This week we take a look at the all-new 3-row 2020 Cadillac XT6 luxury crossover SUV. XT6 was created to fill a hole between the XT5 SUV which doesn’t have a 3rd row seat, and the huge Escalade, which is expensive and too large for many. The XT6 comes in just 2 trim levels, the Premium and the top-of-the-line Sport, which is what I am reviewing.
From the outside, the XT6 has the signature Cadillac look with the vertical LED lights in the front, 21” wheels, a rear spoiler, and a large grill that gives the XT6 an aggressive look.
Pop the hood and you’ll find the very proven 3.6-liter V6 putting out 310-horses that is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission that has very responsive shift paddles. XT6 comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional, which is what I am reviewing this week.
Inside the XT6, you will find rich leather seats that are unbelievably soft and if you have back problems, the power lumbar support has a lot of range.
A bright, colorful dash greets you when you sit behind the power tilt steering wheel with controls. In the center of the large tachometer and speedometer, is the driver information system that is controlled from the steering wheel and gives the driver a ton of information.
Going across the dash to both door panels, you’ll find beautiful bronze carbon fiber, which is part of the optional Premium package.
The center console has large, hidden cup holders, and there is a place to charge your cell phone. You will also find the shifter, and you can change the drive modes from Touring, All-wheel drive, Sport, and Off-road. There are also shortcuts to audio, navigation and Bluetooth.
Above the shifter are the climate controls, heated and cooled front seat buttons, then just above that is the 8-inch color touchscreen that operates the Cadillac CUE system, which stands for Cadillac User Experience. It has been one of my favorite interface systems for years. You can use the system as a touch screen, or there is a round knob on the console if you prefer. CUE offers an enhanced 3D GPS navigation, Wi-Fi, and phone integration compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
One cool feature is the surround view cameras will record all around the car when you are driving, much like a dash cam.
From the driver’s seat, you also have a terrific head-up display, and if you hit a button on the inside rearview mirror, it becomes a rearview camera to give you a much wider view of what is behind you. It is a neat feature for sure, but the things behind you are not as clear as using the regular mirror.
The back seat of the XT6 is spacious and built in a 40/20/40 configuration, but you can get captain’s chairs. You can slide the seats forward or backwards, or easily fold them down for 3rd row access.
Perhaps the big surprise for me was the 3rd row seat leg- and headroom. Two adults would actually be quite comfortable back there. The 3rd row seat can be raised and lowered with switches in the rear, and the second row can be folded down, but not back up with the switches.
The XT6 Sport comes with everything you would expect from a loaded Cadillac. Most notable are the Bose stereo system with 14-speakers, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a power panoramic moon roof, power hands-free lift gate, keyless entry, and remote start.
On the safety front, you get blind-spot monitoring, forward collision alert, lane keeping assist, forward and reverse automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control.
The XT6 handles, rides, and corners extremely well, and it is incredibly quiet inside. Fuel economy is 17 in town and 24 on the highway, thanks to cylinder deactivation that cuts you down to 4 cylinders at cruising speeds. For my heavy foot, it’s just a little underpowered for me.
It also has start/stop technology, which shuts the engine down at idle, but allows everything else to run, and thankfully there is a button to turn this off.
This vehicle is so new I didn’t get a window sticker, but building it online, the MSRP comes in just under $70,000, which I think is a good value.
2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport
- What I liked most: The value and interior and exterior appearance.
- What I would change: Give me the option of a turbo!
- MSRP: Base price $58,090 as equipped $69,595 with transportation.
- Fuel Economy: MPG rating of 17 city, 24 highway, 20 combined.
- Official Color: Satin Steel Metallic.
- Odometer reading when tested: 775 miles.
- Weight: 4690 pounds.
- Spare Tire: Compact temporary.
- Length-Width-Height: 198.8” long/77.3” wide/70.2” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 22 gallons.
- Towing Capacity: 4000 pounds.
- 2020 XT6 in a few words: A nice addition to the Cadillac SUV lineup.
- Warranty: 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 6-year/70,000 mile power train warranty with roadside assistance, first free maintenance visit, and courtesy transportation.
- Final Assembly Location: Spring Hill, Tennessee.
- Manufacturers website: www.Cadillac.com
- Up Next: 2019 Audi A7 Sedan/Hatchback.