Used 2019 Cadillac XT5 SUV
Which XT5 does Edmunds recommend?
While the XT5 base trim offers a nice complement of essential features and luxuries, we suggest stepping up one level for the Luxury trim. It costs several thousand dollars more but comes with heated seats, leather upholstery, a sunroof, and several driver aids. It also offers many more options. Next up the ladder is the Premium Luxury trim, but it's not a substantial upgrade given the price. Its adaptive suspension is nice, but the 20-inch wheels contribute to a rougher ride than the Luxury trim's smaller wheels.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Combines a soft, pleasant ride with tight and controlled handling
- Interior space is generous, larger than most rivals
- Seats are built for long-haul -- and long-commute -- comfort
- Only offers one engine
- most rivals offer two or more
- Tech interface frustrates with clunky voice controls and gimmicks
- Small windows and mirrors make it hard to see out the back
- New standard safety features and driver aids on upper trim levels
- Larger, higher-output wireless device charging pad
- Part of the first XT5 generation introduced for 2017
|Overall||7.6 / 10|
The XT5 delivers a confident and reassuring driving experience when it comes to the way it steers, grips the road and brakes to a stop. It's not terribly quick, but the engine and transmission deliver enough sauce to get the job done. But those with a heavy right foot may disagree.
The XT5 is suitably comfortable. Seat comfort is a high point, and the ride is smooth, well-mannered and never feels bouncy. But it isn't as quiet as it ought to be, particularly at low speeds around town where engine accessory drive noises are evident.
It's attractive and modern-looking at first glance, but the styling priorities reduce control simplicity and compromise outward visibility. And while the XT5 offers generous head- and legroom up front, it does not feel all that spacious across the width of the cabin, particularly at the elbows.
We found the XT5's main cargo hold to be well-shaped and accommodating, though we can't say the same about the small-item storage in the front of the cabin. The high point is a hidden purse cubby, but the center console is not nearly as big inside as it appears outside.
The touchscreen audio and navigation system seems more responsive than previous iterations, and the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is transformative. The standard voice controls aren't very compelling, but the system defers to Apple and Android commands if properly synced.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
The car reviewers i.e. car magazines and online reviewers are mostly wrong. The Cadillac CUE system in my 2017 XT5 is great!. Like most technology, you have to learn it. When you do after a day or two, you'll find the flexibility and things you can do are great. I get the feeling the reviewers get in the car and expect this knowledge to pop into their heads. It's a computer guys. Come on over to my house and I'll teach you how to use it. The mirrors are rather large and just fine contrary to this review. The base navigation system is unimpressive. The XT5 is a rather large vehicle, but I got 28mpg on a recent road trip. I was pleasantly surprised.
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Three weeks ago, I took delivery of a 2019 XT5 Luxury AWD with the optional Black Ice Package (dark grey 20" wheels, blacked-out grille, and Black ice exterior trim pieces). First, the car looks great, with the Crystal White Tricoat paint, contrasting nicely with the Black Ice Package trim. This vehicle rides so smoothly and is the quietest car I have ever driven. This past weekend, I took it on its first longer trip, from southern NJ to Northeast PA. It handled hills and twisting roads without complaint. On the way home, I filled the tank. When I got home, I pulled up the trip summary on my app, and for the last 101 miles (fill up to home), the fuel economy was calculated as 30 mpg! Even though this is an AWD model, it's not full-time AWD. On my car, AWD is activated by selecting either Sport mode or just "AWD". I've been driving in Tour mode, 2-wheel drive, for the most part. My XT5 also has front pedestrian braking, low speed automatic braking and lane departure warning, which my '16 SRX did not have. The Bose Surround system gives beautiful sound. I couldn't be happier with this crossover.
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I owned a 2011 SRX that I absolutely loved. Was not really excited to trade it in for the XT5 but my husband insisted. Glad I listened because I do love it! Took a while to get used to the gear shift, it's very different from the SRX. But I love the CUE system. Very comfortable both driver and passenger. Back seat has lots of leg room. Smooth ride. After owning two Cadillac SUVs I don't think I will ever be happy with anything else!
Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I have had my XT5 for 1 year and I am pleased with it. Rides well but sometimes suspension can be harsh. Transmission gets confused at times. I found the seat back very uncomfortable and had auto upholsterer add more padding; problem solved. Missing features like side mirror turn signal, locking gas door and many other small items. The bottom edge of the 2 front doors have sharp corners not rounded smooth edges like every other cat that I've owned. Cut my legs twice on the door. Otherwise the car is smooth, quiet, comfortable and reliable. A good car but could and should be a little better. Follow up 1 year later - still happy with my XT5. This is my first American car I have owned and am pleased with the reliability. The 2020 model has been updated and many of the issues I have with the car have been addressed. The new transmission is supposed to be much more refined. Many basic features missing from my car are now standard equipment (HID headlight, turn signals in mirrors, etc.). Another year later and still very pleased with my XT5. Very reliable and no issues
Features & Specs
Our experts like the XT5 models:
- Safety Alert Seat
- Generates vibrating pulse patterns in the driver's seat cushion to alert to a potential collision on the left or right side of the car.
- Vehicle Interior Movement Sensor
- Part of the Advanced Security package, it alerts the driver before opening the doors if any movement has been detected inside the vehicle.
- Forward Collision Alert
- Issues an alert if a potential collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian seems imminent and can initiate braking if necessary.