The Cadillac Lyriq is the brand’s latest and greatest offering if you don’t count the slightly old-school Escalade V. Jay Leno may be considered old-school himself, but he’s up-to-date on the modern car market. Put them together and you get a review through the eyes of a very experienced car driver.
The model Leno drives is the 340 hp (254 kW) rear-wheel drive Debut Edition. When we drove it, we were somewhat shocked at how impressive it was. However, Leno has a few things that most of us don’t, which are 1918, 1925, and 1957 Cadillacs, just to name a few. He’s always been a big Cadillac fan, so it might be harder to impress him.
Program Engineering Manager, Bryan Stewart, joins Leno for his experience in the Lyriq and the two first take some time to take a spin around the vehicle. Stewart shows off the little details like the duck easter egg in the door jamb, the aero wheels and the flow-through spoiler that clears the rear window through the airflow rather than using a windshield wiper.
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When boarding for a ride, Leno immediately notices the attractive design details. “It looks like a Cadillac from the inside… it’s not the old days when the chrome peeled off the plastic, it’s nicely done,” he says. The driving experience is generally good too. Leno says he makes the corners nice and flat, but still drives like a Cadillac.
He also likes the way it composes itself. It’s fast and comfortable, yet smooth and quiet at the same time. He talks about how there was a time in history when he thought Cadillac built the best cars in the world. That is exactly where the American brand hopes to return in the near future with the introduction of the Celestiq.
So it looks like the long wait for the Lyriq is worth it. Pre-orders are still open for both the RWD and AWD versions of the 2024 Lyriq, and deliveries are expected to begin in Spring 2023.