New Cadillac XT4 Vs. Loaded Mazda CX-5 And Subaru Forester Makes For An Interesting Comparison

SUV buyers are more spoiled for choice nowadays than ever before. Sport utility vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention there’s one for every budget out there.

Naturally, with so many choices available some customers find it hard to make a decision but that’s what comparison reviews are for, right. Say you’re in the market for a compact SUV but you don’t have money for a full-blown luxury model.

At the same time, you don’t want an entry-level model either. Something in-between those two extremes would fit your needs, preferably closer to premium than mainstream.

Also watch: Time To Find Out If The New Cadillac XT4 Compact SUV Was Worth The Wait

There are obviously many SUVs that fit the bill but Redline Reviews decided to narrow it down to three models: the mainstream but well-equipped 2019 Subaru Forester, premium 2019 Cadillac XT4, and fully-loaded 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature. You will argue the latter is the only one that fits the bill, since the Cadillac is a premium model and the Subaru is a mainstream SUV.

You’d be right, but not entirely. You see, even a mainstream model like the Forester can these days be equipped with premium features and still be a lot cheaper than a base luxury model. Sure, it won’t quite feel like a premium vehicle but you’ll save a lot of money. That’s where the Mazda CX-5 comes in. While the range-topping Signature model costs almost as much as a base Cadillac XT5, it offers way more features for the money.

It appears that the CX-5 should be the logical winner in this company but you should watch the video because choosing the best SUV here is not that simple.


  • Bash

    If it’s about me, I would be a proud owner of that Loaded Mazda.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    id choose the caddy

  • NoMan2015

    Article title is wrong: XT4 not XT5

  • Rocket

    Mazda easily. Cadillac should be embarrassed by the XT4 at that price point.

  • FordMopar

    There’s always something off with Subaru’s look in every generation. Lobster claw taillights? Looks totally cheap looking and blocky. Other cars with lobster claw lights have more elegant look to it. Subaru should take notes. I’d pick the caddy over both of these every time! If there’s a cheap lease program running for XT4 in couple years, I’ll be all over that. Love the styling with L shapes taillights. Mazda is always nice but every time I look at these Mazda cars and CUVs, I get extremely bored already. Too clean and plain.

  • Six_Tymes

    “a mom car”

    not sure if I should snicker at that comment or cringe. maybe both

  • erly5

    Subaru looks 10 years old. Mazda and Caddy look contemporary. I’d go for the Mazda.

  • Bo Hanan

    Being compared to a luxury brand should inflate the Subaru and Mazda reputations. In this case it doesn’t. Their credentials stand firm- But the Cadillac brand sinks lower and lower to the bottom.

    • vanquishvantage

      lol silly response, either way the comparison doesn’t make sense. Brand preference aside nobody is going to think either of those cars competes with a Cadillac or cross shop them. This whole test to me is clickbait, the only people that buy luxury cars are “badge snobs” that comment in itself disqualifies this reviewer as that comment is silly after saying its a nicer car with better materials a smoother ride and a quieter engine. Which is exactly why people buy luxury cars outside of brand cache which Cadillac has very little….miss the days when reviews were less bias and click bait and more REAL reviews and REAL information.

  • Sovereignty

    The XT4 looks the classiest from the front!

  • Paul

    My money would have me in the Mazda. Stupid comparison, Cadillac against these two and not other luxury makes, like Lexus or Mercedes.

    • FordMopar

      I think Mazda is trying to go upscale in the future, more of like Volvo and Saab of 2000’s. Not quite there at luxury level. Higher than Buick level, I’d say. I can see Mazda is trying to go there.

  • SteersUright

    The Subaru is hideous. The other two are acceptable. The CX5 will always be shy of excellence until it receives a more exciting powertrain. And the 250hp with the ancient 6-speed auto doesn’t count to me. Its certainly decent, but not exceptional.

  • Harry_Wild

    I go with the more luxurious CX-5 anytime! It is now in the same league as the German luxury brands like Porsche!

  • Rod Miranne

    I already put my money done. I’m the proud owner of a 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    I’d take the Mazda each and every time.

    The Cadillac XT4 is an absolute joke and a failure of a “premium” product, this just reinforced how terrible it really is. Typical GM, releasing a half baked products with a premium price.

  • DM

    IMO the only thing missing in the CX5 is a panoramic sunroof. Other than that I don’t see why one would pay a premium for the XT4. Besides the Mazda will hold its value way better than the Caddy.

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