The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is a compact luxury SUV. It offers a lot of room for your passengers and cargo. The XT5 can accommodate up to five people. It also provides the type of smooth ride quality that Cadillac fans have come to expect. An elegant exterior design and an upscale interior set this SUV apart from the competition.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, the digital-gauge display gets a cosmetic upgrade. Some features are now standard for all models. This includes Alexa integration as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Automatic-Parking Assist has been improved for this year. High-tech features such as a night-vision camera have been added as well.
Body Styles and Configurations
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 only has one body style. It's a basic four-door small SUV with a rear hatch to access the cargo area. There are three trim levels for the XT5. The first two can be had in either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations. The Sport trim only comes in AWD.
Available Trim Levels:
This base model comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The seats offer 6-way power adjustments. The infotainment system has a large HD display and provides a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. There is a Bose Premium Audio System with 8 speakers and Bluetooth technology for streaming your favorite music.
The rear passengers can have their own infotainment system as well. The available setup includes a DVD player and multiple screens. Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control should keep everyone comfortable no matter where they're seated. All trim levels offer a Universal Home Remote to access security systems, garage doors and more.
The Premium Luxury models come with the same engine and transmission system as the base trim. A 3.6-liter V6 is optional for the first time. Some new driver-assists here include Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane-Change Alert. This model comes with an Advanced Security Package. This includes an alarm, door-lock shields, interior-movement sensors and locking wheel lugs.
On the inside of the Premium Luxury trim, the seats now have 2-way lumbar support. The added Memory Package allows owners to create 2 presets for the driver and front-passenger seats. The steering wheel has a heating feature at this level. There is also an available air ionizer.
The Sport trim, as the name suggests, is all about superior performance. It automatically comes with the V6 engine and AWD. This means more horsepower and better overall handling. A Bose Performance Series audio system with 14 speakers is available as an option. In addition to the climate-control system, there is also a humidity sensor and air filter.
The AWD system here has a unique twin clutch that is not available to AWD models of the first two trim levels. The suspension system gets upgraded with real-time damping. There is also an upgraded, heavy-duty cooling system. Most of the driver-assists and safety features from the Premium Luxury trim are present here as well.
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is available with two different powertrain options. The first two trim levels come equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. This engine produces around 235 horsepower (hp) and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Sport trim comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 310 hp and 271 pound-feet of torque. All models have a 9-speed automatic transmission system.
It's quiet inside the cabin of the 2021 XT5. There is very little engine noise and even less road noise. The suspension system does its job well, providing an exceptionally smooth ride. Steering is accurate and handling is solid thanks to the traction-control technology in this Cadillac. Things get even better with an AWD model.
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 offers good fuel efficiency for its class. The 2.0-liter engine has an EPA-estimated combined fuel-economy rating of 24 miles-per-gallon (mpg). Getting an XT5 with AWD may lose you about 1 mpg. The bigger V6, surprisingly, does almost as well. It offers a combined rating of 21 mpg.
Buyers expect the best safety features in a luxury vehicle. Cadillac doesn't disappoint in this category with their latest XT5. All models come stock with an advanced airbag system that has a total of seven airbags. Automatic Braking and Traction Control are on all models. A Park-Assist feature is available for both front and rear parking.
In addition to a rear-view camera, the XT5 also has HD night-vision for the ultimate in driver awareness and road visibility. All trims come with GM's Teen Driver package. This allows owners to set certain guidelines for younger drivers. It also provides reports so parents can encourage their teens to develop safe driving habits.The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is a great choice for anyone looking for a compact SUV. It can seat up to five and has a maximum of 63 cubic feet of cargo space. It's an attractive vehicle with a cozy, upscale interior. A quiet, refined ride and plenty of convenience features make this luxury vehicle a joy to drive.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Cadillac XT5 MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.