Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

By Jonathan Spira on 23 February 2021
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2021 Cadillac XT6

The Cadillac XT6 is the largest vehicle in the automaker’s XT series, which offers three crossovers that include the smaller XT5 and XT4.   The only vehicle Cadillac offers that is larger than the XT6 is the Escalade.

Introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the seven-seater went on sale as a 2020 model later that year.  It is the third of three vehicles announced by Cadillac in the Crossover Touring, or XT, series, and there are persistent rumors about a possible fourth SUV, an XT3 that would be the smallest in the lineup, although Cadillac has made no such announcement.

Confused by the nomenclature? Don’t be.  Cadillac has moved to simplify vehicle names in recent years and, while the current names don’t necessarily have the panache of an Eldorado or Fleetwood Brougham, they are quite logical.  The names of all sedans, coupes, and wagons begin with CT, which stands for Cadillac Touring, followed by a number that designates its order in the lineup, while the names of all crossovers and SUVs with the exception of the Escalade begin with XT, which stands for crossover touring, plus a number designating its place in the pecking order.

Built in Spring Hill, Tennessee, the XT6 is also manufactured in Shanghai for the Chinese and Russian markets, where the vehicle is quite popular.

A rather well equipped Crystal White Tricoat XT6 arrived shortly before the holiday season, standing out with its tapered edges and hard lines that have come to define the automaker’s Art and Science design philosophy, introduced in 1999 when its bold clean, sharp corners and creases were practically scandalous in an era of more curvaceous designs


Open the door of the XT6 and it’s clear that the design philosophy carries through with a clean and elegant look. Even upon entering the vehicle for the first time, a driver will have no problem finding the requisite buttons for driving.  There is no button overload here.

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