Early next year, GM will offer the Super Cruise driver assistance feature on certain 2021 Cadillac CT5 models. Cadillac has officially priced Super Cruise at $2,500 on the CT5, but as interested customers will soon find, that is only a small part of the true cost.
Not all CT5 models will qualify for Super Cruise, at least at first. In fact, the system is being offered only on two configurations – Premium Luxury 550T (the one with the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 LGY engine) and the CT5-V. Furthermore, those interested in the Premium Luxury model will have to spring for the $2,000 all-wheel drive system, but that requirement is not present for the CT5-V, which can be had with Super Cruise in either RWD or AWD.
Now for the actual figures: Super Cruise is listed as a $2,500 option on the 2021 Cadillac CT5 online configurator, but the actual price change when opting for the feature is $8,740. Add in the costs of the V6 engine, AWD, and the various necessary packages, and the total price jumps to $58,470. That is the lowest possible price for a 2021 CT5 fitted with Super Cruise, but it’s still $16,680 more than the MSRP of a base Premium Luxury model. The other way to configure Super Cruise on the CT5 Premium Luxury is to choose the optional Platinum Package, in which case the price rises to $61,640, or $19,850 above MSRP of the base model.
In contrast to the CT5 Premium Luxury, Super Cruise for the 2021 CT5-V can be added to either the RWD or AWD models. Even so, both will require either the Premium Package or the significantly more expensive Platinum Package, which includes everything in Premium as well as many other options. A RWD CT5-V with the Premium Package costs $62,620, or $13,830 above base MSRP. Opting for the Platinum Package increases the price by $16,530 vs. base to $65,320. AWD versions of the CT5-V with Super Cruise are $2000 more expensive at $64,120 with the Premium Package and $66,820 with the Platinum Package, or $15,830 and $18,530 above base MSRP, respectively.
|Item||CT5 Premium Luxury||CT5 Premium Luxury with Platinum||CT5-V||CT5-V with Platinum||CT5-V with AWD||CT5-V with AWD and Platinum||Note|
|AWD||$2,000||$2,000||$2,000||$2,000||Required for Super Cruise with CT5 Premium Luxury|
|Turbo 3.0L LGY V6||$3,500||$3,500||Required for Super Cruise|
|Premium Package||$5,290||$5,290||$5,290||$5,290||Required for Super Cruise|
|Navigation and Bose Premium Audio Package||$1,350||incl. in Platinum Package|
|Climate Package||$1,090||incl. in Platinum Package|
|Driver Awareness Plus Package||$500||$500||$500||$500||$500||$500||Required for Super Cruise|
|Driver Assist And Advanced Security Package||$1,950||$1,950||$1,950||$1,950||$1,950||$1,950||Required for Super Cruise|
|Parking Package||$2,090||$2,090||$2,090||incl. in Platinum Package|
|Technology Package||$1,100||incl. in Platinum Package|
|Lighting Package||$600||incl. in Platinum Package|
|Leather Seating Surfaces||$1,500||$1,500||Leatherette standard on CT5-V|
|Super Cruise Package||$2,500||$2,500||$2,500||$2,500||$2,500||$2,500|
|With Super Cruise vs. Base MSRP||$16,680||$19,850||$13,830||$16,530||$15,830||$18,530|
Additionally, the Super Cruise package comes with a three-year subscription, after which Cadillac owners must sign up for an OnStar service plan to continue using the drive assist system.
Having first launched on the 2018 CT6, Super Cruise is a semi-autonomous system which allows for hands-free driving on over 200,000 miles of compatible highways in the U.S. and Canada. It’s very much worth noting that Super Cruise requires the driver to pay attention to the road ahead, and is therefore not a completely autonomous system. Super Cruise. The system will soon be offered on the 2021 Escalade.
This article was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.