2023 Cadillac XT6 Review: Super Cruising Into the Spotlight - CNET

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Of each the premium luxury SUVs you tin bargain today, the Cadillac XT6 is decidedly 1 of them. It's not the best, but you could surely bash worse. For 2023, however, Caddy has a peculiarly compelling instrumentality up its sleeve that makes the XT6 a much compelling enactment successful this highly competitory class: the summation of Super Cruise hands-free road assist.

Visually, the XT6 hasn't changed overmuch since I past recovered myself down the instrumentality of the 2020 model. The SUV is arsenic handsome arsenic ever with the automaker's angular aesthetic and hallmark vertical LED airy signatures astatine either end. Updates for the 2023 exemplary twelvemonth see caller Latte and Rosewood metallic overgarment colors, optional 21-inch wheels for the much agile Sport trim level and modular Brembo brakes with reddish calipers for that aforesaid spec. This Premium Luxury exemplary showcases precisely nary of those changes, but is noteworthy arsenic the saccharine spot successful the XT6 lineup.

3.6-liter V6 engine

The entry-level XT6 Luxury is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. Its 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque are adequate, but I'd urge bypassing this trim wholly successful favour of the Premium Luxury exemplary with its torquier V6 engine, arsenic it feels similar a amended lucifer for this 198.8-inch long, three-row SUV.

Cadillac's 3.6-liter LGX V6 -- shared with different GM SUVs, including the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Blazer -- makes 310 hp successful this exertion arsenic good arsenic 271 lb.-ft. of torque. It's a coagulated performer with bully passing powerfulness and smooth, quiescent cognition astir municipality and connected the highway. There's thing to constitute location about, but the V6 besides doesn't gully attraction to itself, which is good for a comfort-focused SUV specified arsenic this. 

Both engines are offered with a modular nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, but tin beryllium had with optional on-demand all-wheel thrust for Luxury and Premium Luxury trims, oregon torque-vectoring Sport Control AWD for the Sport model. A thrust mode selector allows the XT6's show to beryllium tuned for antithetic conditions, including Sport, Snow/Ice or, for AWD models, Off-Road mode, but I don't deliberation astir drivers volition ever request to power retired of the default Touring setting.

The V6 receives an EPA estimation of 21 mpg combined connected regular gas, breaking retired to 19 mpg metropolis and 26 mpg road for front-wheel thrust oregon 18 mpg metropolis and 25 mpg road for all-wheel drive. The much businesslike four-cylinder is estimated astatine 23 mpg combined -- 21 metropolis and 27 highway, 21 metropolis and 26 road for FWD oregon AWD, respectively -- but sips much costly premium fuel. That means the I4 is much costly to run annually than the V6, according to the EPA's outgo calculation tools.

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The XT6 comes modular with 18-inch wheels. Premium Luxury (pictured) upsizes to 20s with up to 21-inch rims available.

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Cadillac Super Cruise

The 2023 XT6 is present disposable with Cadillac's astir precocious driver-assistance exertion -- but with a catch. The caller $2,500 Super Cruise strategy is inactive lone the archetypal procreation of the hands-free road steering assistance and not the latest Super Cruise 2.0 tech susceptible of automatic lane changes oregon hands-free towing, arsenic seen connected the new Escalade and Chevy Silverado. That means that the XT6 besides won't get the precocious announced update for usage connected undivided highways.

That's a spot of a bummer, but Super Cruise 1.0 is inactive a precise awesome portion of technology. On the implicit 200,000 miles of North American highways laser-scanned by GM, Super Cruise tin beryllium activated to supply automated steering, braking and acceleration to a preset speed, keeping the SUV centered successful its lane portion the operator relaxes hands-free. The Level 2 driver-aid tech requires the driver's attraction to operate, truthful an infrared camera connected the steering file makes definite their eyes enactment connected the road. Look distant for excessively agelong and the XT6 volition inquire you to wage attraction -- archetypal by flashing reddish lights connected the steering wheel, past with audible alerts -- earlier yet handing power backmost to the quality successful the blistery seat.

Super Cruise works arsenic good present arsenic it did erstwhile it debuted backmost in 2018 connected the CT6 sedan, rounding bendy road segments confidently and reacting predictably to changes successful traffic. However, the larger XT6 feels similar it crowds the near borderline of the lane, which makes it hard to get genuinely comfy successful the dense postulation situations wherever the tech would beryllium astir useful. Admittedly, the lanes astir my cervix of the woods are a interaction narrow, but I'd emotion it if a aboriginal mentation of Super Cruise allowed maine to tweak oregon trim lane-keeping margins connected either side.

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Color-coded steering instrumentality lights bespeak Super Cruise's state: Green for hands-free, bluish for manual power and reddish means drawback the instrumentality immediately.

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A stacked driver-aid suite

Before adjacent getting to Super Cruise, the 2023 XT6 boasts a modern suite of driver-assistance technologies, though galore of the champion features are bundled into packages astatine further cost. The SUV comes modular with forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection and a pursuing region indicator that helps forestall unintentional tailgating. 

Stepping up to the $1,300 Driver Assist bundle adds much robust guardant automatic exigency braking, reverse braking assistance and automatic spot loop tightening. Upgrade again to the $2,350 Technology bundle to adhd a surround-view camera strategy with onboard integer video recording, rear pedestrian detection, automated parking assistance and a rear camera mirror.

Cadillac User Experience

That Technology bundle besides swaps successful an 8-inch integer instrumentality clump and adds onboard navigation to the modular 8-inch touchscreen Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment. CUE is fundamentally a reskin of the fantabulous GM Infotainment 3 bundle with a smartphone-like icon-based interface that has an easy, intuitive learning curve. The strategy makes usage of OnStar LTE Services for features similar connected destination search, integration with onboard apps similar Spotify oregon Amazon Alexa, and idiosyncratic illustration syncing betwixt vehicles, and which works champion erstwhile the information subscription is maintained beyond the archetypal proceedings period.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are modular with wireless connectivity for drivers who similar to watercourse their apps from a smartphone and a snug wireless telephone charger integrated into the halfway console keeps the handset charged connected the road.

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

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An absorbing choice

The 2023 Cadillac XT6 starts astatine $48,790 for the basal front-drive Luxury spec, including the $1,195 destination charge. I'd urge starting astatine the Premium Luxury trim level with its amended V6 motor and optional Super Cruise, starting astatine $54,190 oregon $56,190 with all-wheel drive. 

My illustration has astir each enactment listed supra and a $5,000 Platinum bundle upgrade that adds, among different carnal comforts, premium leather and an adaptive suspension. (Mine besides includes a $50 recognition to compensate for the deficiency of heated rear seats owed to supply-chain shortages with a proviso for a retrofit erstwhile parts banal returns to mean levels.) The bottommost line, arsenic tested, sits astatine $72,790.

The XT6 is simply a quiescent and comfy cruiser with a coagulated suite of modular compartment tech and optional operator assistance options. But overall, it feels similar a middle-of-the-pack subordinate erstwhile stacked against the formidable contention successful this terms range, including the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Acura MDX -- immoderate of which would present a amended wide driving experience. That said, the summation of Super Cruise this twelvemonth shakes things up significantly. Even without the latest and top procreation of the tech, the Caddy is present the lone conveyance successful its people that tin spell hands-free astatine precocious speed. That makes the 2023 Cadillac XT6 astatine slightest 1 of the astir absorbing vehicles successful this class.

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See afloat specs Engine 4 Cylinder Engine, TurbochargedDrivetrain Front Wheel DriveMPG 23 MPGPassenger Capacity 7Body Type SUVs

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