The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is a very important vehicle for Cadillac. As crossovers continue to balloon in popularity, the XT5 replaces the brand’s best selling model because of said popularity: the Cadillac SRX.
Car and Driver had a go in the 2017 XT5, which arrived loaded in Platinum trim and all-wheel drive. The verdict? Unoffensive.
In fact, it seems to be true the only buyers jealous of the XT5 may be those who opted for the SRX a year earlier. Driving dynamics weren’t bashed, but not praised either. Materials on the Platinum trim were heralded, but scolded as you move down the trim hierarchy.
Worse yet was the feeling of Cadillac’s electronic precision shift, which was described as awkward at best.
While C&D did state the 2017 XT5 held a clear advantage of mid-pack luxury crossovers, (think Lincoln and Acura), it’s “pretty good” attributes weren’t enough to cache it along with the Germans.