The only thing constant about the Cadillac vehicle lineup lately is change. Beyond the news that its flagship CT6 is going away after this year, the brand’s crossover lineup is getting a major revamp.
Brand new for 2019 was the XT4, Cadillac’s entry in the hot category of compact crossovers. Then the three-row crossover XT6 (a 2020 model) was just unveiled at NAIAS in January.
Right in the middle is the OG of the crossover lineup, the XT5 (known in its former life as the SRX), a midsize luxury crossover competing against heavy hitters like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Lexus RX.
I recently spent some time in a 2019 XT5 and I’m back with a full report on how it measures up to the competition.
In the packed SUV battlefield, if you’re not keeping up you’re falling behind fast. This is true across the board, including in the realm of luxury SUVs.
Take for example the the Infiniti QX50, a compact luxury SUV that has been in need of an update for a couple years. Prior to the arrival of the redesigned 2019 version, this vehicle had fallen behind most of its rivals.
The good news for Infiniti fans, and car buyers in general, is the second-generation edition of the QX50 has arrived, and immediately moves the vehicle several rungs up the ladder in the battle for supremacy in this tough segment.
Crossover is the buzzword of the past decade (even Lamborghini made one, for chrissakes), but body-on-frame SUVs have not yet gone the way of the dodo bird.
Yes, these massive relics live on, including the GMC Yukon, due to their extreme storage capacity and versatility.
There’s a limited number of contenders here, and the Yukon is primarily taking on its own GM brethren (Chevy Tahoe and Chevy Suburban) as well as the Ford Expedition and some foreign entrants that are smaller players in the segment (Lexus GX, Infiniti QX80, Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada).
I recently tested a 2019 Yukon — which saw its last major design overhaul back in 2015 and sees only minor changes for the 2019 model year — and I’m back with an update on how it competes in this old-school segment.