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2019 Cadillac XT5

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2019 Base 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $41,695
2019 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,695
2019 Luxury 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,495
2019 Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,995
2019 Premium Luxury 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $54,195
2019 Premium Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $56,695
2019 Platinum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $65,895


Meant to compete with the likes of the Lexus RX 350 and Audi Q5, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 is the compact SUV of GM's luxury brand. The XT5 offers a comfortable ride, a great looking interior, and stylish looks that are competitive with other segment offerings, but the rear seat can feel a bit cramped and it sacrifices fuel economy for power.

What's New for 2019

There are no major updates for 2019 with the exception of some price changes and the shuffling of some features.

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Choosing Your Cadillac XT5

Clearly, someone at Cadillac still believes that there's no replacement for displacement, because unlike most of its compact competitors, the Cadillac XT5 eschews a miserly four-cylinder for a big 3.6-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque in all trim levels. While this does provide more old-school power, it also hampers the fuel economy rating, depressing it to just 19 miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 combined – a score that's several points below many other compact SUVs these days.

The engine is tied to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is available on all trim levels for an extra $3,000.

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The XT5 starts at $42,690 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). For that price, the XT5 comes with leatherette seating, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, rear park assist, and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. If you spring for all-wheel drive, heated seats come standard as well.

Packages at the base level are limited to the $280 Interior Protection Package that adds floor mats and a cargo tray, and two appearance packages: the $4,435 Black Ice Package and the $2,800 Radiant Package. Individual options are also mostly limited to aesthetic choices at this level, such as different wheel choices and aluminum pedal covers.

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The Luxury trim is where the XT5 starts feeling a bit more luxurious. Starting at $49,490, the Luxury replaces the leatherette with real leather seating surfaces and adds seat heaters and memory functions for the front seats, steering wheel, and mirrors, wireless charging, a sunroof, and automatic windshield wipers. Additionally, this trim includes a suite of driver assistance features as standard, including forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and front and rear park assist.

The Luxury trim also adds access to the Advanced Security Package for $450, which adds locking lug nuts and a more advanced alarm system, and the Cargo Convenience Package for $695, which brings roof rack cross rails, cargo tie-downs, an all-weather cargo tray, and a cargo flex divider. Other options include an upgraded infotainment system that includes navigation and an upgraded 14-speaker Bose sound system ($1,075), and a pair of comfort features that includes tri-zone climate control and heated rear seats ($750).

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Premium Luxury

The Premium Luxury XT5 starts at $55,190, and adds the upgraded infotainment system with navigation and a 14-speaker Bose sound system, LED headlights, ventilated front seats, tri-zone climate control, and an upgraded adaptive suspension. All previous packages are still available, as is a $1,595 Driver Assist Package that adds automatic seat belt tightening, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking (forwards and reverse).

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The top-level Platinum trim will set you back $66,890, and it's properly luxurious with features that aren't even available as options on lower levels. The Platinum comes standard with all-wheel drive, a digital gauge cluster, semi-Aniline leather seats, a suede headliner, a rear camera mirror, a head-up display, a hands-free liftgate, a surround-view camera, heated rear seats, and front and rear skid plates.

Additionally, the Platinum comes standard with the Driver Assist Package and the Advanced Security Package, as well as a unique appearance package. The only packages left available on the Platinum are the Cargo Convenience Package and the Interior Protection Package, and, like the base level, there are no standalone options except for some appearance choices.

CarsDirect Tip

If you go for the 2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury trim, and just add the upgraded navigation and speakers, tri-zone climate control, and heated rear seats, you'll get most of the comfort of the Premium Luxury trim for about $4,000 less. That's a pretty good deal, and you'll still have a vehicle that feels like a luxury SUV.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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With minimal changes that include three new colors and more standard safety features for a number of models, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 also continues to offer buyers a nicely-appointed interior, smooth ride, and an affordable base price that set it apart. But the price can climb quickly, the infotainment system can be frustrating, rear seat room for three is tight, and the front-wheel-drive model is a bore.

Best Value

Offered in base, Premium, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trim levels, prices start at $42,690 for a silver metallic (the only no-cost color option) front-wheel-drive model in base trim and extend beyond $69,000 for an all-wheel-drive Platinum model equipped with optional paint and 20-inch Midnight Grey wheels.

Like last year, we'd skip the base model for the next-level Luxury trim which adds leather seating (heated up front), a panoramic sunroof, memory settings for the driver's seat, steering column, and outside mirrors (heated with auto-dimming driver's side), a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging, front park assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rain-sensing wipers. It also brings along the base model's rear seat reminder, rear park assist, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-inch touchscreen with in-vehicle apps and Bluetooth, rearview camera, configurable teen driver settings, Bose audio system, and satellite radio.

Newly standard this year and unavailable on the base trim is the Driver Awareness Package that includes forward collision warning, a Following Distance Indicator, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, and low speed automatic emergency braking.

  • Model: 2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6
  • Output: 310 hp / 271 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
  • Options: All-wheel drive ($2,500)
  • Base Price: $49,490 (including a $995 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price: $51,990


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The XT5 is nimble, especially during cornering, while the responsive 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with a precise-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission offers a nice performance feel. Steering is light under low loads, centering nicely at high speeds, while Sport mode increases heft. Shifts are smooth and quick, there's an ear-pleasing note from under the hood, and the optional all-wheel drive makes things grippier.

On the flip side, the AWD system isn't intended for off-road use, the pause between gears in the shift-by-wire system can make rocking in snow difficult, while the drive-by-wire gear shift doesn't provide the same robust functionality as a traditional shifter. In addition, the best ride quality is only available on the top Premium Luxury and Platinum trims that are equipped with a continuous damping control suspension, while full speed automatic emergency braking is standard and only offered on the Platinum model.


Cadillac's most recent styling language is softened for the XT5 with an improved stance, slick swept-back headlights and and pleasing lines. It's a small step forward from the previous SRX model. Interior changes are more apparent with solid and supportive front seats, soft-touch surfaces, and upscale features throughout the cabin. The rear seat features a 60/40 split with 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind it that can be expanded by moving the rear seats forward, while storage can expand to 63 cubic feet with they're folded flat.

However, Cadillac's infotainment system can't stand up to Apple CarPlay. Apple's system is more intuitive, responsive, and smarter than Cadillac's CUE system. In addition, taller occupants will notice a lack of head room, especially in models that have a sunroof. Despite the fact that the XT5 is a five-seater, it's narrower than many competitors, so three adults will struggle to fit in the back.

The Best and Worst Things

The XT5's upscale interior rivals offerings from both Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

The XT5's lack of rear seat space can be an issue.

Right For? Wrong For?

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Style-conscious buyers will find the XT5's elegant interior and rounded exterior lines attractive.

Eco-conscious buyers should look elsewhere because of middling fuel economy numbers. The FWD XT5 is rated by the EPA to get up to 19 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 combined (18/25/21 with AWD) – good for the class, but nothing to write home about.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 is a strong competitor in its class thanks to its upscale interior, improved styling, and smooth ride. Buyers just have to look past a lack of rear seat space and distracting CUE infotainment system.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 310 HP / 271 ft.lbs.
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 310 HP / 271 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
63.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
104 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
189.5 "
Exterior Width
75.0 "
Exterior Height
66.0 "
Front Headroom
38.4 "
Rear Headroom
36.0 "
Front Legroom
41.2 "
Rear Legroom
39.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,985 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
20.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Painted Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Aluminum Insert / Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
8 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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