Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

First-Ever 2017 Cadillac Xt5 Offers Smooth Travel

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

First-Ever 2017 Cadillac Xt5 Offers Smooth Travel

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD: A new crossover from Cadillac.

Price: $63,845 as tested. The only option was a $350 compact spare tire. Cheapskates. (A front-wheel drive can be had for as low as $38,995.)

Marketer's pitch: "Only those who dare drive the world forward."

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver liked the "modern chiseled design, mostly luxurious interior, spacious" but complained "powertrain not up to luxury-class standards, awkward electronic shifter, inconsistent fit and finish."

Reality: Much to love, but quirky, too.

What's new: This all-new Cadillac crossover debuts for the 2017 model year. The five-passenger crossover aims to replace the SRX, and the company touts reducing its weight while increasing its space.

Up to speed: In regular mode, the 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 is no real performance rocket; its nicest feature is its smoothness. Once when gliding along the highway, I found myself surrounded by a bevy of bad drivers. Though I tried to coexist, eventually I had enough. So I floored it, and soon left everyone in the dust.

Ah, Cadillac.

On the road: The XT5 handled fine on the curves. Switching to "Sport" mode dials up the fun, although there's quite a bit of body lean in corners.

Shifty: Some other aspects of the XT5 could not be solved by the "Sport" button.

Though the shifter for the eight-speed automatic came with an M setting for manual shifting, the only way to control shifts is on the steering wheel. The paddle shifters were on the small side, more like large buttons than the usual flat paddles.

Friends and stuff: The XT5 offers fairly good room for rear-seat passengers. Legroom is great, but 6-foot-1 Sturgis Kid 4.0 found the headroom a bit challenging. The rear seat is comfortable in the corners, but not so much in the center. The rear seat moves back and forth, something I'm surprised more crossovers don't feature.

Up front, a large console in the middle can hold plenty of stuff. …

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