Along with its all-new design, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 luxury crossover has another accolade to add to its growing list: Top Safety Pick+ status awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The requirements are tough to achieve this distinction. According to the IIHS website, “to qualify for 2016 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests  small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraintsand an advanced or superior rating for front crash protection.”

Vehicles that receive TSP+ or Top Safety Pick, the award one step lower, “are the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories.”

The all-new XT5, a replacement for the outgoing SRX, offers two levels of technology to prevent collisions. The crossover’s low-level automatic emergency braking system garnered a score of “Advanced” in the IIHS testing. When equipped with both front automatic braking and low-speed automatic braking, the XT5 earned a “Superior” score that catapulted it into TSP+.

During the IIHS 12 mph testing, the XT5 equipped with both collision-prevention technologies consistently avoided a collision. In the 25 mph test, the vehicle avoided a collision in four out of five tests and slowed but didn’t stop completely in the fifth test.

And both of the XT5’s front collision packages include forward collision warning meeting the criteria set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2017 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

2017 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

Cadillac’s XT5 midsize luxury crossover is among 11 vehicles in its category awarded the IIHS’s top safety designation. The others are 2016 models, including the 2016 Acura MDX and RDX, 2016 Audi Q5, 2016 Infiniti QX60, the 2016 Lexus NX and RX, the 2016 Lincoln MKX, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and the 2016 Volvo XC60 and XC90. All but the GLE-Class, XC60 and XC90 require optional front crash protection to qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ status.

The 5-passenger 2017 Cadillac XT5 is roughly the same size as its predecessor, the SRX, but with the longer wheelbase that stretches two more inches, the result is more interior space for passengers. The XT5 also benefits from lighter weight than the SRX, which means better ride, less fuel consumption and faster acceleration.

Available in base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum trims, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $38,995.

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