The 2020 Cadillac XT5 gets a midcycle update that aims to keep it the brand’s best-selling option. Cadillac has changed the way the XT5’s trim levels are set up to the brand's new Y trim-level strategy, leaving three in place of last year's four.
Exterior changes include a new front grille design, restyled front and rear bumpers, the addition of LED headlights as standard, updated LED rear taillights, and new wheel designs. The interior gets more features, which include heated front seats, an improved digital gauge cluster, a revised rearview camera, Cadillac’s new infotainment system
A new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine joins the lineup, while a new nine-speed automatic transmission is standard with both available motors.
Choosing Your Cadillac XT5
The Cadillac XT5 is available in three trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. Pricing starts at $45,090 including destination for the Luxury and goes up to $56,090 for the Sport.
There are now two engines to choose from with the XT5. The new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is standard in the Luxury and Premium Luxury, while the returning 3.6-liter V6 is standard on the Sport and available on the Premium Luxury for $1,000.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder||237 hp||258 lb-ft||Not Yet Rated|
|3.6L V6||310 hp||271 lb-ft||21 mpg|
A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard for both engines. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is an extra $2,000 on the Luxury and Premium Luxury. The Sport is only available with AWD.
The EPA hasn’t announced fuel economy figures for the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder yet, but it’s the same engine that’s found in the XT4, so we’re expecting to see around 26 miles per gallon combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
All Cadillac XT5 models can seat up to five and have 30.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. In total, the crossover can hold 63 cubic feet of cargo.
The XT5 comes standard with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning.
On the the top two trims, even more active safety features are available in two packages. Rear pedestrian alert, an automated parking system, a head-up display, and a 360-degree camera system are available as part of the Enhanced Visibility and Technology Package ($2,275). Adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic emergency braking, and rear automatic braking can be equipped through the Driver Assist Package ($1,300).
The XT5 comes with Cadillac’s latest CUE infotainment system, an 8-inch touchscreen, a Bose eight-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, near-field communication technology for smartphones, wi-fi hot spot capability, and wireless charging.
Navigation is a $1,025 standalone option, as is a rear seat infotainment system with two headrest screens for $1,995.
The Luxury is well equipped with standard features like dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, and LED headlights.
The Premium Luxury adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a sunroof as standard. The available Platinum Package costs $4,850. While pricey, it brings performance suspension, chassis damping control, a suede headliner, and semi-aniline leather upholstery.
The range-topping Sport trim brings the 3.6-liter V6, all-wheel drive, adaptive suspension, 20-inch wheels, body-color door handles, black roof rails, and heated exterior mirrors as standard.
For the 2020 Cadillac XT5, the midrange Premium Luxury trim offers the best value. With the ability to add more safety features through optional packages, more convenience features, and the ability to get the more powerful V6, the Premium Luxury trim makes sense over the Sport.