2021 Cadillac XT6 and 2021 Lincoln Aviator Comparison

2021 Cadillac XT6  and 2021 Lincoln Aviator Comparison

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Comparison picture of a Cadillac XT6 and a 2021 Lincoln Aviator






Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)






Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)


Price (USD)

2021 Cadillac XT6 Luxury

2021 Cadillac XT6 Luxury at Spitzer Cadillac


6 Adults

4 Doors


2.0L 4-Cylinder

235 hp @ 5,000 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,500-4,000 rpm


9-speed automatic







2021 Lincoln Navigator Standard

2021 Lincoln Navigator at Spitzer Cadillac


7 Adults

4 Doors


3.0L V6

400 hp @ 5,500 rpm

415 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm


10-speed automatic







Comparing the Attractive and Luxurious American-Made Mid-Size Crossovers

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 and 2021 Lincoln Aviator set the standard for luxurious mid-size crossovers from highly respected American automobile manufacturers. These two vehicles are loaded with high-tech infotainment and safety features, and enviable powertrains. Despite both crossovers oozing quality and luxury, they have subtle differences worth exploring. See the differences by scheduling a test drive of the 2021 Cadillac XT6 when stopping in at Spitzer Cadillac DuBois.

Performance and Handling Choices

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 and 2021 Lincoln Aviator come in several trims with various features, options, and powertrains. The XT6 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with front-wheel drive. Buyers can choose a peppier 3.6-liter V6.

The four-cylinder delivers 237 horsepower while the V6 provides 310 horsepower. Buyers can also add all-wheel drive. All engines and drivetrains come with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The 2021 Lincoln Aviator comes with a 3.0-liter V6 with twin-turbocharging that delivers 400 horsepower. This is the only engine unless buyers choose the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring trim that comes with a hybrid 100-hp electric motor and 13.6-kWh battery. The standard drivetrain is rear-wheel drive with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can choose to add optional all-wheel drive or buy the Black Label trim that has all-wheel drive as a standard feature.

When it comes to fuel economy, the Cadillac crossover slightly outperforms the Aviator. With the four-cylinder engine, the Cadillac has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21/27 MPG. The 3.0-liter V6 Aviator has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 18/26. However, buyers who choose the hybrid Aviator can enjoy up to 18 miles of electric driving as well as unlimited hybrid power that delivers approximately 50 MPG according to the EPA.

Infotainment Tech Keeping Drivers Entertained and Informed

Regardless of the vehicle and trim, both come with outstanding offerings regarding infotainment and interior technology. The XT6 comes with the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) that includes an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, a Bose premium 8-speaker audio system, Wi-Fi, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Aviator comes standard with a 10.1-inch touchscreen system with a 10-speaker Lincoln Premium Audio System, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay®, Android™ Auto, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, and Ford Motor Company’s SYNC®3 system.

Buyers who choose upgraded trims like the XT6 Premium Luxury or Sport get more tech features. For example, the CUE navigation system is optional on the two upgraded trims. Buyers can also add the Enhanced Visibility and Technology package with a color Head-Up Display, Rear Camera Mirror and washer, HD Surround Vision, and other safety features.

The Aviator also has upgraded tech and infotainment features. For example, the Grand Touring trim comes standard with the 14-speaker Revel Audio System with HD Radio. The upgraded trims also come with Auto Air Refresh and High-Efficiency Particulate Filter and Active Air Monitoring System, Active Noise Control, a 360-degree camera, and optional Head-Up Display and Wireless Charging Pad.

Filled with the Latest Safety Features

When purchasing a luxury vehicle, buyers expect to have popular safety features. The XT6 and Aviator meet buyer expectations.

All Aviator trims come standard with Lincoln Co-Pilot360 that includes the Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Dynamic Braking Support, and Pedestrian Detection. They also have a Rear View Camera with Washer, Forward and Reverse Sensing, Blind Spot Detector, and Rain-sensing Wipers.

Buyers who choose the Lincoln Black Label get standard Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Centering, Stop-and-Go, and Speed Sign Recognition. They also get Active Park Assist Plus. These features are optional on the Grand Touring and Reserve trims, but not available on the Standard trim.

The Cadillac XT6 comes with a Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist, HD Rear Vision Camera, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning on all trims.

The Premium Luxury and Sport trims come with optional safety upgrades like Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Parking Assist with Braking,, Enhanced Emergency Braking, and HD Surround Vision. The two top trims also come with standard Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. All trims come with LED Daytime Running Lights.

close up view of a Cadillac XT6’s steering wheel and dashboard

Comfortable and Luxurious Interior Seating

Both luxury SUVs have comfortable interior features like standard heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and optional heated rear seats. The Cadillac XT6 Luxury trim has leatherette seats, while the upgraded trims all have leather seating. The Aviator Standard trim has Lincoln Soft-Touch Seats while the upgraded trims have Premium Leather seating.

Visit Spitzer Cadillac Dubois

At Spitzer Cadillac Dubois, we proudly feature the 2021 Cadillac XT6 along with the rest of the high-end, luxury Cadillac lineup. With outstanding ratings and reviews, the Cadillac XT6 and other models are leading the way with fuel efficiency, attractive styling, and desirable safety and tech features. We invite you to visit our showroom to see the 2021 Cadillac XT6 and take one for a test drive. We’re confident you’ll see why the XT6 tops the Aviator and at a lower price.