The 2020 Cadillac XT6 has received the coveted Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Cadillac XT6, which has been on sale since last summer, initially missed out on the Top Safety Pick+ designation. GM then went back to the drawing board to improve passenger protection in certain crash tests and redesign the vehicle’s side curtain airbags – changes that qualified the 2020 model year of the crossover as a Top Safety Pick+. Only XT6 models built after October 2019 will be a Top Safety Pick+ though.
Taking some time to improve the XT6’s safety was a wise move for GM. The Top Safety Pick+distiction is widely considered to be the gold standard of safety ratings and seeing as the XT6 is a three-row family vehicle, prospective buyers may want to know if the vehicle qualifies for it. The XT6 is now in a rather exclusive club of luxury SUVs that are a Top Safety Pick+, as well, joining the Mercedes-Benz GLE, Lexus NX and Hyundai Nexo, the latter of which the IIHS classifies as a luxury model, oddly.
To recap, the Cadillac XT6 received the highest-possible IIHS rating of Good in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint crash tests. It also received a Good rating in the Institute’s passenger side small overlap front test, which is the IIHS’ newest test.
The organization was impressed by the luxury crossover’s standard front crash prevention system as well, giving it the highest possible rating of Superior, while the optional Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking system, part of the optional Driver Assist Package, also received a rating of Superior. The Driver Assist Package is a $1,300 option on the crossover.
IIHS has also made some changes to the Top Safety Pick+ criteria for 2020 and will place more emphasis on pedestrian collision avoidance technology going forward, so if GM wants to continue to receive the award, it will want to keep improving its active pedestrian safety tech.
“Rewarding technology that protects people outside the vehicle is new territory for the Top Safety Pick awards, but we believe vehicle manufacturers have an important role to play in protecting vulnerable road users,” IIHS president David Harkey said in a statement.
You can read the IIHS’ evaluation of the 2020 Cadillac XT6 in full at this link. The institute’s complete announcement video for the 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award winners is also embedded below if you’re curious what other companies are excelling with regard to safety.