Cadillac is in the middle of an image transition, investing millions on new vehicle products to help steer the brand down a more modern road. Cadillac recently introduced two excellent sports sedans, the CTS-V and ATS-V, and now they're rolling out a shiny new midsize crossover that's poised to be a strong player in the luxury SUV arena. The Cadillac XT5 (base MSRP $38,995) replaces the long-in-the-tooth SRX in Cadillac's lineup. While it shares similar exterior dimensions with the SRX, a new lightweight chassis saves 300 pounds, improving efficiency, and sits two inches longer for increased rear-seat legroom.

Cadillac XT5

It's hard not to admire how handsome the crisp, polished silhouette of the XT5 is. An aggressive sharp nose with a prominent grille that's flanked by vertically integrated LED headlights immediately draws focus to the front, while broad shoulders and a rising character line lets your gaze linger to the backend, punctuated by signature boomerang-style taillights. Chromed metal accents give the XT5 a distinctive, modern look. The refined exterior is matched by the posh cabin that uses a variety of genuine upscale materials like stitched leather, suede, wood, and aluminum for a rich sensory experience. The dash layout is simple and uncluttered with minimal knobs and buttons around the touchscreen infotainment display. It's hard to believe this level of sophistication comes with a V6 engine, and inexpensive price.

Here are some of the XT5's highlights:

  • A 3.6-liter V6 is mated with an 8-speed automatic putting out 310 hp and 271 pound-feet of torque, providing refined power for a smooth, yet exhilarating feel.
  • The interior is versatile with rear seats that recline and slide back and forth, along with 40/20/40 split folding seatbacks to accommodate various cargo needs.
  • The XT5 is available in four trim levels. Front-wheel drive comes standard with available all-wheel drive.
  • The XT5 features Cadillac's updated CUE infotainment system, 4G wireless connectivity, with a standard integrated Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration.
  • Thanks to a weight reduction and automatic stop/start technology, the XT5 gets better mileage than the SRX at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
  • A host of additional safety features includes the new available Rear Camera Mirror, which streams a live, unobstructed view of what's behind you directly through the rearview mirror. Cadillac says this feature offers 300 percent more vision than an ordinary mirror.
  • Some standard features include: Bose premium 8-speaker system, dual-zone automatic climate control, power liftgate, remote start, rear park assist, rearview camera, wireless charging, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Optional features include: leather seating surfaces, rear seat DVD entertainment, tablet holder, roof rack cross rails, and color head-up display.


The great debate among luxury crossovers is whether to opt for a smooth, cushy ride, or sport-tuned suspension. While competitors like the Lexus RX or Mercedes-Benz GLE have opted for luxury, the XT5 is hot on the BMW X5's tail for sporty handling. That isn't to say that the XT5 doesn't deliver a peaceful journey when you're cruising to work or running errands, but can throw it in a corner to see what it's capable of. Driver select ride mode lets you control what type of experience you're going for, whether that's the softer Touring, Snow/AWD to tackle inclement weather, or Sport for you just need to unleash some energy. Either way you choose, real-time damping suspension monitors road and vehicle inputs to reduce vibrations and maintain and collected ride. The XT5 is the first of four planned vehicles to reinvigorate Cadillac's SUV lineup.

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