2023 Cadillac XT6 Performance

Cadillac XT6 Performance Rating

2023 XT6 Performance

The 3.6-liter V6 is the engine you want for any decent performance. This motor produces 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque, but that will only help you achieve 0 to 60 mph in around seven seconds. Sure, acceleration isn't all that important in this segment, but towing capacity is. The XT6 will allow you to tow as much as 4,000 lbs, but with German rivals easily pulling well over 7,000 lbs, that is poor. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo produces 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This smaller engine does fine in smaller vehicles, but here it's out of its depth. Unsurprisingly, no sprint time is listed for this configuration, but we'd expect the little engine to propel the XT6 to 60 mph in under nine seconds. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive optional on all trims except the Sport, where AWD is the only option.

2023 XT6 Performance Photos

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2023 Cadillac XT6 Rear Angle View
2023 Cadillac XT6 Instrument Cluster
2023 Cadillac XT6 Engine

Engine and Transmission

The base engine for the 2023 Cadillac XT6 is a 2.0-liter four-banger with 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. In other Cadillac products, the engine is well-suited for daily driving, but here, it just feels like an asthmatic smoker with emphysema is pretending to be Fred Flinstone under the hood. The 3.6-liter V6 with its 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque is better, but the twitchy throttle remains in place, so be wary when pulling away in traffic. Both engines come with a smooth and silky nine-speed auto that is one of the best in the segment and does a great job of hiding the imperfections of the lesser motor most of the time, although it can occasionally suffer from indecisiveness. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter which engine you choose, German rivals are far more powerful and more refined too, so just be careful before you commit to something that costs as much as a BMW but drives like it's missing a cylinder.

2023 Cadillac XT6 Performance Specs:

Cadillac XT6 TrimsCadillac XT6 EnginesCadillac XT6 HorsepowerCadillac XT6 TransmissionsCadillac XT6 DrivetrainsCadillac XT6 MPG/MPGE
Luxury2.0L Inline-4 Gas235 hp @ 5000 rpm9-Speed AutomaticAWD
23 MPG
Premium Luxury3.6L V6 Gas310 hp @ 6600 rpm9-Speed AutomaticAWD
21 MPG
Sport3.6L V6 Gas310 hp @ 6600 rpm9-Speed AutomaticAWD21 MPG

2023 XT6 Gas Mileage

The EPA reports official economy figures for the FWD 2.0-liter variants of 21/27/23 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles while the AWD returns 21/26/23 mpg on the same cycles. With FWD, the V6 will return official estimates of 19/26/21 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, while AWD will see the city and highway figures drop by one point each with the combined figure remaining at 21 mpg. Equipped with a 22-gallon gas tank, mixed driving should return an average gas mileage range of around 462 miles while the turbo models should return 506 miles with AWD and 437 miles with FWD, thanks to a 19-gallon gas tank. This is middling and reasonable for the sector, as the Q7 and GV80 are slightly thirstier.

2023 Cadillac XT6 Fuel Capacity

Cadillac XT6 TrimsLuxuryPremium LuxurySport
Cadillac XT6 Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)21/2618/2518/25

2023 Cadillac XT6 Trailering

Cadillac XT6 TrimsLuxuryPremium LuxurySport
Cadillac XT6 Maximum Trailering Capacity1,000 lbs.4,000 lbs.4,000 lbs.
Engine2.0L Inline-4 Gas3.6L V6 Gas3.6L V6 Gas
Transmission9-Speed Automatic9-Speed Automatic9-Speed Automatic
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