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Auto review: 2020 Cadillac XT6 offers a smaller, cheaper three-row SUV, but not much more

Scott Sturgis, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Automotive News

2020 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury: A smaller three-row Cadillac crossover.

Price: $71,585 as tested. Comfort and Air Quality Package, $750; Driver Assist Package, $1,300; Polished 20-inch wheels, $2,095; Enhanced Visibility and Technology Package, $2,350; much more listed throughout.

Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports likes the "ride, quietness, transmission" but not the "fuel economy, limited seat adjustments, lacks some luxury features and brand reliability."

Marketer's pitch: "The first of its kind XT6 is the full-size SUV you didn't know you were waiting for."

Reality: At least its $52,000 starting price is a $23,000 discount over the entry fee for an Escalade.

What's new: Slotted between the XT5 and Escalade, this new-for-2020, smallish, three-row SUV offers seating for six or seven and looks like a slightly taller CTS wagon, or a tarted-up Ford Freestyle. It's shorter than an SUV but still wide.

 

What's worse: It definitely seems like a new SUV is introduced every week; these days there are more SUVs than Star Wars franchises or Starbucks locations.

That probably explains why I had a hard time finding gearhead publications that tested the XT6. Things just fall through the cracks now. And there aren't many of us left, either. Please buy a newspaper. Please?

Up to speed: The 3.6-liter V-6 engine moves the vehicle around pretty quickly, with 310 horses leading the way. It goes to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds, according to Consumer Reports, which is not bad, but nothing stellar.

On the road: It comes with four modes -- Touring/2wd; AWD; Sport; and Off-Road. I actually like simple all-wheel drive the best. It offered a competent feel, as if the XT6 had no surprises for me.

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