2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Equinox and the XT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Cadillac XT4:

Equinox

XT4

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT4 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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 Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

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 Equinox’s reliability 31 points higher than the XT4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XT4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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

The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (252 vs. 237) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Cadillac XT4:

Equinox

XT4

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Equinox

FWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

XT4

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The Equinox stops much shorter than the XT4:

Equinox

XT4

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Equinox’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the XT4’s (58.4% to 41.6%). This gives the Equinox more stable handling and braking.

The Equinox Premier handles at .83 G’s, while the XT4 Sport AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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

For greater off-road capability the Equinox has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XT4 (7.9 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the Equinox to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Cadillac XT4.

The front grille of the Equinox 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 Equinox has 2.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XT4 (103.2 vs. 101).

The Equinox has .6 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT4.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT4 with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 22.5 cubic feet). The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (63.9 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XT4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The XT4 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Equinox (except L/LS) 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 XT4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Cadillac XT4 by almost 43 to one during 2018.

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