Trucks & SUVs

How to Pick Between the Cadillac Escalade and the XT6

Some argue that Cadillac is a luxury brand that’s surviving on its name alone, but the carmaker is still holding steady. Cadillac is specifically laser-focused on remaining competitive in the luxury three-row SUV space. One of Cadillac’s old-time favorites in the large luxury SUV market is the Escalade and then there’s the relative newcomer XT6 model. If you have your heart set on getting a big Caddy, here’s what you should consider between these two 2020 models. 

Which one is bigger?

2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum 4WD | GM
2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum 4WD | GM

Both the Escalade and the XT6 are beastly SUVs that can seat up to seven people comfortably. However, the Escalade offers more cargo space. The utility is one of the more practical aspects of the Escalade. So if you want to be able to carry lots of cargo and need to use your third-row seat at the same, you will want this option over the XT6. The XT6 offers a very spacious cabin, but it’s below-average when it comes to available space behind its third-row.

How the two SUVs perform

Cadillac’s truck-based Escalade packs more of a punch compared to the younger XT6 SUV. The Escalade gets its power from a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine that’s linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This V8 engine is smooth and responsive but it can feel a little slow to accelerate at times.

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On the other hand, the sedan-based XT6 is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes a 310-horsepower. All things considered, the XT6 is a smooth ride but critics are pretty divided on its performance offerings. Some think the XT6 has decent power and smoothness while others say it feels too hesitant. Ultimately, you will have to take a ride to see for yourself. 

Interior features

Both the Escalade and the XT6 offer upscale car cabins that come standard with leather upholstery. Even so, the Escalade comes standard with more desirable features such as heated and ventilated front seats and navigation. On the plus side, both SUVs come with modern infotainment systems. Standard infotainment features include an 8-inch touchscreen, a wifi hotspot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Another bonus on the inside of these models is that they come with a long list of advanced safety features.

Safety and reliability 

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The 2020 Escalade hasn’t been fully crash-tested at this point but the XT6 has. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the  XT6 as a Top Safety Pick+  and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave this SUV a five-star crash-test rating. Both the Escalade and the XT6 are decent SUVs overall but both models have low predicted reliability scores based on Consumer Reports data

 The NHTSA has recalled the 2020 Escalade once for a potential issue related to its fuel system. Even though the XT6 has only been around since 2019, CR gave the model a poor reliability score based on other vehicles in Cadillac’s lineup. Deciding between the Escalade and the XT6 comes down to what type of performance experience you want and how much you’re willing to pay for the available luxury features.