Compared: 2023 Cadillac XT5 vs. 2023 Cadillac XT6

Two rows or three, these represent Cadillac's family-oriented and more value-packed offerings.

A white 2023 Cadillac XT5 and a red 2023 Cadillac XT6Cadillac | XT5 (top)


Cadillac offers a wide selection of spacious luxury vehicles, including two crossovers with similar names, powertrains, and prices. The 2023 Cadillac XT6 may seem like a great deal with lots of space, but the 2023 Cadillac XT5 offers a related package for less.

Steering wheel and dashboard in a 2023 Cadillac XT5Cadillac | XT5

The XT5 Looks Like the More Affordable Choice

The 2023 Cadillac XT5 starts at about $45,000 for the front-wheel-drive XT5 Luxury trim, while all-wheel drive is an extra $2,000. The XT5 Luxury lacks some of the pizazz Cadillacs are known for, such as navigation and active safety assists.

The XT5 Premium Luxury trim includes those features and starts at around $55,000. There's also an optional 3.6-liter V6 engine, which replaces the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged powerplant for an extra $1,000. The XT5 Sport comes with only AWD and the six-cylinder engine for around $58,000. There are a few additional packages available, including the $1,300 Driver Assist Package and the $2,300 Technology Package.

Steering wheel and dashboard in a 2023 Cadillac XT6Cadillac | XT6

The 2023 Cadillac XT6 is pricier, starting around $52,000 for the FWD Luxury trim. Like the XT5, upgrading to AWD is $2,000. The entry-level XT6 features a 2.0-liter engine, but the $58,000 Premium Luxury model includes a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 in addition to a third row of seats that help make the XT6 a more family-friendly vehicle.

Similar to the XT5, the XT6 Sport features the V6 and AWD, coming in at about $62,000. A few stand-out packages for the XT6 include the $1,300 Driver Assist Package, the $2,400 Technology Package, and the cool hands-free Super Cruise system, which costs $2,500.

Rear cargo space in a 2023 Cadillac XT5Cadillac | XT5

Carry More Passengers and More Gear in the XT6

The two SUVs feature similar wheelbases but dramatically different interior dimensions. For passengers, the XT6 is the more spacious choice. Not only does it have three rows of seats compared with the two in the XT5, but it also has more headroom and legroom in both the front and second rows.

The XT6 also features more room for cargo. It might not look like much, with just 12.6 cubic-feet of space behind the third row, but that expands to 43.1 cu-ft behind the second row and a whopping 78.7 cu-ft after folding all the rear seats. The XT5 only offers 30.0 cu-ft behind its rear seats and 63.0 cu-ft when they're folded.

While the XT5 has fewer seats and smaller dimensions compared with the XT6, it's not exactly a cramped ride. It's a rational choice for smaller families or couples without children.

The two crossovers feature similar equipment, offering support for wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, wireless phone charging, night vision, a rear camera mirror, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Rear cargo space in a 2023 Cadillac XT6Cadillac | XT6

The XT6's Fuel-Economy Numbers Match the XT5's

The fuel consumption of these two Cadillacs is nearly identical. The most fuel-efficient model of the group is the 2.0-liter, FWD XT5, which gets 22/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined, according to EPA estimates.

The AWD XT5 is close, returning 21/27/23 mpg, mirroring the FWD example of the XT6. The AWD XT6 comes close with 21/26/23 mpg.

The V6-equipped versions of these crossovers pack 310 horsepower, but all that power gobbles up gas at a rate of only 19/26/21 mpg.

All vehicle pricing includes MSRP plus destination charges (set at the time of publication) and will be rounded to the nearest thousand.

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Sami Haj-Assaad is an award-winning automotive journalist who has contributed to several automotive, electric vehicle, luxury lifestyle, and technology publications. His work isn't just limited to the written word, as he's also hosted YouTube videos and podcasts. Having grown up in the '90s, he has a strong sense of attachment to that era's style, though he also loves to geek out about the modern, futuristic tech and powertrains rolling out today.