2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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, traction control, 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 IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT4 has not been tested, yet.


A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CX-5’s reliability 63 points higher than the XT4.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 21st in reliability. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

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.


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.

The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 258) than the XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Cadillac XT4:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.7 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the XT4:




2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy


2.2 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

27 city/30 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy



2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy


2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-5 stops shorter than the XT4:



60 to 0 MPH

123 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 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XT4 (103.6 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 volume 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 volume 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.


The CX-5’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT4’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Consumer Reports rated the CX-5’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the XT4’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac XT4 isn't recommended.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The XT4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Cadillac XT4 by over 19 to one during 2018.

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