Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Cadillac XT5 VS 2016 Toyota Highlander Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Cadillac XT5

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2016 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT5 offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Highlander doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The XT5 Platinum has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Highlander only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the XT5 and the Highlander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The XT5 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Highlander’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT5 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Highlander. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Highlander ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The XT5’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Highlander’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the XT5 for 2 years and 25000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Highlander (4/50,000 vs. 2/25000).

There are over 25 percent more Cadillac dealers than there are Toyota dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the XT5’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 125 more horsepower (310 vs. 185) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 184) than the Highlander LE’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl. The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 40 more horsepower (310 vs. 270) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 248) than the Highlander’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

XT5

Highlander

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

n/a

20 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

4WD

V6/Auto

18 city/26 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT5’s fuel efficiency. The Highlander doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XT5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Highlander doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The XT5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander (22 vs. 19.2 gallons).

The XT5 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Highlander doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The XT5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Highlander are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT5 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Highlander’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Cadillac XT5’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Highlander only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The XT5 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Highlander’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT5’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Highlander (112.5 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XT5’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Highlander doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The XT5 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Highlander doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The XT5 Platinum has a standard heads-up display which projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Highlander doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the XT5 and the Highlander have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XT5 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Highlander prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The XT5’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Highlander’s standard power windows’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

On a hot day the XT5’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Highlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The XT5’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Highlander’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XT5 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Highlander doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The XT5 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Highlander offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The XT5 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Highlander.

The XT5’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Highlander doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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