Luxury, Space, Performance: 2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport

The Cadillac XT5 is a great blend of luxury and performance.

The Cadillac XT5 is a Great Example of a Tried-and-True American Formula

  — by Mike Musto
 
With a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, all-wheel drive, and available real-time suspension damping, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport is perfect for those looking for a family-oriented SUV, but want some performance too.
 
My press model was outfitted in Cadillac’s Red Horizon Tintcoat, along with the optional 20-inch 12-spoke rims with Pearl Nickel paint, and in person, it was quite the looker. During my week with it, I logged close to 500 fun-filled miles, under a variety of conditions. When it was time to turn in the keys, I came away thinking one thing – Cadillac is going strong. Yup, there's no two ways about it, the XT5 is a very nice SUV.

A blacked-out grille, raked headlamps, and a pronounced lower fascia give the XT5 an air of sophistication.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport Exterior

The XT5 is a solid looking mid-size SUV that stays true to Cadillac’s current design philosophy. A distinctive blacked-out grille, raked headlamps, and a pronounced lower fascia with brushed trim help give the 3,900-pound SUV an air of sophistication. Its lines are sharp but soft, and thanks to a low-ish beltline, the XT5 possesses large windows, which allow for great outward visibility. The 20-inch alloys wear all-season tires, and fill out the wheel wells nicely. Up top, a panoramic roof helps the cabin to feel more open.
 
Like most SUVs in the segment, the XT5 utilizes a large electronic rear hatch with an integrated roof spoiler. Unlike some competitors, the hatch on the XT5 offered enough height for my 6’4” frame to fit underneath. That's something I rarely see. LED rear tail lamps, twin brushed exhaust tips, and a concealed trailer hitch help to round out a sporty package.
 
The cabin of the 2020 XT5 Sport is a comforting blend of analog and digital technology.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport Interior

The cabin of the 2020 XT5 Sport is a comforting blend of analog and digital technology. A large tach and speedometer grab one's eyes, while the heads up display provides a subtle reminder of how quickly one is traveling. All in-car functions can be found either via the inset information screen in the gauge cluster or via the Cadillac User Experience touchscreen. Here, the driver and passenger alike can access apps, maps, navigation, weather, Bose premium audio, and more. There are also real-time traffic updates, along with mobile phone integration by way of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi also lets you connect up to seven separate devices at once.
 
Since the XT5 is a five-seater, third-row passengers need not apply. The heated, ventilated, eight-way power-adjustable leather sport seats offer nice support, and the heated steering wheel is perfect for chilly mornings. Carbon fiber dash inserts, along with Alcantara and chrome trim provide the XT5 Sport with an exclusive feel befitting the Cadillac badge on the hood. In the center, there's a pair of cup holders, a gloss black shifter handle, a rotary dial for the infotainment system, and a cordless mobile phone charger that lives beneath the armrest. The rear seats fold in a convenient 60/40 split, and with up to 63 cubic-feet of storage available, the XT5 will have no problem swallowing most anything you throw in it.
 
 The XT5 has a 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower and 217 lb-ft of torque mated to a nine-speed transmission.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport Performance

With 310 horsepower and 217 lb-ft of torque coming from a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, the XT5 Sport provides drivers with brisk acceleration and enjoyable performance. The sprint to 60 mph takes around six seconds, and power is transferred to the selectable all-wheel-drive system by a nine-speed automatic transmission. At 3,915 pounds, the XT5 is no lightweight, but thanks to the standard dual-clutch Sport Control AWD with active yaw control and adaptive suspension, the XT5 felt quite confident, even when driven aggressively.
 
Braking performance was also confidence inspiring, thanks to four-wheel anti-lock brakes and Michelin Premier LTX all-season tires. It won't take long behind the wheel for the enthusiasts to realize Cadillac has equipped the 2020 XT5 Sport with a suspension tuned for performance driving.
 
By offering on-the-fly shifting from front-wheel to all-wheel drive, as well as multiple suspension calibrations for each, the XT5 allows owners to toggle their performance settings with the push of a button. Overall range was also quite good, with EPA fuel economy ratings coming in at 25 mpg on the highway, 18 mpg in the city, and 20 mpg during combined driving*, which equates to almost 400 miles of range between fill-ups, thanks in part to a 19.4-gallon fuel tank.
 
With the seats folded, there’s a whopping 63 cubic-feet of storage available.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport Safety

The Cadillac XT5 received a Five-Star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and also earned the top rating of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
 
Available options like forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, all-wheel drive, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert, make the 2020 XT5 Sport a great option for safety conscious buyers.
 
The Cadillac XT5 is available with all-wheel drive and adaptive suspension tech.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport Overall

With a base price of $55,095 and an as-tested price of $65,815, the 2020 XT5 Sport is aimed directly at those looking for a bit more performance from their mid-size SUV. Cadillac hasn’t reinvented the wheel here, but instead, have relied on a tried-and-true formula that combines luxury and performance into an attractive package.
 
Drop by your local AutoNation-affiliated Cadillac dealer today to check one out!
 
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
 
** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
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