If you want a safe SUV, the XT6 is right for you.
Ever since the 2020 Cadillac XT6 was revealed, it has not stacked up favorably against key rivals like the 2020 Lincoln Aviator. With 310 horsepower coming from a 3.6-liter V6, the XT6 is down 90 hp compared to the Aviator despite costing more in base form ($53,690). But even with less power, the XT6's fuel economy ratings of 18/25/20 mpg city/highway/combined (with front-wheel-drive) aren't as high as the Aviator's 18/26/21 mpg (with rear-wheel-drive) ratings.
Cadillac has been searching for a win for the XT6 and after being crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it may have finally found one. The mid-size luxury SUV earned the IIHS' second-highest rating of Top Safety Pick and it was close to earning the highest rating.
To earn a Top Safety Pick rating, "a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also needs an advanced or superior rating for vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention and a good or acceptable headlight rating."
The IIHS notes that this rating only applies to XT6 models built after October 2019, when the curtain airbags were altered to provide better occupant protection. This change helped the XT6 earn a good rating in the Institute's newest crash test, the passenger-side small overlap crash test.
Cadillac should be happy with the Top Safety Pick rating despite coming just short of the Top Safety Pick+ award. The XT6 is available with two different headlight systems, both of which earn an 'acceptable' rating. The IIHS says if either of these two lighting systems has scored a good headlight rating, the XT6 would have been a Top Safety Pick+. This is far from the first time we've seen a new model miss out on the Top Safety Pick+ award because of its headlights and it continues to be an issue with new cars in the United States.