As the 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.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 XT5 will be much more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 and 2020 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Drive System
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Electric 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 over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 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 2019 Cadillac XT5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Apple CarPlay

"It drops the connection to the cell phone too often. Sometimes you cannot reestablish the connection at the current session."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Most of the time the back lines do not show when you put the car in reverse and when you put the transmission into drive they show for a couple of seconds!"

Anonymous, NC (2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"It was not not working properly, the dealer finally fixed it, but it took longer than it should have. GM finally figured it out"

Anonymous, NC (2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Left rear taillight and turn signal stopped working. It turned out to be caused be a faulty seal which allowed water to enter the assembly. A CHEVROLET dealer (NOT the Cadillac dealer from which I purchased the care) found the problem and replaced the assembly."

Anonymous, MS (2019 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"The headlights are terrible when driving at night. If you shine them at a wall, you can see they are cut off at a certain height. Evidently others have the same problem & say they will not drive the car at night. I feel the same way. On our 2014 SRX, the high beams were a separate bulb & would help with night time driving. On this car, evidently it's a dual purpose bulb & is behind the magnifying lens."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"After 18 mos both heated seats stopped working...wiring/power issue, in dealer as I write. Provided a better vehicle as a loaner"

Anonymous, MI (2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 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

"it has a rattle in the sun roof"

Anonymous, (2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

"Rattlers on Dirvers side door and Pillar, tailgate and rear passenger seat rattles when in back position and no one sitting there and Sunroof frame loose."

Anonymous, AZ (2019 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury 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

CV joint

"poor quality. complete failure of part. vehicle only 4 months old"

Richard C., MI (2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"AWD quit working, dealer had to do a flash of the module. Waiting for it to fail again."

Richard C., MI (2019 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Drivers side door was misaligned and binding on the front fender."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"I received a check engine warning. I was out of town and brought vehicle into a Cadillac dealership. They diagnosed as a failing water pump. Without questions, they provided a new loaner and had my car properly repaired in 24 hours. Great service."

Anonymous, MN (2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Squeaking

"has a squeak when first going Because of virus haven't taken it in to dealer"

Anonymous, TN (2019 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Plastic trim around the rear hatch was not secured properly."

Anonymous, IL (2019 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

Transmission leaks

"There was a defective seal that had to be replaced twice"

Anonymous, FL (2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

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 Major

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

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.

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

Climate System

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

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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.
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