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2018 Cadillac XT5 Review

The 2018 Cadillac XT5 ranks near the middle of the luxury midsize SUV class, largely because it doesn't match the all-around appeal of its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Coddling ride
  • Premium cabin
  • Tons of safety features available
  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Bland handling




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.8
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2018 Cadillac XT5 Overview

Is the 2018 Cadillac XT5 a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 XT5 is a decent luxury midsize SUV. However, this is a highly competitive segment. Most of what the XT5 does well is done better by rivals.

The 2018 XT5 does have a few strengths:

  • Handsome cabin with high-quality materials
  • Lengthy list of available safety features
  • Comfortable and composed ride
  • Below-average ownership costs for the class

But the vehicle also has a couple weaknesses:

  • Leisurely acceleration
  • Less sporty than rivals
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Cadillac XT5 review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 30 automotive sources.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Cadillac XT5?

Based on listings for the 2018 Cadillac XT5 on our site, the average list price is $36,500. Prices range from $30,500 to $47,400 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Cadillac XT5 Cost to Own?

The 2018 XT5’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $28,250, or $5,650 per year. That’s well below average among luxury midsize SUVs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XT5?

Outside of adding more safety tech to the XT5’s upper trims, Cadillac made no major changes to the 2019 model. You can likely spend less and get a virtually identical vehicle by purchasing a used model.

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Cadillac introduced the XT5 as an all-new model for the 2017 model year. The 2018 model saw no major changes, so you might want to consider saving money and getting a similar vehicle with a 2017 XT5.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 XT5?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 XT5 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Cadillac XT5 Recalls

At the time of writing, no recalls have been issued for the 2018 Cadillac XT5.

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Which Used Cadillac XT5 Trim Is Right for Me?

The XT5 is available in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. Every trim level has a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available in all but the Platinum, where it comes standard.

The base trim is nicely equipped with lots of cutting-edge tech, but shoppers seeking more safety and comfort features should look to the Cadillac XT5 Luxury or Premium Luxury. When new, the Luxury trim was available with several options, including navigation and a bunch of safety features, and the Premium Luxury trim level gets many of those options as standard equipment.

  • Cadillac XT5: The base Cadillac XT5 features an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker premium sound system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, four USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, remote start, push-button start, a power liftgate, synthetic leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.
  • Cadillac XT5 Luxury: The Cadillac XT5 Luxury adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a sunroof. You'll find some models with a navigation system, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, heated rear seats and a tri-zone automatic climate control, along with a suite of driver aids, such as a safety alert seat, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, front automatic braking, and forward collision warning.
  • Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury: The Premium Luxury adds all of the above options. Premium Luxury models also get a performance-tuned suspension and ventilated front seats. A few more safety features were available when the car was new, including adaptive cruise control, reverse automatic braking, and parallel park assist.
  • Cadillac XT5 Platinum: The top-of-the-line XT5 Platinum has standard all-wheel drive, a head-up display, a hands-free liftgate, a rear camera mirror, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and a surround-view camera.

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What Does Cadillac's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Cadillac offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles four years old or less and with fewer than 50,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles see the original new-car limited warranty extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Cadillac CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Cadillac’s warranty page carefully.

Cadillac’s CPO program is OK, according to our analysis, but several luxury carmakers offer better programs. These include Lexus, Infiniti, Audi, and Acura.

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How Safe Is the XT5?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this crossover SUV the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. However, the XT5’s headlights received the second-lowest rating of Marginal for outward visibility. Properly equipped XT5's earned a top Superior rating for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the all-wheel-drive XT5 a five-star overall rating out of five, with five stars in side crash tests and four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests. Front-wheel-drive models earned four-star overall ratings.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rear parking sensors
  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • surround-view parking camera
  • rear-camera mirror
  • Safety Alert seat (vibrates as an alert in conjunction with other systems)
  • forward collision warning
  • following distance indicator
  • lane keep assist
  • lane departure warning
  • forward and reverse automatic braking
  • pedestrian detection
  • automatic high beams
  • adaptive cruise control
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • front parking sensors
  • head-up display
  • parallel park assist
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2018 Cadillac XT5 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Cadillac XT5 or 2018 BMW X5?

The 2018 BMW X5 is a great luxury midsize SUV. It comes with two or three rows and has more cargo room than the Cadillac. The BMW also has a range of potent engine options, and its dynamic handling, sharp steering, and strong braking all help make it a joy to drive. It’s a better crossover than the Cadillac, but it’s also much more expensive. On average, buying the X5 will cost you around $17,800 more than the XT5. If your budget stretches that far though, go with the BMW.

Which Is Better: 2018 Cadillac XT5 or 2018 Lexus RX 350?

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is one of the best crossover SUVs in its class. Available in two- or three-row models, the RX 350 has a serene ride and a lot of standard safety features. The Lexus also has a powerful engine and an upscale cabin, as well as slightly better fuel economy estimates than the Cadillac. On the other hand, the XT5 has standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, neither of which is available in the RX. Buying the Cadillac over the Lexus will save you around $9,800 on average. If it’s in your budget, however, the RX 350 is the better pick.

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2018 XT5 Performance

How Does the 2018 XT5 Drive?

The XT5 powertrain opts for refinement over brawn. The engine and automatic transmission feel polished, and the XT5 scoots around town and the freeway with no difficulty. Acceleration isn’t slow, but it’s not as quick as its classmates either.

Similarly, this crossover SUV opts for comfort over sportiness. The ride is laid-back and gentle, with the suspension easily absorbing road blemishes. Steering and braking are composed and confident but not exciting.

  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6 making 310-horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 XT5 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base XT5 gets slightly above-average fuel economy estimates from the EPA.

  • FWD: 19/26 mpg city/highway
  • AWD: 18/25 mpg
XT5 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, this Cadillac can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2018 XT5 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 XT5 Seat?

This luxury crossover SUV seats five people in two rows. Critics were divided regarding most aspects of the seating. Some praised the seats' comfort and spaciousness, while others found the front seats firm and the rear seats lacking in headroom, though legroom is plentiful. Others noted that a lot of wind and road noise penetrates the cabin. Material quality is top-notch, with real wood accents and soft-touch surfaces lining the cabin.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather seats
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seats
  • six-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • leather or semi-aniline leather upholstery
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • heated rear outboard seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Cadillac XT5?

This Cadillac has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats, and the rear middle seat has a third tether anchor. Some tether anchors could be confused for other hardware, and the lower anchors behind the driver’s seat are set deeply in the seat. Otherwise, the setup is easy to use. It received the second-highest ease-of-use rating of Acceptable from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2018 Cadillac XT5 Features

The CUE infotainment system is generally straightforward, though some critics found its volume control touch bar hard to use. Smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard.

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

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless device charging, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, and four USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a navigation system and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start
  • Other available features: a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a head-up display

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2018 Cadillac XT5 Dimensions

Cadillac XT5 Cargo Space

This Cadillac has 30 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 63 cubic feet with the seats folded down. Those are typical estimates among luxury two-row SUVs. A power liftgate comes standard, and a hands-free liftgate is available. The main cargo floor is flat, allowing for easy loading, though some critics knocked the in-cabin storage and small center console.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Cadillac XT5 Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,985 to 4,356 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Cadillac XT5 Built?

Cadillac built the XT5 in Tennessee.


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