The brand made famous for extravagant cars and shiny SUVs packed with gas-guzzling V8s is about to start a whole new chapter, starting with the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. This 100% electric SUV is the first in a line of Cadillacs to run solely on electricity. Using GM’s new Ultium battery technology, shared by the Hummer EV, the Lyriq features a 100-kilowatt-hour battery, giving an estimated range of 500 miles in the 340-horsepower rear-wheel drive model. The estimated range of the 500bhp all-wheel-drive Lyriq had not been revealed at the time of writing, but you can expect it to be slightly lower. Coupled with fast charging times, the Lyriq arrives with fully competitive EV credentials.
As for the vehicle itself, the Lyriq is a mid-size, two-row SUV that’s slightly bigger on the outside than Cadillac’s XT5, but a bit smaller on the inside (those super-cool looks do result in a trade-off in usability). The interior builds on the technology-focused Escalade interior, with an equally large OLED curved infotainment/instrument display occupying much of the dashboard. The floating center console, minimal physical controls and streamlined vents are actually must-haves for an electric car right now. The steering wheel is also a new design, and the green lights you see on the rim (pictured below) indicate that the Lyriq comes standard with GM’s Super Cruise hands-free highway driving technology.
The Lyriq seems like an attractive deal for a comfortable, quiet, cutting-edge luxury EV. Ordering for the Lyriq opened…and closed almost immediately after they sold out. Cadillac has since opened preorders for the 2024 Lyriq, but it won’t arrive until spring 2023. Sorry.
Interior & Technology | Passenger and cargo space | Performance and range
What it’s like to drive. | Pricing and Features | Crash ratings and safety features
What’s new for 2023?
The Lyriq is a completely new model.
How are the Lyriq interior and technology in the car?
Welcome to the future. Slip into the Lyriq’s driver’s seat and you’re greeted by a huge expanse of curved screen that stretches from the A-pillar to past the center of the dash. Unlike other seemingly huge screens like the Mercedes EQS Hyperscreen, which are really just separate screens housed in a single housing, the Lyriq’s is a contiguous OLED unit that doubles as an instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreen. The functional result is basically the same, but it sure is cooler!
The infotainment portion uses Google’s Android Automotive operating system, which basically provides the software framework on which Cadillac places its own design ‘skin’. You can read more about it in GMC guise in this Yukon infotainment system overview. We’re generally pleased with the functionality of the system, although we can’t say it’s particularly better or worse than systems developed by various car manufacturers.
Elsewhere in the cabin, we like that Cadillac still uses physical controls for climate control and other vehicle functions (the cool little buttons that control the vents seem like a much better solution than touchscreen-controlled ones), though we have our doubts. about the touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel. Like many EVs, the Lyriq has a floating center console with cup holders and a rotatable infotainment interface above an open storage compartment. There is a second drawer that pulls out from the bottom of the dash (pictured below left).
How big is the Lyriq?
Like other EVs, the Lyriq’s electric architecture results in dimensions that don’t match gas-powered models. For example, the overall length is between a two-row BMW X5 and a three-row Lincoln Aviator, with a wheelbase that exceeds them both, but the overall height is about 5 inches lower than those SUVs. The result is a sleek and decidedly cool-looking SUV, along with reduced cargo space and rear headroom.
The rear legroom of 39.6 inches matches larger mid-size SUVs (and the Tesla Model Y), which should be fine for longer legs and rear-facing child seats. There’s also a significant 58.6 inches of shoulder room, meaning there’s a greater chance of fitting three people over each other. As for cargo space, there’s just 28 cubic feet of space behind the raised third row of seats, a modest amount that’s less than many compact SUVs, let alone all of the above. It’s about what you’d get in a Mustang Mach-E and Kia EV6, though admittedly those are cheaper EVs.
What are the Lyriq range, charging and performance specs?
As with other EVs, the number of driving wheels has a major impact on performance and somewhat on range. They both share a 100 kWh battery pack.
The rear-wheel drive Lyriq has a single motor that produces 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Range is an EPA-estimated 312 miles. It features 19.2kW AC charging capabilities, giving it a 52-mile range payback using an appropriate Level 2 home charger.
The all-wheel-drive Lyriq adds a front motor, boosting power to 500 horsepower. Torque and range had not been announced at the time of writing, but Cadillac China reports that the seemingly identical Lyriq on the market will produce 524 pound-feet of torque and return 287 miles on the Chinese test cycle. Something in that EPA ballpark seems likely. GM lists a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds for the AWD model. It can only charge 11.5 KW at home, which means it can only pay back 60 kilometers per hour with a level 2 home charger.
As for public DC fast charging, both RWD and AWD Lyriqs can charge at a maximum rate of 190kW, which can pay back up to 76 miles in about 10 minutes (depending on how much range is currently left in the battery). Lyriq purchasers have a choice of two years of free charging with the EVGo charging network or a $1,500 credit through Qmerit for a qualifying professional installation of a Level 2 wall charger or a 240-volt outlet that is compatible with the Lyriq supplied dual-voltage charging cable.
How does the Lyriq drive?
So far we’ve driven the RWD version of the Lyriq, with its 340-horsepower single rear engine motivating the Lyriq’s hefty curb weight of 5,688 pounds. The instantaneous torque gets it moving and its smooth acceleration feels neither urgent nor relaxed. It has no trouble matching or exceeding the speed of other traffic, but it won’t make your guts float when you put the throttle to the floor.
There are several driving modes: Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice and a configurable My Mode. They determine the settings for steering, braking and acceleration, as well as choosing the level of synthesized powertrain noise that is funneled into the interior. In addition to the standard braking mode, the Lyriq has a single-pedal drive function with two levels of regenerative braking. There is also a pressure-sensitive “Regen On Demand” paddle on the back of the steering wheel.
The Lyriq’s ride is smooth and exceptionally quiet, thanks to independent front and rear suspension with frequency-dependent dampers and an active noise reduction system that helps to create a calm environment in the cabin. The steering is precise, making it easy to steer the car through tight turns on narrow mountain roads to the desired spot. With a weight distribution of nearly 50:50 and a low center of gravity (thanks, battery), it feels neutral and stable during transitions.
What other Cadillac Lyriq reviews can I read?
2023 Cadillac Lyriq First Drive Review: The Cadillac of Cadillacs
Our first ride in the 2023 Lyriq. We’re as impressed with the interior as we are with the technology and fun, efficient ride.
What is the Lyriq price for 2023 and what features are available?
The rear-wheel-drive Lyriq starts at $62,990, including destination charges. The all-wheel-drive Lyriq starts at $64,990, which is a surprisingly small premium given the hefty performance boost. As described above, owners get either two years of public DC fast charging or a $1,500 credit toward installing a home charger.
GM vehicles are not currently eligible for federal EV tax credits, and the base price of the Lyriq is also above the $60,000 limit for the California EV rebate. It may still have discounts available in other states.
The RWD and AWD Lyriq share one common trim level called Luxury, but they do differ in equipment. Oddly enough, the RWD has more.
Standard equipment on both includes 20-inch wheels, acoustic laminated glass, LED headlights, Super Cruise hands-free highway driver assistance and other safety/assistance technology (see below), a glass roof, 8-way power front seats (heated, ventilated and massage) , artificial leather upholstery (Inteluxe), a heated, electrically adjustable steering wheel, memory settings for the driver, the 33-inch curved LED display, Google Android Automotive infotainment interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charging, five USB ports and a 19-speaker AKG Studio sound system including headrest speakers (pictured below right). The rear-wheel drive version has a hands-free power liftgate, a rear-view mirror washer (wouldn’t the AWD Lyriq need that sooner?) and the option of 22-inch wheels.
At launch, the Lyriq will only be available in Satin Steel Metallic. Crystal White, Stellar Black and Opulent Blue are later available options at an additional cost.
What are Lyriq’s safety ratings and driver assistance features?
The Lyriq has not been tested by a third party at the time of writing.
Every Lyriq comes standard with one of the most robust suites of safety and driver assistance technology available in any car at any price point. It includes as standard equipment Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Warning and Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning and Evasive Steering Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Super Cruise hands-free. driver assistance on the highway.