Cadillac XT6

The Cadillac XT6 now comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder 235-horsepower engine that is available in either front or all-wheel drive with the standard 9-speed automatic transmission.

Powering the Premium Luxury and Sport trim is a 310 horsepower 3.6L V6 engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Luxury trim is available with both drive-train options while the Sport trim comes standard in all-wheel drive. The V6 engine in the XT6 features a cylinder deactivation mode, meaning that the car can effectively use the engine as a V4 to save fuel while on the highway or when not under load.

The XT6 comes in three different trims, the entry-level Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. The Premium Luxury trim features an attractive looking wood trimmed interior, while the Sport model utilizes carbon fiber throughout the interior for a more performance-oriented feel. Exterior styling also differs between Sport and Premium Luxury models, with the Premium Luxury featuring brightwork around the grill and windows along with 20-inch wheels. Sport models on the other hand offer a blacked-out grill, clear tail lenses and a choice of 20-inch or 21-inch wheels.

The base Luxury trim comes with an UltraView sunroof, power folding heated mirrors, leather steering wheel and 18-inch wheels. The Cadillac XT6 infotainment system comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-speaker sound system, six USB ports and 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Premium Luxury trim adds heated steering wheel, leather steering, driver seat memory, ambient lighting and 20-inch wheels.

Cadillac has placed a premium on technology and safety for their new XT6 and standard features include a forward collision alert system, automatic emergency braking, a front pedestrian braking system, front and rear park assist systems, lane change alert, and side blind spot alert systems as well as a lane keep assist function. Optional technology on the XT6 includes Cadillacs advanced adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist with braking, rear pedestrian alert, rear cross traffic alert, a heads-up display, night vision, reverse automatic braking and a hitch guidance system.

Editors' Review

The XT6 is a new model for Cadillac and its first three-row unibody SUV in over a decade, but it isn't quite "all-new." Beneath the new design are familiar bones: a platform and powertrain shared with other GM SUVs, from the Buick Enclave to the Chevrolet Blazer to Cadillac's own XT5. 

Enlarged design

When you get down to it, the XT6 is basically a slightly larger version of the Cadillac XT5. The XT6 is longer (198.8 inches versus 189.6) but with a wheelbase that, at 112.7 inches, is only 0.2-inch longer than the smaller model. The extra length frees up space for the aforementioned third row, bumping capacity up to seven passengers -- or six with the optional second-row captains chairs. The way-back is also fairly spacious, claiming a generous 37.2 inches of headroom and 29.5 inches of legroom for third-row passengers. The spaciousness extends to the cargo area where the XT6 boasts 12.6 cubic feet behind the motorized third-row bench and up to 78.7 cubes with both rows tucked away -- about 16 cubic feet more than its smaller XT5 sibling.

The larger XT6 wears Cadillac's current design language well and I like its sharp styling, which is capped off by even sharper vertical LED taillamps and daytime running lights up front. The Sport Platinum model you see here also featured gloss black trim, which helps the jewel-like LED headlamps pop, as well as a dark-mesh grille. Meanwhile, the flanks are filled by 20-inch alloy wheels.

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The Good ~ Sharp exterior design and spacious cabin. ~ Updated infotainment is a huge improvement. ~ Comfortable and quiet, even with Sport upgrades.

The Bad ~ Cadillac's Super Cruise tech isn't available... yet. ~ The Lincoln Aviator is a way better choice.

The Bottom Line Cadillac's new XT6 is a comfortable and competent three-row crossover, but doesn't have what it takes to best the competition from America and abroad.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 6.5
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 7
  • Media 8

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