2017 Cadillac XT5
Cadillac’s state of near constant change is nothing new, adding new models while dropping old ones, and that’s what puts us behind the wheel of the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5.
XT, for Crossover Touring, is their new designation for utilities, and 5, presumably, for its 5 passenger seating. So goodbye SRX, and hello XT5.
Escalade-like bold styling sits on a fresh, light weight, mid-size platform that will likely see use by other GM brands.
Cadillac’s take is a solid one, pun intended. It rides slightly on the stiffer Euro side. Likewise, seats are soft to the touch, but quite firm to the behind.
Interior design is simple in appearance, but luxurious high tech in function, with a big CUE touch screen interface, combined with finely stitched materials and real wood trim accents. Easily comparable to most European rivals.
Engine choice is not a choice at all… a new 3.6 liter V6 is the only one, good for 310 horsepower through an eight speed automatic, in front or all-wheel drive.
BEN DAVIS: “…the transmission and the engine get along very well. There’s no bulk in power; everything’s super seamless and quiet…maybe too quiet for me…it seems like everybody’s going small displacement turbo 4s, and I kind of admit I like the growl of a turbo 4, I like wisp of the turbocharger, and this vehicle is nothing but quiet.”
On sale now, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 starts at $40,000.
Engine: 3.6 liter V6
Price: Starts at $40,000