2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Rav4 and the XT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 167 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT4 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the XT4.

There are over 36 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

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

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the XT4:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 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 Toyota Rav4 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XT4 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rav4 stops much shorter than the XT4:

 

Rav4

XT4

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the XT4’s (36.1 feet vs. 38 feet). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the XT4’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 LE/XLE has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XT4 (8.4 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s minimum ground clearance is 1.8 inches higher than on the XT4 (8.6 vs. 6.8 inches).

Chassis

The Toyota Rav4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Cadillac XT4.

The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited 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 Rav4 has .1 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4’s rear seats recline. The XT4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT4 with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 22.5 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Rav4’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.

The Rav4 Adventure has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XT4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Cadillac XT4 by almost 55 to one during 2018.

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