2022 Cadillac XT5 Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons.
Despite the fact that it hit the market just five years ago, the Cadillac XT5 is starting to come off as a bit outdated. In the realm of small- and medium-size SUVs, that is an entire lifetime. A new generation should be in order... but it isn't here yet.
The 2022 Cadillac XT5 struggles to stack up to big-time competitors like the Lincoln Aviator and Mercedes GLE. Those SUVs have seem some updates pretty recently, therefore evoking a more high-tech, 2020s vibe. Until the overhauled 2023 introduces us to a new generation of the XT5, buyers will have to consider whether or not they want to wait another year.
Let's talk about what we like on the 2022 XT5 before we jump into what we don't like (followed by a trim level comparison). If you are tired of the standard offerings on Buick and GMC, then moving up to a luxury SUV like the American-made XT5 could be a good advancement to make. This SUV has better-than-average cargo volume, which benefits from the fold-flat main cargo hold design. Also, the power liftgate has a programmable height feature for easier loading and unloading of cargo.
The cabin is plentiful on space. Legs and heads have room in both rows of seats. Rear seat passengers can stretch their legs without asking front seat occupants to move their seats up. Everyone fits, so everyone sits. You can even squeeze a third adult into the middle seat in the back.
The XT5's price point also makes it worthy of consideration. Among its competitors, the XT5 is one of the more generously priced. Even the price jumps between trim levels aren't as mind-blowingly massive as what you see on other luxury SUVs. If you're on a somewhat restricted budget, the XT5 could be a good fit.
Here's what we don't like. There aren't too many small item storage areas inside of the cabin. You will have to get creative with how and where you store your purse or tablet. Also, the small windows and mirrors make it difficult to see out of the rear. You will have to rely on the rear-view camera for backing up. A lot of noise comes into the cabin while driving, and some features that are normally standard on luxury SUVs are left as options on the XT5.
That being said, let's start talking trim levels. There are just three to choose from: the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. The Luxury and Premium Luxury are both powered by a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine which serves up a solid 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A3.6-liter V6 comes on the line-topping Sport trim level and produces a power output of 310 hp and 271 lb-ft. You can optionally equip engine on the Premium Luxury. Each engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The first two trims are front-wheel drive (FWD) with all-wheel drive (AWD) left as an option. AWD is standard issue on the Sport.
Now, let's dig our heels in and see just how different these three XT5 trim levels are. Which one will meet your needs the best? Time to find out.
Compare the Luxury vs Premium Luxury Trims. What is the difference?
The 2022 Cadillac XT5's base trim level is known as the Luxury, which is followed up by the mid-tier Premium Luxury trim. As already discussed above, these trims share the same powertrain configurations while leaving options open for things like AWD. The higher-powered V6 engine from the Sport is optional on the Premium Luxury.
4-wheel antilock disc brakes come standard, as does a standard 4-wheel independent suspension that creates a smoother ride quality - something you should expect from a luxury vehicle. Capless fuel fill, an electronic parking brake, Electronic Precision Shift, and electronic traction control are equipped while an engine block heater is available. If you go to the Premium Luxury, you can opt for the Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking system, which works in tandem with forward collision warning to prevent front-end collisions.
Other available mechanical features for the Premium Luxury trim level include a heavy-duty cooling system, hitch guidance (with or without hitch view), a performance suspension, reverse automatic braking, and smart towing (which includes Hitch Guidance,
Hitch Guidance with Hitch View, a 170-amp alternator, the heavy-duty cooling system, a hitch, hitch cover, and 7-wire harness).
You can tell these two trim levels apart based on some of their exterior features. The Premium Luxury has 18-inch 6-spoke alloy wheels with a sleek Pearl Nickel finish while the Luxury has them as an option but sticks with standard 18-inch Multi-Spoke alloy wheels with a Bright Silver finish. Both have multiple options for 20-inch wheels. Other standard features include active aero shutters, automatic on/off headlights, and bright brushed aluminum roof rails. They also have deep tinted glass, front cornering lights, IntelliBeam auto high beam headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and LED headlights. A rear spoiler, rear side marker lamp, and rear intermittent wiper round out the list of shared standard features.
The Premium Luxury offers a few more exterior upgrades. It comes with the UltraView power sunroof, rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers, locking wheel lugs, door handles that are illuminated, a hands-free power liftgate, and body-colored and heated driver's-side auto-dimming side mirrors that are also power-folding with integrated turn signal indicators.
Optionally, you can get the Driver Assist package on the Premium Luxury. It adds on adaptive cruise control, automatic seat belt tightening, enhanced automatic emergency braking, and reverse automatic braking. Gloss Black exhaust bezels are a stand-alone option. The Platinum Package will give you semi-aniline leather seats with Chevron-Perforated inserts, and a leather-wrapped instrument panel, console, and door trim. It also comes with a microfiber suede headliner, premium carpeted mats for the rear and front floors, damping control for the chassis, a high-performance suspension, two special interior trims (fiber trim with bronze carbon on Jet Black or jet black accents accompanying Maple Sugar and an Open Pore Elm Cluster wood trim), the Navigation and Bose Premium Audio Package, the Technology Package, and the Lighting Package. The Technology Package is itself an option, giving you an 8-inch diagonal color Driver Information Center display, a reconfigurable color head-up display, the HD Surround Vision camera system, a rear camera mirror with a built-in washer, Rear Pedestrian Alert, and Automatic Parking Assist with braking.
While the Luxury does not come with power lumbar support, the Premium Luxury equips it on both front seats. A 6-way power adjustable front passenger's seat comes standard. A Bose premium 8-speaker audio system is standard on both trim levels, but a 14-speaker premium Bose sound system is optional on the Premium Luxury. Wireless smartphone app integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes standard. You also get cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, front and rear park assist, a locking glovebox, heated front seats, keyless open, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and lane departure warning with the lane keep assist feature.
There is also a passenger sensing system that comes standard. Also, there are power windows, rear air vents, a rear window defogger, remote start, a teen driver feature, tire pressure monitoring, the HomeLink universal remote, and WiFi hot-spot connectivity. To this, the Premium Luxury adds a steering column lock, a self-powered theft-deterrent alarm system, a retractable cargo shade, rear cross traffic alert, a power tilt and telescoping system, memory on the driver's seat, lane change alert, an interior auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated steering wheel, and door locks and latch shields.
Compare the Premium Luxury vs Sport Trims. What is the difference?
The Sport marks a big upgrade and relatively big jump in price. The standard V6 engine with AWD provides a lot more power. It also comes with Brembo front performance brakes, a real-time damping suspension with the chassis, a heavy-duty cooling system, a performance suspension, and Sport Control on the AWD.
The exterior sees some noteworthy upgrades as well. It rides atop 20-inch 12-Spoke alloy wheels with a sleek Pearl Nickel finish with all-wheel tires slapped on. There are also roof rails done in gloss black. Inside, you will find that the Sport has essentially all of the same equipment as the Premium Luxury trim level.
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Which Trim to Choose?
There are quite a few reasons why people want luxury SUVs. They're typically more powerful and equipped with more high-tech, current standard features than the average vehicle. On the whole, the 2022 Cadillac XT5 is decently equipped with features buyers will want. But there could be more standard features; too many are left in optional packages. And you clearly won't get many feature enhancements on the Sport trim level. You will just be spending thousands of dollars more for the mechanical upgrades - that's it.
Now, the base Luxury trim level might be more attractive at first because of its price tag. However, when you run down the list of standard features, it will start to feel like it is lacking a bit too many. You only get to equip the 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive; the V6 isn't an option at all. There also are no real significant upgrades in terms of packages.
That is why we advocate for purchasing the XT5's mid-tier Premium Luxury trim level. It offers more standard features over the base Luxury trim. Having blind-spot monitoring with a rear cross traffic alert equipped on this vehicle is a huge bonus since the XT5 has some troubling blind spots. Also, the hands-free power liftgate makes it easier to get into the cargo area since you do not need to use your finger to press a button on your key fob; it just needs to be in your purse or pocket.
As far as packages go, we recommend adding the Technology Package based on the fact that it comes with features that are oriented toward driver assist. The digital rear-view mirror is handy since it allows you to see what's out the rear even when you are loaded up on cargo. You can also use the automated parking assist to help get you into and out of tight parking spaces, which would otherwise be pretty difficult on the XT5 given its poor rear visibility.
The Platinum Package is also one to consider if you want a few more niceties. It gives you everything that comes with the Technology package plus more in the way of infotainment. The 14-speaker premium Bose sound system is one that music lovers can enjoy, and the heated and ventilated front seats can certainly feel nice when you need to use them.
Waiting one more year for the XT5's new generation might not be a bad idea though. It will hopefully bring some much-needed feature upgrades and hopefully a somewhat improved fuel economy. Only time will tell if it will be better than the current XT5. In the meantime, the 2022 Cadillac XT5 is one that you might at least want to test drive before making your final decision.
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