Cadillac XT5 vs. Cadillac SRX
Knowing the difference between your luxury vehicles is important. Read on for a comparison of the Cadillac XT5 and the Cadillac SRX.
With the release of the upgraded Cadillac crossover SUVs, you might wonder which is the better value – the retired Cadillac SRX or the new Cadillac XT5. Is there more to it than just appearance?
Looks matter to some extent, but there are other factors in play. The 2017 Cadillac XT5, while it retains some of the SRX’s personality, is completely rebuilt. Reviewers note the XT5’s completely different driving feel, while the cabin’s overall vibe has changed.
For help to decide on which ride is right for you, we’ll break down the major differences, not just the aesthetics. Is the XT5 worth the extra investment?
A New Face
Some of us are used to the iconic shape and trimmings of the Cadillac SUV line. When the XT5 was unveiled, people had very mixed responses to its new appearance. It does take getting used to, as sharp edges were replaced with rounded accents.
The iconic Cadillac “wreath” is gone. Now the logo is bigger and bolder. The grill is more prominent than ever. The most unexpected changes were the headlights. They’re smaller, yet take up more space as they trail down to the fender.
The XT5 is definitely more futuristic looking. You can see Cadillac wants a bigger share of the luxury SUV market. Just look at these comparison shots of the XT5 and the SRX to appreciate their similarities and differences.
Brand New Interior
The dirty secret of the luxury SUV industry is, to keep things affordable, a lot becomes “implied” luxury. But as soon as you get into the Cadillac XT5, you see a lot of leather. A lot, as in leather on the dashboard, doors, center column, steering wheel, seats and gearshift.
This leather is all hand-stitched and expertly laid. While the SRX used leather pieces only on the tops of doors and dashboard, everything feels premium in the XT5. It’s a completely different, upscale environment.
Not only that, the cabin sounds completely different in the XT5. It’s surprisingly quiet when compared to other SUV models. It even beats out some of the more expensive BMW and Mercedes SUVs.
The cargo-handling differences are noticeable between the Cadillac SRX and XT5. You get a larger under-console storage compartment, two extra cubic feet in the cargo bay and more legroom in the back. Cleaning these spacious SUVs is easy and ideal for those who prefer to DIY rather than pay upcharges at detailers.
Engine and Efficiency
Both models have 3.6 Liter V6 engines, producing the same 308 to 310 hp. The difference is the XT5 gets better fuel economy and engine efficiency. This should translate to better engine life and maintenance savings.
XT5 estimates put it at 19 MPG in the city and 27 on the highway. The Cadillac SRX comes in at 17 and 24 mpg, respectively. Although the XT5 appear larger than its predecessor, it is actually 300 pounds lighter. This is the main reason behind its higher fuel efficiency.
However, the XT5 is not as light as some other luxury SUV brands, like BMW or Mercedes.
Upgrades and Standard Features
Most of the upgrades in the XT5 come from standard, functional features that used to be optional add-ons in SRX. Standard upgrades include rear-view camera, Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Headlights are upgraded to LED, giving much more reliable visibility at night. Fog is, of course, undefeated by anything less than high-powered halogen.
These standard features are unsurprising, considering the higher upfront price and how common these features have become.
You also can opt for front-collision detection and protection, which alerts you when a pedestrian walks in front of you. Lane-departure correction also is a worthy upgrade, especially if you like to use cruise control.
Handling and Balance
Here is where we would call a tie between the XT5 and the SRX. Or rather, the differences are too subtle to award points. Both provide a smooth riding experience, while their suspensions are superb and steering is responsive.
Maybe it’s the leather seats and the interior’s premium feel, but the XT5 makes driving fun again. You seek any reason to get out and drive open roads. And because of its noticeably quieter cabin, the XT5 can make even gridlock seem like a minor inconvenience.
Safety and Security
Cadillac is always a reliable bet when it comes to crash-test safety. Both the XT5 and the SRX earned 5-Star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They also received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating, which takes handling and structural integrity into account.
If you upgrade to the front-collision detection system, you would ride in one of the safest vehicles on the road.
Is the SRX or the XT5 a Tossup?
If you just go by the best pick on paper, it’s the newer XT5. If you look for something on a limited budget, but don’t want to compromise, you won’t be disappointed at all by the SRX. It delivers in all categories to make for a great value.
As for aesthetics, which is how many people decide when it’s this close, the XT5 grows on you. Resistance to change is natural, but we’re glad Cadillac doesn’t let its older customer base dictate the race.
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