Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Explorer VS 2017 Cadillac XT5 Near Goodyear, AZ

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2016 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.

The Explorer offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The XT5 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Explorer and the XT5 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 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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 270) 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 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 270) than the XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

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.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Explorer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XT5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Explorer Sport/Platinum’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The XT5 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

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.

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