Escalade in for minor overnight service, I was given a xt5 as a loaner. Not expecting any thing special I was very surprised with the vehicle. I don't drive a midsize SUV daily but found I enjoyed this experience. As a body shop owner I have the opportunity to drive most brands and found this to be one of the most engaging rides in its class. The BMW X3 , Audi and Lexus have there merits but for comfort and performance this caddy tops them all.
I was on the hunt for a crossover/SUV that could serve as my work commute car (about 15 miles) with some business meetings an hour or two away while also serving as a family vehicle for travel in New England (and therefore purchased the AWD model). I love that the vehicle is a V6 with "cylinder reduction"; only using all six when needed. The AWD feature is controlled by a button and can be engaged while driving -- therefore, I do not need to use it in dry/warm conditions. The interior is beyond gorgeous and comfortable. Handling is seamless and sporty. Love, love, the vehicle - so far, so good! The XT5 is made in Spring Hill, TN - another selling point for me as I was looking for an American car. Last, but certainly not least, the car takes "regular" grade gas. A huge selling point for me.
Test Drive the Lexus GX 460 & BMW X3 SUV and the decision will be easy. The XT5 checks all of the Boxes. Make sure you get the full wrap warranty protection, It covers anything that can happen to the vehicle, from you dogs scratching the interior or exterior, door dings, windshield nicks, replacing your rims if you hit a curb to 24/7 roadside service @ no cost, not even the loaner car.
I wrote the below review about nine months ago when I bought the XT5. I have definitetly changed my rating on this supposedly luxury SUV. At 2000 miles, the rear spoiler blew off the car on the freeway, nobody hit but real quality, made the American way. The best news: at 6,000 miles , the engine BLEW one whole bank of pistons. Completely new engine took 5 weeks to get in and installed. I won't go any further other than the fact that if you buy one of these Caddys, expect nothing but headaches. I recently bought a new 2018 Audi SQ5 and I am now ecstatic I did. Audi has hit it again with another winner. So far, this vehicle outperforms and handles 100% better than anything Caddy XT5 has to offer for only 1 grand more. OLD REVIEW BELOW: Picked up my new XT5 this past Saturday after doing much research and test driving. I was not even aware this model was being released by GM this early. Glad I stopped and looked, drove it and got hooked. In the past 3 weeks, tested QX5, RX350, BMW X5, GLE and GLS. I'm very picky when it comes to attention to detail so I tested and looked at many vehicles. This XT5 is simply amazing for the value and the money compared to some of the Germans and Japanese brands. I have been leary about American cars ever since the bailout but tried them out again. Glad I did... Without rambling, and after driving all those other vehicles, Caddy was the winner , hands down. Handling , front, side and rear view amazing, quietness, power, etc were all as good as it gets in my opinion. I am not a brand loyal person as you can see but I would recommend anyone looking in this category to give the XT5 a good look. My ONLY picky complaint in the piano black entertainment system panel. It is a fingerprint magnet. Told you I was picky. If anyone has anyone particular questions , you can always ask. I will be really anxious to see what the National Crash Tests look like once tested. So far, I am thrilled with my decision
I took my SRX in for warranty work and was given the XT5 AWD as a loaner for one day. Here is my thoughts based on the 55 miles I put on it. The XT5 is similar to my 4-month-old SRX in terms of pricing and trim level. However, the XT5 is very different in the following ways. Engine: newer engine with auto-start-stop function and a newer transmission. Secondly, I noticed right away that the led lights are standard and the headlights are not halogen like the similar trim SRX. The XT5 does have the auto start/stop where the engine could be automatically turned off at a red light (by the software). When you step on the gas pedal, the engines turns back on. The car, also, switches between V6 and V4 mode depending on the power needs, similar to Honda's VCM technology. The ride is quiet, smooth, and sure-footed. However, I did feel that the SRX's engine delivers quick power when demanded while the XT5's engine has to figure out how much power the driver needs before delivering it. So there is a brief lag time since the software has to decide between different modes (V6 vs V4) to deliver power. On the positive note, the XT5 is very fuel efficient compared to the SRX. The nagging windspeed noise originating from the panoramic roof on the SRX seems to have been resolved. The placement of several buttons on the SRX, such as parking brake or Onstar, have been moved around. So there will be a learning curve for the SRX drivers when they upgrade to the XT5. Most importantly, several "digital" buttons on the SRX's CUE (ex. such as heated seat button) have been replaced with actual buttons on the newer model. The CUE seems to be more responsive on this upgraded model but there is still a decent amount of time needed to learn it if you are not familiar with the system. The most important difference is the new, redesigned seats. They are more comfortable than the SRX's seats. My XT5 did come with collision warning, cross traffic alerts, and the seats do have a vibrate function to alert the driver of imminent dangers on the road. Finally, XT5 has a bigger interior and seems less heavy while driving when compared to the SRX. Overall, it is a decent improvement over the SRX. In other notes: if you have a larger family or require more space than the XT5 but cannot afford to break the bank trying to purchase an Escalade, my recommendation is to hold off till the XT7 comes out in 2018-19 timeframe.