This is the third year for the Cadillac XT6, which was an all-new nameplate in 2021. This smaller, more affordable alternative to the popular Cadillac Escalade has a third row that comfortably seats two adults. Nicely equipped, every XT6 includes a premium audio system, heated front seats, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist. Front-wheel drive comes standard with the option for all-wheel drive.
The Cadillac’s interior is attractive and uses high-quality materials, but it doesn’t offer the true luxury of the competing Lincoln Aviator. Powered by a choice of two strong, responsive engines, the XT6 is not especially performance-focused. Buyers looking for a sportier feel should also consider the Acura MDX.
The 2023 Cadillac XT6 is available in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. Front-wheel drive is standard, with the option of all-wheel drive for $2,000. The Luxury is the popular model, but we recommend the Premium Luxury. We’ll explain why.
The entry-level Luxury starts at $49,990 (including a $1,395 destination fee). Standard equipment includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated front seats, synthetic leather seats, automatic emergency braking, front and rear park assist, and lane-keeping assist. Options include all-wheel drive, rear-seat infotainment with DVD player, illuminated cargo sill plate, onyx black and chrome trim.
The midgrade Premium Luxury starts at $56,190 with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, 20-inch wheels, heated steering wheel, lane-change alert with blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, wireless smartphone charging, leather seats, and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. Options include all-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic emergency braking, reverse automatic braking, automatic parking assist, navigation, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, second-row captain’s chairs, HD surround vision, and heated rear outboard seats.
The Premium Luxury trim is our pick because it has the more powerful V6 engine as well as several key safety features and interior upgrades.
The top-of-the-line Sport is priced at $61,490 with all-wheel drive only. Features include adjustable damping, heavy-duty cooling system, and a performance suspension. Options include 21-inch wheels, second-row captain’s chairs, enhanced automatic emergency braking, reverse automatic braking, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, and HD surround vision.