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2017 Cadillac XT5 KBB Expert Review

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By Allyson Harwood

2017 marks the first year of the XT5, a 2-row luxury crossover SUV that replaces the Cadillac SRX. While its styling is reminiscent of the previous model, this all-new vehicle is on a new platform, allowing Cadillac to start with a clean sheet of paper compared to the long-in-the-tooth SRX. The XT5 is more powerful -- thanks to a new engine and the SUV's weight loss -- and the cabin is notably more posh, quieter and roomier, with new high-tech and luxe features. The XT5 doesn't feel quick, as its transmission seems to be biased toward fuel efficiency, but that pays off in greatly improved fuel economy (which it needed). The XT5 is prepared to compete with the Lexus RX, Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

You'll Like This Car If...

The XT5 is a standout in the compact-luxury crossover SUV segment, with crisp, angular styling and a suite of features not offered on other SUVs in its class. It also offers a spacious cabin, with more rear-seat legroom than the benchmark Lexus RX.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Cadillac's new crossover SUV doesn’t offer 3-row seating. For that, consider the Audi Q7, Acura MDX or Cadillac Escalade. Also, there are no optional engines -- meaning no high-performance variants, hybrids or diesels. The Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Porsche Macan are tempting alternatives.

What's New for 2017

From the platform up, the Cadillac XT5 is all-new for 2017. New engine and transmission, new interior and exterior design, new features inside and a roomier, quieter cabin distinguish the XT5 from its SRX predecessor.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Our time behind the wheel of the XT5 was split among jaunts on long, gently curving roads, time in city traffic and some stretches through twisty canyons. The combination of weight loss and increased rigidity made the XT5 more fun to drive, feeling confident and well-planted in twists and turns. The auto stop/start feature isn’t bad, but it would be nice to have the option to shut it off. The XT5's electric power steering provides decent feedback. The XT5 isn't a sports car, but you can certainly have fun in it. It's powered by a new 3.6-liter, 310-horsepower V6 with a very good 8-speed automatic transmission that felt as if it were programmed for fuel economy, not performance. It took hard throttle-mashing to get the transmission to downshift. The XT5 is by no means slow, and it certainly has ample power, but its off-the-line acceleration isn't quick. 

Favorite Features

With the push of a button, the entire frame of the rearview mirror is filled with what's essentially a live broadcast of what is going on behind the XT5. This gives you a constant, high-resolution view of traffic without headrests or the roofline getting in the way.

For a combo that'll let you make the absolute most of your time driving a twisty road, put the XT5 in Sport mode. This delays transmission shifts, changes the steering effort, biases torque to the rear (in all-wheel-drive models) and modifies the suspension calibration. 

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