2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2020 Cadillac XT5

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Safety

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Both the Blazer and the XT5 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Blazer’s reliability 20 points higher than the XT5.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 5 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Blazer V6 is faster than the Cadillac XT5 V6:

Blazer

XT5

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.5 MPH

92.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Blazer gets better fuel mileage than the XT5:

MPG

Blazer

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

XT5

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The Blazer stops shorter than the XT5:

Blazer

XT5

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (265/45R21 vs. 235/65R18).

The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer RS/Premier offers optional 21-inch wheels. The XT5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Blazer has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The XT5 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the XT5.

The Blazer RS 4x4 handles at .87 G’s, while the XT5 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Blazer uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XT5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Blazer RS 4x4 is quieter than the XT5 AWD:

Blazer

XT5

At idle

38 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

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The Blazer has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XT5 (107.8 vs. 104.5).

The Blazer has .1 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT5.

Cargo Capacity

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The Blazer has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT5 with its rear seat up (30.5 vs. 30.2 cubic feet). The Blazer has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT5 with its rear seat folded (64.2 vs. 63 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Blazer’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT5’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Cadillac XT5 is only 3500 pounds. The Blazer 4x4 offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Blazer can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Blazer can be unhitched and driven around locally. The XT5 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Blazer (except L) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XT5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Blazer first among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XT5 isn’t in the top three.

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