2024 Cadillac Lyriq Sport AWD Road Test: Classic driving experience meets modern design

It’s been almost two years since we first drove the Cadillac Lyriq, and the car is now available for a more thorough test with a weeklong loan. The delay in availability was due to production issues, but Cadillac is now able to keep up with demand, selling 5,800 units in the first quarter of 2024 compared to only 968 in the same period in 2023.

This time, we got to test the Lyriq Sport 3 trim equipped with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain delivering 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. While the performance is impressive, the focus of the electric SUV is on luxury.

The interior of the Lyriq is meticulously designed, with attention to detail and premium materials. Despite the high price tag of $83,500, the interior truly feels like it belongs in an $80,000 vehicle, far surpassing competitors like the Tesla Model Y in terms of luxury.

The Lyriq features a 33-inch display with Cadillac’s own infotainment system, which includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality along with GM’s Android Automotive software. Despite some initial lag, the system operated flawlessly during the test drive.

Stepping inside the Lyriq may require a brief adjustment period due to unique controls like steering wheel buttons and door-mounted seat controls reminiscent of Mercedes. The high-quality materials and abundance of physical controls make it user-friendly for both Cadillac loyalists and first-time EV owners.

The Lyriq’s slower steering rack provides a balance of maneuverability at low speeds and stability at higher speeds. The driving experience feels reminiscent of older Cadillacs before the brand’s shift towards high-performance tuning. The acceleration is smooth and gradual, lacking the immediate punch of other high-performance EVs.

The Lyriq offers a respectable ride quality over rough roads, despite lacking adaptive dampers. The balance between comfort and handling is well-maintained, although the weight of the all-wheel-drive system is noticeable during spirited driving. The active noise cancellation works effectively to eliminate tire noise, but some wind noise may be present due to a trim issue on the test vehicle.

The Lyriq’s 102-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides 307 miles of range, with the all-wheel-drive model offering improved acceleration and traction. The charging speed is decent at 190 kW, though it is not the fastest compared to other EVs on the market.

The Cadillac Lyriq continues to impress with its futuristic design, elegant taillights, and aerodynamic shape. The attention to detail in the interior and the range of colors available make it a standout in the luxury EV segment.

Overall, the Cadillac Lyriq offers a luxurious driving experience with impressive performance and range. Despite some minor issues, the Lyriq is finally making its mark in the competitive EV market.