ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION
For 2022, XT6 buyers can choose from either a 237-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 310-hp V-6 engine. Both come with a nine-speed automatic and can be had with front- or all-wheel drive. Three trim levels—Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport—make up the XT6 lineup, with the first two being more about comfort and the Sport receiving performance-enhancing extras such as a torque-vectoring rear differential and retuned steering.
A Platinum package is available and gives the XT6 all the goodies. No matter the trim, the XT6 certainly looks handsome. Twenty-inch wheels come standard, but you can get 21-inches on the Sport model. Handling is reasonably athletic for a three-row crossover, but no one will mistake it for the agile CT5-V sedan.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND REAL-WORLD MPG
The EPA estimates the 2022 Cadillac XT6 with the standard turbo-four will earn up to 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Models with the V-6 engine are rated up to 19 mpg city and 26 highway. The all-wheel-drive XT6 we ran on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, is less rosy with a result of 22 mpg. For reference, the Mercedes-Benz GLE450 we tested on that route earned 23. For more information about the XT6’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH
Inside, the 2022 Cadillac XT6 offers both seven- and eight-seat layouts, featuring either a pair of captain’s chairs or a three-seat bench in the second row. All XT6s come with a third row that’ll seat three passengers. The XT6’s interior trimmings don’t impress when compared with those of the Audi Q7 or the BMW X5.
Cargo space is limited, too, with room for only three carry-on suitcases. But lowering the back two rows frees up enough room to fit 31 suitcases. The Q7 accommodates four cases behind its third-row but just 25 with the seats down, making the XT6 the better choice if you regularly need to transport big and bulky cargo.
IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS
All XT6 models come with touchscreen infotainment, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto integration, onboard Wi-Fi, and wireless smartphone charging. Cadillac’s latest version of its CUE (Cadillac User Experience) software is displayed crisply on an 8.0-inch screen and reacts promptly to commands. Navigation is an optional feature, as is a rear-seat entertainment system with a DVD player.
PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS
A host of driver-assistance features (automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring) are standard on the XT6, while more advanced features (adaptive cruise control, night vision) are available as options. For more information about the XT6’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.