Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2018 Chevrolet EQUINOX VS 2017 Cadillac XT5 In IA

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2018 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2018 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2017 Cadillac XT5

Safety Comparison

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The XT5 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Equinox and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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 Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 6 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy




2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/29 hwy

19 city/27 hwy



1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy




2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/28 hwy

18 city/26 hwy


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Equinox stops much shorter than the XT5:





70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Equinox Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

The Equinox 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 Comparison

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the XT5 4x4 pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Equinox’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the XT5’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Equinox’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1050 pounds less than the Cadillac XT5.

The Equinox is 6.4 inches shorter than the XT5, making the Equinox easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Equinox 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Equinox has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the XT5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Equinox has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XT5 with its rear seat folded (63.5 vs. 63 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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 XT5 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 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $1100 to $4080 less than the XT5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the XT5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the XT5, including $300 less for an alternator, $10 less for a starter, $135 less for fuel injection, $210 less for a timing belt/chain and $236 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $9647 to $23075 less than for the Cadillac XT5.

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