For 2017, Cadillac replaces the aging SRX crossover with the all-new XT5. This new midsize offering solves many of the complaints buyers had about the SRX, but it is not without its own flaws.

Pricing and Equipment

The XT5 sits in a hyper-competitive market, so pricing is a pressing issue when battling more prestigious brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The base model, known as the XT5 FWD starts from just $38,995, putting it well below the $40,900 2016 Audi Q5. While that price sounds highly competitive, the Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive and adding the same to the XT5 puts the base price at $47,390.

Though it lacks all-wheel drive, the base XT5 does come with a list of desirable amenities that includes:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Bose eight-speaker sound system
  • Power liftgate
  • Adaptive remote start
  • OnStar with 4G LTE

The XT5 is also available in three higher trims: Premium, Premium Luxury, and Platinum.

Performance Pros

The XT5’s retuned 3.6-liter V6 engine is a joy throughout the rev band and comfort is superb.

  • 310 horsepower is plenty for this midsize crossover
  • Eight-speed transmission is the perfect match
  • Continuous dampening control delivers amazing comfort

Performance Cons

While the XT5’s straight-line performance is good for this class, it lacks the finesse of its rivals on curvy roads. What’s more, the costs to feed this V6 engine could rack up over the years.

  • Doesn't deliver sedan-like performance like its German rivals
  • 22 mpg combined will get costly and no fuel-efficient options
  • Front-wheel drive configuration takes away some of the fun

Interior Pros

Cadillac XT5

The XT5’s cabin is whisper quiet, making it a great place to spend time. This quietness is made even more enjoyable with great attention to detail and premium materials throughout.

  • Amazing craftsmanship throughout the cabin
  • Horizontal theme visually widens the space
  • Plenty of support in the driver's seat

Interior Cons

It’s hard to find faults in the XT5’s cabin as Cadillac has come so far from the SRX. However, we did note that the back seat felt a lot more cramped than the numbers led us to believe.

  • Rear seat is nto as pleasant as it should be
  • Cue system, while whole better, is still quite frustrating

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Cadillac XT5

We know that Cadillac has vastly improved its cabins over the years, but the XT5 is beyond expectations. Sure, the cut-and-sewn leather is amazing, but the list goes well beyond that as it is well laid out, loaded with features, and super quiet.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

We don’t necessarily expect a supercar in the luxury midsize crossover segment, but the XT5 falls well behind its competitors in performance. Sure, it is good in a straight line, but once the corners come up, the clinching begins.

The Bottom Line

For the bottom dollar, the XT5 is a great value, but the high cost to get all-wheel drive lessens its value a bit. If you need traction at all four wheels, make sure to cross-shop some competitors.