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The XT5 earned good scores in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests, including small and moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints evaluations. Its optional frontal crash prevention system, which includes auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, also received the top rating of superior.
"We equipped the XT5 with Cadillac's full set of driver awareness and driver assistance systems to aid collision avoidance," Paul Spadafora, XT5 chief engineer, said in a statement. "Just as importantly, we designed an advanced structure that is both stiffer and lighter, for excellent crashworthiness. This included a revised front structure that specifically targets the challenging offset barrier scenario."
The XT5's IIHS ratings have put it on par with SUV rivals and fellow Top Safety Pick Plus recipients, including the 2016 versions of the Lexus RX, Lincoln MKX and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class — all of which received good scores in the five tests and a superior rating for front crash prevention. The 2016 Audi Q5 also earned the Plus honor, with an advanced rating for front crash prevention, while the 2016 BMW X5 did not receive a Top Safety Pick designation.