2021 Cadillac XT5

$43,995 - $55,095
Price Range (MSRP)
Cadillac XT5

2021 Cadillac XT5 Review: A Big Vanilla Cupcake

Cadillac has put a lot into the XT5 SUV, being that it is the brand's top-selling nameplate in the USA. So to keep it competitive, Cadillac has continuously applied upgrades and alterations to its midsize luxury crossover, eventually leading to a genuinely appealing Cadillac XT5 for the 2021 model year. The semi-premium cruiser can be equipped with either a 235-horsepower turbo 4-cylinder engine or a 310-hp naturally-aspirated inline-6. Both units come coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission and either a front- or an all-wheel drive system. While both powertrains are rather dull and deficient, the XT5 is still pleasant enough to drive and is reasonably fuel-efficient. It's a pragmatic runabout that offers a lot of value for the money, too. But in a classification that is so popular and inundated with options, the XT5 is rather mediocre. With competitors like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, can mediocrity be admissible if presented at the right price?

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2021 Cadillac XT5 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Cadillac XT5?

Cadillac deserves some praise for continually updating its vehicles to keep them competitive. Last year, it introduced a new engine and an all-new nine-speed gearbox. This year, it includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in Alexa function, 20-inch alloys for the top-spec Sport, and three new exterior colors. Other upgrades include a better digital display in the instrument cluster and a higher definition camera for the rearview camera system. Later on in the year, Cadillac will also add more advanced driver-assistance features, like night vision.

Pros and Cons

  • Composed handling dynamics
  • Appreciably spacious interior
  • Extensive standard features list
  • High-tech infotainment system
  • Oodles of trunk cargo space
  • Underpowered engine options
  • Impaired rearward visibility
  • Relatively pricey base model
  • Middling reliability expectations

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2021 Cadillac XT5 Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Premium Luxury
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

XT5 Exterior

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  • Length 189.6 in
  • Wheelbase 112.5 in
  • Height 66.1 in
  • Max Width 74.9 in
  • Front Width 64.8 in
  • Rear Width 64.8 in
  • Curb Weight 3,915.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

XT5 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

There are two powertrains put forward for the 2021 XT5 SUV lineup - a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine, that's been modulated for 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, is standard in the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims along with a 9-speed automatic transmission. A front- or all-wheel drive system can be optioned for both trims. In the Sport trim, a more strapping 3.6-liter inline-6 gas engine is standard and develops up to 310 hp and 271 lb-ft. A 9-speed auto gearbox is also standard here, but the Sport can only be had in AWD.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.6L V6, 3.6L V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

XT5 Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    19.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/29 mpg
* 2021 Cadillac XT5 Luxury FWD

XT5 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.2 in
  • Front Head Room 39.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.4 in

XT5 Trunk and Cargo Space

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XT5 Safety and Reliability


  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2021 Warranty \ 
  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Cadillac XT5 a good SUV?

The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is a pragmatic and value-rich SUV, with its impressively expansive cabin, spacious trunk, and extensive list of standard features. It bears a contemporary aesthetic and a premium-feeling interior strewn with good-quality materials, though the lower-grade elements are noticeable upon closer inspection. In terms of performance, the XT5 often feels a little underpowered, even with the V6. It's the transmission that fails to make the most out of either engine's power, focusing mostly on efficiency. These points make the XT5 SUV an ideal family vehicle, though, but only in suburban settings, as it can feel rather haggard at highway speeds. And though it is rated for a 3,500-pound max towing capacity, it's already lackluster-feeling engine performance makes it difficult to count that as a pro. Both the NHTSA's and the IIHS's review of the 2021 Cadillac XT5 returned a favorable safety rating, but there have been some reliability concerns. The 2021 Cadillac XT5's starting price of $43,995 is higher than those of its popular European competitors, but it boasts a good selection of top-spec features over those cars at the standard level.

🚗What Cadillac XT5 Model Should I Buy?

The entry-spec model of the first-gen XT5 line has always been an ideal pick as it comes nicely outfitted with all the modern creature comforts, conveniences, and technology one would want in a midsize, 5-door family runabout. Opting for this model does, however, mean that you'll be stuck with the turbo-four engine and won't be able to upgrade to the more powerful V6. For the V6, you'd have to opt for the pricier Premium Luxury trim, which costs about as much as one of the more accomplished German alternatives. Nevertheless, the standard Premium offers plenty of value with its modern and all-inclusive infotainment system, power-adjustable and heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and handful of advanced driver-assist systems.

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