As the CT6 demonstrates, Cadillac can build brilliant-driving sedans. But the brand’s SUVs lack the same magic. The XT5 isn’t as rewarding to drive as a German compact SUV or as pampering as a Lexus RX, placing it in luxury-SUV limbo.

Though the smooth 3.6-liter V6 propels the XT5 from 0 to 60 mph in a reasonably quick 7.1 seconds, the car feels lumbering in everyday driving—made worse by the sluggish automatic transmission.

During relaxed driving, the XT5 swiftly responds to steering input. But handling becomes reluctant when you pick up the pace, as the XT5’s eagerness to corner wanes. Emergency handling, however, remains secure and confident.

There’s nothing luxurious about the Caddy’s stiff, choppy ride. However, plushness abounds inside the hushed cabin, with generous amounts of wood, chrome, and soft-touch material. The front seats deliver all-day support, but shorter-legged drivers felt that the seat cushion was too long. The reclining rear seat is spacious.

Visibility is hampered by thick roof pillars and a small rear window. An optional rear-view mirror camera gives a wider view but lacks resolution.

The Cue infotainment system has been improved, but we’d prefer knobs and buttons to the touch-sensitive controls. Cadillac’s bewildering gear selector makes finding Reverse a challenge, which is frustrating when parking.

Despite a few positives, the XT5 doesn’t stand out among luxury and upscale SUVs.

Read the complete Cadillac XT road test.

2017 Cadillac XT5 Review

HIGHS: Plush interior, seat comfort, quietness
LOWS: Stiff ride, unintuitive gear selector, visibility
POWERTRAIN: 310-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine; 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 20 mpg
PRICE AS TESTED: $51,025


Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the December 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.