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2017 Cadillac XT5 Test Drive Review

There is no doubt that the Cadillac SRX was an aging model in the brand’s lineup. Nonetheless, with the debut of the second-generation model in 2010, it also continued to be the brand’s second best-selling model in the United States. Of course, a part of the reason for that has to do with the increasing popularity of the crossover segment, but the Cadillac SRX went on virtually unchanged from 2010 to 2016 because of a ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ motto. Well, all that has changed with the debut of the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is the much-anticipated successor of the SRX and it is definitely exciting in every way. Not only is it one of the best-looking crossovers in its segment, it is packed with technology, a quality-built interior, and a ride quality that is nothing short of comfortable. Let’s take a closer look at the Cadillac XT5.

2017 Cadillac XT5


The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is stunning from every angle. It seems to have been slightly inspired by the exterior of the new Cadillac Escalade, but in a tinier package. The design is highlighted by a very aggressive front end that takes cues from the new Cadillac CT6 sedan. The new face of Cadillac’s five-passenger crossover features a giant new grille, teardrop style headlamps and LED fog lamps. The rear-end also has bold styling cues and helps create an overall sleek and stylish stance.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 sits on a wheelbase that measures 112.5 inches with an overall length of 189.5 inches. The width of the XT5 comes in at 75 inches and a height that stands 66 inches tall. Buyers can pick between two wheel sizes including 18-inches and 20-inches depending on the model you choose.

While the Cadillac XT5 is a huge improvement over the SRX, it is also one of the best-looking crossovers in the segment.

2017 Cadillac XT5


This is where the 2017 Cadillac XT5 really shines. Heavily inspired by the new design theme in the Cadillac CT6, the interior of the XT5 features high-quality materials with top-notch craftsmanship. Everything you touch inside the 2017 Cadillac XT5 conveys a feeling of elegance and luxury.

You will definitely notice that Cadillac has gotten rid of a lot of polished material surfaces that were extremely prone to fingerprints. Instead, the only polished materials you’ll see are around the center display and center stack.

Let’s talk tech! The Cadillac XT5 comes with a very strong list of standard features. Buyers will have the choice of picking between four trim levels including base, Premium, Luxury, and Platinum.

So what comes standard in the base model? Everything you would expect from a vehicle in this class and more. Standard features include keyless entry with push-button start, rear power liftgate, rearview camera, rear park assist, power driver and passenger seats, dual-zone climate control, an 8-speaker Bose audio system, the amazing Cadillac CUE infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Sirius XM radio, OnStar 4G LTE and WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming capability, a wireless charging station, USB/Aux connectivity and much more. Our 2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum test car also included heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering, an upgraded 14-speaking Bose sound system, navigation, rain sensing wipers, memory seats, an 8-inch color display gauge cluster, heads-up display, leather-wrapped instrument panel/door trims/side panels, a rear camera mirror, and a bunch of safety features we’ll get into later on this review.

Let’s talk measurements. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 features front legroom 41.2 inches and rear legroom of 56.2 inches, which is pretty outstandingly comfortable for rear seat passengers. Trunk space comes in at 63 cubic feet with the rear seats folded and 30 cubic feet with the rear seats in user position.

2017 Cadillac XT5


Of course, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and treat this like a sports car. Nonetheless, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 offers plenty of power and performance for your everyday driving needs. Power comes from a 3.6 liter V6 engine making 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and can be ordered in front or all-wheel drive configurations. Performance-wise, the Cadillac XT5 can run from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph.

Fuel economy-wise, the Cadillac XT5 manages to return 19/27 mpg* (city/highway) for the front wheel drive model and 18/26 mpg* for the all-wheel-drive model.

Overall, the ride quality of the Cadillac XT5 is extremely impressive. It’s very smooth on the highway and quite nimble throughout urban areas.

2017 Cadillac XT5


Besides the standard range of safety features, our 2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum came with a bunch of advanced driver assist technologies including front and rear park assist, blind spot notifications, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beam, adaptive cruise control, automatic park assist, lane keep assist and a surround vision camera system.


The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is an exceptional replacement to the Cadillac SRX and is even a more exceptional option in the luxury crossover segment overall. It stands out from the crowd with an impressive exterior, a quality-built interior, and a strong list of standard and optional features. Prices for the 2017 Cadillac XT5 start at $38,995**. Make sure you visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Cadillac dealer for a test drive today.

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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