North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Explorer VS 2017 Cadillac XT5 Near Chatsworth, GA

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2017 Ford Explorer

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2017 Cadillac XT5

Safety Comparison

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The XT5 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Explorer and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The XT5 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 271) than the XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Explorer Sport/Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (365 vs. 310) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 271) than the XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Explorer Sport/Platinum 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Cadillac XT5:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10 sec

11.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.8 sec

17.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

3.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

93 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XT5:




Front Rotors

13.85 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.4 inches

The Explorer stops shorter than the XT5:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the XT5 (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Explorer’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (255/50R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The Explorer Base/XLT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The Explorer’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the XT5.

The Explorer’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.1% to 44.9%) than the XT5’s (58.2% to 41.8%). This gives the Explorer more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Explorer Sport 4WD is quieter than the XT5 4x4:




At idle

37 dB

44 dB


73 dB

77 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Explorer offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the XT5 can only carry 5.

The Explorer has 3 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 4.6 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the XT5.




Third Seat Folded

43.9 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


30 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

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 Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport/Platinum’s 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 Explorer’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Explorer (except Base/XLT) 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.

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