Cadillac XT5: Crossover Touring New for 2017

By Sue Mead, August 6th, 2016

"Dare Greatly" is Cadillac's newest tagline. And it's especially fitting as this crown jewel in General Motors' portfolio makes a brave move from its Detroit headquarters to the "Big Apple" in New York City.

Cadillac's new way forward, updated brand mindset, plus attitude of courage and determination show in the development of the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5.

The new Crossover Touring 5 (XT5) joins the luxury market's strongest-selling segment, and it's the second vehicle in Cadillac's crossover line to wear the new alpha-numeric "XT" designation.

The re-imagined five-passenger model comes in four trim levels, with front- and all-wheel-drive versions: a base model is available in FWD only and starts at $38,995; Luxury begins at $44,895; Luxury AWD at $47,390; Premium Luxury at $51,895; Premium Luxury AWD at $54,390; and range-topping Platinum in AWD only at $62,500. (Plus $995 destination charges.) Optional are packages that bring enhanced navigation, LED lighting, and a variety of additional safety and security upgrades; most of these are standard on up-level trims and all on Platinum.

Designers penned the crossover with a more modern expression of classical luxury, while maintaining Cadillac's edgy art and science theme. The result is an eye-appealing blend of styling cues, attractive lighting, and uplevel trim features. Most distinguishing is the crossover's new vertical headlamps that add gorgeous eye candy to the front face. Platinum gets a unique grille and exhaust, stainless steel skid plate, along with 20-inch, 12-spoke polished wheels.

The XT5's interior is charming and clean, featuring both wider and more horizontal surfaces to emphasize the efficient use of space. Assembled with cut-and-sewn wrapped panels, cabin choices come in five color and trim combinations, with decorative trim options ranging from carbon fiber to two types of aluminum and three types of genuine wood.

Rear-seat legroom is increased 3.2 inches, compared to the previous SRX model; total passenger volume is 104.5 cubic feet. The remote-operated, fold-down rear seat splits 40/20/40, reclines, and slides fore and aft giving more room to second-row passengers, or up to 30 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind, with a maximum of 63 cu.-ft. of cargo behind the front seats.

Its redesigned 3.6-liter V-6 engine was tapped as one of Ward's "10 Best Engines" for 2016. It produces 310 horsepower, 271 lb.-ft. of torque, and features Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation. This technology seamlessly and automatically switches to a fuel-saving four-cylinder mode under low or moderate loads, and combines with Stop/Start technology to save fuel and reduce emissions. It's rated at 3,500 pounds max towing.

Also new is an eight-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift that reduces noise and vibration. The all-new AWD system automatically delivers traction for a wide variety of conditions and can send all the torque to either axle and even vector all to one wheel. Engineered specifically for performance in wet, snowy, or icy conditions, it also provides enhanced stability in dry weather. Fuel economy is rated at 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 miles combined for FWD models; EPA numbers drop by 1 mpg for AWD.

The XT5 features 4G wireless access with standard integrated Wi-Fi hotspot. Cadillac's CUE touchscreen connectivity system provides a suite of information and entertainment offerings.

Cadillac's rear camera mirror increases the driver's rear vision by 300 percent, using a video display applied over the inside rearview mirror. Also onboard are Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages to improve vision and collision avoidance.

We concentrated our drive on the Premium Luxury AWD model over a course of about 125 miles. Notable are the quietness of the cabin, great on-tap acceleration with crisp shifts, agile and responsive handing due to the body's increased stiffness, quick-ratio electric power steering, and the updated suspension.

The XT5 is 278 pounds lighter than the SRX it replaces and 100 pounds lighter than the Audi Q5, although it's 7 inches longer. It's also more than 650 pounds lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, which has similar exterior dimensions.

We also loved the top-flight Platinum trim level, with softer semi-aniline leather, tri-zone climate control, heated rear seats, a larger 8.0-inch central display on the instrument panel (versus the standard 5.7-inch), 360-degree cameras with a self-washing rear lens, a hands-free liftgate, and anti-theft inclination and interior motion sensors.

Specifications

Base price $54,390 (as tested: $55,385)
Curb weight 4,257 lbs.
Displacement 3.6-liter
Engine type 24-valve V-6
Epa mileage rating 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 22 gal.
Horsepower (net) 310 at 6700 rpm
Overall length 189.5 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 271 at 5000 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Vehicle type 5-passenger AWD midsize CUV
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