2021 Cadillac XT6

MSRP $48,990 - $58,190

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2021 Cadillac XT6 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Cadillac XT6 is a very promising SUV in its segment with head-turning looks, and feature-loaded options. The three-row SUV segment is already very competitive with well-known products from established brands like Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, and Lincoln Aviator. Still, the Cadillac XT6 offers a great package at a better price point. The starting price of $48,990 makes it one of the better choices in the market. 

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Pros

Exterior styling looks great

Excellent cabin space in all the three rows

Premium interior 

The responsive and intuitive infotainment system

Cons

Fuel efficiency falls behind on the V6

Limited cargo space with all seats in use

Inconsistent acceleration performance

What's New?

Introduces Luxury trim as a base trim option

New 2.0-litre four-cylinder base engine

Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48990

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

237 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft.. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic w/auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.7 in.

length

198.5 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4362 lbs.

ground clearance

6.65 in.

capacity

passenger volume

149.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

78.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1485 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Luxury$48,990 onwards

Premium Luxury$53,790 onwards

Sport$58,190 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Cadillac XT6 in Dark Mocha 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.

Ratings

Buying Advice

7.0

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.5

Competition

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


The 2021 Cadillac XT6 comes in three trims Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. The Luxury trim is powered by a base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the other two trims are powered by a relatively bigger 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine. We will talk more about the performance of these engines in the performance section. 

2021 Cadillac XT6 SUV front view
2021 Cadillac XT6 SUV rear view

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2021 Cadillac XT6 Features

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 comes in three trims this year with the introduction of a new Luxury trim which sits right below the Premium Luxury trim. The third trim is the Sport trim, which brings a few sporty bits to the SUV. The Luxury trim seems a good option at the price point that it comes with. It offers a good feature list for the price. Premium Luxury trim offers better interior quality, and the 3.6-liter V6 is also a great addition to the XT6 in this trim. 

Trim

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Sport

MSRP (FWD)

$48,990

$53,790

NA

MSRP (AWD)

$50,990

$55,790

$58,190

Key Features

18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

In addition to or replaces Preferred trim features with:

 

Heated front seats

Exotic wood interior accent

Carbon fiber accents in the interior

 

Ultraview sunroof

Heated steering wheel

Sport mesh grille

 

Powered liftgate

Hands-free power liftgate

20-inch 12-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels

 

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Power folding third row

Performance suspension

 

8-speaker Bose audio system

Wireless phone charging

Driver mode selector

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror

Sporty exterior treatments

The base Luxury trim is available at very affordable pricing, and if we consider that then there is nothing much to complain about the feature list on offer. The other two trims offer various useful features. When it comes to the standard features, the Premium Luxury trim offers the most standard features.

Which trim should you buy?

Although the base Luxury trim offers good features, we do not recommend going for that trim. The Premium Luxury is the best trim on offer for the 2021 Cadillac XT6. It has the perfect combination of useful features as standard and premium interior design. The value aspect is also there with the Luxury trim, as the Sport trim doesn’t offer much for the extra price. The performance suspension fails to improve the driving dynamics with much difference. Considering all the factors, we recommend the Premium Luxury trim as the best trim for the Cadillac XT5.

2021 Cadillac XT6 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes with the Luxury trim delivers 230-hp of power and 258 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine that powers the 2021 Cadillac XT4. The power delivery is very decent, but it does not feel sufficient for an SUV that weighs 4644 lbs for the minimum. If you opt for the upper trims, then you get the 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine. The engine produces a healthy 310 horses worth of power, which works better for the heavy SUV.

2021 Cadillac XT6 SUV engine bay

The base engine is the best choice for those who will be sitting in the back seats only. Otherwise, even for those who are not driving enthusiasts, the upgrade to the more powerful V6 engine will be a sensible choice. Since it is a naturally aspirated engine, you do not have to wait for the turbo to spool. The power is available right from the start in the rave range. We will be considering the base 2.0-liter base engine for our comparison today. 

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Volvo XC90

2021 Lincoln Aviator

MSRP

$48,990

$54,950

$49,000

$51,100

Engine

2.0 liter Inline-4

2.0-liter inline-4

2.0 liter Inline-4

3.0L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

AWD

FWD/AWD

RWD/AWD

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

237 hp @ 5,000

248 @ 5,000

250 hp @ 5,500 

400 hp @ 5,500 

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

258 lb-ft @ 1,500

273 lb-ft @ 1,600

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 

415 lb-ft @ 3,000 

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7

6.9

7.5

5.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.4

NA

15.7

13.7

Top-Speed (MPH)

132

155

112

140

The standard 2.0-liter inline-4 engine of the 2021 Cadillac XT6 is the least powerful in the competition here. The acceleration timings also tell the same story as it comes the last to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill. The quarter-mile takes 15.4 seconds, in comparison the 2021 Lincoln Aviator takes the lead with a sharp 2 seconds. 

How well does the 2021 Cadillac XT6 handle?

None of the SUVs in this segment offers very agile handling like a sedan or a hatchback. The 2021 Cadillac XT6 is a good handler for the segment, still, there are better options in terms of handling. The Cadillac XT6 is tuned towards comfort and it feels like that while driving. The steering offers a very decent in terms of feedback and is fairly accurate to the driver inputs. The understeer is well controlled and it never interferes much with the driving experience.

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 offers a very comfortable ride quality. The suspension takes care of the road imperfections very well. You can still feel the lack of air suspension, which is available in the competition. The body roll is well controlled for an SUV of this size. To sum it up, you get a comfortable driving experience in the 2021 Cadillac XT6.

How good is the braking performance of the 2021 Cadillac XT6?

Although we could not test the exact stopping distance of the 2021 Cadillac XT6, the brakes work very well to stop the SUV. You get good feedback from the brakes, and there is a progressive bite in the brakes. The brakes are good enough that you never feel uncomfortable or unconfident while driving the 2021 Cadillac XT6. The 12.6-inch rotor in the front and 12.4-inch rotors work very well for the SUV. The 2021 Cadillac XT6 performs well in the braking department.

2021 Cadillac XT6 SUV brake rotor

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Volvo XC90

2021 Lincoln Aviator

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12

12.6

13.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.4

11.1

12.4

12.9

Curb Weight (lbs)

4644

5082

4555

4862

60-0 (feet)

NA

117

113 

119

The 2021 Volvo XC90 takes the least distance to come to a halt from 60 miles per hour. The Audi Q7 and the Lincoln Aviator take 117 feet and 119 feet, respectively to stop from the same speed. The 2021 Cadillac XT8 has the advantage in terms of weight as it is the lightest of the lot. 

2021 Cadillac XT6 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 delivers good fuel efficiency figures for its size. It manages to deliver 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 24 miles per gallon if we combine both. These figures are very impressive if we consider the size of the SUV. The fuel economy also depends on the drivetrain and the powertrain. If you opt for the AWD powertrain, the fuel economy will go down a bit. The same can be said for the different powertrain options, as the standard 2.0-liter engine is more fuel-efficient than the more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine.

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Volvo XC90

2021 Lincoln Aviator

MPG (City)

21

19

18

21

MPG (Highway)

27

23

26

30

MPG (Combined)

24

21

21

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19

22.5

20.2

18.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

399.0/513.0/456.0

427.5/517.5/472.5

363.6/525.2/424.2

394.8/564.0/470.0

The Audi Q7 is the least fuel-efficient SUV in the comparison, but it also compensates for that with the largest fuel tank. It offers the best range in comparison. The other three SUVs are almost identical in terms of fuel economy and offer very similar fuel efficiency. 

2021 Cadillac XT6 Interior

9.0/10

There is a lot to like about the interior of the 2021 Cadillac XT6. The interior feels very plush from the moment you step inside the vehicle. The use of wood on the dashboard in Premium Luxury trim gives it a luxurious feel. There is also the use of carbon fiber to enhance uplift the cabin ambiance. 

2021 Cadillac XT6 SUV cockpit area

Carbon fiber matches very well with the black interior of the vehicle. There is no use of cheap plastic or other materials as such in the cabin. You even find the use of premium material like suede running on the dashboard to ensure a good experience in the cabin. You get ample space in all three rows, especially the first two rows offer a very spacious cabin.

2021 Cadillac XT6 SUV front seats

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Volvo XC90

2021 Lincoln Aviator

Seating Capacity

7

7

6

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.8/58.3/41.2

39.9/59.5/41.7

38.9/57.7/40.9

41.5/61.5/43

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.1/57.4/39.1

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.5/56.5/37

39.7/61.3/40.1

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.2/53.5/29.5

35.9/49.4/29.2

36.3/46.9/31.9

36.9/54/29.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

12.6

14.2

12.6

18.3

The space inside the cabin of the 2021 Cadillac XT6 is on premium, but the Lincoln Aviator is the most spacious SUV in the segment. The interior quality of the German contender Audi is more premium. The Volvo and Lincoln also offer premium interior quality to keep up with the competition. Here are some of the standout features of the 2021 Cadillac XT6:

  • Spacious cabin in all the three rows
  • Use of premium wood on the dashboard
  • Suede and carbon-fiber accents in the cabin
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Cadillac CT5?

The Cadillac XT6 offers an easy-to-use infotainment system. It comes with an 8-inch touchscreen system for infotainment. For audio, the Cadillac XT6 features an 8-speaker system by Bose. You can also go for the optional 14-speaker Bose system for an even better music experience. The infotainment system also supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Bose speaker system offers a good music experience. 

The infotainment system also supports the features like navigation system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition system, SiriusXM radio, and other useful features. Here is a list of some of the best features of the 2021 Cadillac XT6:

  • The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 8-speaker Bose audio system
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Inbuilt navigation support

2021 Cadillac XT6 Exterior

8.0/10

The look of the Cadillac XT6 has striking looks from the outside and gives the SUV a perfect macho look on the road. The massive front grille with the Cadillac logo on it gives a great road presence. The LED headlights complement the look from the front, and the daytime running LEDs also sit perfectly on the side. The 18-inch alloy wheels do not look good enough for the sides, so going for the larger 20” wheels on the Premium Luxury trim gives it a perfect stance from the side. The rear of the car looks good enough but is nothing special. 

2021 Cadillac XT6 SUV 

Models

2021 Cadillac XT6

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Volvo XC90

2021 Lincoln Aviator

Curb Weight (lb)

4644

5082

4555

4862

Length (inches)

198.5

199.3

194.9

199.3

Width (inches)

77.3

77.6

79.1

82.3

Height (inches)

69.9

68.5

69.9

70

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.65

8

9.4

8.6

Wheelbase (inches)

112.7

117.9

117.5

119.1

The 2021 Lincoln Aviator has the longest wheelbase in the comparison, while the 2021 Cadillac XT6 has the shortest wheelbase on offer. Although the Cadillac XT6 has the smallest wheelbase, space is managed very well. All the SUVs in the comparison are easy to maneuver in the city. Some of the prominent features of the Cadillac XT6 are listed below:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Automatic LED headlights with LED DRLs
  • 20" 12-spoke alloy wheels 
  • Hands-Free power tailgate
  • LED taillights
  • Rain sensing wipers

2021 Cadillac XT6 Safety

7.5/10

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 received an overall rating of 5 stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2021 Cadillac XT6 with the “Top Safety Pick+”. Both these ratings prove that safety should not be a concern for the buyers of the SUV. 

Along with the tough build quality of the Cadillac XT6, it also comes loaded with various safety features like pre-collision and post-collision safety systems, stability control, traction control, and many more. Here are some of the features that the 2021 Cadillac XT6 has to offer:

  • The automatic emergency braking system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Night vision

2021 Cadillac XT6 Competition

8.0/10

2021 Cadillac XT6 vs. 2021 Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 comes out to be a better option than the 2021 Cadillac XT6 if you want better performance and off-road capabilities. The Audi badge also plays a crucial role there. Still, we can not deny the fact that Cadillac is an affordable option compared to Audi Q7. It also offers better space inside the cabin and fuel economy is also better than that of Audi.

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Cadillac XT6 vs. 2021 Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 offers a more premium cabin compared to the 2021 Cadillac XT6. The cabin space is also very much similar to the Cadillac. Volvo offers better performance, better range, and more spacious in the cargo area. Volvo also offers more comfortable and plush ride quality. The MSRP for both cars is also very similar, so Volvo becomes a better option.

2021 Volvo XC90

2021 Cadillac XT6 vs. 2021 Lincoln Aviator

The 2021 Lincoln Aviator is a very good option against the 2021 Cadillac XT6. The Aviator offers better space inside the cabin. It also comes with a more powerful base engine, which enhances the performance and acceleration figures of the vehicle. Cadillac becomes a better choice for those who want to save some money on the cost of the vehicle as it is more affordable, and the Cadillac also offers better fuel economy.

2021 Lincoln Aviator

 

2021 Cadillac XT6 Final Verdict

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 will turn some heads towards it for sure out on the road. The exterior look and styling are well taken care of, and the interior space is also more than some other SUVs in the segment. The interior feels very premium and quality materials are used inside the cabin. The price at which the 2021 Cadillac XT6 comes, makes it one of the best choices for the segment. On the value proposition, it is an SUV that can easily be recommended to anyone.

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