There are no significant changes to Cadillac’s mid-tier XT5 SUV for 2022, though Brembo front brakes and colored brake calipers are now fitted to Sport models alongside new 12-spoke 20-inch wheels. Color-keyed floor mats and new paint colors also join the range, which includes three trims and a choice of engines.
Choosing Your Cadillac XT5
The 2022 Cadillac XT5 range starts at $45,190 (all prices including destination) for a front-wheel-drive Luxury model. All-wheel drive is a $2,000 upgrade, though it’s standard on the range-topping Sport, which is yours for $57,015. Mid-range Premium Luxury costs $49,915 with the standard two-liter turbo engine and FWD, rising to $52,915 for a 3.6-liter V6 with AWD.
The base engine in the XT5 is a two-liter turbo gas unit, generating 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to either the front or all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission, returning an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 29 MPG highway, and 24 combined. AWD pushes these figures down to 21/27/23 MPG.
A more powerful 3.6-liter V6 is fitted as standard in AWD-only Sport models and available on Premium Luxury with either front or all-wheel drive. It packs 310 HP and 271 lb-ft of torque, while fuel economy drops to 19/26/21 in two-wheel-drive models and 18/26/21 as an AWD.
|Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)
|22/29/24 MPG (FWD), 21/27/23 (AWD)
|19/26/21 (FWD), 18/26/21 (AWD)
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater XT5 stands at 30 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 63 cu ft once they’re dropped.
Every XT5 features an array of predictive and automated driver aids, including pedestrian and emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane keep assist with departure warning, and a following distance indicator.
Seven airbags come as standard in a cabin guided by cruise control and supported by an HD rear vision camera. Premium Luxury adds rear cross-traffic and lane change alerts, but you’ll need to raid the options list for adaptive cruise, HD surround vision, or a head-up display on this or Sport models.
An eight-inch color touchscreen provides the interface to the XT5’s infotainment system, with a rotary controller and voice recognition baked in. Four USB ports are standard alongside wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the car can serve as a 4G WiFi hotspot. Navigation is available on Premium Luxury and Sport models, but not on base Luxury, while a 14-speaker Bose system represents an optional upgrade over the standard eight-speaker setup.
Attempting to live up to its name, the most affordable XT5 includes driver-centric features like automatic headlamps, heated power outside mirrors, a power liftgate, and keyless entry. An eight-speaker Bose audio system is standard alongside dual-zone climate, while the heated front bucket seats are powered.
There are no packages available on Luxury models.
As the first XT5 fitted with an alarm and inclination sensor, Premium Luxury comes as standard with a hands-free power liftgate and illuminated door handles. The wipers are rain-sensing and there’s a power sunroof overhead, while the driver and front passenger benefit from power lumbar and memory. The heated steering wheel is mounted on a power tilt and telescoping column, and this is the first model with wireless phone charging as standard.
The $4,850 Platinum Package includes mechanical upgrades (performance suspension, chassis damping control) with cabin luxuries (leather-wrapped cabin panels, ambient lighting) and driver aids including navigation. It also encompasses the six electronic aids found in the $2,275 Technology Package, ranging from an eight-inch color driver information display and head-up display to automatic parking with rear pedestrian alerts.
With imposing 20-inch aluminum wheels and all-season tires underpinning its standard all-wheel-drive system, the 3.6-liter Sport is further distinguished by gloss black roof rails, Brembo brakes at the front, and red calipers all around.
The Technology Package remains a $2,275 upgrade, but Platinum is discounted to $3,650, though it loses a number of features included in the more expensive Premium Luxury pack.
Unless the standing quarter-mile is vitally important, we’d suggest you avoid the overpriced Sport model and specify Premium Luxury with the Technology Package for a winning blend of refinement and modernity.