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Top Gift Ideas 2018

It’s that time of year again.  Here are some automotive (and a few other) gift ideas for five popular products you many not have considered:

Slime 50107 Smart Spare Emergency Tire Repair Kit

Micro-start

Antigravity XP-10 Micro start Jump Starter Power 300 Amps / 600A Peak

Antigravity XP-10 Micro start Jump Starter Power 300 Amps / 600A Peak

Porcelain Heart Necklace

 

1930s-’40s Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar | Reverb
(okay so I’m into guitars this season)

VTIN Portable Bluetooth Speaker with IPX6 Waterproof, Support Deep Bass & Rich

Cadillac XT5 Revisited and Ready

The Cadillac XT5 Crossover replaced the SRX in 2017.  The newly designed XT5 is the first of several crossovers for Cadillac — there will be a smaller XT4 and a longer XT6 coming soon.

In terms of size, the XT5 is a mid-size 4 seater with plenty of room behind the back seats.  The XT4 will be a smaller 4 seater with less storage room.  The XT6 will be a full 6/7 seater with storage room.

The one I enjoyed for a few days was an XT5 Luxury FWD.  The XT5 comes in several successive trims — Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum XT5.  The Luxury like I drove features:

  • Leather seating surfaces, 8-way adjustable front passenger side, driver and front passenger power lumbar control, driver and front passenger heated seats
  • Memory Package: Includes two presents for power driver’s seat, outside mirrors, tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and driver personalization features
  • Automatic-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Cargo Management System with adjustable cargo fence and retractable cargo shade
  • UltraView® Power Sunroof
  • 18-inch bright machined face alloy wheels with Light Argent accents
  • Heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors with driver-side auto dimming
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rainsense front wipers

The engine in the XT5 has 310 hp / 271 lb-ft of torque, which not too long ago was muscle car territory.  The 8-speed automatic transmission was flawless and responsive.

One feature that bears some getting used to — the shifter.

There are two buttons on the shifter — one to the left side, and one on top.  First, the one on top, marked “P”, puts the transmission into PARK.  Remember that and you’ll be good.  The one on the left side of the shifter has to be depressed in order to shift either to reverse or drive.  Reverse is forward and left, drive is back.

Overall, the XT5 is terrific.  It drives great, visibility is complete, and power is plentiful.  Safety features are omnipresent.

I am very interested to see the XT4 and XT6 on the road.  Based on the XT5, Cadillac knows how to do these.

Thanks to Crest Cadillac for the XT5 test drive.

 

2019 Cadillac ATS RPO codes

Option
Code
Description
5WF
LPO, Battery Protection Package
5XR
LPO, Grille, Black chrome
5ZO
LPO, 19″ (48.3 cm) Ultra-Bright machined alloy wheels
A45
Memory Package
AHE
Seat adjusters, driver
AL0
Airbag, Passenger Sensing System
AM9
Seat, rear, 2-position, split-folding
AQ9
Seats, front bucket
AT8
Child seat restraint system
ATH
Keyless Access
AX7
Automatic Safety Belt Tightening
AYG
Airbags
BTV
Adaptive Remote Start
CE1
Wipers, Rainsense
CF5
Sunroof, power
CJ2
Climate control, dual-zone automatic
DD8
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
DR2
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable and driver-side auto-dimming, body-color
DR5
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color
F46
Drivetrain, all-wheel drive
F55
Magnetic Ride Control
FE2
Suspension, Sport
FE3
Suspension, Performance
FE9
Emissions, Federal requirements
G80
Differential, rear, mechanical limited slip
GW6
Rear axle, 3.27 ratio
HD7
Door handles, illuminating
HRD
Rear axle, 2.85 ratio
IOS
Cadillac user experience, AM/FM stereo with 8” diagonal color information display
IOT
Cadillac user experience with embedded navigation, AM/FM stereo with connected navigation providing real-time traffic, 8” diagonal color information display
J55
Brakes, Brembo front, performance 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
J77
Brake, electronic parking
JE2
Brake linings, performance
JF5
Pedals, Sport aluminum alloy
K05
Engine block heater
K4C
Wireless Charging
KA1
Seats, heated driver and front passenger
KB7
Steering wheel mounted Paddle Shift Controls
KC4
Cooling, external engine oil cooler
KI3
Steering wheel, heated
KI6
Receptacle, power, 110V
KL9
Automatic Stop/Start
KSG
Cruise control, adaptive, full-speed range
LGX
Engine, 3.6L V6, SIDI, DOHC, VVT
LTG
Engine, 2.0L Turbo, I4, DI, DOHC, VVT
M5N
Transmission, 8-speed automatic
N08
Locking fuel door
N38
Steering column, power tilt and telescoping
NB8
Emissions override, California
NB9
Emissions override, state-specific
NC7
Emissions override, Federal
NE1
Emissions, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state requirements
NKE
Noise control, electronic sound enhancer
NP5
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped rim
P0G
GM Commercial Link – 1 year of Service
P0H
GM Commercial Link – 2 years of Service
P0I
GM Commercial Link – 3 years of Service
P0J
OnStar Additional 21 months of OnStar Fleet Safety and Security
P0K
OnStar Additional 33 months of OnStar Fleet Safety and Security
P0L
OnStar Additional 45 months of OnStar Fleet Safety and Security
P0M
OnStar Additional 21 months of OnStar Fleet Remote Access
P0N
OnStar Additional 33 months of OnStar Fleet Remote Access
P0O
OnStar Additional 45 months of OnStar Fleet Remote Access
PB4
Wheel lugs, locking
PCN
LPO, Summer/Winter Mat Package
PCW
Safety and Security Package
PDH
LPO, All-Weather Mat Protection Package
PDU
Sky and Shine Package
PR6
SiriusXM Satellite Radio Additional 9 months of the SiriusXM All Access Package.
PR7
SiriusXM Satellite Radio Additional 21 months of the SiriusXM All Access Package.
PR8
SiriusXM Satellite Radio Additional 33 months of the SiriusXM All Access Package.
QFN
Tires, P225/40R18 front and P255/35R18 rear, summer-only
QLC
Tires, P225/40R18 front and P255/35R18 rear, all-season
R35
Wheels, 18″ x 8″ (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) polished alloy
RJP
LPO, 225/35ZR19 front and 255/30ZR19 rear, Y-rated, summer performance, run-flat tires
RWU
LPO, Cargo area organizer, collapsible
RXE
LPO, Catback exhaust system
RYT
LPO, Cadillac Edition First Aid Kit
S08
LPO, Highway Safety Kit
SA7
LPO, Black suede shift knob
SC2
LPO, Black suede steering wheel
SCJ
LPO, V-Sport Performance Suspension Upgrade Package
SFE
LPO, Wheel locks
SKQ
Wheels, 18″ x 8″ (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) painted alloy
SKR
Wheels, 18″ x 8″ (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) Ultra Bright machined-finish painted alloy
T4F
Headlamps, high intensity discharge
TQ5
IntelliBeam
U2M
SiriusXM Radio and HD Radio
UD5
Front and Rear Park Assist
UDD
Driver Information Center, 5.7″ color display
UE1
OnStar and Cadillac connected services capable
UE4
Following Distance Indicator
UEU
Forward Collision Alert
UFG
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
UG1
Universal Home Remote
UGN
Automatic Collision Braking
UHX
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
UKC
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
ULS
Steering column, lock control
UQS
Audio system feature, Bose premium surround sound 12-speaker system
UTR
Theft-deterrent alarm system, self-powered
UTU
Sensor, inclination
UV6
Head-Up Display
UVC
Rear Vision Camera
UVZ
Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking
V03
Cooling system, extra capacity
VAV
LPO, Premium all-weather floor mats
VEB
LPO, Sport pedal cover set
VK3
License plate bracket, front
VLI
LPO, Premium all-weather cargo mat
VNI
LPO, Black chrome rear trim
VST
LPO, Sill plates
VV4
Cadillac 4G LTE
VVX
LPO, V-Sport Red Brake Caliper, Slotted Rotor and Pad Upgrade Package
VYW
LPO, Floor mats, premium carpeted
W2D
LPO, Cargo net
WCZ
LPO, Red Accented Carbon Fiber Interior Trim Kit
WGI
LPO, Brushed Aluminum Interior Trim Kit
WGK
LPO, Natural Sapele Wood Interior Trim Kit
WGM
LPO, Dark Olive Ash Wood Interior Trim Kit
WGN
LPO, Cabin filter
WL2
LPO, V-Sport logo premium carpeted floor mats
Y19
Cold Weather Package
Y24
Cadillac user experience and surround sound
Y26
Cadillac user experience and navigation
Y42
Performance Package
Y43
Premium Package
Y44
Seating Package
Y4Q
Track Performance Package
Y61
Advanced Security Package
Y65
Driver Awareness Package
Y66
Driver Assist Package
YF5
Emissions, California state requirements