GM’s automatic engine stop-start feature has drawn more than its fair share of criticism, with some owners railing against it for years on end. There have even been workarounds and tricks developed to circumvent the feature, such as starting the engine with the hood up. Luckily, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 addresses these complaints and provides a switch in the cabin that the driver can use to turn the automatic engine stop-start feature off and on, much to the relief of those customers that loathe the feature.
All models of the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will offer a switch to deactivate the automatic engine stop-start feature. The switch is located to the left of the center monitor.
However, the disabled feature will reset with each ignition cycle, which means that when an owner parks and turns the engine off, the automatic engine stop-start feature will once again be active. As such, owners that dislike the feature will need to deactivate it every time the engine is started.
The 2020 Cadillac XT5 isn’t the first GM model to add a defeat switch for the automatic engine stop-start feature. Just a partial list of models would include the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer, the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox, the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze (prior to its discontinuation), and the 2020 GMC Acadia.
Automatic engine stop-start was originally implemented as a means of reducing emissions by turning off the engine while idling, such as at a stoplight. However, some owners found the feature disruptive and annoying, claiming it could cause hesitation off the line and unnecessary vibrations in the cabin.
As a reminder, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 is equipped with either the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY, or the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX. The four-cylinder produces 237 horsepower, while the V6 makes 310 horsepower.
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