When the snow first starts to fall, the world looks so clean and bright. Then everything gets slushy and dirty, including your Cadillac. Consider these tips to help keep your Cadillac clean this winter as you explore Ballwin, Missouri, and beyond.
Invest in some quality mats.
If you’ve held off on investing in rubber mats for your car, now might be the time to spend the money. While carpeted mats look great, rubber mats are waterproof. When you get home after piling in with snowy shoes, you can easily dump the water out of rubber mats and rinse them out.
It might seem counterintuitive in cold weather, but make sure that you keep your car’s exterior washed in the winter. Salt from the roads can really hurt your Cadillac vehicle’s paint and cause rust on the underbody.
Consider snow foam.
Cleaning the salt off your car can damage the exterior of your vehicle if you don’t do it right, as the abrasive grit can leave tiny scratches along your paint. Consider looking into snow foam and applying it before your usual soap. This special layer can also help keep your car looking cleaner longer.
Applying wax to your vehicle’s exterior can help protect it from winter before the season even begins. This protective later makes it more difficult for grit and grime to reach your paint in the first place.
Contact us at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin if you need help keeping your Cadillac in tip-top shape. And remember to schedule a winter service appointment for your ride, if you still need to do so.
We know the statement is worn out, but winter really is coming. When you’re shopping for a new pair of boots for you, should you also get your car its own fancy winter footwear? Learn more about the difference between regular and snow tires and make a decision quick — news reports suggest that snow tires might be in short supply this season.
All-season tire advantages
As the name implies, all-season tires are a one-size-fits-all solution for your driving needs. The best examples of these types of tires are made to handle all types of weather with their multiple tread types and overall construction.
Besides being built to tackle all sorts of weather, the construction of all-season tires helps them last longer than a dedicated winter tire. Their versatility also means that you don’t have to seasonally change them out, like you do for snow tires.
Snow tire advantages
Snow tires — also known as winter tires — are specifically made for colder weather. They stay soft in lower temperatures for a better grip on the wet or icy ground, and the treads are specifically designed to handle slush and other winter precipitation. Whereas all-season tire treads can get packed with snow, these winter warriors are made to direct it off of the tire for better performance. Not only do they provide better traction in the winter than all-season tires, they also were made to stop the vehicle better in icy conditions.
Unfortunately, the softer nature of winter tires means that warmer weather (and warmer pavement) makes them wear out quicker.
Cadillac Connected Services and OnStar®: Accidents are terrifying things, but Cadillac and OnStar® are there to help if the worst should happen. We’re thankful that we have a team on our side with a Safety and Security plan subscription.
Super Cruise™: Don’t get us wrong, driving is great, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little help. We’re thankful for Cadillac models equipped with Super Cruise™ because, in the proper conditions, they can assist us and take the wheel on long highway drives to see family or have fun.
Cadillac Mobile Apps: Did you remember to lock the Cadillac? When’s the last time it had an oil change? We are thankful for the Remote Access plan and Cadillac Mobile Apps because they help us keep tabs on our favorite car, even if we’re not close together.
Ad-free music: Listening to music as we commute or head out on a road trip is fun, but commercials really ruin the mood in a car’s cabin. That’s why we’re thankful for the available SiriusXM® All-Access package and its ad-free music. It also has comedy and sports channels for something different along the way.
As evidenced by the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), new vehicles continue to improve year after year. J.D. Power reports that quality has improved 2%, when compared to the 2020 study. One of the highlights from the study is that the Cadillac CT5 earned the top ranking in the Midsize Premium Car segment.
In this study, J.D. Power surveys new vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. The owners report on any problems they experienced with any vehicle features including performance, comfort, and technology. The results of the study are reported as problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). A lower score represents higher quality.
As a luxury midsize sedan, the 2021 Cadillac CT5 is exceptional. It is still fresh after a full redesign in 2020. This year, it adds wireless capabilities for both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ along with a customizable digital instrument display.
For drivers looking to enjoy the latest technology, the 2021 CT5 is available with Super Cruise this year. This technology lets drivers experience hands-free driving on thousands of miles of freeways across the country. The CT5 comes well-equipped with luxury features including simulated leather upholstery, a 10-inch touch screen system, and a forward collision mitigation system.
Experience the CT5 and the brand’s other luxury vehicles firsthand when you stop by ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri.
The engineers at Cadillac expertly tuned the aerodynamics of the CT4-V Blackwing to ensure it keeps its tires firmly on the ground. The spoiler on the car’s rear was key to preventing it from lifting off the ground without adding too much drag. And, it of course looks stylish too.
On the front end, an underwing increases the airflow under the car. This decreases the pressure beneath the car and pulls it downward. When driving at a high speed, the spoiler, underwing, and other components actually make the CT4-V Blackwing heavier than it is at a standstill because of the downward force they create.
According to Cadillac, if you hit 160 mph in a CT4-V Blackwing equipped with the available Carbon Fiber 1 Package, the car would generate roughly 133 pounds of downforce — making for a safer, smoother, and more grounded ride.
Experience the thrilling ride quality that Cadillac models have to offer when you stop by ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri, to find a new Cadillac of your own.
If you’re a tall person, you know the struggle of fitting into small places. Your knees take a beating, and you’re left feeling squished. The good news is that the Cadillac Escalade has plenty of room for your long legs — and any other gear you want to bring along for the ride.
U.S. News and World Report named the 2021 Cadillac Escalade to its list of 15 Best Luxury Cars and SUVs for Tall People in 2021. Awards are great, but the numbers don’t lie: the 2021 Cadillac Escalade packs in 42.30 inches of headroom and 44.50 inches of legroom in the front row. The second row has 38.90 inches of headroom and 41.70 inches of legroom. You could wedge yourself into the third row, but it doesn’t have quite as much space, with legroom of 34.90 inches and headroom of 38.20 inches.
The Cadillac Escalade has a lot of room for you to ride comfortably, but what else? For extra confidence on the road, you can upgrade standard 2WD to 4WD. As you ride down the road, you can take advantage of the four-way power lumbar control in the front seats, or upgrade to heat and ventilation. For the ultimate luxury, you can add an available front center console refrigerator with freezer mode to keep your road trip treats nice and frosty.
If you want to learn more about the 2021 Cadillac Escalade and its capabilities, contact us at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri. Or stop by in person to test-drive one of the Escalades in our inventory.
The Cadillac XT5 will offer the available Brembo Brake Package for the 2022 model year. This package will give the crossover some additional stopping power and give you one more reason to go with a new XT5.
The Brembo Brake Package includes Brembo performance front brakes as well as red brake calipers for the front and rear brakes of the XT5. This package is newly available for the 2022 XT6 too, offering the same features.
Both models only offer the package on the Sport trim level. The XT5 Sport also comes with Gloss Black accents on the exterior and 20-inch 12-spoke Pearl Nickel finish alloy wheels. Its standard 3.6-liter V6 engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and delivers 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. Other performance-improving features include the Sport Control All-Wheel Drive System and the exclusive Performance Suspension system.
The 2022 XT5 will likely carry over most of the same features from the 2021 model year since it will be the last XT5 in the current generation. Some major updates should happen in the following model year. All that’s known so far is that the 2022 XT5 will add the package and drop the Garnet Metallic and Shadow Metallic paint colors.
If you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of the 2022 Cadillac XT5, give us a call at ELCO Cadillac to find out when you can take it out for a test drive at our Ballwin, Missouri, dealership.
The Lyriq SUV will be the first all-electric Cadillac. Expected to go on sale as a 2023 model in early 2022, the luxurious SUV will be built from the ground up with new battery technology and feature more than 300 miles of range. Here’s what we know so far.
Under the hood.
Under the hood, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will probably have a front trunk. That’s because it will have an electric motor on the rear axle, freeing up a lot of space while providing electric rear-wheel drive. It will also have an optional AWD system that includes a second motor at the front, generating more power.
The Lyriq will use new Ultium battery technology, which GM says can make batteries up to 200 kWh. For the Lyriq, Cadillac is expected to use a 100-kWh battery that can provide more than 300 miles of range per charge.
Interior and infotainment.
Cadillac has revealed a concept vehicle for the Lyric that showed off a stunningly beautiful interior with a huge, 33-inch curved LED display spanning most of the width of the dashboard, like the one in the Escalade, which can be controlled via click wheel on the center console.
According to the automaker, its new, dedicated EV architecture has allowed it to create a more spacious cabin. Electric vehicles are very quiet, meaning you hear a lot more of the road noises that a traditional engine would mask, so Cadillac is also investing in more advanced noise cancellation technology.
For a taste of what the Lyriq’s interior might be like, check out the new Cadillac Escalade at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri.
A road trip in your Cadillac sounds like a great idea. However, when packing, you can quickly run out of space in your luggage. To help you conquer the clutter, we have a few tips on how to pack lightly for a road trip.
Check the weather.
Look up the 10-day weather forecast for your destination. Choose clothes appropriate for the predicted weather when packing your suitcase.
Limit your wardrobe.
While you might be tempted to pack for any possible weather condition, you should focus on three versatile outfits that will keep you comfortable. Choose clothing that is easy to care for. You can always stop by a laundromat if you are staying for more than three days.
Use a gallon-size plastic bag to store all your essential toiletries. If you are staying at a hotel, you can always use the provided shampoo and soap to save you some space. Don’t forget any prescription medications you might have.
To help your clothes fit more compactly into your suitcase, you should roll each item. You can also roll outfits together to make getting ready easier. Put the heavier items, like jeans, on the bottom with the lighter items on top.
Finish packing by adding your toiletries and other lightweight essentials. And don’t forget your phone charger and a pair of lightweight shoes that you can use in case your other pair gets dirty on your travels.
ELCO Cadillac wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy summer travel season. And remember to contact us to schedule a pre-road trip maintenance appointment for your Cadillac if you haven’t already done so.
When it comes to car-related opinions, Cars.com is one of the most trusted sources in the industry. Their lists are highly reliable and thoroughly vetted through a long process of analysis and testing. One of their most well-known and anticipated awards is for Luxury Car of the Year, and the latest Cadillac Escalade has officially claimed the title for 2021.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is the newest iteration of what’s usually considered to be General Motors’ most luxurious vehicle. The 2021 model sports a fresh exterior look, a new sports-inspired interior, and a slew of new tech features. It also comes with two powerful engine options that complement its refined good looks.
While the 2021 Escalade’s luxury features and new design are certainly attractive, what really caught Cars.com’s attention was the vehicle’s highly anticipated 38-inch display screen. The website had nothing but praise for the groundbreaking screen, describing it as “lightning quick, super-crisp and clear in its colorful displays, and [capable of] a level of reconfigurability and high-tech geek-lust that kept us endlessly entertained.”
If you’re ready to test drive the award-winning luxury vehicle that Cars.com has dubbed a “stunning mechanical tour de force,” pay us a visit at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri, today.