Cadillac's Updated XT5 Doesn't Move the Needle
For the 2020 model year, Cadillac's best-selling model gets a facelift and several refinements that do little to alter its back-marker status.
By Annie White
FEB 27, 2020
Car & Driver
HIGHS: Smooth nine-speed transmission, V-6 model is quicker than before, handsome exterior design.
LOWS: Occasionally jittery ride on big wheels, interior finish lags behind its rivals, poor real-world fuel economy.
As Cadillac's best-selling vehicle, the XT5 pays a lot of the brand's bills, even if it isn't the most interesting model in the Cadillac showroom. A host of mid-cycle updates that further refine the XT5 should help maintain its status for the 2020 model year, regardless of whether or not they significantly alter the XT5's reserved character or elevate it from its position at the back of its segment. (They don’t.)
We had a range-topping XT5 Sport model for this review. As standard, it includes General Motors' familiar 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6, adaptive dampers, and a trim-specific mesh grille and dark exterior trim. All-wheel drive is included here, but it's a $2000 option on the lower Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels. The V-6 is also now a $1000 option on those lesser variants, as a new 237-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four base engine has been added for 2020. Along with some minor interior revisions and massaged front and rear fascias, a nine-speed automatic replaces the previous eight-speed unit as the sole transmission choice.
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