2021 Cadillac XT5

MSRP $45,090 - $47,190

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2021 Cadillac XT5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 13, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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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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Pros

Attractive exterior 

large cargo space

Comfortable interior

Cons

Rough ride quality

Bad performance from base engine

What's New?

Carryover from previous year

Built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45090

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

237 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft.. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/12.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

189.6 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3915 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

63 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1590 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Luxury$45,090 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Cadillac XT5 in Crystal White color
Crystal White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Pricing and Features

7.8

Engine and Performance

7.8

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

6.7

Safety

8.1

Competition

8.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


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.

2021 Cadillac XT5 SUV front angle view
2021 Cadillac XT5 SUV rear angle view

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

6.7/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


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.

Trim

Luxury 

Premium Luxury

Sport

MSRP (FWD)

$37,990

$41,790

$42,790

MSRP (AWD)

$45,090

$49,790

$56,090

Key Features

Automatic Emergency Braking

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

In addition to or replaces Preferred trim features with:

 

18-inch Alloys

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

Wireless Charger

 

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

7.8/10

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.

Models

Cadillac XT5

Buick Envision

Volvo XC60

BMW X3

MSRP

$23,700

$23,195

$22,850

$24,340

Engine

2.0L Inline 4

2.5LInline-4

2.0L Inline 4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

9-speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed 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)

6.5 sec

6.6 sec

6.1 sec

6 sec

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.1 sec

15.1 sec

14.9 sec

15.1 sec

Top-Speed (MPH)

130 mph

130 mph

-

130 mph

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.

2021 Cadillac XT5 SUV ride and handling

Braking Performance

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.

Models

Cadillac XT5

Buick Envision

Volvo XC60

BMW X3

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.6

12.6

13.6

13.7

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.4

12.4

12.6

13.5

Curb Weight (lbs)

3915

3358

4105

4034

60-0 (feet)

-

-

170

-

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

6.0/10

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.

Models

Cadillac XT5

Buick Envision

Volvo XC60

BMW X3

MPG (City)

21

22

NA

21

MPG (Highway)

27

29

NA

27

MPG (Combined)

23

25

27

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19

15.9

18.8

17.2

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

7.5/10

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.

2021 Cadillac XT5 SUV cockpit area

Models

Cadillac XT5

Buick Envision

Volvo XC60

BMW X3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.7/58.3/41.2

39.6/56.7/40.4

38/58.2/41.5

41.1/57.6/40.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.4/56.3/39

38.9/55.9/39.3

38/56.3/38

39.1/56/36.4

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

63

52.7

63.6

62.7

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 
  • Auto-Dimming RVM
  • Lighting Accents

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.

2021 Cadillac XT5 SUV infotainment screen

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
  • Wireless Charging

2021 Cadillac XT5 Exterior

6.7/10

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. 

2021 Cadillac XT5 SUV

Models

Cadillac XT5

Buick Envision

Volvo XC60

BMW X3

Curb Weight (lb)

3915

3358

4105

4034

Length (inches)

189.6

182.5

184.6

185.9

Width (inches)

74.9

74.1

74.9

74.4

Height (inches)

66.1

63.3

65.3

66

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.8

6.2

8.5

8

Wheelbase (inches)

112.5

109.4

112.8

112.1

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:

  • Floating Design
  • Swooping Roofline
  • Gloss Black Tail lamp
  • Silver claddings
  • Pearl & Nickel Alloy wheels

2021 Cadillac XT5 Safety

8.1/10

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

8.0/10

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.

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.

Volvo XC60

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.

BMW X3

 

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. 

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