2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CX-5 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 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.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 28th.

Engine

The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (250 vs. 237) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 258) than the XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-5 stops shorter than the XT4:

 

CX-5

XT4

 

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the XT4’s (36 feet vs. 38 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CX-5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT4 (7.5 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the CX-5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XT4 (103.8 vs. 101).

The CX-5 has .3 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 5.5 inches more rear hip room than the XT4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CX-5’s rear seats recline. The XT4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the XT4 with its rear seat up (30.9 vs. 22.5 cubic feet). The CX-5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (59.6 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CX-5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XT4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The XT4 (except Luxury)’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2018. The XT4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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