Cadillac's new crossover has a nice trophy to put on its bookshelf. The IIHS has finished its barrage of crash tests and says that the luxury brand's angular new 'ute ranks among the best, earning it the coveted Top Safety Pick+ score.
The IIHS says that the XT5 performed admirably in all five of its crashworthiness evaluations, including the small overlap frontal collision, the moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength, and the whiplash protection offered by its seats and head restraints.
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New for 2017, the Cadillac XT5 offers two levels of available collision prevention tech. A low-speed automatic emergency braking system earned four points, enough to score "Advanced" on the IIHS' test. With the more comprehensive higher speed automatic emergency braking system, however, the XT5 earns the top "Superior" score.
The more comprehensive setup is included on XT5s equipped with the available Driver Assist Package, while the lesser system comes in the Driver Awareness Package. XT5s with neither package have a solid structure, the IIHS says, but they don't qualify as a full Top Safety Pick+. To earn that award, vehicles must be able to automatically stop themselves when they sense an impending collision.
Cadillac's predecessor to the XT5, the SRX, also performed well in the IIHS' tests, although it was never subjected to the demanding small overlap test.