Cadillac XT5

The Cadillac XT5 boasts pleasant driving dynamics, a welcoming cabin and stylish looks. It's the best small Cadillac crossover SUV yet.

Cadillac's previous entry in the compact luxury crossover SUV segment, the SRX, was a big seller, but it still had room for improvement. That's where the Cadillac XT5 comes in.

The Cadillac XT5 is lighter, roomier inside (thanks to a longer wheelbase), more fuel-efficient and more user-friendly.

With its waterfall headlights and crisply chiseled body, the XT5 has the unmistakably aggressive yet tasteful design language seen on other modern Cadillacs. Although this is Cadillac's so-called entry-level crossover SUV, the interior fully supports its luxury brand status with handsome styling and impressive materials quality. That welcoming cabin, along with those sharp looks and a pleasant demeanor on the road, put the Cadillac XT5 in very good standing in the small luxury crossover segment.

Current Cadillac XT5 The Cadillac XT5 compact luxury crossover SUV debuted for 2017 and is available in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum. Even the base XT5 comes with features such as a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, and an 8-inch infotainment display with smartphone integration. The Luxury trim's highlights include a large sunroof, leather upholstery, and heated front seats and steering wheel. Stepping up to the Premium Luxury brings added niceties such as navigation, ventilated front seats and various driver aids (e.g. collision warning with automatic braking). The top-of-the-line Platinum counts a top-view camera system, triple-zone automatic climate control and heated rear seats among its many added perks.

The sole engine offered in the Cadillac XT5 is 3.6-liter V6 that makes 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims except the Platinum, which comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD). The latter is optional on the remaining trims except the base.

In reviews, the Cadillac XT5 impressed our editors with its smooth powertrain, athletic handling, composed ride and roomy cabin. Since it is lighter than the model it replaced, the Cadillac XT5 provides more spirited acceleration as well as higher fuel economy and a more entertaining drive overall. Given all these strong points that put this Cadillac squarely in the game, the XT5 certainly merits consideration from savvy consumers.

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