Sensible Luxury: The 2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD


2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD front 3/4 view

If I say "Cadillac SUV", you'll probably say "Escalade". But the current-gen Escalade is huge physically, with (in most cases) a six-figure price tag.


So what if you want something a bit more manageable, both physically and fiscally, that still bears the Cadillac crest?


2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD rear 3/4 view

The answer is the Cadillac XT6. A right-sized, plenty-luxe SUV with handsome styling that has a family resemblance to the Escalade.

2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD hood up

2022 Cadillac XT-6 Premium Luxury AWD engine

Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbo four with 237 horsepower in the base Luxury trim or a 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower in Sport or Premium Luxury. Our tester was a Premium Luxury with the six mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. That's good for 0-60 runs of 6.4 seconds. The EPA fuel economy average is 18 city/25 highway.


Best of all, for 2022, the XT6 gets Cadillac's brilliant Super Cruise (previously an Escalade exclusive) as an option. Here's a Cadillac video showing how it works in the Escalade (there's no difference in the XT6):





2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD rear lifgtate open

2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD third row seating


2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD second-row seats

2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD front seats

2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD front seat detail


2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD instrument panel

Starting price for the 2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD is $54,995. Standard at that price, 20=inch alloy wheels, adaptive remote start, tri-zone climate control a driver memory package, Ultraview sunroof, leather seating surfaces and more.

2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD center stack

Our tester also had $16,600 in extra-cost options---$5,000 for the Platinum Package, $2,500 or Super Cruise, $2,350 for a technology package, $2,000 for Night Vision, $1,300 for the Driver Assist Package including adaptive cruise control, $1,000 for the Cadillac User Experience with navigation and a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series audio system, $800 for third-row seating, another $800 for a premium headlamp system with illuminated door handles, $750 for a comfort and air quality package including an ionizer and ventilated front seats, and $150 for a security cargo shade. $50 was deducted because the car was shipped without rear heated seats (chip shortage). The window sticker notes that the car will be retrofitted later.

With $1,195 destination charge, the as-tested price of the 2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD was $72,790.


2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD front view

2022 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD side view

My only knock on Cadillacs other than the Escalade has been that it takes an awful lot of extra-cost options to make them feel like a Cadillac---something several magnitudes more special than a Chevrolet or Buick. And yes, in this case, it took $16,600 worth. But---if you look at the bottom line, $72,790 is not unreasonable for a luxury SUV in this size class. The XT6 Premium Luxury is a nice piece.

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