While it has access to a decent amount of power, the Lyriq is not meant to be a high-performance vehicle. With 340 horsepower as standard, it accelerates from 0-60 mph in around 5.7 seconds, according to independent testing, and it can achieve a top speed of 118 mph. It's quick, sure, but other electric SUVs can do the sprint quicker. With the dual-motor 500-hp setup, the Lyriq has a bit more bite to it, but it still prioritizes comfort and driving ease over delivering thrills. This stronger configuration is only available with the all-wheel drivetrain, and while this does make the SUV more capable of handling inclement weather, it doesn't give it any real off-road chops. It also can't tow an excessive amount, with the AWD setup being rated at just 3,500 pounds.
You get a choice of two electric powertrain setups when you buy a Cadillac Lyriq. The base model is rear-wheel driven and has a single electric motor that develops 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. This is more than sufficient for most day-to-day driving. The immediate torque is especially helpful around town, where constant stop-and-go driving is the norm. If you want all-wheel drive, you have to go with the dual-motor configuration. This also gives you access to a lot more power - 500 hp and 450 lb-ft, to be exact. Naturally, this makes the Lyriq feel truly effortless to drive, and highway overtaking becomes a breeze. As with most electric vehicles, there is no true transmission at work, but the Ultium Drive setup does the job here.
|Cadillac Lyriq Trims||Cadillac Lyriq Engines||Cadillac Lyriq Horsepower||Cadillac Lyriq Transmissions||Cadillac Lyriq Drivetrains||Cadillac Lyriq Range|
|Tech||Electric||340 (Est.)||Single Speed Automatic||RWD||308 miles|
|Luxury||Electric||340 (Est.)||Single Speed Automatic||RWD||308 miles|
|Sport||Electric||340 (Est.)||Single Speed Automatic||RWD||308 miles|
One of the fiercest areas of competition between EVs is their overall range and charging speeds. In this area, the Lyriq makes a compelling argument. The EPA rates it at 97/82/89 MPGe and says the SUV can travel up to 312 miles between recharging. However, Cadillac claims that the EV is rated at 308 miles with RWD and 307 miles with AWD. This competitive range is thanks to a 102 kWh battery.
The Lyriq is sold with a pair of charging cables. This allows owners to charge at 7.7 kW when plugged into a household outlet; you can add up to 21 miles of range per hour of charge in this way. But Level 2 charging is also possible if you have it installed. At 11.5 kW, 31 miles per hour of charge is possible. With 19.2 kW, this goes up to 51 miles per hour of charge. With DC fast charging, you can get up to 77 miles in just 10 minutes.
|Cadillac Lyriq Trims||Tech||Luxury||Sport|
|Cadillac Lyriq Hybrid Battery Capacity||102 kWh||102 kWh||102 kWh|
According to the EPA, there is no discernable difference, but Cadillac claims that the RWD models get an extra mile of range, totaling 308 miles.
Depending on the level of charging, it can take between 6 and 14 hours to recharge the battery.