2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport AWD: big boy SUV in luxury or sport models

  • Friday, November 15, 2019 1:30am
  • Vehicles

The three-row, luxury SUV category got a little bigger with the introduction of Cadillac’s 2020 XT6 Sport AWD.

It had been a while since being graced with a Caddy – but worth the wait. The venerable American brand has not lost its way.

Created to make the most of passengers’ times on the road, this all-new, three-row crossover centers on a luxurious, adaptable and connected cabin, complemented with responsive handling and a comprehensive suite of standard and available safety technologies.

“The new Cadillac XT6 models provide two expressions of the signature Cadillac experience, allowing more personalized appearance and driving character,” said John Plonka, chief engineer. “Premium Luxury models provide an elevated level of refinement, while Sport models offer a performance-oriented feel.”

Cadillac promises all seven seats are the best seat in the house. I tested them all, and personally wouldn’t trade the driver or passenger perches for the third-row seats. But I get the point; no passenger is forgotten.

“The XT6 delivers a compelling blend of spaciousness, safety and convenience features for customers who thrive on doing it all,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It joins the all-new XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment, our global best-selling XT5 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand’s global growth, with a spirit that is uniquely Cadillac.”

It is powered by a 3.6-liter, DOHC, V6, direct-inject engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with four selectable driving modes. The combination generates 310 horsepower, more than enough to slide in and out of traffic without worry. To enhance fuel efficiency, active fuel management technology enables V-4 operation when V-6 power is not required.

For a big boy SUV, the XT6 provides 24-mile-per-gallon fuel economy as rated by the EPA. Yet it can tow trailers and boats without fanfare. My tester included the Platinum package that adds over $13,000 to the bottom line, along with three paragraphs of equipment. I’ll condense.

Personal favorites were the heated leather seats, night vision, adaptive cruise control, navigation, Bose performance sound with 14 speakers, and automatic parking assist, HD surround vision camera, Apple CarPlay and 15-watt wireless charging.

My tester featured Red Horizon Tintcoat enamel and 21-inch wheels. The interior is defined by darker accents and more aggressive, performance-inspired detailing. Standard creature comforts are plentiful, including lumbar support for the driver, an expansive ultra-view sunroof, heated steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, hands-free lift gate and power-folding third row – just to name a few.

Safety features are also plentiful, and will handle all that Northwest winters can muster. In addition to all-wheel drive, features include forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist with departure warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, blind-side alert, adaptive remote start, theft-deterrent alarm system and more.

Base Price: $58,090

Price As Driven: $71,840.

Destination charge is included in base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.

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