The 2017 Cadillac XT5 walked away from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests with the highest honors bestowed upon it.
Following testing, the IIHS named the 2017 XT5 a Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating a vehicle can receive following tests.
In order to be considered for a Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn “good” ratings in the five crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — and a superior rating in front crash prevention. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 accomplished all of these.
“Passenger safety was one of our top priorities when we engineered the XT5,” said Paul Spadafora, XT5 chief engineer. “We equipped the XT5 with Cadillac’s full set of driver awareness and driver assistance systems to aid collision avoidance. Just as importantly, we designed an advanced structure that is both stiffer and lighter, for excellent crashworthiness. This included a revised front structure that specifically targets the challenging offset barrier scenario.”
Seven air bags are present in the event of a collision, but it’s the structural work that sets the Cadillac XT5 apart.
The front rails of the crossover are “splayed” on each side, widening and angling the structure slightly outward. This engineering decision allows for better preparation in offset impacts at the front corners of the XT5.