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2019 Cadillac XT5: What You Need to Know

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Despite a relaxed ride and a sophisticated, tech-filled cabin, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 finishes near the bottom of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. Aside from its mundane handling, there's not much to dislike about the XT5. In this competitive class, however, nothing about it stands out either.

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 is ranked:

Is the Cadillac XT5 a Good SUV?

The 2019 XT5 is a decent SUV with a lot going for it, including a luxurious interior with plenty of standard and available features. We named it a finalist for our 2019 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money award because of its combination of quality and value. It has a comfortable ride and a V6 engine with enough power for city and highway driving. It also has one of the lowest base prices in the class. That said, other luxury midsize SUVs offer stronger engine options.

Should I Buy the Cadillac XT5?

If you're looking for a budget-friendly luxury midsize SUV with an upscale, well-constructed interior and a cushy ride, the XT5 fits the bill. But a lot of its competitors are better.

For example, the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 both have more-powerful engine options and more enjoyable rides than the XT5. Neither SUV sacrifices interior refinement or comfort. The Q7 has one of the most lavish cabins in the class, and the X5's interior is handsome and refined. Additionally, the X5 comes with a significantly larger cargo area, and the Q7 has standard all-wheel drive.

Should I Buy a New or Used Cadillac XT5?

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 is part of a generation that debuted for the 2017 model year. The 2019 XT5 only has minor changes, including new standard safety technology in higher trim levels. Your best bet is to stick with the 2017 XT5. It's nearly identical to both the 2018 and 2019 XT5s, and it costs less.

If you're interested in a used model, visit our overviews of the 2017 and 2018 XT5. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 23 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 23 Cadillac XT5 reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, performance specs, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision. This Cadillac XT5 review includes applicable data and research from all model years of the XT5's current generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Cadillac XT5 Cost?

Starting at $41,695, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 is one of the least expensive vehicles in the luxury midsize SUV class. Even the top-of-the-line Platinum trim ($65,895) is less expensive than some class rivals' base trims. The midlevel Luxury and Premium Luxury trims start at $48,495 and $54,195, respectively. You can add all-wheel drive to the first three trims for $2,500 or $3,000, while the Platinum trim comes standard with it.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Cadillac dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Cadillac deals page.

Cadillac XT5 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Cadillac XT5 or Lincoln MKX?

The Lincoln MKX is comfortable and fairly athletic. In addition to its standard V6 engine, the MKX offers a more powerful twin-turbo V6. The Lincoln has a lower base price than the already reasonably priced Cadillac, though the XT5 has superior fuel economy estimates. Between these two, the MKX is the better luxury midsize SUV.

Which Is Better: Cadillac XT5 or BMW X5?

Choosing the BMW X5 over the XT5 will leave a much larger dent in your wallet, but the X5 is the more well-rounded option. It has several powerful engine options, and it's one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in the class. Moreover, the X5's ride never feels harsh. The Bimmer also has a well-built cabin filled with high-quality materials, intuitive technology features, and a larger trunk than the XT5. There's more front and rear legroom in the Caddy, however.

XT5 Interior

How Many People Does the XT5 Seat?

The XT5 has seating for five people in two rows of comfortable, supportive seats. There's a respectable amount of space in both rows, and the second row slides and reclines. The front row's high center armrest limits your elbow room, however, and the available panoramic sunroof reduces rear-seat headroom. Some reviewers wish for better outward visibility.

XT5 and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outer seats and an upper tether in the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system a rating of Acceptable (second highest) for ease of use. IIHS noted that other hardware can be confused for the tether anchors.

XT5 Interior Quality

The XT5 features modern, elegant styling with high-quality materials, including wood accents and supple leatherette seats. Power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sliding and reclining rear seats are standard. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear-outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

XT5 Cargo Space

There's 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind the XT5's second-row seats and 63 cubic feet with the rear seats folded completely flat. That's about average for the class. You can slightly increase the total cargo space by sliding the rear seats forward. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

XT5 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The XT5 comes with the CUE infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, and satellite radio. The system is nicely laid out and easy to use, though the volume slider with haptic feedback is overly sensitive. Available features include navigation and a 14-speaker Bose premium surround-sound system.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

XT5 Performance

XT5 Engine: Solid Power

The XT5 comes standard with a 310-horsepower V6 engine and a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine has plenty of power for most driving situations, but it may not be ideal for those interested in more robust performance.

XT5 Gas Mileage: Pretty Good

The 2019 XT5 delivers 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which are slightly above-average estimates for the class. Both city and highway ratings drop by 1 mpg in models with all-wheel drive.

XT5 Ride and Handling: Not Exciting, but Comfortable

Shoppers looking for a comfortable cruiser with a fairly smooth ride and composed handling will be happy with the XT5. However, those interested in more athletic handling and great road feedback may find the XT5's ride quality mundane. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

XT5 Reliability

Is the Cadillac XT5 Reliable?

The 2019 XT5 earns a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is average.

Cadillac XT5 Warranty

The XT5 comes with a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

XT5 Safety

XT5 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Cadillac XT5 an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in side crash tests. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2019 XT5 received the highest score of Good in five individual crash tests. The XT5 earned the highest rating of Superior for its front crash prevention features, but it received the second lowest rating of Marginal for headlight performance.

XT5 Safety Features

All 2019 XT5 models come with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, a safety alert seat, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian braking, forward and reverse automatic braking, a following distance indicator, adaptive cruise control, a rear-camera mirror, automatic high beams, active park assist, a head-up display, and a surround-vision camera.

Which Cadillac XT5 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 comes in four trim levels: the base XT5, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. Most shoppers will be satisfied with the feature-rich base trim. Those looking for abundant advanced safety features should consider the Premium Luxury trim. All-wheel drive is $3,000 in the base trim and $2,500 in the Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels. The Platinum trim comes with it standard.

Cadillac XT5

Starting at $41,695, the base XT5 trim comes standard with leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a rearview camera, rear park assist, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, and a CUE infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Cadillac XT5 Luxury

The XT5 Luxury trim (MSRP: $48,495) includes a sunroof, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, wireless charging, front and rear park assist, lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, low-speed forward automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, a safety alert seat, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

The Premium Luxury trim (MSRP: $54,195) comes with a 14-speaker Bose premium surround-sound system, navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control, a performance suspension system, and ventilated front seats. A Driver Assist package ($1,595), which adds forward and reverse automatic braking, active park assist, and adaptive cruise control, is also available.

Cadillac XT5 Platinum

Starting at $65,895, the XT5 Platinum trim comes with all-wheel drive, upgraded leather seats, a hands-free liftgate, a head-up display, a rear-camera mirror, a surround-vision camera, adaptive cruise control, forward and reverse automatic braking, and active park assist.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Cadillac dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Cadillac deals page.

The Final Call

If you're interested in a budget-friendly luxury midsize SUV with a classy cabin and a compliant ride, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 is a fine contender. However, the XT5's dull handling makes it a poor choice for performance-minded shoppers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Cadillac XT5 review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.


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