2022 Cadillac XT6 Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons.
The 2022 Cadillac XT6 is a mid-size luxury SUV. It sits between the smaller XT5 SUV and the larger Escalade among Cadillac's ever-growing lineup of SUVs. It offers three full rows of seats to accommodate up to seven people. The XT6 has plenty of cargo space as well, with a maximum cargo volume of 78.7 cubic-feet when the rear seats are folded down.
The XT6 has plenty of power and great handling too. This is a true luxury vehicle in every sense of the term. The ride quality is smooth and comfortable. The interior stays nice and quiet thanks to Cadillac's effective sound-proofing. The interior is upscale, comfortable and packed with convenience features.
Cadillac offers one of the nicest infotainment systems on the current market. The sound quality is great, and the system is easy to use. There's a lot of standard safety features and modern driver-assist technology here too. The Cadillac XT6 will be available in three different trim levels for 2022.
Here is an overview of each of the three trim levels for the XT6. All three models will be compared to demonstrate their unique features and various differences. Which model to choose will also be covered in detail.
Compare the Luxury vs Premium Luxury Trims. What is the difference?
The base trim level for the 2022 Cadillac XT6 is called the Luxury model. Cadillac didn't want anyone to think of this trim as a budget buy, and they're right. This is still solidly in the luxury category. The next level up is called the Premium Luxury. Both models seat seven and have room for 78.7 cubic-feet of cargo.
Both of these versions of the XT6 come in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive variations. All-wheel drive models have a Driving Mode Select feature. The base-model Luxury trim is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-sylinder. This motor can make 237 horsepower with 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine also has Start/Stop Technology for better efficiency.
The 2.0-liter engine gets a 9-speed automatic transmission. This transmission system is electronically controlled and offers overdrive and gear-range select. It provides smooth and effortless shifting. This engine has a 19-gallon fuel-tank capacity. It should get around 21 miles-per-gallon in the city and 27 miles-per-gallon on the highway.
The Start/Stop feature on this model can be disabled if the driver so desires. Some of the other notable mechanical features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Electric Power Steering and an electric parking brake. Electronic Traction Control makes for a better driving experience on slippery roads. The Automatic Emergency Braking works with sensors and camera technology. It provides additional braking power that can prevent or mitigate collisions.
On the outside of the Luxury trim level there's a set of 18-inch multi-spoke aluminum wheels. These are painted with a Bright Silver finish and paired with a set of all-season tires. Cadillac includes a full-sized spare, but it's not the same as the regular wheel and tire. It's a, 18-inch steel model with a compact tire. The stock wheels can be swapped out for a 20-inch set in a variety of different designs and color schemes.
The Luxury trim gets automatic headlights. The headlights and taillights are all high-end LED models. LED daytime-running lights are included here. Also included is IntelliBeam auto high-beam lights that kick on automatically when needed. A power liftgate makes it easy to get cargo in and out of the Luxury model of the XT6.
The Luxury trim also gets a rear spoiler and an UltraView power sunroof. The glass can be quickly opened with the push of a button. A power sunshade cuts back on light and keeps things cooler on sunny days. A rear intermittent wiper provides for a clear view of what's behind the XT6.
On the inside of the Luxury trim, one can find 6-way power seat adjusters up front. These front seats are also heated for those cold winter days. There's a color Driver-Information Center, power locks and power windows. A Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System will keep everyone comfortable in all three rows, no matter what the weather is like outside.
Remote Start, a rear window defogger and a Universal Home Remote are standard on all three trim levels. This trim level features a memory system that saves settings for two drivers. The upholstery is leatherette while the steering wheel comes wrapped in genuine leather. The Luxury model also gets Keyless Open, Cruise Control and a dual-note horn.
The Luxury gets a premium sound system by Bose with a total of eight speakers. The infotainment system can be controlled via the 8-inch color multi-touch screen, through some controls on the steering wheel or through Voice-Command Technology. This even allows for hands-free calls to be made with compatible smartphones. The system is compatible with both of the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps.
There are a total of 8 USB ports for connecting and charging devices through the infotainment system. It also works with the GM Teen Driver safety technology. This is a system that monitors young, secondary drivers of the vehicle and gives the owner a report so they can monitor and mentor new drivers. It also allows for settings to be fixed to a key FOB so good driving habits can be encouraged.
The stereo is compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio and Cadillac even throws in a free 6-month trial for new buyers. When it comes to safety features, all models get seven standard airbags. There are front bags for the driver and passenger with an additional airbag for the driver's knees. There are also seat-mounted side-impact airbags up front. Last of all, there are head curtain airbags that cover all three seat rows.
The base trim level gets driver-assist tech such as Front-Collision Detection, Front Pedestrian Braking and a Following-Distance Indicator. All models of the XT6 get an HD rear-view camera and Intelligent Brake Assist. The Luxury model gets Lane-Keep Assist with Lane-Departure Warning to make sure the driver stays safely in their own lane. There's also a Lane-Change Alert with Side Blind-Zone Alert to increase the driver's awareness of their surroundings.
Every trim level of the XT6 gets a Tire-Pressure Monitor to make sure those tires aren't underinflated or overinflated. A Passenger Sensing System detects whether or not there's a front passenger. It can then disable or enable the front-passenger airbags as needed. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert increases driver awareness even further. Cadillac also throws in a road-emergency tool kit to help patch tires if needed.
Moving up to the Premium Luxury trim comes with some major performance upgrades. This trim gets a new engine. It now comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. It once again gets Start/Stop Technology and a 9-speed automatic transmission. It comes in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variations just like the base trim level.
The more powerful V6 engine takes a slight hit when it comes to fuel efficiency, but not significantly so. It also has a bigger 22-gallon gas tank to make up for the difference. A 2022 Cadillac XT6 equipped with a V6 should see around 18 miles-per-gallon in the city and 25 miles-per-gallon on the highway. The Premium Luxury trim also gets some new options such as a performance suspension system, a heavy-duty cooling system and Hitch Guidance with Hitch View.
For the exterior, the Premium Luxury model gets a new set of 20-inch 6-Split Spoke alloy wheels with a polished finish. There's an Advanced Security System with locking wheel lugs, a locking steering column door-lock shields, sensors and an alarm. A hands-free power liftgate makes loading up the cargo hold easy even when one's hands are full. Cadillac also gives buyers more choices in general for colors, wheels, trim and grille design with this trim level.
The Premium Luxury now has rain-sensing windshield wipers. On the inside, this trim level gets 2-way power adjustable lumbar support added on to the front seats. The steering wheel now comes heated to match those heated front seats. The upholstery gets upgraded here to real leather with perforated inserts. The steering column is now power adjustable.
Wireless phone charging is added on for this trim level. The audio and infotainment systems remain the same. Once again, Cadillac provides addition options for the interior of the Premium Luxury that are not available for the plain old Luxury models. Night Vision can be added on for perfect viewing in the dark. The camera can be upgraded to surround vision and there are more options for the interior color scheme.
When it comes to safety features and driver-assist features, both trim levels come exactly the same. The Premium Luxury yet again gets additional options here. There's an available Surround-Vision Recorder. This is a great feature to have in order to identify would-be thieves or to prove your case in traffic court. Automatic Parking Assist with Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control are available as well.
All of the features listed for the Luxury model are included for the Premium Luxury model except for where upgrades have been made. Then a few nice, new perks get added on. Cadillac also offers more optional stuff to customize the Premium Luxury with. The main difference, however, is in the upgraded, more-powerful engine.
Compare the Premium Luxury vs Sport Trims. What is the difference?
After the Luxury and Premium Luxury models, there's the Sport model. This is the third and final trim level of the 2022 Cadillac XT6. It comes with the same 3.6-liter V6 engine as the Premium Luxury model. True to its name, it also gets a few more performance-enhancing features. While the horsepower, torque and fuel-economy specs are all the same, the Sport model offers improved steering and handling.
The Sport trim is the only model of the XT6 that's only available in all-wheel drive. This is a bit different from the all-wheel drive system that's available for the first two trim levels. This is a Sport Control AWD with dual, independently controlled clutches. This model also comes equipped with a set of Brembo performance brakes up front.
The suspension system gets some improvements for the Sport trim level. There's now a chassis with real-time damping. Damping forces are adjusted every two milliseconds with this setup. The upgraded suspension system adjusts seamlessly to the road conditions. The Sport model gets new sporty wheels too. These are a set of sharp 12-Spoke Diamond Cut alloy wheels with a Dark Android Satin finish inside of the pockets.
A heavy-duty cooling system dissipates heat faster and more efficiently for the Sport trim level. On the outside, there are some glossy black roof rails for more storage options. The interior features, seating, audio and infotainment system all remain the same. The Sport trim also gets most of the same options that were offered on the Premium Luxury for both exterior and interior features.
There are no differences between the Premium Luxury and Sport trims when it comes to safety features. They share the same driver-assist features as well. Just like before, the options for safety equipment offered to Premium Luxury buyers are offered to Sport buyers as well. The main difference between these two versions of the Cadillac XT6 is in the extra performance upgrades for the Sport model.
Which Trim to Choose?
All three of these trim levels are great vehicles. The 2022 Cadillac XT6 is simply a great vehicle for anyone looking for a mid-size SUV with three rows of seats. For most buyers, the best trim level will be the Premium Luxury model. This SUV comes with the more powerful V6 engine and a host of nice additional convenience and safety features.
The improved handling of the Sport models is nice, but most drivers will be able to live without them. This is, after all, an SUV and not a sports coupe. The Premium Luxury truly handles well enough as is, and it strikes a great balance between cost and features. It's also highly customizable with plenty of optional features, exterior colors and interior-color choices.
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