Snow Tires Vs. All-Season Tires

Service Technician changing tire on a Cadillac

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.

You should make a decision based on where and how you drive in the winter. Contact our service department if you have any questions.

Cadillac Technology That We’re Thankful For

As Thanksgiving draws near, it’s time to think of what we’re thankful for. Friends, family, and Cadillac are at the top of our list. Take a look at the Cadillac technology we’re thankful for and think about asking Santa to bring you a Cadillac for the winter holidays.

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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.

Experience Cadillac technology for yourself when you test-drive a shiny new Cadillac here at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri.

Cadillac Tops Its Segment in the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study

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.

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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.

Meet the Aerodynamic CT4-V Blackwing

When it comes to luxurious, performance-oriented vehicles, Cadillac has a reputation for offering some of the best, and its new 2022 CT4-V Blackwing is no exception. Check out how this sedan creates exhilarating drives while staying safely on the pavement.

2022 CT4-V Blackwing | ELCO Cadillac | Ballwin, MO

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.

Tall Passengers and the Cadillac Escalade Just Go Together

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.

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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.

2022 Cadillac XT5 Gets New Brembo Brake Package

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.

Brembo Brake Package For XT5 | ELCO Cadillac | Ballwin, MO

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.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Revealed With Over 300-Mile Range

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.

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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.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Nabs Luxury Car of the Year Title

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.

2021 Cadillac Escalade | ELCO Cadillac | Ballwin, MO

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.

What’s the Difference Between the 2021 Cadillac XT4 and XT5?

If you are looking for an attractive, spacious, and capable luxury SUV, the 2021 Cadillac XT4 and Cadillac XT5 are both great options. Here are some of the differences between the 2021 Cadillac XT4 and XT5 so you can pick the model that’s right for you.

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Engines

The 2021 Cadillac XT4 and XT5 share the same base 2.0-liter Turbo engine, but its power output differs slightly between models. The XT4 puts out 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the XT5 generates 235 horsepower. For a bit more heft, XT5 offers another powertrain option, a 310-horsepower V6.

Cargo space

The smaller 2021 Cadillac XT4 provides 22.5 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row and up to 48.9 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is slightly larger, offering 30.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row up and 63 cubic feet with the seats down.

Safety

The 2021 Cadillac XT4 and XT5 both offer plenty of standard driver-assist technology, such as Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Park Assist, and Forward Collision Alert. For more safety features, the 2021 XT5 offers add-ons like Front Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Automatic Braking Assist with Braking, and Night Vision.

The best way to see whether the 2021 Cadillac XT4 or XT5 is right for you, schedule a test drive at ELCO Cadillac.

Here’s a Look at the EVs Cadillac Will Release by 2025

The Cadillac lineup is about to get a whole lot greener, as Cadillac intends to add plenty of electric vehicles to its lineup by 2025. Here’s a look at what’s expected to arrive in the coming years.

Cadillac EV Models | ELCO Cadillac | Ballwin, MO

The widely anticipated Cadillac Lyriq is an upcoming electrified model that is slated to hit dealer lots during the first quarter of 2022. That’s a whole nine months earlier than previously expected. And we’ve already learned that Cadillac is about to get a new flagship sedan — the upcoming Celestiq.

The Lyriq is set to be followed by the Optiq, and Symboliq. We don’t know much about those two models yet, but one is expected to be a three-row, family-friendly luxury crossover.

On top of that, the legendary Cadillac Escalade is expected to receive a fully electrified variant. Since 2019, rumors suggested that the Escalade EV would boast a range of up to 400 miles. If that sounds like a pipe dream, it isn’t. Currently, Ultium-based EVs, like the upcoming Escalade, are expected to boast a maximum range that tops out at 450 miles on a single charge.

While these upscale electric vehicles won’t be available until later, you can find the latest Cadillac innovations at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, MO.