2020 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2020 Cadillac XT6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Traverse has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The XT6 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Traverse and the XT6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.


There are over 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Traverse’s warranty.


To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Traverse has a 170-amp alternator. The XT6’s standard 155-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 5 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Traverse gets better fuel mileage than the XT6:




3.6 DOHC 6-cyl.

18 city/27 hwy



3.6 DOHC 6-cyl.

18 city/25 hwy

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Traverse has larger tires than the XT6 (255/65R18 vs. 235/55R20).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Traverse’s wheelbase is 8.2 inches longer than on the XT6 (120.9 inches vs. 112.7 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Traverse has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT6 (7.6 vs. 6.65 inches), allowing the Traverse to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The front grille of the Traverse uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XT6 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Traverse has standard seating for 8 passengers; the XT6 can only carry 7.

The Traverse has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 8 inches more front hip room, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room, 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room, 1 inch more third row headroom, 4 inches more third row legroom, 9 inches more third row hip room and 4 inches more third row shoulder room than the XT6.

Cargo Capacity

The Traverse’s cargo area provides more volume than the XT6.



Behind Third Seat

23 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.8 cubic feet

43.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

98.2 cubic feet

78.7 cubic feet


The Traverse’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT6’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Cadillac XT6 is only 4000 pounds. The Traverse offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.


In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Traverse LS/LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s available exterior PIN entry system. The XT6 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Traverse (except L/LS) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XT6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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