Cadillac XT5

Model Overview

Once dubbed the SRX, the Cadillac XT5 continues to put the pressure on rivals including the Lexus RX 350 and Lincoln MKX by offering impressive luxury as well as lots of safety technology.


Debuting for the 2004 model year, The three-row Cadillac SRX came equipped with a 4.6-liter V-8, rear- or all-wheel drive capability, and a five-speed automatic transmission. A V-6 and six-speed automatic were later available. The Cadillac SRX placed third in a 2004 high-performance SUV comparison among the BMW X5, Infiniti FX45, and the Porsche Cayenne. We said, “Cadillac’s claim of the SRX being a ‘performance utility’ is backed up by its test-leading acceleration, with the rest of its grades falling midpack.”

Cadillac introduced the second-generation SRX for the 2010 model year on a new crossover platform and powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 or a 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 paired to a six-speed automatic. Now a front- and all-wheel-drive five-passenger crossover, the SRX won a 2010 luxury crossover comparison against the Lexus RX 350. “Good dynamics and nice ride-handling compromise overcome refinement shortcomings,” giving the SRX the victory. The 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 was discontinued in 2011 due to poor sales.

In 2012, Cadillac gave the SRX a new 3.6-liter V-6 paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and suspension tweaks for improved handling. Then in 2013, the SRX received an improved interior featuring the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system, advanced driver safety aids, a redesigned steering wheel, shifter, center stack, and noise cancellation technology. The exterior received a minor face-lift with a refreshed upper and lower grille, and front fender vents.

The Latest Generation

Cadillac released the third-generation SRX, now dubbed the XT5, for the 2017 model year boasting a new lighter chassis and revised 3.6-liter V-6 paired to a new eight-speed automatic with front- and all-wheel drive available. The new transmission features Cadillac’s first application of a shift-by-wire gear knob called Electronic Precision Shift, allowing for more storage space under the center console. Available active safety technology includes, forward collision alert, front pedestrian detection, low-speed front automatic braking, side blind-zone alert with lane change alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, surround vision, rear cross traffic alert, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat.

In our First Test review of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum we said, “Not only is the all-new Cadillac XT5 a worthy replacement for Cadillac’s best-selling model, but the new SUV shouldn’t have any issue competing in showrooms against rivals from Europe and Japan.”

Why You’d Consider One

The XT5 has attractive exterior styling with a larger and more luxurious interior, so it should have no trouble continuing as Cadillac’s best-selling model.

Why You’d Look Elsewhere

Without a choice of fuel-sipping diesel or hybrid powertrain options, some SUV shoppers may look elsewhere.

Body Types: SUV/Crossover
Overall Rating:
2.5 of 5

Rating based on 2020 Model

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