The Most Common 2018 Cadillac XT5 Problems

A rattling liftgate and faulty service brakes are some of the most common 2018 Cadillac XT5 problems.
Written by Tiffany Leung
Commonly reported problems with the 2018
Cadillac XT5
include electrical system and braking issues. To date, there are no recalls issued for this compact luxury SUV.
  • There aren’t many widespread problems with the 2018 XT5, but there are some issues XT5 owners should be aware of.
  • Commonly reported problems with the 2018 model year of the Cadillac XT5 include a rattling liftgate and faulty service brakes.

The most common 2018 Cadillac XT5 problems

While the XT5 has no official complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), buyers have reported common issues they have experienced. 
  • Rattling lifetgate: Though it isn’t a severe issue, the rattling makes for an unpleasant driving experience. 
  • Other rattling: One buyer found relentless ratting in multiple areas including the plastic cover panel and split rear seat, even after getting fixed.
  • Faulty service brakes: Buyers have reported squeaky brakes, as well as more serious problems with fast-wearing brake pads, and issues with the brake switch which causes the check engine light to turn on.
Other complaints regarding the 2018 XT5 include: 
  • Electrical system issues causing the vehicle to lose power
  • Issues with braking and collision alerts
  • Parking assistant software issue
  • Clicking noise from the front dash
  • In-car electronics problems
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 currently has no recalls listed on the NHTSA website.
Most complaints made about the XT5 are inconvenient, with a few serious problems that can increase the risk of collision. But most of these car problems do not occur often.

Is the 2018 Cadillac XT5 reliable?

Overall, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 scores average in reliability for a luxury compact SUV and ranks 26th out of 32 on RepairPal. 
If you want a reliable luxury SUV from Cadillac, The XT5 is a better choice compared to its big brother, the
  • RepairPal gives the XT5 an average 3/5.0 rating for reliability, while the Escalade scores 2.5/5.0
  • J.D. Power scores the 2018 XT5 87/100 for quality and reliability, whereas the 2018 Escalade scores 82/100
The average annual repair cost of the 2018 Cadillac XT5 averages just over $780—higher than average for the luxury compact SUV class. This could be due to the recurring issues that result in multiple trips to the mechanic. 
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