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2022 Cadillac XT5 Road Test

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MSRP: $43,995 (Luxury FWD) Tested: $67,965 (Premium Luxury AWD)

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The XT5 is Cadillac’s entry into the highly competitive compact luxury crossover segment. It is offered in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. All-wheel drive is standard on top-of-the-line Sport models. Front-wheel drive is standard issue on the other two levels, with AWD optional ($2,000).

A 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine (235 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque) is the base engine, with a 3.6L V6 (310 horsepower, 271 lb-ft) optional ($1,000 ) on Luxury and Premium Luxury, and standard on Sport. My test rider was a Premium Luxury trim with the optional V-6. I drove the 2.0L, but not in an XT5. My feeling is that the turbo four would be sufficient here, although it may lack the comfortable excess power that the six provides (and that buyers expect, when buying the luxury segment). Linked to a 9-speed automatic transmission, the V-6 power flow is smooth and there’s plenty to shift/merge. If towing is part of your plans, the six is ​​the obvious choice. Maximum capacity is 1,000 lbs with the 2.0 four and 3,500 lbs with the 3.6 V-6. Fuel economy is, as expected, better with the smaller engine (EPA says 22/29/24 (FWD) and 21/27/23 (AWD) for the 2.0L. The six should return 19/26/21 (FWD) I recorded 15 mpg even during my week behind the wheel, mostly in city driving There is virtually no mileage penalty for going AWD with the V-6 (18/26/21) , and that adds another benefit – the luxury of not worrying about white punches in the winter. The XT5 handles confidently and the ride quality is generally smooth, albeit with some noted impact harshness on a broken pavement.

Cadillac XT5 2021

The cabins of high-end vehicles are often oversized. Function is sometimes sacrificed in favor of modernity. Touchpads are a perfect example. They work well as an interface on laptops. But, less so in a car, where the finesse movements needed to make adjustments take longer than a simpler design, and are potentially inconvenient for the driver.

That said, the XT5’s forward cabin is beautiful and thankfully simple to use. Most controls are accessed via an 8″ touchscreen, a bank of buttons below, and a rotary controller on the front of the center console. Front and side visibility is good. The XT5 has typical crossover rear ¾ blind spots. A blind spot monitoring system is therefore important and is included on the Premium Luxury and Sport versions, but surprisingly not available on the Luxury.

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2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport

XT5 has six footers in both rows. The rear seats adjust fore and aft, and the seatbacks fold flat for a level cargo floor. There’s a good-sized cargo hold – capacity ranges from 30 to 63 cu.ft, depending on seating configuration – with a reasonable lift height in the rear. The infotainment systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the connection is wireless. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is also included. An 8-speaker Bose audio system is standard. A premium 14-speaker Bose system is available on the top two trims ($1,025, built-in navigation included) and recommended.

The Premium Luxury trim is my preferred choice among the XT5 trim levels. Some necessary features (like blind-spot protection) and desirable extras (like the $2,275 technology package – peripheral vision, rear pedestrian alert, rear-view mirror with rear camera, 8″ color gauge cluster, head-up display, help Auto Park with Braking) are only available on this trim and above.

A resident of the Capital District for 40 years, Dan Lyons has been reviewing new cars for publications for over 30 years. He is the author of six automotive books and photographer of over 200 calendars.