If you’re looking for Caddy swagger, look no further than the 2022 Cadillac XT6

Price: The 2022 Cadillac XT6 starts at $48,595.

The 2022 Cadillac XT6 is a three-row, seven-seat luxury midsize crossover with plenty of room for occupants. What the XT6 is not is an unsung gem whose talents have been unfairly overshadowed by the big guns of Europe and Asia.

This is Cadillac’s competitor in a class of great vehicles. What keeps the XT6 from making a bigger impression is the lack of anything truly special beyond exterior styling and a roomy third row of seats. Yes, it’s cheaper than a German rival. But other alternatives at this level are just as attractive – in some ways more so, such as trade-in values.

How old is this generation XT6? Not old at all. Still in its first generation, the XT6 debuted for the 2020 model year. It is built in Tennessee along with the XT5. Does XT mean anything? Crossover Touring. We think it’s called 6 because it’s bigger than the XT5.

The Cadillac XT6

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Cadillac XT6 Prices 2022

The 2022 XT6 range starts with the front-wheel drive Luxury version. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $48,595, plus a destination fee.

We recommend spending another $4,400 for Premium Luxury trim, not just for the V6 engine, but also for the extra equipment and the ability to select more options. Adding all-wheel drive to any of these versions will cost another $2,000.

The all-wheel drive Sport model tops the lineup for $58,295. It’s easy enough to bring that closer to $70K with a ton of options.

The competition is brutal and plentiful. The Lincoln Aviator starts at $51,000, the Volvo XC90 and Genesis GV80 are around $50,000, and the new-for-2022 Acura MDX is closer to $47,000. The 3-row Lexus RX-L costs about the same as the XT6. And we’re looking at just under $60,000 for the Audi Q7, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

Before you buy, check the actual purchase price from KBB.com to see what others in your area paid for their new XT6. Lexus tops the resale value charts; the XT6 performs averagely.

Driving the 2022 Cadillac XT6

The same 237bhp turbocharged four-cylinder engine that powers the base XT6 is also in the compact XT5 and is one of the least muscular in the class. So it’s borderline unsuitable for a new 3-row luxury mid-sized crossover. Not that the 310 hp V6 in the top two trims is impressive, but it’s the better choice.

The Sport trim gets the most out of its engine by adding adaptive suspension as standard, faster steering and a torque vectoring function in its all-wheel drive system. What happens is that the outside wheel goes through a turn faster than its inside counterpart, adding to the sensations of agility and stability.

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they are good enough for the 2022 XT6 Sport.

The Cadillac XT6

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Interior comfort

In standard form, the 2022 XT6 seats seven people. Optional second-row captain’s seats cut that down to six. Third-row legroom at 29.5 inches is pretty good for the class. And those in the second row can still enjoy a generous 39.1 inches.

Cadillac has prioritized passenger space over luggage space. Behind the third row is a relatively small 12.6 cubic feet. However, with all seats in the back, two rows folded, the XT6’s 78.7 cubic feet is still impressive.

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It’s functional, quiet and a little fancy, but ultimately the 2022 XT6’s cabin isn’t particularly special.

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Exterior styling

Finally some Caddy swagger makes it to the 2022 XT6. The front features a corporate shield-shaped grille flanked by thin LED headlights and unusual vertically positioned daytime running lights. Lighting also adds some drama to the rear, enhanced by dual exhaust outlets on models with the V-6 engine.

Roof rails are standard; those on the Sport have a black finish. Cadillac offers some exterior cosmetic bundles. The Radiant package brings a gloss chrome finish to the grille and 20-inch alloy wheels. Onyx goes the other way with glossy black elements.

New paint choices this year are Latte Metallic and Rosewood Metallic.

Favorite features

Reversing camera mirror
This option (in the top two trims) has the appearance of a regular rear-view mirror, but with the flip of a switch shows input from a rear-facing camera (which has its own washer). Drivers are assured of a clean, clear view to the rear – without the view being obscured by rear pillars, rear passengers or overcrowded cargo areas.

Night vision
Another perk in the top finishes, this feature uses infrared technology to detect large animals and people that may be nearby at night but out of the range of the headlights.

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Standard features

In the Base Luxury trim, the 2022 XT6 comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with auto high beam, sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, remote start, 3-zone automatic climate control, heated/power front seats with driver’s seat – memory settings on the side, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and an electrically operated tailgate.

The infotainment system has an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, wireless Apple AAPL,
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CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, Wi-Fi, two USB-A ports, four USB-C ports, natural speech recognition and a Bose 8-speaker audio system.

In terms of protection, the 2022 Cadillac XT6 comes standard with the Smart System suite of safety features, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and Safety Alert Seat that vibrates when potential hazards approach on either side.

Smart System also includes blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front/rear parking sensors, Teen Driver (which allows parents to set various parameters, such as maximum stereo volume, for novice drivers, and a rear seat reminder that reminds the driver if there is a child (or a pet) has been left in the back seat of this large Cadillac SUV.

Factory options

Premium Luxury adds the V-6 engine, 20-inch alloy wheels, heated/power-adjustable steering wheel, wireless phone charging, rain-sensing wipers, alarm, and hands-free liftgate operation. It also qualifies for the Sport version’s adaptive suspension.

This year the Sport trim gets Brembo brakes with red-painted calipers to complement the already standard adaptive sport suspension and all-wheel drive.

Luxury trim is offered with all-wheel drive, 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels and a choice of exterior packages. But most of the desirable extras are reserved for the top two finishes.

These include second row captain’s seats, adaptive cruise control, heated/ventilated front seats, heated outer rear seats, 14-speaker Bose audio, 8-inch digital driver display, 360-degree camera system, self-parking function, reversing mirror, night vision and semi-aniline leather upholstery .

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Engine and transmission

The base engine powering the 2022 XT6 in Luxury trim is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 237 horsepower on premium gasoline. A 9-speed automatic transmission sends that to the front wheels (FWD) as standard, or to an optional all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

Premium Luxury and Sport trims both have a 310 hp 3.6-liter V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, and the Sport trim has four-wheel drive as standard.

Both engines have a stop/restart function to save fuel when idling. The towing capacity of the 4-cylinder engine is only 1,000 pounds. Versions with the V6 are rated at 4,000 pounds.

2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4 (luxury)
237 hp at 5,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque at 1,500-4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 21/27 mpg (FWD), 21/26 mpg (AWD)

3.6-liter V6 (Premium Luxury, Sport)
310 hp at 6,600 rpm
271 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 19/26 mpg (FWD), 18/25 mpg (AWD)

This story originally continued KBB.com.

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