2021 Cadillac XT6 Reviews

2021 XT6 New Car Test Drive

The following review is for a 2020 Model Year. There may be minor changes to current model you are looking at.

Introduction

Three-row crossover SUVs have attracted considerable attention lately. The all-new 2020 Cadillac XT6 gives the brand a challenger in the midsize luxury three-row crossover category. 

The XT6 is positioned between the smaller, two-row XT5 and the mighty Escalade ? Cadillac's perennial best-selling SUV. Cadillac faces several notable non-luxury three-row competitors, including the familiar Ford Explorer and the recently-introduced Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride. 

The Cadillac XT6 borrows its basic running gear and engine from the similar-size Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. Not only does the XT6 treat its riders to swaths of soft leather and interior space, it includes active safety technology that others omit. 

The sole powertrain is GM's 3.6-liter V-6, emitting an exquisite-sounding snarl. Whipping up 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque, the motor mates with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 can shut down two of its six cylinders to save fuel during highway driving. A stop/start feature can save fuel at stoplights. 

Front-wheel drive is standard on the Premium Luxury trim level, with all-wheel drive a $2,000 option. Sport models get standard all-wheel drive ? the same twin-clutch system used on the smaller Cadillac XT4. When necessary, the system can split power between the rear wheels, and disconnect the rear axle to boost fuel economy. Engaging the system requires tapping a button. 

At least two drive modes may be selected: Touring or Snow/Ice. AWD models add Off-Road and Sport modes. The difference between modes is most noticeable in terms of steering weight. The Sport model gets adaptive dampers and a faster steering ratio, for a more engaging feel. 

Gas mileage is nothing to boast about, but strictly average for a three-row SUV. The XT6 is EPA-rated at 18 mpg city, 25 highway, and 20 combined with front-wheel drive, or 17/24/20 mpg with all-wheel drive. 

Crash-testing has yielded impressive results. The NHTSA gave the XT6 a five-star overall safety rating, while the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick+. 

Standard active safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward-collision warnings, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, active lane control, and front and rear parking sensors. Also included are automatic high-beam headlights, and a rear seat reminder system. 

Option groups can add adaptive cruise control, reverse automatic emergency raking, LED headlights with cornering, an automated parking system, a surround-view camera system, and more. 

Forward outward vision is decent, but the rear view is partially obscured by thick roof pillars and the rear seatbacks. 

Lineup

The Cadillac XT6 is available in two trim levels: Premium Luxury and Sport. 

The Premium Luxury model costs $53,690 to start. The luxury quotient is felt through heated and 8-way power front seats, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescope steering column, a heated steering wheel, remote start, wireless charging, six USB ports, an 8-speaker Bose audio system, 20-inch wheels, and LED headlights. A second-row bench, power-folding third-row, and a power tailgate are also standard. The infotainment system includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. 

The $58,090 Sport, offered only with all-wheel drive, adds adaptive dampers and performance suspension tuning, as well as a heavy-duty cooling system, black roof rails, and unique 20-inch, 12-spoke wheels,

On either trim, an available Platinum Package adds semi-aniline leather upholstery, a microfiber suede headliner, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, and performance suspension with adaptive dampers. 

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