The XT5 is Cadillac's midsize crossover SUV that is getting a bit old. The rivals like the Lincoln Aviator and Mercedes GLE have newer designs. Yet, Cadillac is doing a good job keeping the XT5 up-to-date. The 2021 XT5 comes with wireless functionality for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Cadillac XT5’s strengths might be a stylish exterior, a sizable cargo area, and easy entry and exit. However, the rival SUVs offer a more complete luxury experience.
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Pricing and Feature
Pricing and Features
Engine and Performance
Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide
The 2021 XT5 starts off at a price of $43,995 and goes up to $55,095. This is a very low price point for the segment/class as most of the competitors are priced more than this. The 2021 XT5 is stacked up against the likes of Buick Envision, BMW X3, and the Volvo XC60. Continue with the article to know how this Cadillac performs in front of its rivals in the segment.
7.8/10 Engine and Performance
6.0/10 Fuel Economy
2021 Cadillac XT5 Features
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is available in three trims, namely Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. The XT5 starts off at a price of $43,995 and goes up to $55,095. The starting Luxury variant is the starting of the ladder while the final fully loaded model has been named Sport which gets a V6 engine, resulting in a jump in the power figures as well.
Automatic Emergency Braking
In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:
In addition to or replaces Preferred trim features with:
Lane Change Alert w/ Side Blind Zone Alert
Amazon Alexa Compatibility
Bluetooth Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity
Power Locking Fuel-Filler Door
Chassis Damping Control
Forward Collision Alert
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Gloss Black Exterior Accents
Safety Alert Seat
Ultraview Power Sunroof
Sport Control AWD System
UV-reducing solar glass
Which Trim should you buy?
Cadillac has offered three trims to choose from. The Sport trim would be a better choice considering that it comes with more features in addition to those in the base model. It also has a powerful V6 engine compared to the Inline 4 in the other two trims at a price of around $56,000, making it the best value for money offering.
2021 Cadillac XT5 Engine and Performance
The 2021 XT5 is offered with two engine options: a strong V-6 and a turbocharged inline-4 that delivers good power. The 2.0L turbo inline-4 churns out 237 horsepower and is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. On Premium Luxury, the V6 is given as an optional upgrade. On the Sport trim, however, the 3.6L V6 and AWD are standard. The V6 puts out a nice 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque, once again mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The SUV touches the 60 mph mark in 6.5 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 15.1 seconds.
2.0L Inline 4
2.0L Inline 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
Power (hp @ RPM
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
230 hp @ 5000 rpm
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)
258 lb.-ft.. @ 1500 rpm
258 lb-ft. @ 1500-4000 rpm
295 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm
0-60 MPH (seconds)
Volvo XC60 produces the most power out of the four cars at 316 hp, although we do not have the top speed here, we reckon it has the potential to be the fastest considering the power it produces. The BMW X3 blitzes all the other cars in the sprint from 0-60 in 6 seconds, while the Volvo is the fastest down a quarter-mile. The top speed of all the cars except Volvo is the same at 130 mph.
How well does the Cadillac XT5 handle?
The handling of the Cadillac is not bad. The XT5 does show great capability. The car can take on curves and turns with little body roll and a controlled posture. The car evens out the external environment to make the ride comfortable and safe, making it a decent vehicle for a day-to-day basis. When the road gets rough, there is some wobble inside the cabin. However, the steering feels smooth to control always.
The Cadillac XT5 is a big car, and there is no skipping on braking performance. The SUV also does have considerable power with a top speed of 130 mph, therefore the braking performance must be at par with the other performances. However, with the cars like Volvo and BMW in competition, the standard is pretty high. Cadillac has 13.6 inches of brake rotors in the front and 12.4 inches at the back, however, the braking distance is not available for Cadillac or its rivals for making a concrete comparison.
Brake Rotors: Front (inches)
Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)
Curb Weight (lbs)
All the cars have huge brakes. The BMW X3, however, has the largest ones at both ends, while the Buick has the smallest rotors in the front. Both Caddy and Buick offer the smallest brake rotors at the rear end. When comparing the curb weight of the SUVs in the competition, Volvo is the heaviest option.
2021 Cadillac XT5 Fuel Economy
The XT5 has two engine options on offer: an Inline-4 and a V6. Both engines are very capable and powerful, but both engines let us down in the fuel economy department.The Inline-4 engine is observed to be an underperformer in terms of the fuel efficiency figures. When compared to the Inline-4, the V6 at least puts a smile on the face by being on par with the other V6 engines in the segment in terms of efficiency. The SUV comes with a fuel tank capacity of 19 gallons, which is the highest in the competition.
Fuel Capacity (Gallons)
Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)
Out of the four, Buick Envision seems to be the most economical of all, thanks to the small Inline 4 engine. With 22 mpg in the city, it is one mpg better than the BMW and the Caddy, and with 29 out on the highway, it is ahead of both by a margin of two. When comparing the combined mileage, Volvo is just too far ahead of all the other three cars at 27 mpg.
2021 Cadillac XT5 Interior
The 2021 Cadillac XT5’s interior has not been changed from the 2020 model. The seats are plush and comfortable, giving a supportive and luxurious feel. An optional Platinum package offers more colors and materials to the already rich interior. Cadillac has enough space for large passengers on both rows. The instrument cluster and the dashboard are finished in wood and aluminum, giving a premium feel to the XT5. There are plastic bits on the inside that could have been covered off to make the cabin feel nicer.
Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)
Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)
Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)
BMW X3 turns out to be the most spacious car of all, but Volvo XC60 offers the most cargo space. Buick is the last on this list, while the Caddy offers pretty decent space in both areas. In terms of the trunk space offered, Cadillac comes just behind the Volo, which has the most space at 63.6,” while the Buick Envision has the smallest trunk at 52.7”. Major interior features include:
Heated Steering Wheel
Power Lumbar Adjustable Front Seats
Heads Up Display
Heated Front Seats
What’s there to keep you entertained?
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 has a modern and upgraded version of the 8-inch touchscreen display from the 2020 model. The infotainment system works great. It includes several features, including sound system set up, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Navigation. The speaker system offered is from Bose, a 14 speaker system, which is customizable to offer the preferred setting.
The additional features offered are:
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Bose 14 Speaker Surround Sound System
Cadillac Connected Access with 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and OnStar services
Cadillac User Experience with Navigation and Compass
SiriusXM Radio Trial
USB Ports (4+2 Auxiliary Power Outlets), Universal Home Remote
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is covered with a lot of chrome on the outside. The front has a huge grille with chrome inserts all around it. The new style takes design ideas from the XT4 and XT6 and shares a similar layout. With a curb weight of around 4,000 lbs, the XT5 SUV does not feel heavy. The exterior is one sole reason for the love Cadillac XT5 has received so far. The sides have a floating pattern along with a sloping and swooping roofline, making it appealing to the crowd. The high rear tail lamps and silver cladding with pearl nickel alloy wheels make the 2021 XT5.
Curb Weight (lb)
Ground Clearance (inches)
Volvo XC60 has the longest wheelbase and is the heaviest car of them all, although Caddy is the longest car on the list and the tallest too. When comparing the ground clearance, Volvo offers the most while Buick offers the least, measuring 8.5 and 6.2 inches, respectively. Major exterior highlights of the SUV include:
Cadillac does not skip on the safety features of its cars, and it can be seen from the safety it has offered with the XT5. The XT5 comes standard with 7-airbags, stability control, traction control, and ABS. The XT5 has further been offered with certain add-on features which bring up the safety capabilities of the car. These features include:
Auto Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian Detection
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
Adaptive Cruise Control
Automatic Parking Assist
2021 Cadillac XT5 Competition
Cadillac XT5 vs Buick Envision
Cadillac's most important rival, both being from American makers, Buick provides strong competition to Cadillac. However, the XT5 just completely makes the Buick look small, slow, cramped, and that is what it is. The Caddy XT5 is larger, longer, and more powerful than the Buick Envision.
Cadillac XT5 vs Volvo XC60
The 2021 Volvo XC60 is a car that turns out to be better than the Cadillac. In comparison, it is the one with the longest wheelbase and the heaviest but also is more powerful, more economical, etc. However, the Cadillac is a longer car with a short wheelbase, which makes it a better handling car. If we have to choose between the two, Volvo is the one to go with.
Cadillac XT5 vs BMW X3
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 might be better than the BMW in certain aspects, but overall, the BMW X3 is way better and more advanced than the XT5. The biggest advantage here for the Caddy would be the price and the headroom available for the passengers, however, the handling and the performance of the BMW is too good for the competition.
2021 Cadillac XT5 Final Verdict
Buying the 2021 Cadillac XT5 is an absolute yes from us because the car gives more for less.The Cadillac XT5 is a good SUV. This car is a really fun one that actually looks mature and feels comfortable. Being priced so competitively while offering such great features and comfort is a great bargain, and that is an opportunity to not be missed.