The 2022 Cadillac XT5 may not have a coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ rating, but it excels with regard to the accommodation of child safety seats.
The editors over at Cars.com have tested a wide variety of popular, 2021 and 2022 model year family crossovers and SUVs in recent months for how well they can accommodate child safety seats, using this info to put together its 2022 Car Seat Fit Report Card. This study analyzes vehicles on the ease of use of their Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) systems, as well as their ability to accommodate different child safety seat styles, such as front and rear-facing seats, convertible seats and booster seats, providing important safety and ease-of-use information to new parents or those with budding families.
The 2022 Cadillac XT5 received a best-possible rating of ‘A’ across all categories in this study, including for its LATCH system and its ability to accommodate various child safety seat types.
“The XT5 is a mid-size luxury SUV that seats five. Thanks to easy-access Latch anchors and ample legroom, the XT5 easily accommodated two car seats in our test to receive top grades across the board,” Cars.com editors said of the luxury crossover’s standout performance.
Luxury vehicles like the XT5 excelled in this study, with the 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback and 2022 Acura RDX also receiving the best-possible score across the board. Certain electric vehicles excelled, as well, with the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 and Kia EV6 receiving an ‘A’ in all categories, but the Volvo XC40 lagged behind these two with a ‘B’ rating for its LATCH system and a series of ‘C’ ratings. Other small and midsize two-row crossover entries that struggled included the Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport as well as the Hyundai Kona.
Automakers can improve their performances in studies like these by ensuring vehicle LATCH systems are easy to use and ensuring easy access to the second and third rows for parents – particularly in family vehicles like two and three-row crossovers.