2021 Cadillac XT6

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2021 Cadillac XT6 Review: Banking on Brand Loyalty

by Aiden Eksteen

With its authoritative and contemporary exterior design, the 2021 Cadillac XT6 is a genuinely eye-catching SUV. Its performance is far from commanding, however, with either the new 2.0-liter inline-4 engine or the 3.6-liter V6 engine in play. The cabin is also rather underwhelming, albeit commodious; it's just far from competitive with its shoddy build quality and many, easily noticeable low-grade materials. At the 2021 Cadillac XT6 SUV's price, premium 5-door cars such as the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, BMW X5, and Audi Q7 leave it in the dust in terms of value and quality. Nevertheless, the XT6 is a tranquil cruiser that comes well-equipped with up-to-the-minute creature comforts, conveniences, and technology. It's highly customizable, too, and will haul a lot with the right setup. Do the XT6 SUV's benefits outway its downfalls, or is Cadillac missing the ball with this one?

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2021 Cadillac XT6 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Cadillac XT6?

A year into the first generation, there are only a few changes to the lineup. A new Luxury trim is the XT6's new entry point for the 2021 model year, and it comes with the aforementioned four-banger, but other changes are brought to the range, too. Among these is the addition of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, as well as a new wheel design for the top-tier Sport trim. Some new paint options are available, too.

Pros and Cons

  • Commanding exterior impression
  • Most trims deliver a plush ride quality
  • Standard-features list is extensive
  • Decent fuel-economy figures
  • Competitive towing capacity
  • Boring and deficient performance
  • Sport trim is to no extent sporty
  • Luxury trim is not that grand at all
  • Cabin quality is far too low-grade

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2021 Cadillac XT6 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Premium Luxury
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2021 XT6 Exterior

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  • Length 198.5 in
  • Wheelbase 112.7 in
  • Height 69.9 in
  • Max Width 77.3 in
  • Front Width 66.4 in
  • Rear Width 66.2 in
  • Curb Weight 4,362.0 lbs

2021 XT6 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Inline-4 Gas, 3.6L V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

2021 XT6 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.2 in
  • Front Head Room 39.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.1 in

2021 XT6 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 XT6 Safety and Reliability


  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2021 Warranty \ 
  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Cadillac XT6 a good SUV?

At its high starting price of $47,795, there's a lot more the 2021 Cadillac XT6 needs to offer to match up with the far more premium and well-built SUVs in its bracket. The USA may be very patriotic and totally infatuated with crossover SUVs, but even the proudest American cannot deny that European SUVs have more to offer over the homebred Cadillac. The XT6's 4-cylinder lacks power and efficiency and the V6's throttle responses are just too twitchy, plus the 4,000-pound towing capacity the V6 accords is also below average. The most notable drawback, however, is the XT6's low-quality cabin build and impression, which is simply just unacceptable at its price. It's not all bad, though. The XT6 would actually make for a good family runabout with its three spacious rows and multitude of features. The NHTSA's and the IIHS's review of the 2021 Cadillac XT6 also resulted in a near-perfect safety rating, and Cadillac has managed to improve its reliability expectations through the years. That being said, we still feel there are far better SUVs, both local and imported, at the same price.

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