As we round out the end of this year, it’s time to award accolades for numerous vehicles across many segments. One is Motor Trend‘s SUV of the Year, and the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is present and ready to win over the hearts and minds of judges.
However, it did little to win over neither the hearts or minds.
Starting with the powertrain, judges loathed it for being underwhelming with a “sleepy” set of gears. The powertrain was ultimately a letdown because the XT5 was lauded for sharp driving dynamics and great handling. The 2017 XT5 also passed the freeway test with flying colors, with judges stating the surface ripples utterly disappeared. Unfortunately, it doesn’t necessarily get better.
The XT5 Luxury trim was deemed “plasticky”, while the Platinum wore the true luxurious touches. Inconsistency was not appreciated. Furthermore, the new Electronic Precision Shift was called “finicky”, CUE was aggravating and the rearview camera mirror was stated as “mere gadgetry.”
It sounds like the XT5 hasn’t made many friends.