My Weekend with the Cadillac XT5
If you thought a Cadillac was your Grandpa’s car, you haven’t driven a Cadillac XT5.
Last weekend I got to drive a Cadillac XT5. As I am just getting to learn more about the different models, Willis Automotive sells, the opinion I had on Cadillac was that it was a classic car brand but was primarily for older adults. While that is partly true, it didn’t take me long to realize how much fun I would have driving the XT5, and I quickly learned why it had been Cadillac’s top seller since it was introduced in 2017. It delivers luxury and comfort, and tech, precisely what Cadillac says it does.
Driving the XT5 felt more like driving a sports car than an SUV. And available drive modes include Touring (default), Sport, AWD, and Off-road. So you can have all the fun you want in Sport mode until it’s time to pick up the kids and switch back to Touring.
When I am driving alone, I am that person that constantly changes the station to find the perfect song for that moment. And the XT5’s clever knob placement made that easy while keeping it from being a distracting task. The volume control for the stereo is down in the center console just behind the shifter, making it super easy to adjust the volume or change the stations with your hand in a natural resting position while cruising down the highway.
I also enjoyed the wireless charging feature where I could drop my phone into the charging slot in this car and conveniently charge my phone anytime I was driving. Plus, it’s oversized to accommodate larger smartphones.
My current vehicle is a 2014 SUV, so I don’t have many safety features that come standard in SUVs today. And does this Cadillac has advanced safety features! For example, this vehicle had lane assist, blind spot monitoring, close vehicle sensing, automatic brights, and a helpful semi-autonomous park assist. As I mentioned in my last post, I am pretty terrible at parallel parking – I blame being raised in the country – and can use any help I can when parking downtown. The XT5 comes equipped with advanced park assist, which identifies a parking spot at the touch of a button and prompts you to stop and put it in reverse or drive. Take your hands off the wheel, be ready to brake (or accelerate), and let the car work its magic.
And finally, as the mom who somehow always ends up carrying everything, one of my favorite features is the Hands-Free Power Liftgate. So even when my hands are full, as long as I have my keys in my pocket or purse, I could lift my foot under the car, and the back hatch would open, and I could put whatever I needed in there.
The Cadillac XT5 has a beautiful design, is loaded with convenience features, advanced technology, and lots of space for cargo (what every mom wants); it’s no surprise the luxury brand Cadillac is behind the design.