reports, turn the radio on or off, change the temperature or turn the heater on by speaking to it.

Although the Lyriq’s doors appear to have handles, they are buttons that open and close them electronically. The front doors have small lips that you can use to open them. Rear passengers will need to insert their hands in the gaps and pull the doors.

This is the kind of affectation that electric cars, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E have used to modernize their vehicles. But I’m not sure if it will stay in style for very long. I hope so, the Lyriq drives it.

The car isn’t too powerful, but it feels strong and smooth with a smooth delivery. This is not an electric vehicle that needs to be a big deal. Surprisingly, it doesn’t have a computer-controlled suspension system, but it does have frequency-dependent dampers, which adjust their stiffness to react to road inputs. This gives you a smooth, controlled ride that is among the best in any automobile today.

It is also the quietest, at least when you are going fast. The pedestrian alert sound is activated below 25 mph. The pedestrian alert sound is a hum all electrified vehicles must emit. The Lyriq’s hum is louder in the Lyriq’s glass-roofed passenger cabin than in other vehicles I’ve experienced recently. It can be annoying when you’re driving in traffic or towns. It is pleasant, and I think a Lyriq vehicle should live up to its musical name.

Although the Lyriq ships with hardware for Cadillac’s hands less Super Cruise highway driving system (but not the software), early customers will need to wait until the software is available to activate it. However, it does include a traditional adaptive cruise control system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure prevention, and automatic emergency brakes.

Although the Lyriq is a great combination of size, price, and range, it does not have the same charging speed as some other competitors. The 400-volt design takes 40 minutes to charge the battery to 80% at fast charging stations. However, models like the Porsche and Genesis can complete the task in less than 20 minutes at the most powerful stations. This is only an issue if you are on a long trip. You can charge the battery at home and have a full battery each day. Assuming that you have a place to plug it in.

Many Cadillac customers do. Lyriq customers are 70% new to the brand. However, I can see a lot of Cadillac XT5 owners driving home from a lease and never looking back.

They will have to wait at least until they win the lottery to order a Celestiq for their orbital vacation.

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