As previously covered by GM Authority, the Cadillac XT6 received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for three consecutive years, spanning from the 2020, 2021 and 2022 model years. Now, with a tougher criterion for the 2023 model year, luxury marque’s largest crossover received an updated score of ‘Poor’ in the side crash test.
Before jumping to the result of the evaluation, here’s the breakdown on the new requirements of the side crash test. The updated test now sports 82 percent more energy than the original test, and vehicles must earn an acceptable or good rating to qualify for the Top Safety Pick, while a good rating is needed for the Top Safety Pick+ rating.
Notably, there were also updates to the headlight pedestrian and crash prevention system requirements.
The vehicle tested was a 2023 Cadillac XT6 outfitted in the Luxury trim level and sporting AWD. In every category but one, the XT6 earned a ‘Good’ rating, the highest IIHS score. However, in the rear passenger injury measures, specifically the torso of the crash dummy, the luxury crossover was given a ‘Poor’ rating, thus yielding an overall ‘Poor’ score in the side crash category.
“U.S. traffic fatalities hit a 20-year high in the first half of 2022, in part due to a steady climb in pedestrian crashes,” IIHS President David Harkey stated. “Safer vehicles can be an important part of the solution, even though reversing the trend will also take a concerted effort from policymakers and other stakeholders.”
It’s worth noting that there were much fewer winners this year than years prior, largely due to the more the stringent requirements. In fact, the IIHS noted this, and claimed that’s intended to challenge automakers even further in the safety realm.