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2021 Cadillac XT5 vs. 2021 Ford Explorer Review

New 2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Cadillac
XT5

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New 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*
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$43,995 to $55,095
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$32,225 to $54,480
Invoice* $41,795 to $52,340 $31,258 to $52,301
MPG - City 18 - 22 18 - 21
MPG - Hwy 26 - 29 24 - 28
Engine(s) Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 5 7
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Explorer than in the Cadillac XT5, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Ford Explorer will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Cadillac XT5.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Cadillac XT5 as you will with the Ford Explorer, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Cadillac XT5 is somewhat more expensive than the Ford Explorer. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Cadillac XT5 carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Ford Explorer.

Dimensions
Since the Cadillac XT5 is much slimmer than the Ford Explorer, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Cadillac XT5 is slightly shorter than the Ford Explorer, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Cadillac XT5 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Ford Explorer.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Ford Explorer is clearly the choice over the Cadillac XT5 for pulling heavy loads. The Cadillac XT5 has a little more horsepower than the Ford Explorer.

Utility
The Cadillac XT5 has less seating than the Ford Explorer, making the Ford Explorer the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Cadillac XT5 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Ford Explorer.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Cadillac XT5 than that of the Ford Explorer.