2022 Cadillac XT6 does not make a strong impression

The Cadillac XT6 has a problem: it’s a lackluster crossover SUV in a killer premium segment with the lounge-like Lincoln Aviator and the gorgeous Volvo XC90.

Despite being a milquetoast option, the three-row SUV still has some surprising details that somewhat redeem it for family duties, though certainly not at $70,965.

With a TCC score of 6.8 out of 10, the 2022 Cadillac XT6 appeals with convenient seats, good smartphone integration and good use of mixed materials. But the transmission isn’t always happy, it gets too expensive and it lacks some swagger.

This is what I experienced during a week with the 2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD.

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

Hit: Surprise and Treats (The Kids)

My children aged 5 and 8 love their independence. They want to do everything themselves, including buckled up in the car. Unlike the 2022 Chevrolet Suburban, which has seat buckles that fall down and frustrate small children, the XT6 has a nice little elastic band that holds the available belt clip from the captain’s seats in the second row, making it much easier for young people to put themselves on their feet. to fasten .

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

Miss: The Chills

Every 2022 XT6 has a 9-speed automatic transmission, whether there’s a turbo-4 or V-6 under the hood. My V-6 powered XT6 Premium Luxury AWD tester only had 700 miles on it. Still, he didn’t walk like he was new. Squads 1-2 and 2-3 had a distinct and recurring shudder, as if the XT6 was moaning and asking why it had to drag the kids around town before accepting its fate. The 8-speed gears in the Audi Q7 or BMW X5 are smoother.

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

Hit: smart integrated smartphone technology

In far too many vehicles, Apple CarPlay feels and behaves like an afterthought. That is not the case with the XT6. CarPlay connects wirelessly, but can be connected via a USB cable. A wireless charging station is integrated in a cubicle just in front of the center armrest. Cadillac’s integrated Apple CarPlay in some of the hard buttons. The phone button on the center console opens the phone screen in Apple CarPlay, so you never get out of the Apple interface. But the same functionality has unfortunately not been extended to the navigation and music buttons, which is a stupid mistake.

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

Miss: Ridiculously expensive

The 2022 XT6 costs $50,415 in base form, but my loaded tester had a $70,965 window decal. The $14,775 in options ranged from the $2,350 Technology Package with a head-up display to $2,000 for night vision, pushing the XT6 deep into luxury territory. For that money you can buy a very well equipped Volvo XC90 or Lincoln Aviator, both of which have more cachet and a more luxurious interior than the XT6.

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

Hit: Nice materials

The interior of the XT6 has a surprisingly beautiful mix of high-quality materials. My tester’s $5,000 Platinum package added semi-aniline leather, French stitching, and a suede headlining to go along with the real wood and metal trim in the cabin. It was all nice to the touch and pleasing to the eye.

2022 Cadillac XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6

Miss: Needs more swagger

I previously documented what the XT6 was supposed to be. And while it is what it is, that doesn’t excuse the fact that it could and should be better. The front looks good, but its proportions make it sound like an expensive, polished Chevy Traverse. A Kia Telluride has more swagger for a lot less money. That is a problem.

The 2022 Cadillac XT6 embodies what Cadillac is today, and hopefully not what it is tomorrow. The Escalade does up the luxury game, while the CT4 and CT5 sedans get premium bones, but the XT6 is like the XT5 and XT4 siblings in their combined inability to make a strong impression.

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2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD

Base price: $50,415, including $1,195 destination
Price as tested: $70,965
Drivetrain: 310 hp 3.6-litre V-6, 9-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
EPA fuel economy: 18/25/21mpg
The hits: Handy detail for young children, good smartphone integration, beautiful materials
The misses: Overpriced if optional, transmission can shudder, looks shabby

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