2017 Cadillac XT5 Earns Top Safety Pick Plus Award
Good Crash Test Scores, Collision Prevention Features Qualify Caddy for IIHS Pick
The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is the latest model to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest distinction. Earning a Top Safety Pick+ award is a challenge that requires getting the agency’s highest safety ratings in each of its crash tests, plus earning points for effective collision prevention systems, and the XT5 passed with flying colors.
With “Good” ratings for small overlap (embedded above) and moderate overlap front collisions, side collisions, head restraints and seats, and roof crush tests, the XT5 does a good job of protecting occupants in the event of a collision. However, its optional crash avoidance technology does a good job of preventing accidents as well.
The available Driver Awareness package helps prevent rear-end collisions through the use of front collision warning and low-speed automatic braking. The package prevented a collision at 12 mph and reduced the severity of a 25-mph collision significantly, earning enough points to give the package an “Advanced” rating on the IIHS’ scale. Moving up the ladder to the Driver Assist package, the XT5 was able to avoid both 12- and 25-mph collisions with its automatic braking technology, thus earning the IIHS’ highest rating of “Superior.”
In order to be named a Top Safety Pick (TSP), a vehicle must earn “Good” scores on all crash tests and have a basic level of front crash prevention. To be named a Top Safety Pick+, the vehicle must be rated “Advanced” or “Superior” in terms of collision prevention, meaning both of the XT5’s collision-monitoring packages would earn a TSP+ rating.
It’s a bit of good news for Cadillac, which has been experiencing somewhat flagging sales as of late. The XT5 is a bright spot in the company’s lineup, selling well against competition that includes the Lincoln MKX, Lexus RX, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety