The Cadillac XT6 has received a 2022 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
This marks the third year in a row the Cadillac XT6 has been deemed a Top Safety Pick+, with the mid-size three-row crossover also receiving this coveted industry distinction for the 2020 and 2021 model years. The Cadillac XT6 initially missed out on this award when it was first introduced for the 2020 model year, forcing GM to go back to the drawing board to improve passenger protection and redesign the vehicle’s side curtain airbags. It was then awarded the Top Safety Pick+ distinction for later in the 2020 model year before again receiving it in 2021 and now 2022 as well.
The 2022 Cadillac XT6 received a best-possible rating of ‘Good’ in all IIHS crashworthiness evaluations. The only major area in which the vehicle did not receive the highest-possible rating was in the Headlights category, with IIHS observers docking the vehicle points for its less-than-stellar headlight performance. According to the IIHS, the Cadillac XT6’s standard LED projector low beams “created some glare,” though they found the vehicle’s high beams compensate “for some limitations of this vehicle’s low beams on the straightaway.” Cadillac could remedy this problem by using LED projector lamps that reduce glare in low beam mode and provide superior light coverage.
A large number of mid-size luxury crossovers were deemed an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for the 2022 model year, including the Acura MDX and RDX, Audi Q5 and Q5 Sportback, Genesis GV80, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Volvo XC90 and Tesla Model Y, among others. The IIHS says improved headlight performance uplifted more vehicles into its list of top-tier safety picks – a sign that automakers are listening to the safety watchdog amid its efforts to improve vehicle safety.