2023 Cadillac XT6 Reviews: Super Cruising Into Spotlight

Visually, the XT6 hasn’t changed much since I last found myself behind the wheel of the 2020 model. The SUV’s angular exterior and distinctive vertical LED light signatures to either side make it stand out. New Latte or Rosewood metallic paint colors are available for the 2023 model-year. Sport trim levels can also get optional 21-inch wheels in Latte or Rosewood. Standard Brembo brakes with red calipers will also be offered. Although the Premium Luxury model doesn’t have any such changes, it is the most desirable of the XT6 line-up.

3.6-liter V6 Engine

The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powering the entry-level XT6 luxury is available. It has 237 horsepower and 258 poundsfeet. I would recommend that you upgrade to the Premium Luxury model, which has the more powerful V6 motor. It’s a better match to this long, 198.8 inch-long, three-row SUV.

Cadillac’s 3.6-liter LGX V6 — shared with other GM SUVs, including the GMC AcadiaAnd Chevrolet Blazer — makes 310 hp in this application as well as 271 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s a reliable performer that can handle heavy traffic and is quiet on the highway as well as passing power. The V6 isn’t anything to be proud of, but it doesn’t draw attention too much to itself, which is good for a comfortable SUV like this. 

Both engines come standard with a front wheel drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission. An optional on-demand allwheel driving system can be added for Premium Luxury or Luxury trims. The Sport model also has torque-vectoring Sport Control. The XT6 can be tuned for different conditions with an optional drive mode selector, such as Sport, Snow/Ice, and for AWD models. However, I don’t believe most drivers will ever need the Touring setting.

On regular gasoline, the V6 achieves an EPA estimate 21 mpg. This is a difference of 19 mpg for front-wheel drive and 26 mpg on the highway, or 18 mpg for all-wheel drive and 25 mpg on the highway. The four-cylinder with greater efficiency is expected to get 23 mpg combined (21 cities, 27 highway, 21 city, 26 highway for FWD, or all-wheel-drive), but it uses more premium fuel. According to the EPA’s cost calculation tools, the I4 is more costly to operate annually than V6.

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The XT6 comes standard equipped with 18-inch wheels. Premium Luxury (pictured) increases to 20s with up to 21-inch wheels.

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Cadillac Super Cruise

The 2023 XT6 is now available with Cadillac’s most advanced driver-assistance technology — but with a catch. The new Super Cruise system, which costs $2,500, is the first to offer hands-free highway driving. Latest Super Cruise 2.0As seen on the, tech capable of automatic lane changes and hands-free towing new EscaladeAnd Chevy Silverado. That means that the XT6 also won’t get the recently announced update for use on undivided highways.

That’s a bit of a bummer, but Super Cruise 1.0 is still a very impressive piece of technology. Super Cruise can activated on over 200,000 miles North American highways laser-scanned and scanned by GM. This allows for automatic steering, braking, acceleration and acceleration to a preset speeds, keeping the SUV centered in the lane while the driver takes a break. The Driver-aid tech, Level 2 requires the driver’s attention to operate, so an infrared camera on the steering column makes sure their eyes stay on the road. Look away for too long and the XT6 will ask you to pay attention — first by flashing red lights on the steering wheel, then with audible alerts — before eventually handing control back to the human in the hot seat.

Super Cruise still works well in this location as it did back when it was first introduced back in 2018 CT6 sedanYou are able to navigate curvey highway sections confidently and react quickly to traffic changes. The larger XT6 can feel like it is clogging the left edge of your lane, making it difficult to feel comfortable in heavy traffic situations where it would be most useful. Admittedly, the lanes around my neck of the woods are a touch narrow, but I’d love it if a future version of Super Cruise allowed me to tweak or trim lane-keeping margins on either side.

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Color-coded steering wheel lights indicate Super Cruise’s state: Green for hands-free, blue for manual control and red means grab the wheel immediately.

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A stackable suite of driver-aids

The 2023 XT6 has a comprehensive suite of driver assistance technologies. Many of the best features can be bundled with other features at an additional cost. The SUV is equipped with forward-collision mitigation and pedestrian detection, as well as a following distance indicator to prevent accidental tailgating. 

The $1,300 Driver Assist package includes more robust forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, reverse brake assist, and automatic seat belt tightening. Upgrade to the $2,350 Technology Package to add a surround camera system with onboard video recording, rear pedestrian detection and automated parking assist, as well as a rear camera mirror.

Cadillac User Experience

This Technology package also adds an 8 inch digital instrument cluster to the standard 8″ touchscreen Cadillac User Experience, (CUE), infotainment. CUE is essentially a reskin to the excellent GM Infotainment 3 Software. It has a smartphone-like interface with icons that makes it easy to use. OnStar LTE Services are used for features such as connected destination searches, integration with onboard app like Spotify or Amazon Alexa, user profile syncing among vehicles. This works best if the data subscription remains active beyond the initial trial period.

Android AutoAnd Apple CarPlayStandard with wireless connectivity for drivers who prefer streaming from their smartphone. A snug wireless phone charger is integrated into the center console to keep the handset charged while on the road.

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The 8-inch Cadillac User Experience tech isn’t flashy, but it’s intuitively organized and easy to use.

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The 8-inch Cadillac User Experience tech isn’t flashy, but it’s intuitively organized and easy to use.

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This is a great choice

The 2023 Cadillac XT6 starts as low as $48,790 for the base front drive Luxury spec. This includes the $1195 destination charge. I’d recommend starting at the Premium Luxury trim level with its better V6 engine and optional Super Cruise, starting at $54,190 or $56,190 with all-wheel drive. 

My example includes almost every option and a $5,000 Platinum upgrade which adds premium leather and an adaptive suspension. (Mine also has a $50 credit to make up for the lack of heated rear seat due to supply-chain shortfalls. There is also a provision for a retrofit after parts stock returns to normal. The bottom line as measured is $72,790.

The XT6 cruiser is quiet and comfortable with a solid suite cabin tech and optional driver assist options. It feels like a middle-of the-pack player in comparison to the formidable competition in this price bracket, such as the XT6. BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-ClassAnd Acura MDX — any of which would deliver a better overall driving experience. Super Cruise makes things a lot more interesting. Even without the most recent and greatest tech, the Caddy is the only vehicle in its class capable of going hands-free at high speeds. The 2023 Cadillac XT6 is therefore one of the most exciting vehicles in the class.

2023 Cadillac XT6 Reviews: Super Cruising Into Spotlight

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