2017 Cadillac XT5

Pros: Good overall interior space; refined drivetrain; high-grade interior materials; fine balance of ride and handling

Cons: Only one engine choice; top trim levels get expensive; not all testers like CUE touchscreen interface; rear-seat headroom is tight for tall adults

CG Says: The all-new Cadillac XT5 replaces SRX for 2017 as Cadillac’s premium midsize SUV. The XT5 is about the same size overall as the SRX, but is lighter and has 3.2 inches more rear-seat legroom (thanks in part to a 2-inch-longer wheelbase). A 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 is the sole engine; it mates to an 8-speed automatic transmission and has an automatic engine start/stop feature and cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The AWD system is capable of sending 100% of available power to either the front or rear axle, and the driver can select front-wheel drive mode for improved fuel economy. Also, an electronically controlled rear differential can send up to 100% of available power to either rear wheel for better traction in slippery conditions. Available new technology features include a wireless charger for cell phones and a rearview mirror that displays a camera image with a wider field of vision than a conventional mirror. Available safety features include automatic front and rear braking for low-speed conditions; lane-keep assist; rear cross-traffic alert; surround-view camera; LED headlights; and adaptive cruise control. The SRX was Cadillac’s best selling vehicle, and we see no reason why the new XT5 won’t continue—and perhaps build on—its predecessor’s successes. The XT5 is improved in every way, with better interior appointments, more rear-seat room, and improved fuel economy, and a full roster of cutting-edge safety and technology features. It’s a strong contender in the premium midsize SUV class.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Cadillac
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Base: $38,995
Luxury: $44,895
AWD Luxury: $47,390
Premium: $51,895
AWD Premium: $54,390
AWD Platinum: $62,500

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
310
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-27