Why Shop at Capital Cadillac?

Buy a CadillacWhy Buy a Cadillac?

Before you decide where to buy a Cadillac, you need to decide to buy a Cadillac. Fortunately, that’s not a very difficult decision. Cadillac is a legendary name in North American auto. And, although there was a time when the brand relied too much on its history, that time has passed. Cadillac has inarguably rediscovered the fiercely innovative spirit that cemented it as North America’s foremost automaker.

Let’s take a small example from Cadillac’s interior construction. The soft materials in each vehicle are cut and sewn by hand. This is by no means the easiest way to do things. But it is the best way to ensure that every Cadillac is defined by impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail. Because a true luxury experience is the sum of hundreds of parts working invisibly. When you drive a new Cadillac everything contributes to your enjoyment of the drive, and nothing interrupts your appreciation.

Cadillac technology

The current Cadillac lineup is full of the latest technology. Take the 2018 Cadillac CT6, for example. With hands-free parking, your CT6 will find you a parking spot on a busy roadway and guide you in. All you have to do is accelerate and brake. However, relative to the 2018 CT6’s available infrared Night Vision sensors, hands-free parking is pretty boring. Night Vision uses thermal technology which scans the road for pedestrians and large animals. Super Cruise, meanwhile, is one of the most advanced autonomous driving systems widely available for consumers. It allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel and enjoy the ride in select driving situations while the car drives itself.

The impressive level of innovation also extends to your comfort and convenience. The CT6 has an available  Bose Panaray sound system with 34 speaker individual speakers located around the cabin. The result is the most immersive, concert-like sound experience in the automotive world. You’ll also find other systems like OnStar 4G LTE WiFi and wireless charging mats which are standard in every new Cadillac.

Why Shop at Capital Cadillac?

It starts with the lowest prices in Western Canada and an unmatched inventory. At any given time, we have approximately 100 new Cadillacs for you to choose from, ranging from the rugged ATS sport sedan and the refined XT5 crossover to the King of SUVs, the Cadillac Escalade. Occasionally, Capital Cadillac is even home to vehicles from Cadillac’s V-Series performance lineup.

No matter which vehicle you choose, you get the benefit of some of the lowest prices in Western Canada. And, as an owner, you get access to our award-winning Service Department.

The Cadillac of Service

At many dealerships, the moment you take delivery of a new vehicle is the same moment your excellent customer service vanishes. At Capital Cadillac, we understand that the sales process is just the beginning of your relationship with your vehicle – and your dealer. That’s why we aim to continue to deliver care, honesty, and first-class service throughout your ownership.

Speaking of service, when you shop with Capital, you get the benefit of Capital GMC Buick Cadillac’s award-winning Service Department. Our technicians have achieved Master, Grand Master, and Gold Grand Master certifications from GM Canada and know your vehicle like no one else. Even if your Cadillac only needs routine scheduled maintenance, it’s in the best hands possible.

 

The Sierra 2500HD Denali All Mountain

Sierra 2500HD Denali All Mountain

Last year, GMC built a completely customised GMC Sierra with tank treads for crushing the powder at Whistler Ski Resort in British Columbia. But that arctic warrior has been put to shame by the brand-new Sierra All-Mountain concept built on the bones of the Sierra 2500HD Denali.

Sierra 2500HD Denali All Mountain

GMC, as the official supplier of chairlift-replacing truck tanks, is adding the Sierra 2500HD Denali All Mountain to its fleet. This model will be on display at the Vail Ski Resort in Vail Colorado. As you can see from the picture, the most obvious enhancements are the Mattracks treads replacing the traditional wheels. Of course, they offer superior traction on ice and snow. But perhaps the greater benefit is the increased ground clearance. With a few extra inches of height, the All Mountain’s body remains above deep snow drifts.

Under the hood is the available 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel V8. It produces 445 horsepower and an insane 910 lb.-ft. of torque. Needless to say, it’s more than powerful enough to rip up and down the slopes. It also gets the Allison 1000 6-speed transmission with It even has Auto Grade Braking which automatically downshifts to help with engine braking downhill.

GMC included tons of official accessories that can be installed by your GMC dealer.

  • Sierra sport bar
  • Off-road step bars
  • Soft roll-up tonneau cover by Advantage
  • Premium floor liners
  • Ski/bike carrier by Thule
  • Lund bed-extender

Play Hard

The GMC Sierra HD lineup is about professional-grade performance. But the Danli trim level is about climbing the peak of style and comfort. So, it’s no surprise that the Sierra All Mountain has a few party tricks up its sleeves. Take the functional-looking sportbar, for example. It features a custom integrated KICKER amplifier and sound system into the sport bar. If you want to partake in some night skiing, the All Mountain features a wheel-well and underbody LED light package.

Of course, it also has snowboard and ski racks. And for style (and a little practicality), GMC tacked on a RIGID E-Series 30” lightbar. Finally, it’s hard to ignore the custom mountain graphics surrounding the exterior.

At the end of the day, GMC’s partnership with Vail is a great way to showcase the automaker’s innovation, dependability, and style. If you happen to hit the slopes this year, consider skipping the gondola queue.

Visit Capital Customs to build your own All Mountain machine (we don’t have any Mattracks in stock right now, so don’t ask).

GM Special Edition Trucks: Desert Fox

Earlier this week, automakers and enthusiasts from around the world congregated at the Dubai Motor Show. You know what that means! You don’t know what that means? Oh, neither do I. I didn’t even know Dubai had an auto show – not that I’m surprised. This is the city piloting (pun intended) a flying drone taxi service. So, they undoubtedly have some interesting ideas for the vehicles that stay on the ground, too. Somewhat surprisingly, it was GMC that made a splash at the show, with a one-off revival of the GM Special Edition Desert Fox truck. But it doesn’t actually quite live up to its namesake.

GMC Desert Fox

In 1971, GMC introduced the GMC Desert Fox. The special edition truck featured a unique paint job (Buckskin base with multicoloured stripes. Performance gear included dual CIBIE lamps, sport wheels, air conditioning, tilt steering, cruise control, etc…

Frankly the original Desert Fox looks much better than GMC’s new homage. That’s partly a consequence of the of the fact that the colour scheme shows much better in matte than gloss finish. And it’s partly a consequence that the shape of the new Sierra is far from retro (the black wheels don’t help either).

Check out this video which proves “the dunes are its playthings”– whatever the hell that means.

 

GM Special Edition

While the Desert Fox is probably an appropriate choice for the show, it’s not the most exciting GM special edition trucks they could have revived. Here are a couple trucks from the archives more deserving of their own renaissance.

Chevy Sno Chaser 1984

Could there possibly be a more suitable special edition for Saskatchewan? No, there could not. The super rare Chevrolet Sno Chaser of the 1984 model year was only sold in the snowiest American states. And some of them probably migrated north of the border to be closer to their natural habitat. The Sno Chaser was basically a Chevy Scottsdale ½ ton with (obviously) 4X4. Plus it had a unique cab spoiler and paint job.

Bring back the Sno Chaser!

GMC Jimmy Casa Grande

GM Special Edition Casa Grande

The GMC Jimmy Casa Grande is a Jimmy/Camper, and boy is it glorious. GM partnered with Chinook, a manufacturer of self-contained campers in the mid-seventies and they came up with the GMC Jimmy Casa Grande. As you can see from the photos, the Casa Grande had a completely unique colour scheme. More importantly, it had a dining area, a cooker, a fridge, and a sleeping compartment. It’s basically an Instagram pseudo-celebrity’s dream.

Only 1,800 Casa Grande/Blazer Chalets were ever produced, and very few have survived until the present day. To have GMC create a new Casa Grande special edition would be especially gratifying considering that they would first have to revive the beloved Jimmy nameplate.

Which GM special edition would you stick in your driveway (or sandbox)?

The 2018 Cadillac XTS: The New Face of Luxury

The 2018 Cadillac XTS

The Cadillac XTS was once the clear link between Cadillac’s recent past and its new direction. That’s a polite way of saying it was a bit outdated. Has time passed the long sedan by entirely? Not so fast. Cadillac has reimagined the big sedan for 2018, and the results are impressive.

The 2018 Cadillac XTS

Cadillac has completely reinvented the XTS and brought its design language squarely into the twenty-first century. Slouching shoulders and the ancestral bench seat are relics of the past. It is at once refined and muscular. With its angles and vertically stacked headlights, there is no chance that the 2018 XTS will be confused for graceful or polite. Instead, you might call it athletic or muscular. At the very least, it is undeniably modern.

Standard Luxury

In recent years, one of the most compelling reasons to buy a Cadillac has been the wealth of standard features. And that’s no different with the 2018 Cadillac XTS. The 2018 Cadillac XTS gets a standard 3.6L V6 delivers 304 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. On the technology side, you get standard wireless charging and rear vision camera. Plus, you get an eight-speaker Bose audio system along with the next-generation CUE system, so managing smartphone media and apps easy.

  • 19” Pearl Nickel Premium Wheels
  • Brembo Front Brakes
  • Adaptive Remote Start

And comfort is a priority, too. The XTS is a Cadillac, after all.

Of course, things get really interesting when you upgrade to one of the premium trims available on the 2018 Cadillac XTS.

XTS Power

If you want even more power than the naturally-aspirated V6 allows, Cadillac also offers a twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 that cranks out 410 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft of torque. Intelligent all-wheel drive with Haldex technology is available from Luxury models upward. It constantly changes the amount of torque delivered to each wheel in order to deliver maximum grip at all times. Other available performance features include:

  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Intellibeam Headlamps
  • Reconfigurable Gauge Cluster

Smart

The 2018 Cadillac XTS is the most intelligent XTS ever. With the Driver Awareness Package, standard on higher trims, you get incredible features like pedestrian detection and following distance indicator. Other features include:

  • Low Speed Automatic Braking
  • Lane Change Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert

The Driver Assist Package is available on Premium Luxury and standard on Platinum models, and includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking,

XTS Platinum V-Sport

For 2018, Cadillac is also bringing the XTS into the V-Series family. The 2018 Platinum V-Sport boasts a 3.6L Twin Turbo engine with 410 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Inside, there’s a reconfigurable gauge cluster. To stand out on the road, Cadillac also includes standard 20” aluminum exclusive V-sport wheels with Sterling Silver premium paint and an exclusive V-Sport grille.

 

Best Car Features on the Christmas List

Best Car Features on the Christmas List

Christmas is almost here. It’s the time of year when tired copywriters slap together hackneyed seasonal frames for their blog posts. So, without further ado, here are the top five new car features you need to put on your Christmas list.

OnStar 4G LTE WiFi

While you white knuckle down an icy Highway 1 on the way to Gam Gam’s house for Christmas, your kids want to recline and stream Paw Patrol, or trade bitcoin on their iPads. Well, that’s easy thanks to OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. Standard on many new GM vehicles (often with a temporary, free subscription), WiFi lets you connect as many as ten devices to surf the web and stream music, movies, and audiobooks.

While you try to tell the difference between black ice and black pavement in the black night, at least your kids won’t be yelling at you.

Need For Low-Speed Automatic Forward Braking

What is low-speed automatic braking? If your vehicle detects an imminent forward collision while driving at a low speed, your vehicle will automatically brake. This will reduce the severity of a collision and can even avoid certain collisions entirely. If you’ve ever had someone suddenly pull out in front of you (that is to say, if you’ve ever driven, anywhere), you’ll understand why this feature is on the Christmas list.

Hitting people is bad; low-speed automatic forward braking is good. And it’s already available on many new GM vehicles including the 2018 GMC Terrain.

Best car features wishlist

IntelliBeam Headlamps

Listen, I love being blinded by strangers on the highway as much as the next guy. Wait, I don’t love that, and neither does the next guy. Fortunately, IntelliBeam Headlamps can sense traffic and will turn your high beams off the avoid blinding people on the road! They’re not just the future; they’re an available feature in most new GM vehicles.

It makes your life easier because you don’t have to keep switching your high beams on and off manually. More importantly, when other drivers have intelligent high beams, they won’t obnoxiously blind you (unless they have lazily installed HID headlights, but that’s a different subject)! I guess I would actually prefer if this feature was on everyone else’s Christmas list instead of my own…

Heated Steering Wheel

I don’t really need to explain this one, do I? A heated steering wheel is a steering wheel that heats up. It feels good on your hands when it’s cold. I don’t know what else to tell you.

Surround Vision

This is Saskatchewan, a province in which 93% of people drive full-size pickup trucks. I made that statistic up, (69% of vehicle purchases in Canada are light trucks!) but you get the point. We have a lot of large vehicles, and our parking lots, alleys, and downtown centres often leave us with little space. Maybe you’re the Da Vinci of parking, but for the rest of us less-Vitruvian men, a little bit of parking assistance is a good thing. Enter Surround Vision – one of the coolest car features currently available.

 

Surround Vision uses cameras to help eliminate blind spots when driving. If that sounds like a regular backup camera, you’re right. But I haven’t got to the black magic part yet. Surround Vision uses multiple cameras located all around the vehicle and stitches the images together. It’s sort of like the “panorama” feature on your smartphone. Except Surround Vision builds the image in real time, meaning that you can see a bird’s-eye view of your vehicle and the surrounding area. That makes parking and trailer guiding a snap (“a snap” is old people language for easy.

What vehicle features are at the top of your Christmas list? Oil slicks and an ejector seat?

 

GM Canada Headquarters

GM Canada's Green HeadquartersNearly every company in the world likes to tout their environmental friendliness. However, sometimes they only go as far as sticking a green label on their product with a name like “biorganica.” It’s hard not to be cynical, but some corporations can actually back up their eco credentials. So, here’s something you probably didn’t know about GM.

The McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve

The McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve is a 108-acre habitat owned and operated by General Motors next to its Canadian headquarters. The Reserve, located on the north shore of Lake Ontario opened in 1990 and was named after GM founder Col. Sam McLaughlin. And, to credit its namesake further, the site was recently certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council.

According to GM, “The Wildlife Habitat Council’s Conservation Certification program provides a structure for cooperative efforts among management, employees and community members to create, conserve, and restore wildlife habitats on corporate lands.” In other words, the program encourages companies to use their land to protect animal life and biodiversity.

Biodiversity

Specifically, the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve is home to 400 species of plants, trees, and flowers. Visitors might spot roughly 209 birds, several species of snake, frog, and turtle; as well as a number of mammals including the Red Fox, Ermine, Opossum, and the Nutria. The area was once densely forested, but is now an open marshland. However, when GM moved in, it was hardly a naturally paradise.

Since GM took over the site, they have invested a massive amount of work into the area. To start, GM engaged in a four-year cleanup operation to remove debris from decades of land use preceding GM’s tenancy. After they sufficiently cleaned the reserve, they began redeveloping. They planted tens of thousands of trees with the help of local volunteer groups, but allowed the majority of the space remain as an open marshland. Even planted emergent and submergent aquatic species to feed and protect wildlife in the area.

GM Headquarters

GM put the same care and attention into building its headquarters. It designed every facet of the building’s construction to protect the local environment. Because the area is an important corridor for bird migration, they limited the building’s height to four stories. GM also tinted the facility’s windows to prevent collisions. Energy efficient heating and cooling are priorities, too. More than a century after the area was clearcut, residents are finally giving consideration to living sustainably.

Remarkably, the McLaughlin Bay WIldlife Reserve is constitutes only a small fraction of the 5,000 acres of wildlife habitat GM operates over 14 countries. It has an industry-leading 70 certified sites with further plans to have all manufacturing facilities certified by the WHC in 2020: “With habitat loss and degradation as leading causes for diminishing wildlife populations, we can play a leading role through initiatives like the Wildlife Habitat Council conservation program in protecting and enhancing habitats that wildlife can thrive in,” said Doug Yates, Director, Environment and Energy, GM Canada.

GM Sustainability

But the certification of sites isn’t the only part of GM’s vision for a greener future. The company has committed to various other initiatives to minimise its environmental footprint. For example, the company plans to use renewable energy to power each of its facilities by 2050. GM is bringing EV technology to the masses with the Chevy Bolt. And GM also operates 152 landfill-free sites (meaning facilities that waste no material).

 

The 2018 Buick Encore

The 2018 Buick Encore

From a distance, the introduction of the 2018 Buick Encore might seem less exciting than the previous year’s model. In 2017, the Encore, along with the LaCrosse, ushered in Buick’s new design language. The compact crossover and the anything-but-compact sedan eschewed bulbous panels for sleek and sharp lines with an attractive new grille. While Buick may not have any flashy changes for 2018, they have taken a fantastic CUV and made it even better.

What Is It?

Whether you call it a compact crossover, CUV, MUV, or tall car, the 2018 Buick Encore is a small but practical vehicle. Even though it has a standard 1.4L turbocharged DOHC engine, it’s not going to win a Sunday drag race. And it’s not going to survive the Rainforest Challenge. But it is a smart pick for (sub)urban commuters. It has excellent fuel economy, great cargo space, and when equipped with 4WD offers some relatively rugged performance. Plus it has undeniable style – especially in Coastal Blue.

What’s New?

Not many features have been added to the 2018 Buick Encore. That’s largely because the 2017 model, as an ambassador of Buick’s new, modern philosophy, was a showcase for the latest technology and comfort features. Some of the new standout features include:

  • Available ionizing interior air cleaner
  • HD Radio
  • Standard capless fuel filler
  • Coppertino Metallic exterior paint

Inside

Despite its size, the 2018 Buick Encore manages to conceal quite a lot of space. In fact, with a standard flat folding passenger seat, it offers 1,370.54L of total cargo capacity making it perfect for weekend getaways. But when you need to move five people, you can do it with unrivalled comfort. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard and all surfaces feature premium materials. Plus, it’s remarkably quiet.

A Quiet Encore

Thanks to standard Active Noise Cancellation and Buick QuietTuning, every Buick Encore is supremely quiet. How do they work? Active Noise Cancellation emits negative soundwaves that counteract the sound of the engine and the road. QuietTuning, meanwhile, refers to all of Buick’s engineering techniques like acoustic-laminated glass, reinforced door panels, and sound-proofed dashboard that help keep your cabin at the peak of tranquility.

Advanced

The 2018 Buick Encore is one of the most advanced luxury CUVs on the market, OnStar 4G LTE WiFi is standard, but that’s not even close to being the most exciting piece of technology. The infotainment system features an 8” screen to help you manage messages, music, and navigation from your connected smartphone. You also get a standard Rear Vision Camera and there’s available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert so that you can remain aware of everything on the road.

 

The 2018 GMC Yukon

The 2018 GMC Yukon

These days, vehicle shoppers have tons of choice. There are always great deals, low interest rates, and competitive offerings from half a dozen brands in any category. Customers usually have the luxury of asking “why this one?” When it comes the 2018 GMC Yukon, I don’t have a “one size fits all” answer. But I do have a pretty good answer.

The 2018 GMC Yukon: A New Standard

The value proposition for the 2018 GMC Yukon is based on the fact that you get so much standard equipment. Base models for most vehicles are bereft of quality materials, useful features, and a powertrain worth a few years of monthly payments. But when you buy a 2018 GMC Yukon, you’ll find that comfort, convenience, and performance all come standard.

You want big performance? Try out the 2018 Yukon’s standard 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque while still getting a respectable 10.7 L/100KM on the highway. Inside, the high benchmark continues for comfort and convenience. You even get a premium Bose nine-speaker system which delivers stunning sound quality even on the highway.

Other remarkable standard features include:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 4G LTE WiFi
  • Rainsense automatic wipers
  • Remote start
  • 18” bright aluminum wheels

While the standard features are amazing, the fun doesn’t stop there. Upgrading to the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali opens the doors to possibilities previously unconsidered.

2018 Yukon Denali

Denali has always represented the peak of professional grade. A Denali combines GMC’s best features in all categories with a sophisticated flourish. In the 2018 Yukon, it begins with a standard 6.2-liter V8. For your own sake, I hope you don’t encounter a driving scenario that demands more power than you’ll have on tap. While it’s mighty, the power is tempered by sophisticated features like 10-speed automatic transmission, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Change Alert. Oh, and it looks good, too.

Here’s what GMC has to say about the Yukon Denali’s signature grille, “The horizontal pattern is highlighted with three-dimensional block elements, which were carefully crafted to catch light just the right way, much like a high-end timepiece or sculptural jewelry.” I don’t know what sculptural jewellery is, but I do know that the grille is the perfect complement to the standard 20” bright machined-aluminum wheels. The 2018 GMC Yukon Denali makes an impressive first impression. And the refinement and sophistication carry on into the Yukon Denali’s interior.

Inside, you’ll find a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel; perforated, heated leather seats; and heated second-row seats. And, thanks to Bose’s Active Noise Cancellation, the sounds of the road and wind are entirely deadened. You get a customizable 8” Driver Information Centre as well as a vivid, 8” infotainment screen. GMC has even included a wireless charging dock for your smartphone.

The 2018 Buick Enclave: Quiet, Comfortable, Quiet

The 2018 Buick Enclave

The 2018 Buick Enclave is a big deal. For the new model year, Buick’s full-sized luxury SUV is adopting the design language introduced by the 2017 LaCrosse. The awkward bulk of the 2017 Enclave has been been replaced with a sleek and imposing frame that makes carrying seven passengers more romantic than it has any right to be. And that excellent first impression isn’t let down by anything that follows.

Quietly Exceptional

Every 2018 Buick Enclave comes with standard Bose Active Noise Cancellation and Buick QuietTuning.The Noise Cancellation emits negative waves to cancel ambient sound from the engine and road. Buick QuietTuning refers to all of the design techniques Buick uses to make the cabin pristinely silent. Those include features like triple-sealed doors, acoustic-laminated glass, specially tuned suspension, insulated dashboard, and a hydraulic engine mount.

It’s cool to see how far Buick’s designers and engineers have gone to perfect something that many drivers may not even think about. Of course, most drivers don’t care about acoustic lamination. They just want to know their vehicle is quiet – and it is. Even when you’re accelerating on the highway with significant wind, the 2018 Buick Enclave is silent. But it remains a difficult feeling to convey with words. You really have to drive an Enclave for yourself. Once you do, you’ll immediately realise how much passive noise you’ve been tolerating while driving your current vehicle.

Luxury is Standard

The 2018 Enclave is quiet in the industry, too. In the past few years, Buick has been reinventing its lineup, trying to make vehicles that appeal to a younger generation of drivers. To achieve that goal, Buick has employed two strategies. The first, explained above, is design. Modern Buicks are attractive and sophisticated. The second strategy consists of an attempt to offer more standard equipment than equally priced competitors. The amount of standard features available on the 2018 Buick Enclave is amazing. And I’m not talking about floor mats and airbags. I’m talking about genuine luxury features for which the overwhelming majority of automakers charge extra.

Almost all automakers saddle their base models with underpowered, inefficient powertrains. This is not the case with Buick Enclave. Each trim level comes with the 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT engine that offers 310 horsepower and a remarkable fuel economy rating of 11.2 L/100km (city/hwy combined). Inside, the 2018 Enclave, heated seats, a leather steering wheel, OnStar 4G LTE WiFi, tri-zone climate control, an 8” touch screen, and a 4.2” Driver Information Centre display. If that’s not enough standard equipment, you also get:

  • 18” Aluminum wheels
  • Automatic LED headlamps
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  • And more

2018 Buick Enclave Avenir

If you want you want to further elevate your driving experience, you won’t be disappointed. That’s because 2018 also marks the debut of the Avenir sub-brand. Similar to GMC’s Denali, Avenir signifies the brand’s best luxury, convenience, and performance features. Obviously, that means it comes with All-wheel drive and the 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT engine. But the Enclave Avenir also comes with a unique package of enticing extras.

Included is a unique grille and 20” aluminum wheels. Despite the Black Ice finishes on those items, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seats, and heated steering wheel will keep you warm. Buick has also included tons of smart features like a wireless charging pad, Surround Vision camera system, and 10-speaker audio. However, the smartest features of all are included in the Avenir’s standard Driver Confidence Package:

  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Intellibeam headlamps

Other standout Avenir features include:

  • All of the features from Premium trim level
  • Authentic mahogany steering wheel
  • Avenir embroidered headrests
  • Power dual moonroof

The 2018 Cadillac XT5

The 2018 Cadillac XT5

2018 Cadillac XT5

The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is certain to be one of Cadillac’s best-selling vehicles. The demand for capable and stylish crossovers (which the XT5 undoubtedly is) continues to grow. That also means the small SUV market is a crowded field. So, how does this one stand out? Obviously, it’s beautifully styled and remarkably comfortably. I don’t need to elaborate – it’s a Cadillac. But what even diehard Cadillac fans will find surprising is the offering an astounding amount of features that come standard in every XT5.

Refined

An eight-speaker Bose audio system is now standard. It includes Bose Active Noise Cancellation that emits negative waves to nullify the sound of the wind, road, and engine. Even on the highway, your music is clear and sharp without dialling up the volume to harmful levels. And you can even upgrade to the Bose Centerpoint audio system with 14 speakers for a concert-like music experience.

But that’s not the only impressive tech that Cadillac has included. A wireless charging pad eliminates the hassle of wires usually associated with smartphone charging. You just set your device on the pad, and it will charge as you drive. Plus, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can control your music and apps with natural voice commands. And with 4G LTE WiFi, you can stay connected on the go with multiple devices. Oh, and all of these features are standard on the base model XT5.

Power, too

At the risk of offending some buyers, I will say that most choose the XT5 for its style, flexibility, and elevated comfort. In other words, they do not buy the XT5 for its performance. Nevertheless, the 2018 XT5 is a genuine thrill to drive. While an increasing number of manufacturers are starving their crossovers with turbocharged 4-cylinders, it’s nice to see Cadillac offering a standard 3.6L V6 engine. It’s good for 310 horsepower and pairs exceptionally well with the smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.

Smart & Confident

The 2018 XT5 will offer an available Rear Camera Mirror. Unlike typical rearview mirrors, the Rear Camera Mirror does not simply reflect an image of a vehicle’s rear window. Instead, it uses a camera on the rear of your XT5 to display a live HD image of the road behind you. Why? Because this increases your field of view by roughly 300%. Obstacles like passengers’ heads, headrests, and vehicle pillars are removed from the equation entirely. The result is a much safer and more useful rearview mirror.

If that’s not good enough, you can also add Surround Vision. Surround Vision uses cameras on each side of the vehicle to build an overhead, 360-degree view of your surrounding. It becomes active automatically when you’re driving at low speeds or in reverse. It’s particularly useful for navigating parking lots. While the XT5 is naturally quite agile, it has blind spots like any vehicle, so the extra awareness can’t hurt.

The X(T5) Factor

While Cadillac offers tons of these remarkable available features, it’s frankly going to be difficult to convince buyers not to stick with the standard trim. The base model of the 2018 Cadillac XT5 comes with so many features that other automakers charge extra for (you can even add All-Wheel Drive to the base model). Here is just some of the XT5’s standard equipment.

  • 3.6L V6 direct-injection 310-hp engine and 271 lb.-ft. Torque
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 18″ blade silver painted aluminum wheels
  • Bose® 8-speaker premium audio system
  • OnStar® 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi
  • Wireless Charging
  • Rear Vision Camera & Rear Park Assist
  • Rear power liftgate with memory height
  • Keyless Access, Passive Entry and Push-Button Start
  • Handcrafted cut-and-sewn interior
  • Okapi deco wood trim

The 2018 XT5 is now available at Capital Cadillac. Stop by and test drive one today.