Cadillac just added a WINNER to their bucket list.
written on 06-07-2016
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
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 the Germans and Japanese brands. I have beeb 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
Wow - what a ride - Love how incredibly quiet the interior is. Often I can't tell if the engine is running form inside the car based on hearing. Mind you I bought the base model and it's fully loaded. The Luxury has a sun roof and a lot of safety features but I felt the base model came with SO MUCH that it was perfect, and it is. Great fuel economy ( Don't love the stop feature when you are at a stoplight but it's becoming a lot more common, I get it) Living in Florida, A/C is important and this system delivers in spades. Love hat we can remotely start the car and cool it off first. Sound system is insane! Inclusion of apple car play is seemless. The interior is really plush and again for a base model- I'm so impressed.
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.