As the ATS, CTS, and CT6 all demonstrate, Cadillac can build brilliant-driving sedans. But the brand's SUVs lack the same magic. Built on a new platform, the Cadillac XT5 is a descendant of the SRX but it’s neither here nor there. Battling a field of worthy competitors, the XT5 isn't as rewarding to drive as a German compact luxury SUV, nor does it pamper you like a Lexus RX.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Cadillac XT5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Drivers door switch failed and the control module couldn't tell if the vehicle was occupied or not. Radio and lights remained on until they timed out after 20 minutes or so"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum 3.6-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry would not always work"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Cadillac XT5 Premium 3.6-L V6)

"went to open right side door with key fob in pocket alarms went off .door would not open. car would not start once I got doors open, air would only blow warm air. car would not recognize key fob"

Thomas F., FL (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"The car would not start with the key FOB and the sensor in the car had to be replace car was totally dead and on star would not work"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Cadillac XT5 Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

"Park Assist was not working on car delivery.Was repaired by dealer. Lane departure warning has not activated since received car. Forward Collision Alert also had not activated since received car 3 1/2 months ago"

Anonymous, SC (2017 Cadillac XT5 Premium 3.6-L V6)

"False indications from warning lights. Indicating a problem when there was none"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Cadillac XT5 Premium 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"both come and go with no apparent reason"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum 3.6-L V6)

"Dashboard squeak"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

"trim on top of rear cargo hatch squeaks and rattles. they say they are all like that"

Thomas F., FL (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

"Rattle in the rear seat on the passenger side of the car"

Anonymous, IA (2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum 3.6-L V6)

"The dealer worked hard with factor support and resolved these problems"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

"Rubber around the sunroof was puckered and stuck in the car body"

Eric Y., IN (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"This has been an on going problem until I contacted the Better Business Bureau. Two days latter I heard fro GM. Now my car will be repurchased and I will get a new car by a contract between me, GM and BBB. However, now I am having trouble connecting back to GM to inform them of the next step which they told me I needed to do, I have been at my wits end with this company. My dealership has been supportive during this fiasco, but getting in touch with someone from GM, as I have been instructed by"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The engine is supposed to cu out when sopped for a traffic light. After doing this a few times, this feature stopped working. Also note: A few other features stopped working after a few weeks: Lange change warnings, both front seats warmers.cell phone paring"

Anonymous, SC (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Satelite radio fades out frequently for more than 30 seconds in open space with clear skys"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"transmission mount was broken and corrected via warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Cadillac XT5 Premium 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission warning due to loose connection"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"The windshield tint is too dark and acts as a mirror when the auto is facing the Sun. As a result vents and speaker covers on the dashboard are vividly reflected on the windshield and impair the drivers' view of the road. Cadillac considers this normal. Do not buy the XT5 until they solve this problem"

Neil G., MI (2017 Cadillac XT5 Premium 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Air conditioning didn't cool well"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Intermited problems"

Kenneth S., FL (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"Floor outlet on drivers side did not open"

Neal M., MI (2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Same as already listed"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Cadillac XT5 Premium 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"There is a Engine Design Error. This engine has a 4/6 Cylinder Switch supposed to save gas. However, every time that the engine switches from the 4 cylinder operation to the 6 cylinder operation it VIBRATES very bad. It is very irritating. I took it back to Dealership several times, but they said they could not do anything, it is inherent in the engine design to vibrate and make noise when it switches from 4 to 6 cylinder operation. GM WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THEY SAID "SORRY ABOUT YOUR"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Cadillac XT5 Premium 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil leak between the head and engine block"

Anonymous, AR (2017 Cadillac XT5 Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER
Nov 04 2016
If there is a brake fluid leak, braking performance may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2017 Cadillac XT5 vehicles manufactured April 16, 2016, to May 9, 2016, and 2017 GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured April 19, 2016, to April 22, 2016. The front brake calipers may have a torn or misaligned caliper piston seal which may allow brake fluid to leak.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front brake calipers, replacing the brake caliper assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on December 12, 2016. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 16096.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V802000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1844
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