Cadillac XT5 vs. Cadillac XT6

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, Automotive Editor - September 19, 2019

After years of falling behind the competition when it comes to crossovers and SUVs, Cadillac is entering the hot segment with an all-new, three-row, luxury option with the XT6. Slotting in below the Escalade, the new XT6 is Cadillac’s first three-row crossover that brings luxury, seating for seven, and car-like handling.

While the XT6 sits below the massive Escalade, it also happens to sit just above the XT5, Cadillac’s mid-size crossover. The XT5’s been around since 2017, but received a mild refresh for 2020 that makes it more competitive.

The all-new Cadillac XT6 has a lot going for it, but the Cadillac XT5 is the brand's most popular model. Which one is the better fit for the majority of consumers? That’s what we’ll answer below.

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What the XT6 Gets Right

If you need to seat up to seven, the Cadillac XT6 is the only option of the two that has a third row. The Cadillac XT5 can only seat up to five, which shouldn’t be an issue for the majority of people, but having the ability to seat two extra passengers is a necessity for some and great to have in a pinch.

In addition to having an extra row of seating, the XT6 offers much more cargo capacity than the XT5 – a total of 78.7 cubic feet compared to 63 cubic feet. Interior passenger space is up in the XT6, as the larger crossover offers more space in nearly every department over the XT5.

As the more expensive option, the XT6 comes with more standard features. A heated steering wheel, six USB ports, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and leather upholstery are all standard on the XT6. The XT5 isn’t available with these features as standard.

What the XT5 Gets Right

With its smaller size, the Cadillac XT5 is the more affordable option of the two. Pricing for the mid-size crossover starts at $45,090 before destination, which makes it $8,600 cheaper than the base XT6.

For drivers that live in urban areas, the XT5 is the easier option of the two to maneuver on tight roads. The XT5 is 9.3 inches shorter in length, 2.3 inches shorter in width, and 2.9 inches in height.

Despite being smaller, the XT5 has the same powertrain as the XT6. Both utilize a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. With less weight to haul, the smaller crossover feels punchier.

Need Three Rows?

If you need to seat seven passengers, only the Cadillac XT6 will do. The XT6 also has the major advantage of being newer, more luxurious, more spacious, and more advanced than the Cadillac XT5. But the extra seats and features comes at a steeper price.

Our Verdict: Cadillac XT6

If your budget can swing it, the Cadillac XT6 is the better choice for the majority of consumers. People will enjoy the extra seats and the extra standard safety features, but the XT6 also feels like a new chapter, while the Cadillac XT5 feels like one that’s ending. If you need another reason to go with the new XT6, Cadillac will be adding its semi-autonomous Super Cruise system to its repertoire in the near future.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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