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Auto review: Cadillac XT5 comes with room for five

G. Chambers Williams III, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Automotive News

Cadillac for 2017 rolled out the all-new XT5 midsize crossover, replacing the SRX.

It's a move to get Cadillac more in line with the current trends in the crossover market, with a stylish, carlike premium sport utility meant for a range of consumers, from young families to aging baby boomers.

Outside, the XT5 looks a lot like the vehicle it replaced, but with some new touches that give it a more-upscale appearance. There is a new grille, along with redesigned front-end light treatments.

Interior changes are apparent, as well, upgraded materials, new and better technology and even some additional rear-seat legroom.

The XT5 is spacious enough to accommodate up to five passengers, just like the SRX model it replaced. Early on, though, the SRX was offered with a third-row seat and room for up to seven.

It comes on the same chassis as the newest generation of the GMC Acadia, although the Acadia is slightly longer and does offer a third-row seat and room for up to seven.

XT5 prices for 2017 begin at $39,395 (plus $995 freight) for the base front-drive model, and range as high as $62,895 for the top-of-the-line Platinum model with all-wheel drive.

It's offered in four trim levels. The other two trims between the entry model and the Platinum are the Luxury ($45,295, front drive; $47,795, all-wheel drive) and Premium Luxury ($52,295, front drive; $54,795, all-wheel drive).

For this report, we drove the Premium Luxury all-wheel drive version. With freight and options, the sticker on our vehicle topped out at $58,130.

XT5 is the first in a series of new luxury crossovers on the way from Cadillac. Next will be the smaller, compact XT4. Cadillac also still offers luxurious the full-size Escalade sport utility, which has a third-row-seat option.

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