2018 Cadillac XT5

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MSRP: $40,595 - 63,395

2018 Cadillac XT5 Review

In a very competitive class, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 is unremarkable in most ways. It has an upscale interior and a comfortable ride, but its rivals are better overall. One major advantage to the XT5 is that it has one of the lowest prices in the class.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 9.8
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Pros & Cons

  • High-class cabin styling and materials
  • Composed highway cruiser
  • Extensive list of advanced safety features available
  • No meaty engines available
  • Dull handling

Is the Cadillac XT5 a Good SUV?

Despite ranking lower than many luxury midsize SUVs, the 2018 Cadillac is still a good SUV. However, when describing it line by line, there are many "buts." For example, the XT5's cabin is comfortable and has many luxury touches, but it's not as spacious or quiet as some rivals are. On paper, the engine also has a decent amount of power, but that doesn't translate into strong acceleration in practice.

Should I Buy the Cadillac XT5?

You should buy the Cadillac XT5 if you want a quality luxury SUV that costs less than most of the competition. The XT5's sticker price of just over $40,000 is one of the lowest in the class. However, it doesn't shortchange you on standard features or interior quality. The cabin is sophisticated and high-class, with standard features like Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless charging for smartphones. Performance focuses on comfort rather than thrills. The XT5 has a composed ride and adequate acceleration.

Still, this is a tough class to compete in, and the XT5 doesn't really stand out enough from its competitors. It gives you good bang for your buck, with a starting price that is significantly less than the BMW X5, Audi Q7, and other higher-ranked rivals. Like the XT5, the Lincoln MKX offers good value with an even lower starting price.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Cadillac XT5?

Cadillac introduced the XT5 for the 2017 model year. The 2018 model is virtually identical to the debut model, meaning that shoppers can potentially save some money by buying used. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overview of the 2017 Cadillac XT5. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 30 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 30 Cadillac XT5 reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2018 XT5 is the right new car for you.

This review includes applicable data and research from every model year since the XT5's debut, which includes the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Cadillac XT5 Cost?

Prices for the 2018 XT5 start at $40,595. In addition to the base model, this SUV comes in three other trim levels: Luxury ($46,595), Premium Luxury ($53,095), and Platinum ($63,395). The XT5 Platinum comes standard with all-wheel drive. All other models are front-wheel drive, with the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive ($2,500 to $3,000). For great savings at your local Cadillac dealer, check out our U.S. News Best Price Program. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Cadillac deals page.

Cadillac XT5 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Cadillac XT5 or BMW X5?

The BMW X5 is one of the best SUVs in the class, but it's a lot more utilitarian than the Cadillac XT5. The BMW offers several extra cubic feet of cargo room in its 2-row version. With the optional third row, it can carry up to seven people. Its performance is quintessential BMW, with roaring engine options and deft handling. However, the BMW costs a lot more than the Cadillac.

Which Is Better: Cadillac XT5 or Audi Q7?

The Audi Q7 tops the XT5 in almost every way. The Q7 is fun to drive and has a serene ride. It features a top-notch cabin with an impressive amount of standard safety equipment. Audi's largest SUV has standard seating for seven, making it a good choice if you need to ferry a lot of passengers around. It has a higher price than the XT5, but the difference isn’t as steep as with some other luxury midsize SUVs.

Which Is Better: Cadillac XT5 or Lincoln MKX?

The Lincoln MKX is the only class rival to undercut the XT5 in price (by about $1,500). If you're shopping on a tighter budget, the MKX is a good alternative. The Lincoln has lively engine choices, more cargo space, and great crash test scores.

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XT5 Interior

How Many People Does the XT5 Seat?

The XT5 comes with synthetic leather upholstery, two rows of seats, and room for five people. Both rows of seats provide a decent amount of comfort, and those riding in the rear will enjoy seats that slide and recline, as well as two back-seat USB ports. The passenger space isn't as stellar as what you'll find in some other Cadillacs, though the complaints are trifling. Some test drivers note that the seats aren't as roomy nor the ride as cushy as you might expect from a luxury vehicle.

XT5 and Car Seats

In the back seat, the XT5 has three tether anchors (one for each seat) and two sets of lower anchors (on the outboard seats only). These get an intermediate grade – most hardware is easy to find and use, but the lower anchors behind the driver's seat are mounted deep in the seat cushions, and the tether anchors could be confused with other hardware.

XT5 Interior Quality

The XT5's cabin design leans toward stately and subdued, with high-quality materials nearly everywhere you look. Like many luxury models, there's a noticeable difference between trim levels. As elegant as the entry-level model is, the Platinum edition is clearly the standout, with material choices that fall on the supremely opulent side of the scale. The drawback is that pricing for this trim starts at nearly $63,000 – a roughly $20,000 increase over the base XT5.

XT5 Cargo Space

The XT5's cargo space is about average compared to other 2-row luxury SUVs, but it's very convenient. If you need a little more room in the back but also have rear-seat passengers, you can slide the second-row seats forward to add a few extra inches to your cargo hold. These seats also create a flat floor when you fold them. Every XT5 comes with a power liftgate, but if you find yourself frequently laden with armloads of stuff, consider upgrading to the hands-free liftgate.

XT5 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

For the most part, the XT5's technology gets a thumbs up. The menu layout of its CUE infotainment system is easy to use and comes packed full of extra tidbits that tech-savvy drivers will relish. In addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (which link many of your smartphone apps to the car's display screen), the XT5 comes with four USB ports, wireless charging for your smartphone, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. It comes standard with an eight-speaker Bose stereo system, and you can upgrade to a surround-sound system with 14 speakers. The infotainment interface isn't perfect, with hiccups that include a sliding volume bar placed where it can be accidentally adjusted.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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XT5 Performance

XT5 Engine: A Polished Cruiser

With its discreet exhaust, smooth shifts, and capable engine, the XT5 is an excellent vessel for your road trip. Its refined powertrain – which includes a 3.6-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission – is most at home cruising on the highway, and many commuters will be perfectly at ease with its performance. Spirited drivers comparing this Cadillac to stablemates like the CT6 or competitors like the BMW X5 will frown upon the XT5's more leisurely acceleration.

XT5 Gas Mileage: A Little Better Than Most

Though it offers less oomph than some rival V8-powered SUVs, one advantage to the XT5's V6 is fuel economy. It has an EPA rating of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Aiding this rating are standard technologies like cylinder deactivation and a stop-start system.

XT5 Ride and Handling: Predictable and Smooth

If you're the type of driver who wants a vehicle to feel surefooted and refined, but you don't care much about sportiness, then this is a good SUV for you. The ride is comfortable, it feels stable in turns and on coarse pavement, and you'll have plenty of confidence in the braking and steering. Most trim levels come standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available.

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XT5 Reliability

Is the Cadillac XT5 Reliable?

The 2018 XT5 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. This is an average rating for all cars

Cadillac XT5 Warranty

Cadillac covers the 2018 XT5 with a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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XT5 Safety

XT5 Crash Test Results

The front-wheel-drive 2018 XT5 crossover has an overall rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while all-wheel-drive versions earn a five-star overall rating. Both models receive four stars in the NHTSA frontal crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2018 XT5 top grades in every crash simulation.

XT5 Safety Features

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are standard in every XT5. Available safety features include front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, a safety alert seat, forward collision alert, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward and reverse automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, Intellibeam (Cadillac's name for automatic high beams), a rear-camera mirror, a surround-vision camera, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and active park assist.

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Which Cadillac XT5 Model Is Right for Me?

The XT5 comes in four trim levels (XT5, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum), with prices ranging from $40,595 to $63,395. Only one powertrain is available – a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission – but you have your choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drive in almost every edition.

As you move up in price, Cadillac bestows the XT5 with increasing levels of opulence. We detail the notable features of each trim level below. The base model comes well-outfitted with a nice array of amenities, but if you want to add any advanced safety features or luxuries, you'll need to step up to at least the XT5 Luxury; no packages are available with the base model. For the XT5 Luxury trim, we recommend adding the Driver Awareness package. For $770, this bundle includes seven advanced driver assistance features, such as a following-distance indicator, forward collision alert, and front pedestrian braking.

Cadillac XT5

The XT5 ($40,595) comes standard with synthetic leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, the CUE infotainment system with voice recognition, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging for mobile devices, four USB ports, a rearview camera, remote start, and a 4G LTE connection with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. All-wheel drive is available for $3,000.

Cadillac XT5 Luxury

Leather seats come standard in the $46,595 Cadillac XT5 Luxury, as does a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert. For $2,500, you can upgrade to all-wheel drive.

Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

Standard features in the Premium Luxury trim include navigation, ventilated front seats, heated rear-outboard seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, a safety alert seat, forward collision alert, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, low-speed forward automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, and Intellibeam (Cadillac's name for automatic high beams). Pricing starts at $53,095 with front-wheel drive and $55,595 with all-wheel drive.

Cadillac XT5 Platinum

The range-topping XT5 Platinum ($63,395) is an all-wheel-drive-only trim. In addition to the standard features from lower trims, it includes a rear-camera mirror, a surround-vision camera, a head-up display, and a hands-free liftgate.

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.

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The Final Call

For SUV shoppers looking to spend around $40,000, the Cadillac XT5 is a good option, granting you a luxury experience for less money than most luxury midsize SUVs. It's comfortable, composed, and capable … mostly. When it comes to luxury accommodations and dynamic performance, the XT5 receives no major complaints and bears only marginal flaws. However, many of its competitors deliver a more complete luxury package – if you can stomach the higher cost.

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

  • "The XT5 is in the mix with other crossovers you might consider. It offers more cargo space and a more attractive price than the Lexus RX 350, but less passenger and cargo room than the Lincoln MKX. The Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class are all a bit smaller but typically offer better fuel economy and broader range of engines. Still, with its distinctive styling, spacious interior and a pleasant ride and drive, the Cadillac XT5 merits a close look." -- Edmunds
  • "The latest entry with a one-size-fits-all engine hits the mark with surefooted handling, a comfortable interior and excellent road manners. It's far from exciting. But that's not its job; there are other cars in Cadillac's lineup that'll gladly do that while the XT5 shuttles your parents around." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "If you're looking for a crossover that's closer to a sports car, you may want to consider a Porsche Macan or BMW X3. However, if the Lexus RX or Lincoln MKX resonate with you, the Cadillac XT5 is worth a look." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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