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2018 Cadillac XT5 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2018 Cadillac XT5 was new.


Performance: 7.9

If you're looking for an SUV that feels calm and collected, you'll enjoy the confident (yet relaxed) handling characteristics of the 2018 Cadillac XT5. It checks off all the boxes necessary for a comfortable ride, while supplying no spare horsepower or overtly athletic performance.

  • "The XT5 delivers a confident and reassuring driving experience when it comes to the way it steers, grips the road and brakes to a stop. It's not terribly quick, but the engine and transmission deliver enough sauce to get the job done. But those with a heavy right foot may disagree." -- Edmunds
  • "Cadillac's latest crossover is as easy on the road as it is on the eyes, providing a quiet ride that strikes a good balance between feedback and comfort." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "Surprisingly for a crossover, the XT5 comes to life the harder it's pushed, but we wish the engine were slightly more punchy and potent. Even if most XT5 drivers won't push their cars too hard, we expect more from the company that just delivered the excellently balanced CT6." -- Autoblog (2017)

Acceleration and Power

Every XT5 is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This 310-horsepower setup feels polished and quiet and lets the XT5 easily merge onto the highway. The powertrain excels at highway cruising (augmented by its above-average gas mileage), and though the SUV isn't slow, its acceleration rates won't snap back your neck. Fuel economy is estimated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is a little above the class average.

  • "In routine traffic, the 3.6-liter V6 feels strong enough to accomplish its mission and never comes across as lacking. But it's not a powerhouse like some rivals with turbocharged or supercharged V6s can be. At our test track, the dash to 60 mph took us 6.8 seconds." -- Edmunds
  • "The 3.6-liter V6 hums along nicely, never really breaking a sweat in city or highway driving. It dips into its reserves on short notice and provides just enough oomph for a dash that's only possible in the desert parts of California, which is where Cadillac brought us to try out the XT5. This new engine is a natural choice for a crossover of this size, but it's not a particularly exciting unit." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "Even though this is a more powerful engine than the one that was in the SRX, the new 3.6-liter felt as if it were being held back by a good transmission programmed calibrated for fuel economy. It took hard throttle-mashing to get the transmission to downshift. The XT5 is by no means slow, and it certainly has ample power, but its off-the-line acceleration isn't quick." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Handling and Braking

The XT5 comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available in every trim (and standard in the Platinum edition) and can shift power to different wheels as traction needs dictate. Steering, braking, and the suspension are composed and yield no surprises, producing a ride quality that is smooth and laid back. Overall, handling is solid but not sporty.

  • "It feels coordinated and somewhat light on its feet. There isn't much body roll, and it tracks cleanly around corners. It's not the sort of SUV that encourages you to seek out winding roads, but doesn't discourage it either." -- Edmunds
  • "The XT5's ride is comfortable, yet this Cadillac feels confident and well-planted when driving semi-rationally in twists and turns. The rack-mounted electric power steering is more communicative than expected, and provides decent feedback. The XT5 isn't a sports car, but you can certainly have fun in it." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Rather than being a soft ride, the XT5 felt solid and extremely competent. Adaptive dampers continually adjusted to deal with changing road surfaces. The XT5 didn't insulate me from the pavement, instead maintaining fine control as if it were the master of the road. In cornering, that meant the XT5 felt steady, letting me aim its electric power steering as I pleased." -- CNET (2017)

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