2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The XT4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the XT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT4 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 15 percent more Honda dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The XT4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 13 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the CR-V 1.5T is faster than the Cadillac XT4:

 

CR-V

XT4

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.9 sec

13.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.5 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the XT4:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

XT4

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XT4 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The XT4 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the XT4:

 

CR-V

XT4

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the CR-V’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the XT4’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XT4 (8.2 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Cadillac XT4.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XT4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XT4 (105.9 vs. 101).

The CR-V has .7 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V’s rear seats recline. The XT4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT4 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 22.5 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XT4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

XT4

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The XT4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The XT4 has never been chosen.

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