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2017 Cadillac XT5 Review

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 pampers its occupants in an upscale interior that features adult-friendly rear seats. However, it ranks in the bottom half of the luxury midsize SUV class because many of its rivals have sportier driving dynamics and peppier engines.

Pros & Cons

  • First-rate cabin materials
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Low list prices and projected ownership costs
  • Short on highway passing power
  • Less athletic than rivals
  • Limited rear-seat headroom
  • Below-average cargo space for the class




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Cadillac XT5 Overview

Is the 2017 Cadillac XT5 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is a decent SUV for shoppers who want luxury on a budget. Its average list price and estimated five-year ownership costs are some of the lowest in the luxury midsize SUV class.

Despite this affordability, the XT5 has a rich cabin outfitted with first-rate materials. Its sliding and reclining back seats offer plenty of legroom for adults. The engine also provides adequate power in most situations, but you’ll wish for more power when attempting to pass cars on the highway. The XT5 has fairly confident handling and can hold its own on winding roads, but some classmates have more engaging driving dynamics.

All in all, the Cadillac XT5 is a decent SUV for the price, but it doesn’t quite earn a place among its top rivals.  

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How Much Is the 2017 Cadillac XT5?

Our site has 900 listings for the 2017 Cadillac XT5, and the average price is $39,100. This makes it one of the most affordable cars in the class by a long shot. However, its price can range from $32,200 to $49,800, depending on the model you choose and its condition, mileage, location, and features. Rivals like the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 have average prices of more than $50,000.

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How Much Does the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Cost to Own?

The 2017 Cadillac XT5’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $28,000. That’s close to the five-year estimated costs for classmates like the Lincoln MKX ($27,100) and Acura MDX ($29,150).

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cadillac XT5?

A new 2018 Cadillac XT5 starts at $40,595 – nearly $1,500 more than the 2017 XT5’s average price. The XT5 was a new model for 2017, and it saw no major changes for the 2018 model year. Save yourself some cash by purchasing a used XT5 instead of buying new.

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The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is one of the least expensive cars in the segment. You'd have to spend a lot more to get an appealing 2018 SUV in this class.

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Which Model Year of the Cadillac XT5 Is Best?

The Cadillac XT5 was an all-new model for 2017, replacing the Cadillac SRX.

How Reliable Is the 2017 Cadillac XT5?

J.D. Power gave the 2017 XT5 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 has one reported recall. The brake fluid may leak, which can increase the risk of a crash. If this recall applies to the used model you are considering, be sure the problem is addressed before you buy.

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Which Used Cadillac XT5 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 comes in four trims: XT5, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. While the base model has one of the most attractive prices in the class, it lacks many of the standard features found in rivals. For example, most competitors have standard leather upholstery, while the XT5 has standard leatherette upholstery. Further, the base model isn’t available with as many optional features as upper trims are. The base XT5 only comes with two standard safety features: a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. The Cadillac XT5 Luxury trim adds front and rear park assist and blind spot monitoring, along with niceties such as leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel. It’s also the lowest trim level available with all-wheel drive.

If you want the most for your money, the Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury is the trim to buy. It adds navigation, an upgraded Bose stereo, an adjustable suspension, and the Driver Awareness package, which includes forward collision alert, lane keep assist, and more. It’s also available with adaptive cruise control and automatic park assist. The Cadillac XT5 Platinum comes with all-wheel drive, a hands-free power liftgate, a rear camera mirror system, and heated rear seats.

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What Does Cadillac's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Cadillac offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles four years old or less and with fewer than 50,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles see the original new-car limited warranty extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Cadillac CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Cadillac’s warranty page carefully.

Cadillac’s CPO program is OK, according to our analysis, but several luxury carmakers offer better programs. These include Lexus, Infiniti, Audi, and Acura.

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How Safe Is the XT5?

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 received a Good rating (the highest possible) in all five crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It was also awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. The XT5 did well in tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well. Front-wheel-drive models received five out of five stars for overall safety and in the side crash evaluation, and four stars in frontal and rollover crash testing. All-wheel-drive models received a five-star rating for overall safety, as well as five stars in side crash testing and four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are standard in the XT5. There is an abundance of available driver assistance features, including a head-up display, a following distance indicator that warns if you get too close to the vehicle in front of you, front pedestrian detection, automatic braking for front and rear low-speed collisions, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a rear camera mirror system, and automatic park assist.

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Cadillac XT5 or 2017 BMW X5?

The BMW X5 is more athletic and fun to drive than the modest-handling XT5. It comes with a potent turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and there are a few more engine options for power-hungry shoppers. You’ll find the most powerful engine – a twin-turbocharged V8 – in the high-performance X5 M model. Fuel-conscious shoppers will appreciate turbodiesel and plug-in hybrid powertrain options. The cabin is composed of first-class materials, and the seats are comfortable for all. Unlike the XT5, the X5 is available with a third row of seats, offering space for seven occupants. Additionally, the X5 has a better predicted reliability rating and more cargo space than the XT5. The BMW is a pricier alternative to the Cadillac, but it’s worth the money.

Which Is Better: 2017 Cadillac XT5 or 2017 Lincoln MKX?

The Lincoln MKX is not only a better SUV, it’s also one of the only vehicles in the class that has a lower average list price than XT5. These SUVs have similar cabin dimensions, but the MKX has an extra 5 cubic feet of overall cargo space. When it comes to performance, the Lincoln comes out ahead again. The MKX offers a zippier base V6 engine and an available twin-turbo V6, while the XT5 only offers an underpowered V6. The MKX also won our 2017 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families award. 

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Performance

How Does the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Drive?

The Cadillac XT5 is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower. While it has sufficient power for getting up to highway speeds, the XT5 isn’t quite as energetic as rivals. When you hit the gas pedal from a stop or attempt to pass a car on the highway, acceleration can be underwhelming. The XT5’s eight-speed automatic transmission works well overall, but it can occasionally hesitate to downshift.

The front-wheel-drive Cadillac XT5 feels composed around corners. However, it doesn’t handle as nimbly as some rear-wheel-drive competitors, like the BMW X5 and Infiniti QX70. The XT5 is available with all-wheel drive and an adjustable suspension that has three driving modes (Touring, Snow/Ice, and Sport).

Does the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the 2017 XT5 returns 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are pretty good numbers for a V6-powered midsize SUV. The XT5 comes standard with engine stop-start technology, which helps you save fuel by shutting down the engine while the vehicle is stopped at a traffic light or street sign. Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation also conserves fuel by automatically switching the engine to four-cylinder mode when the V6’s maximum power isn’t needed.

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Seat?

The XT5 seats up to five in two rows. The front seats are supportive, but they could be a little wider to improve comfort. The rear seats have ample legroom for average-height adults, but taller folks might wish for more headroom. Standard sliding and reclining rear seats can help those in the back find the ideal position.

Leatherette upholstery comes standard. Leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Cadillac XT5?

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on its rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat features an upper tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the XT5's LATCH system an Acceptable rating (the second best) for ease of use.  

2017 Cadillac XT5 Features

Standard features in the XT5 include dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, wireless charging for mobile devices, 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and the CUE infotainment system with voice recognition, an 8-inch touch screen, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, and an upgraded CUE system with navigation.

Audiophiles will enjoy the excellent sound quality from either the standard or upgraded Bose stereos. The CUE infotainment system, which controls most in-vehicle functions, is user-friendly, easily accessible, and responsive. However, the touch-sensitive volume control slider can be difficult to operate while driving.

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Dimensions

Cadillac XT5 Cargo Space

The XT5 has 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 63 cubic feet with them folded. This cargo capacity is below the class average, but it’s a decent amount of space for a 2-row SUV. A power liftgate is standard; a hands-free power liftgate is available. The hatch also has a memory height function that can help you avoid vehicle damage in spaces with low ceilings.

2017 XT5 Length and Weight

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is about 15.8 feet long. It has a curb weight of 3,985 pounds for front-wheel-drive models and 4,257 pounds for all-wheel-drive models.

Where Was the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Built?

Cadillac manufactured the 2017 XT5 in Tennessee.

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