Jones Auto Centers Compares 2022 Ford Explorer VS 2022 Cadillac XT6 Near Buckeye, AZ

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2022 Ford Explorer

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2022 Ford Explorer

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2022 Cadillac XT6

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Ford Explorer have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac XT6 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The Ford Explorer has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The XT6 doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The Explorer has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XT6 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Explorer 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The XT6 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Explorer’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The XT6 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Cadillac XT6:

Explorer

XT6

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

167

Neck Stress

167 lbs.

187 lbs.

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

28 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

230/210 lbs.

161/358 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29.2%

38%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Cadillac XT6:

Explorer

XT6

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

65

98

Hip Force

224 lbs.

255 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

86

180

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

41 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

HIC

288

292

Hip Force

573 lbs.

666 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The XT6 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Explorer has a standard 760-amp battery. The XT6’s 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 14th in initial quality. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 22nd.

Engine Comparison

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The Explorer has more powerful engines than the XT6:

Horsepower

Torque

Explorer 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder

300 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

Explorer 3.3 DOHC V6 hybrid

318 HP

322 lbs.-ft.

Explorer ST/Platinum/King Ranch/Timberline 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

415 lbs.-ft.

XT6 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

235 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XT6 Premium Luxury/Sport 3.6 DOHC V6

310 HP

271 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Explorer turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the XT6 Premium Luxury/Sport 3.6 DOHC V6:

Explorer

XT6

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Explorer gets better mileage than the XT6:

MPG

Explorer

RWD

3.3 V6 Hybrid

27 city/28 hwy

Platinum 3.3 V6 Hybrid

25 city/26 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

AWD

3.3 V6 Hybrid

23 city/26 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

XT6

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Explorer Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XT6 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XT6:

Explorer

Explorer ST

XT6

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

The Explorer stops much shorter than the XT6:

Explorer

XT6

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the XT6 (255/65R18 vs. 235/55R20). The Explorer’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT6 (275/45R21 vs. 265/45R21).

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Explorer can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The XT6 doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Explorer’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XT6 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 6.4 inches longer than on the XT6 (119.1 inches vs. 112.7 inches).

The Explorer ST 4WD handles at .85 G’s, while the XT6 Sport AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Explorer ST 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XT6 Sport AWD (26.4 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Explorer ST has a 1.25 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XT6 (7.9 vs. 6.65 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Explorer Timberline’s minimum ground clearance is 2.05 inches higher than on the XT6 (8.7 vs. 6.65 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Explorer has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, 9.1 inches more front hip room, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear hip room, 4.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.7 inches more third row headroom, 2.7 inches more third row legroom, 1.4 inches more third row hip room and 1.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the XT6.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Explorer

XT6

Behind Third Seat

18.2 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet

43.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

78.7 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Explorer easier. The Explorer’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.1 inches, while the XT6’s liftover is 33 inches.

The Explorer’s cargo area is larger than the XT6’s in every dimension:

Explorer

XT6

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

15.5”/48”/80.2”

Max Width

59”

50”

Min Width

48.1”

43”

Height

33.7”

32.5”

The Explorer has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The XT6 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’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 Explorer Hybrid has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent fuel theft and vandalism, such as sugar in the tank. The XT6 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Explorer’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The XT6’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Explorer’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the XT6’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The XT6’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Explorer Platinum’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Explorer to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XT6 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The Explorer ST/Platinum offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the XT6.

The Explorer (except Base/XLT) 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Explorer will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Explorer will retain 48.3% to 56.28% of its original price after five years, while the XT6 only retains 44.29% to 44.34%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Explorer is less expensive to operate than the XT6 because it costs $346 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the XT6, including $32 less for a water pump, $117 less for a muffler, $50 less for front brake pads, $193 less for a starter, $229 less for fuel injection, $27 less for front struts and $207 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Explorer will be $650 to $19866 less than for the Cadillac XT6.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Ford Explorer outsold the Cadillac XT6 by over 9 to one during the 2021 model year.

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