When it comes to crossovers, we don't get overly excited. Except for this, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD has a lot going for it, and a lot of surprising luxuries.
We've featured a number of Cadillacs on TestDrive so far in 2018, and this brand when from being one we weren't overly interested nor would consider for our own personal needs, to being one of the top brands we've featured in 2018. The XT5 Platinum is no exception. While it's $75,000 price point might sound steep, it actually fits in line with the other mid-size luxury crossover SUVs in terms of price.
But what about this Cadillac XT5? Why are we so intrigued by it? The tech features are as we've come to expect from a fully loaded Cadillac, all the enhanced safety tech is optioned, including Cadillac's video rearview camera. Exterior design follows their latest design language found on their flagship CT6 sedan. Interior is finished in leather, wood, and MicroSuede. Almost nothing is plastic on the interior, just the buttons and speaker grilles.
The now-familiar 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 LGX engine powers this two row family hauling crossover. We had no issues with power deliver, and found the 8 speed automatic transmission up for the task. Fuel economy was fantastic getting down to 9.3L/100km after a long-distance road trip to and from Ottawa. The sound insulation was also top notch, providing a superb ride and drive for the occupants on the inside.