The 2018 Cadillac XT5 represents the GM luxury division's commitment to competing worldwide in the international luxury market. With Cadillac's focus on quality, comfort and performance, it should do quite well.
The XT5 replaces the SRX crossover, which was Cadillac's best-selling vehicle. Those are big shoes to fill, but the 2018 XT5 is up to the task. The quality of the interior materials are a noticeable improvement from the last generation. Some smart engineering means the XT5 is lighter as well, which improves handling, ride quality and fuel economy. It's also roomier: Compared to the outgoing SRX, the XT5's wheelbase is about 2 inches longer, allowing Cadillac to maximize interior space.
Not coincidentally, the XT5's 112.5-inch wheelbase is also shared with the GMC Acadia and so are many elements of its engineering. That includes the standard, transversely mounted, 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 engine with 310 horsepower. However, at least for the time being, the Acadia uses a six-speed automatic transmission while the Cadillac's V6 feeds an eight-speed, paddle-shiftable automatic that includes overdrive ratios in both seventh and eighth gears. All-wheel drive is available on higher trim levels.
Interior comfort is top-notch, with two rows of seats that offer ample room for full-size adults in both front and back. Cadillac's CUE infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an upgraded Bose speaker system is available. Physical switches have been reintroduced, replacing most of the controversial capacitive controls from the previous model. The switches mean that controls react more positively and operate more intuitively than before.
With excellent forward visibility, large side mirrors and an optional rear-facing camera display in the rearview mirror, the XT5 is easy to maneuver. Handling is secure, the suspension is supple and the brakes are strong. A full host of active safety features, including blind-spot monitoring and emergency brake assist, make the 2018 Cadillac XT5 an exceptionally safe car as well.
The XT5's upgraded powertrain pays off in better fuel economy compared to the old SRX. Front-wheel-drive XT5 models return 22 mpg combined (19 city/27 highway). Add all-wheel drive to the mix and those mileage ratings drop a uniform 1 mpg each.
Making sense of the luxury crossover SUV market takes some serious research. Luckily, Edmunds has full reviews to help you figure out which XT5 is right for you. Edmunds is also a great place to find the best price on a 2018 Cadillac XT5 at a dealership near you.
2018 Cadillac XT5 Overview
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is offered in the following submodels: SUV. Available styles include Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), and 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A). XT5 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2018 XT5 comes with front wheel drive or all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2018 XT5 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Review So I discovered that the headrest does not adjust. This is now standard on Mercedes. glc, audi q5. The pain that i had in my neck extending down to my lower back was not bearable. I tried to sell the car privately and to lease swap it. But no good. The vehicle dropped 14K in value with less then 1500 miles. I finally got a dealer to up the price by 4K from the low ball offered even at Cadillac dealer that did not have any inventory. So I am thankfully finished with this car. It is beautiful, but for me the seat was so bad that I was willing to sacrifice over 11K to get rid of this car. As for GM financial. I have called 7 times to get a letter showing that the vehicle was paid off and purchased. i have been told so many different stories. All incorrect. The letter is not generated. It would be generated, It has been generated. Nothing. ON hold for hours. I will not ever walk into a GM dealership ever again.
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What options are available on the 2018 Cadillac XT5?
Available Cadillac XT5 2018 Submodel Types: SUV
Available Cadillac XT5 2018 Trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum, Base
Exterior Colors: Crystal White Tricoat, Stellar Black Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Red Passion Tintcoat, Dark Granite Metallic, Harbor Blue Metallic, Bronze Dune Metallic, Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic, Deep Amethyst Metallic, Silver Coast Metallic, Silver Moonlight Metallic
Interior Colors: Sahara Beige w/Jet Black Accents leather, Jet Black leather, Sahara Beige w/Jet Black Accents leatherette, Maple Sugar w/Jet Black Accents premium leather, Cirrus w/Dark Titanium Accents leather, Cirrus w/Titanium Accents leather, Jet Black premium leather, Carbon Plum w/Jet Black Accents leather
Popular Features: 3500lb Towing Capacity, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Mobile Internet, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Rear Bench Seats, Remote Start, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Back-up camera, Blind Spot Monitoring, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Heated seats, Sunroof/Moonroof, Navigation, AWD/4WD, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-collision safety system, Upgraded Stereo, Leather Seats, Upgraded Headlights, Cooled Seats, Alarm, Adaptive Cruise Control, Heads up display, 360-degree camera, Towing Hitch, Rear Entertainment System
Engine/Mechanics: 6 cylinders
Fuel Types: regular unleaded
Drivetrains: all wheel drive, front wheel drive
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