Powertrain And Performance
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is powered by a 3.6L V6 that produces a total of 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional on all but the base trim and is the only option on the top-level Platinum trim.
Acceleration from a full stop to 60 mph is accomplished in about 6.7 seconds. Shifting is smooth, with very little hesitation between the gears. Braking is above average for this vehicle segment, with the XT5 going from 60 mph to a full stop in just 115 feet. Body roll during cornering is all but absent, and the steering turn-in is quite crisp. An optional tow package is available that results in a maximum trailering capacity of around 3,000 pounds. Expect about 22 mpg on the highway.
Interior And Exterior Styling
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is nicely appointed on the inside. Standard features on the base trim include simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, air conditioning, and a 40/20/20-split folding rear seat with sliding and reclining functionality. If the all-wheel drive option is chosen, heated front seats are also standard on the base trim.
The uplevel Luxury trim adds on leather upholstery, heated front seats on the front-wheel drive versions, a panoramic sunroof, driver-seat memory settings, and a heated steering wheel. The Premium Luxury trim comes with 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, interior accent lighting, and optional tri-zone automatic climate control. The Platinum trim boasts a hands-free power liftgate and a 14-speaker Bose sound system. The XT5 has a large front grille and fascia, and it also features slanted headlights that wrap around the corners, allowing for better visibility for other vehicles approaching from right and left.
High Tech Features
All 2018 Cadillac XT5 versions come with an 8-inch screen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice controls, and OnStar services. The latter includes 4G LTE data connectivity. Rear parking sensors are also included. The uplevel trims add on the full driver awareness systems including automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert. Satellite radio is included regardless of trim level, and the rearview camera is also standard.
Top Selling Points
Reliability is at the top of this list. The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is finely crafted with a better-than-average suspension system and reinforced side panels. Buyers will appreciate the long-term warranty for the powertrain. This model depreciates quite slowly and has a high resale value when it comes time to trade for a new transport.