Cadillac builds capable, fun-to-drive sedans. But the brand's SUVs lack the same magic. The XT5 is competitive but it's challenged in a crowded field of worthy competitors. It isn't as rewarding to drive as a German luxury SUV, nor does it pamper owners like a Lexus RX.
With the uplevel 3.6-liter V6 engine, we got 20 mpg overall with the older eight-speed automatic. Power is linear and the engine revs smoothly, but it lacks the effortless motivation afforded by competitors' turbocharged engines, such as the Lincoln MKX's available 2.7-liter V6. The XT5 always feels a bit lethargic. The base 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder actually feels more responsive in daily driving.