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2021 Cadillac XT6 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 13, 2020
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John Bedrow

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"Improbably spacious, impressively stylish and effortlessly capable. The first of its kind, it is the kind of vehicle you didn’t know you were waiting for." These are few lines enough to describe the laudable luxury on four wheels, the 2021 Cadillac XT6. The SUV is itself a statement of craftsmanship royalty. Cadillac doesn't need curves like Germans to attract attention, its sheer class and elegance does its job pretty well.

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Pros

Generous cabin space

Powerful engine

Rich with standard features

Cons

Single engine choice

Moderate cargo area

Lacks the sumptuousness of its rivals

What's New?

No significant changes for 2021


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2021 Cadillac XT6 in Dark Mocha Metallic color 2021 Cadillac XT6 in Crystal White Tricoat color 2021 Cadillac XT6 in Manhattan Noir Metallic color
Dark Mocha Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

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$53,690 - $55,690


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $53,690 MSRP TBD TBD
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Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $55,690 MSRP TBD TBD
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2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport

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$58,090


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Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $58,090 MSRP TBD TBD
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Expert Review


Cadillac XT6, the mid-size SUV, is the brand new addition to the Caddy family. The three-row crossover is an acrobatic copy of a full-size Cadillac Escalade. With the 2020 model fresh as a daisy, the 2021 XT6 will hit the showrooms with no major changes. Cadillac is known for its bold avatar and with the XT6's addition, it adds a safety assurance to the title. The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is an IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick for its superior performance.

The legacy of Cadillac has been written as one of the first automotive brands. After reshaping the automobile industry on several occasions, it was time for the old-gun to join the most crowded party, the best selling crossover segment. That's exactly the club, of which the Cadillac XT6 wants to be a notable member of. Not to forget though that it will be shaking its legs with the likes of Audi Q7, Acura MDX, and BMW X5. The competition is hard in the luxury crossover, especially with the Germans. However, with a significant sale number, the XT6 seems to be headed in the right direction, at least for now. Carrying over unchanged, let's have a quick look here at how things look like for the 2021 Cadillac XT6.

2021 Cadillac XT6 Features

With just about a year into its existence, the XT6 shall continue with its two-tier trim structure, even in 2021. You could still get a 2021 Cadillac XT6 in either Premium Luxury or Sport models. The powertrain and the hierarchical feature configuration shall also remain the same. 

Trims

Premium Luxury

Sport

MSRP

$52,695

$57,095

Engine

3.6 liter V6

3.6 liter V6

Features

8 way power front seats

Adds to premium - 

 

Post and pre-collision safety system

Dual clutch rear limited slip differential

 

blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system

21 inch painted alloy wheels

 

Satellite radio

Retuned steering.

 

leather steering wheel

Sporty exteriors 

 

Three zone climate control

 
 

Rear Seat Infotainment System w/DVD Player

 

*2020 Cadillac XT6 trims, features and prices used for reference

Pricing and release date

The XT6 was nothing less than an experiment for Cadillac when it was launched last year. Right from its exquisite proportions and well-rounded prepositions, it also has a very distinct position among Cadillac’s lineup. Still, in its very early days, the 2021 XT6 would most probably be a carryover from 2020. As a result, even the prices should be very similar to the 2020 model. Expect the 2021 Cadillac XT6 range kicking-in from just over $53,000. There has been no official announcement of the 2021 facelift, but the Caddy crossover is expected to hit the market by the end of 2020 or early 2021.

2021 Cadillac XT6 Engine and Performance

Cadillac always follows the trend, of being powerful and trendy at the same time. With the same moto, the 2020 Cadillac XT6 has been loaded with a 3.6L regular V6 that has an outstanding output of 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of peak torque. The same engine shall also continue to power the XT6 even for 2021.

The quick throw of power makes it a powerful experience. It's hard to be of such size and still be athletic, but the figures say something different for the XT6. 2021 XT6 might not have any engine upgrades, the engine is already tuned for sporty and aggressive performance. The latter gets fit with the Sport AWD system to boost the overall performance of the vehicle. With this, the power is just a "hard press on the throttle" away. Paired up with 9-speed automatic shiftable transmission, the electronic precision shift responds quicker and allows the driver to flick through gears with optimum control and precision. 

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6 (Expected)

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Lincoln Aviator

MSRP

$53,000

$53,550

$44,400

$51,100

Engine

3.6 liter V6

2.0 liter I-4

3.5 liter V6

3.0 liter V6

Transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

10-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

310 hp @ 6700 rpm

248 hp @ 5000 rpm

290 hp @ 6200 rpm

400 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm)

271 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm

273 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm

267 @ 4700

415 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm

Among its class though, most of its rivals carry a similarly powered engine with similar aspirations as well. Even all of them get a fine performance and efficiency churning transmission setups. However, in terms of numbers, the Lincoln Aviator seems to be far ahead than the pack with its punchy and powerful 400 hp engine. 

How quick is the 2021 Cadillac XT6?

Well, its humble stance and large proportions might get you thinking the other way round, the Cadillac XT6 surprises you with its brisk startups. Despite the powertrain being a bit too shy in the initial revs, the 2020 Cadillac XT6 races from 0-60 mph in just 6.9 seconds. Thanks to the V6 motors strong mid-range that builds up really quick. A slick and smooth shifting transmission could help the XT6 drop those figures even further. With no changes on the mechanical or dimensional front, the 2021 Cadillac XT6 should also turn up with the same figures. 

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6 (Expected)

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Lincoln Aviator

0-60 MPH

6.9

7.1

6.6

5.4

Quarter mile

N/A

NA

14.8

13.71

Top Speed (mph)

N/A

145

155

N/A

Engine

3.6 liter V6

2.0 liter I-4

3.5 liter V6

3.0 liter V6

While the 6.9 second sprint time of the XT6 might seem impressive, it's certainly not the Usain Bolt of its segment. That crown rests with the Acura MDX which completes the same task in just 6.6 seconds. A smooth and refined transmission, better weight distribution and a light body turn in handy for the MDX here.

How good is the 2021 XT in the braking department?

To tame its momentum in style the Cadillac XT6 gets standard ABS and ventilated discs at all four corners. While the brake pedal feels firm and confidence inspiring, the braking performance orates a different narration. Though the pedal is fairly effective with its bite, there is a noticeable lag between the pedal application and the engagement of the brakes Stopping from 60 mph to 0, the XT6 takes 13i feet which is significantly larger than the class average. 

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6 (Expected)

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Lincoln Aviator

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

14.8

12.6 

13.5

Brake Rear (in.)

12.4

13.8

13.0

13.7

60-0 MPH (ft)

131

120

117

119

Curb Weight (lbs)

4441

4729

4032

4764

In the braking department as well, the Cadillac XT6 is again, not too inspiring. Furthermore harder applications are a;lso welcomed by a significant nose-dive. Among its rivals though, the Acura MDX shines with its impressive braking performance. The seven-seater Acura not only stops from 60-0 mph is a sharp 117 feet, the whole braking process in its feels much more strong and stable.

Ride and handling

Take it out on the highways and that's where the Cadillac XT6 unfolds its true character. It rides very smooth and supple just like a large Cadillac should. On straight paths, it feels very poised and planted with the nicely balanced steering bringing in easy maneuverability. Not very surprising though, but at round curvy sections, its large heft does invite some significant body movements. However, it does offer a “Sport’ mode to enlighten up things to some extent. In sport mode, the adaptive dampers and the steering tighten themselves up and the XT6 feels more firm and connected to the ground. The sport mode also surprisingly reduces the body-roll and enhances its overall engagement. 

The higher Sport trim takes things to an even different level. With a stiffer suspension, sports steering with a quicker steering ratio and a dual-clutch rear-differential, the XT6 sport seems like an altogether different machine. Highway maneuvers come up with much ease and twisty sections are negotiated with more confidence as well. Overall, the two available trims of the Cadillac XT6 have a quite distinct character of their own. While the Premium Luxury is more tuned for comfort, the Sport rewards with much more enthusiasm and swiftness.

2021 Cadillac XT6 Fuel Economy

Cadillacs have always been fuel gulpers and the XT6 stands no exception. With figures of 18 mpg for city and 25 mpg for highways, XT6 serves you with an average efficiency. To cover that up, it does get a fairly large 19.0 gallons fuel tank that helps it stay on the move for as good as 475 highway miles. With no possible revisions whatsoever, the 2021 Cadillac XT6 should also offer similar mpg figures and driving range.

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6 (Expected)

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Lincoln Aviator

MPG (city)

18

19

20

18

MPG (highway)

25

25

27

26

MPG (combined)

20

21

23

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19

18.8

19.5

21.9

Driving Range ( city, highway, in miles)

342/475/380

N/A

390/526/448

363/525/424

Surprisingly though, the AWD XT6 does bring up a marginal improvement in the XT6;s overall economy. There’s also a “Tour” mode on offer that further enhances efficiency by limiting the power-delivery only to the front wheels. In its segment though, while all other access is mostly on the same stand with identical economy, the MDX takes a lead again. With a lighter body, efficient and refined transmission and better power to weight ratio, the Acura MDX delivers a class leading 23 mpg combined.

2021 Cadillac XT6 Interior

A rich and premium interior ambience is what Cadillac is perfect at. Open the doors and greets you a cabin that is drenched in luxury. The first and foremost thing that you notice is the ample cabin space, especially in the first and second rows. Even the third row is surprisingly more occupying than most other cars in the segment. Occupants get a roomy and airy cabin with plenty of room to stretch themselves. A long non-stop cruise journey is best for naps in the XT6, not recommended for the driver though.

Similar to its price, class and brand, the interior of the XT6 feels very opulent. Smooth leather upholstery, soft-touch surfaces everywhere, wooden inserts and a very clean layout offer bespoke Cadillac exclusivity. The two-tone interior theme, large windshields and a panoramic sunroof only add to its sumptuous and airy ambience. However, the interior build-quality is not as good and firm like its more pronounced German rivals. Disappointingly though. 

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6 (Expected)

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Lincoln Aviator

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/58.3/41.2

39.9/59.5/41.7

38.1/61.1/41.4

40.3/61.5/43.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/57.4/39.1

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.3/59.1/36.6

39.7/61.3/39.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.

37.2/NA/29.5

35.9/49.4/29.2

35.6/54.7/28.1

36.9/54.0/29.2

No scarcity of creatures comforts even. A three-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, 8-way power front seats with heating and ventilation are all part of the XT6’s fitment. Even the optional rear captain chairs came with slide and recline function for optimum comfort. 

Interior features:

  • Leather steering wheel
  • Three zone climate control
  • Real wood/Carbon fiber dashboard inserts
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Interior air filtration
  • Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel
  • Split-folding rear seatback
  • Leather upholstery
  • 8-way power, heated and ventilated front seats
  • Reclinable rear seats

Infotainment

Similar to the present 2020 model, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is most likely to sport an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Compared to its class standards and rivals, the screen is on the smaller side but is sharp and crisp nevertheless. The screen comes stashed into the dash, unlike the floating piece which is popular these days. The crisp and sharp infotainment screen comes standard with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and an in-built navigation. However, the navigation system is not as helpful as google maps. The most likeable feature about the XT6’s infotainment is that it's more accessible and convenient to operate than ones on some of its siblings like the Escalade. Instead of Cadillac’s long term crush; touch-sensitive buttons, the XT6 moves on to real hard shortcut buttons that feel good to click. 

While the glossy screen is a bit vulnerable to fingerprints, it also has a rotary-dial to control things. The screen itself has a clear interface and clutter-free menu making it easy to navigate through and is also very responsive. One major setback for the XT6 though, is its analog gauge in an era where even entry level cars carry full-digital ones. For the instrument panel, you get two analog gauges with a small 4.5-inch LCD screen in between. A new fully-digital instrument panel update is what the XT6 desperately needs today. While future updates lump around mysterious probabilities, mentioned below are the infotainment highlights of the 2020 Cadillac XT6.

Infotainment Features:

  • 360 degree camera
  • rear view camera
  • 4.5 inch drivers display
  • Navigation
  • Satellite radio
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment
  • Bose premium brand speakers

Cargo capacity

While the Cadillac XT6 might be quite generous on the inside, but that comes with a compromise for sure. The compromise is behind the third row of seats. With a greater concentration on interior spacing, the XT6 opens up a meager 12.6 cu-fts of space behind its third row. No doubt, it's the least generous in its class in terms of cargo space. Thankfully though, it does get split-folding rear seats, to open up more loading space. 

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6 (Expected)

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Lincoln Aviator

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

12.6

14.8

15.0

18.3

Speaking of its rivals, they are not significantly generous with their boot spaces but yes, every penny does count. While the Audi Q7 and the Acura mdx are not too far behind the Cadillac with just 14.8 and 15.0 cubic feet of cargo space. However, it is the Lincoln Aviator that takes the class lead with its 18.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Thanks to the Aviator’s extended body and excellent interior space management.

2021 Cadillac XT6 Exterior

The exterior design has perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the Cadillac Xt6. This is because of the fact that it's neither as big and humongous as the larger Escalade nor it is small yet aggressive like its smaller siblings. Subtle body creases, along with lower body and roofline, give it an elegant yet premium profile. 

Being a Caddy afterall, it does get the signature crest grille flanked by sleek LED headlamps and large vertical air-intakes that also house the vertical DRLs. The same fascia but with a greater magnitude would also appear in the upcoming next-gen Escalade. However, the fake vents could have been done with more practicality for sure. 

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6 (Expected)

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Lincoln Aviator

Length (in)

198.5

199.6

196.2

199.3

Width (in)

77.3

77.5

77.7

79.6

Height (in)

69.9

68.5

67.4

69.8

Ground clearance (in)

6.7

9.6

7.3

NA

Wheelbase (in)

112.7

117.9

111.0

119.1

Curb weight (lbs)

4441

4729

4032

4764

On the sides, things are less dramatic with a clean body-line stretching from the hood to the tail along with body-coloured wheel arches. At the rear, things are simplistic in true Cadillac style with vertical LED tail lamps integrated by a chrome-strip, a roof spoiler and twin exhaust tips. 

Overall, no signs of aggression and fury, the XT6’s stance and composure speaks for what it is; a humble and practical 7-seater family SUV. While it may not have the heavily recognised road presence of an Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90, it does have the distinct stance and appearance of a Cadillac which to some extent it also shares with the Escalade. 

Exterior Features

  • Blacked out grille and tail lamps in the Sport model
  • Rear crest projection
  • Top mounted rear camera and wiper
  • Premium LED Headlamp
  • Gloss Black Front and Rear Splash Guards
  • Stainless Assist Steps
  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Hands-free entry
  • Illuminated Door Handles

2021 Cadillac XT6 Safety

Serving as a luxury manufacturer in the automotive territory mandates an extreme safety suite which Cadillac has never disappointed us with. The new premium XT6 comes loaded with an extensive suite of safety and driver-assistance features which makes it one of the safest cars in its segment. The possibile Cadillac’s brilliant “Super cruise” might be on the cards for 2021 XT6. If things go well, the XT6 would be the very first car in its segment to feature complete semi-autonomous driving. 

Predictions apart, the existing healthy suite of the 2020 XT6 already serves it with a 5-star NHTSA rating and a Top Safety PIck IIHS recognition. If that's not enough though, you do have a plethora of options to pick from. With bare minimum updates, the 2021 Cadillac XT6 will happily offer it strong safety apparatus. Spoke of the safety highlights of the 2020 Cadillac XT6 are mentioned below.

Safety Features:

  • Emergency braking assist
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Pre-collision safety system
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Speed limiter

2021 Cadillac XT6 Competition

Cadillac XT6 vs Audi Q7

One of the stalwarts in its segment, the Audi Q7 has been a benchmark in its class. It looks and feels premium has an incredible road presence, and feels more than the XT6 as well. Being an Audi, it also gets a more comprehensive infotainment setup and feature suite. Above all, backed by the legendary “Quattro AWD” and riding on air suspension, the Q7 handles more obediently than the XT6.

Cadillac XT6 vs Acura MDX

A long-serving and recognised name in the class, the Acura MDX might not be as esteemed as its rivals, but packs a very healthy blend of everything put together nicely. It certainly is not as flashy as the XT6, it offers great reliability and performance at a very less price. Importantly, the MDX is also one of the most dynamic and better driving cars in the segment.

Cadillac XT6 vs Lincoln Aviator

With its generosity in almost every de[partment, the Lincoln Aviator seems to outshine each of its rivals. The Aviator is the most luxurious and upscale on the inside, has the most powerful engine, and also has the most opulent treatments to offer. It looks very premium and its build-quality feels more rigid than the XT6. Importantly though, with tighter mechanics, the Aviator also bestows with its incredible handling and on-road manners.

2021 Cadillac XT6 Final Verdict

Being fair and honest, the Cadillac XT6 is a more pleasing option for Cadillac purists who wished for a seven-seater Caddy for long but not something as huge as the Escalade. Well, for its price, it has a good taste of luxury, comfort, sportiness and space, but if you are looking for something more meaningful and[practical, the Acura MDX and Lincoln Aviator would be a far better choice.