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When you shop for a 2021 Cadillac XT5, you’ll find three versions of the midsize luxury SUV: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. The latter two are similarly outfitted, but the XT5 Sport has a standard V6 engine, all-wheel drive (AWD), 20-inch wheels, an upgraded suspension, quicker steering, and a more engaging driving character. For added luxury, a Platinum package is available.
The 2021 XT5 Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels have a 237-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Sport trim’s V6 makes 310 hp. Both engines use a nine-speed automatic transmission, and AWD is optional with Luxury and Premium Luxury models. Fuel economy estimates range from 21 mpg to 24 mpg in combined driving, and a Cadillac XT5 can tow up to 3,500 pounds with the V6 engine. Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov. Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
This year, the XT5 gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, plus Amazon Alexa Built-in with dramatically improved voice recognition capabilities. The latest XT5 models also have a digital driver information display between the gauges, high-resolution cameras, and an available night vision system.
Front Wheel Drive (2WD)
F 41.2"/R 39"
F 37.9"/R 36.6"
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Styling and design: The Cadillac XT5 features a clean, creased, and modern look that is distinctively Cadillac and stands in sharp contrast to rivals from Lexus, Lincoln, and others. The minimalist approach inside works well, and on higher trim levels, the XT5’s interior features rich, high-quality materials such as leather, wood, and synthetic suede.
Comfortable cabin: The XT5’s interior is easy to get in and out of and offers plenty of legroom for four adults. The seats are comfortable, too, making longer drives more enjoyable. The 30-cubic-foot cargo area offers plenty of luggage space, and when you fold the back seats down the XT5 can carry 63 cubic feet of cargo, more than its primary rival, the Lexus RX.
Ride and handling: When equipped with its available adaptive suspension, the XT5 supplies a commendable ride with capable handling. The adaptive suspension is standard with the Sport trim and available for the Premium Luxury trim through the optional Platinum package. Still, while this is not the kind of SUV that appeals to driving enthusiasts, the XT5 is more rewarding to drive with the adaptive suspension isolating occupants from bumps and controlling this Cadillac’s body motions.
Noise isolation: Since Cadillac substantially improved the XT5’s controls, displays, and the infotainment system’s user experience in 2020, the main complaint about the XT5 pertains to interior noise. The standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine sounds unrefined, and when you’re driving this Cadillac, there is too much noise emanating from and making its way into the cabin.
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RepairPal gave the Cadillac XT5 an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Cadillac XT5 1st out of 23 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.View RepairPal's full rating of the Cadillac XT5
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is available in multiple trims, each with its own estimated fuel economy, here are the EPA estimates for each trim:
The Cadillac XT5 received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from RepairPal, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Cadillac XT5 as 0 out of 23 among Luxury Midsize SUV
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 has a maximum towing capacity of between 1000 and 3500 pounds, when properly equipped. Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
Here is what's new for the 2021 Cadillac XT5: