2020 GMC Terrain vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Terrain 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 GMC Terrain is safer than the Cadillac XT4:

Terrain

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 Terrain 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 89 percent more GMC dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’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 Terrain’s reliability 31 points higher than the XT4.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 12th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 22nd in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks GMC 3 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

The Terrain’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 Motor Trend the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Cadillac XT4:

Terrain

XT4

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.8 sec

Brakes and Stopping

The Terrain stops shorter than the XT4:

Terrain

XT4

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Terrain w/17” wheels’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the XT4’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Terrain SLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT4 (6.9 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the Terrain to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Terrain SLT/Denali’s minimum ground clearance is 1.1 inches higher than on the XT4 (7.9 vs. 6.8 inches).

Chassis

The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Cadillac XT4.

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

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

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

Cargo Capacity

The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT4 with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 22.5 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics

The Terrain (except SL) 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 GMC Terrain outsold the Cadillac XT4 by almost 15 to one during 2018.

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