With three rows, the midsize 2022 Cadillac XT6 offers more room than its little brother, the 2022 Cadillac XT5, although the XT5 comes highly recommended. Let’s compare them.
2022 Cadillac XT6
2022 Cadillac XT6 Starting Price: $48,595 | Praise yours or View offers near you
Above average: Choice of engines; optional four-wheel drive; useful third row.
Under average: Undersized engines; no hybrid; resale value.
Conformity: The 3-row 2022 Cadillac XT6 seats six or seven passengers and comes with front-wheel or four-wheel drive. There are two engine options, but they can both use more power.
2022 Cadillac XT5
2022 Cadillac XT5 Starting Price: $43,995 | Praise yours or View offers near you
Above average: Spacious cabin; choice of engines; optional four-wheel drive; modern design.
Under average: Floor cladding does not qualify for many extras; base motor could be stronger.
Conformity: The 2022 Cadillac XT5 luxury crossover, with a size between compact and medium, offers comfort for five people and a choice of engines. The base engine is a bit weak and we recommend opting for a higher trim level.
XT6 vs. XT5: a decision on 2 or 3 rows
Equipped with three rows of seats for seven passengers (or six if you opt for the second-row captain’s seats), the 2022 Cadillac XT6 is a luxury mid-size crossover that competes in a crowded field. This is to say that while there is a lot to like about the XT6, the competition is fierce and there are better choices.
The biggest problem with the XT6 is the choice of engines. The turbocharged four-cylinder is the same that powers the smaller XT4 and XT5, so perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s not a good choice for motivating a large vehicle. It doesn’t get much better with the optional 310 horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Even though he is more powerful, he still pales in comparison to the 400 horses in the base Lincoln Aviator.
In many of these mid-sized SUVs, the third row is pretty pointless to anyone but kids, but not in the 2022 XT6. The legroom in the second row is good, and the legroom in the third row is also decent. With all the seats up, there’s a rather meager 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space, but when folded, there’s an impressive 78.7 cubic feet.
The 2022 Cadillac XT6 is well equipped, including a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, 3-zone automatic climate control, heated and electrically adjustable front seats and an electric tailgate. An 8-inch touchscreen controls the infotainment, including satellite radio, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Wi-Fi, six USB ports and a Bose audio system with 8 speakers.
Safety features come through the Smart System safety suite, which includes collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear intersection warning, front and rear parking sensors and a rear seat reminder.
While not a true mid-sized SUV, the 2022 Cadillac XT5 has plenty of room for five passengers and their cargo. Not only does it offer comfortable, usable space, but the XT5 also has a sleek exterior, a modest grille and a high-quality interior. We also like the sliding rear seat that can be adjusted if needed for more legroom or more cargo space. With no one in the back, the cargo space is an impressive 63 cubic feet.
The base engine in the 2022 XT5 is a turbocharged four-cylinder, and while it’s adequate for getting around, we’d prefer it a little more powerful. We’re more fond of the 310 horsepower 3.6-litre V6, which in the Sport model is also mated to standard four-wheel drive, a sportier suspension and stronger brakes. Base models are front-wheel drive, while the Luxury and Premium Luxury versions can be specified with four-wheel drive for an additional $2,000.
Standard equipment is respectable, with keyless entry and ignition, heated and electrically adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery, two-zone automatic climate control and a power tailgate. Infotainment comes from an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, satellite radio, four USB ports, Wi-Fi and a Bose audio system with 8 speakers. Safety equipment in Cadillac’s Smart System suite includes front collision warning, rear parking aid, a safety warning seat and a following distance indicator.
We recommend switching to the Sport model for fun driving, or at least the Premium Luxury version, which can be equipped not only with the V6, but also with sport suspension, leather upholstery, a rear-view mirror, wireless charging of telephones, a sunroof and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic warning.
base engine; fuel economy; optional upgrade engine; optional four-wheel drive; NHTSA 5 star safety ratings.
2022 Cadillac XT6 Advantages
Up to seven passenger seats; maximum loading space; sharper appearance.
2022 Cadillac XT5 Advantages
seats-up cargo area; more fun to drive; less expensive.
Which one is right for me?
If the 2022 Cadillac XT6 existed in a vacuum with no competitors, we’d be fans, but the engines that power its smaller brothers just aren’t enough to handle a larger SUV.
Using the same base engine, the 2022 Cadillac XT5 is also underpowered, but the optional V6 fits better. If you only need two rows for five passengers, the XT5 is comfortable, roomy and well-equipped, and the top-of-the-line Sport trim is really fun to drive.
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|2022 Cadillac XT6||2022 Cadillac XT5|
|Engine||2.0-litre turbo I4||2.0-litre turbo I4|
|horsepower||237 hp @ 6700 rpm||237 hp @ 5,000 rpm|
|Couple||258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm||258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm|
|Transfer||9-speed automatic||9-speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||24 mpg (21 city/27 highway)||24 mpg (21 city/29 highway)|
|Also available||3.6-liter V6; AWD||3.6-liter V6; AWD|
|Basic warranty||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||6 years/70,000 miles|
|NHTSA General Safety Assessment||5 stars||5 stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||7||5|
|wheelbase||112.7 inch||112.5 inches|
|Total length||198.5 inches||189.6 inches|
|Width||77.3 inches||74.9 inches|
|Height||69.9 inches||66.1 inches|
|turning diameter:||39.1 feet||38.7 feet|
|Headroom, front||39.8 inches||39.7 inches|
|Headroom, rear||39.1 inches||38.4 inches|
|Legroom, front||41.2 inches||41.2 inches|
|Legroom, rear||39.1 inches||39.0 inches|
|Shoulder room, front||58.3 inches||58.3 inches|
|Shoulder room, rear||57.4 inches||56.3 inches|
|EPA passenger volume||149.9 cubic feet||104.5 cubic feet|
|EPA freight volume||12.6/78.7 cubic feet||30.2/63.0 cubic feet|