Cadillac's Biggest Challenge Could Come From The GMC Denali

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It's not the first time we've said this.

Cadillac wants to go upmarket and it’s already charging more for this. A lot more. Thing is, at the end of the day, Cadillac’s SUVs and crossovers need to do more to separate themselves from their GM corporate cousins. For example, we recently tested the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali, which is built on the same platform that underpins the Cadillac XT5. This is the second generation Acadia which launched earlier this year and, once again, like all Denali-badged models, the Acadia Denali is jammed-packed with luxury.

Real wood trim lines the interior and our tester came with a an 8-speaker Bose Premium audio system, tri-zone climate control, 8-way power driver and passenger heated seats with memory, and the Dual Skyscape sunroof. In place of the second row bench were a couple of captain’s chairs.

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Connectivity? Try a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Combined with the $1,345 Technology Package and various other add-ons, our 2017 Acadia Denali totaled $52,785. By contrast, a comparatively equipped Cadillac XT5 runs for over $63,000. Point being is that we’re still left wondering whether GMC’s Denali models might be the better luxury value in the GM brand lineup. Special thanks to DGDG.com for letting us film the car.

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