This is the 2017 Cadillac XT5. It’s the best Chevrolet Equinox Ever. EVER.
Where I saw one: On a forest road in Arizona and all over Ahwatukee. [Ed.: They have EVERYTHING there! [/s]]
Worthiness: Spendy – $51,180 MSRP (with options). That’s if this is a “Luxury” with options, rather than a “Premium Luxury” or a “Platinum.”
Nostalgia Value: 0/10 Too new. We made great memories in it, though. Ask me again in 10 years.
Baseline: 0, since I never personally drove it. -10 because Dave wouldn’t let me. +10 because that was probably smart on his part. +15 because the shotgun seat was nice. +5 for seat heaters in front for Mrs. Dave. -10 because whoever ordered it left off rear seat heaters. -1000 for me living in Arizona and whining about the lack of rear seat heaters.
+10 for the front end looking like a Cadillac. -10 for looking like a generic Chevy SUV under the grille. +10 for a super short front overhang. -15 for the sub-fascia cladding that completely eliminates any approach angle advantage of the short overhang.
+310 for theoretically available horsepower. -200 because it feels like 110 when you floor it. +8 for the gears in the transmission. -8 for its reluctance to downshift when floored. -800 for that stupid shifter that took Dave a weekend to master. PRNDM in a line is better. It just is. But noooo, XT5 has
ELECTRONIC PRECISION SHIFT[!]
Smoother shifting. The XT5 utilizes a shifter with Electronic Precision Shift technology, a joystick-like evolution of the traditional center console shifter. It allows you to go from Park to Drive in one quick motion for a sportier driving experience.
Hey Cadillac? It wasn’t smoother. It wasn’t sportier. There was no joy. Also, Dave couldn’t find the paddle shifters. “M” mode would have made a lot more sense that way. Also, the parking brake is dumb, -10.
+10 for the giant screen and navi. -1 because navi is hard to program on the fly (by the passenger). [Maybe it was Dave’s driving.] +16 for the Bose 14 speaker stereo we used to listen to a far away Tejano station on AM. Lack of a knob for fan or volume or station? -30. Car and Driver bullshit factor: +1706.
So there you have it. I fell asleep in the shotgun throne, but I also cut my fingers on cheap plastic edging in the door grab. Wait for version 1.5 in about 2020.