If you have a small family and you're concerned about how safe a vehicle is, then General Motors may have something you want to put in your driveway.

That would be the former SRX now dubbed the XT5.

A relative bargain in the luxury sport-utility vehicle world, the XT5 was put through its paces by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). You know what that means. A whole lot of crashes.

The good news for Cadillac — and greater GM — is that the XT5 performed exceptionally in the small overlap crash test. For those of you who do not follow the latest tests, this is the toughest one to get past and caused problems for some autos when it was first implemented.

Because of the XT5's crash test performance, it was awarded the organization's highest honor — Top Safety Pick+.

Congratulations, Cadillac!

2017 Cadillac XT5 40 mph small overlap IIHS crash test

Overall evaluation: Good

Cadillac's press release follows:

2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover earns 2016 Top Safety Pick+ rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

  • TSP+ is IIHS’ highest rating
  • Advanced structure aids in creating excellent crash safety

NEW YORK — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today announced that the 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover has earned a rating of 2016 Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) when equipped with optional front crash prevention. A rating of TSP+ is the highest rating a vehicle can earn from the IIHS.

To qualify for a TSP+ rating, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Read more on the crash test results from the IIHS here.

“Passenger safety was one of our top priorities when we engineered the XT5,” said Paul Spadafora, XT5 chief engineer. “We equipped the XT5 with Cadillac’s full set of driver awareness and driver assistance systems to aid collision avoidance. 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 2017 XT5 is standard with seven airbags. OnStar’s suite of emergency services, including Automatic Crash Response, is available. The XT5 also offers numerous advanced safety systems included in the Driver Awareness and Driver Assist Packages.

The Driver Awareness Package includes the Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, front pedestrian detection, Front Automatic Braking and IntelliBeam headlights (automatic high beam). It is available on the XT5 Luxury trim level and is standard on XT5 Premium Luxury and Platinum.

The Driver Assist Package includes adaptive cruise control, Automatic Safety Belt Tightening, Automatic Park Assist, Automatic Collision Braking and Front and Rear Automatic Braking. It is available on the XT5 Premium Luxury and Platinum trims. These features are required for the XT5 to earn the TSP+ rating.

The front rails of XT5’s body structure exemplify the design approach. Using extensive computer simulations and data from physical tests, engineers “splayed” the front rails on each side, widening and angling the structure slightly outward. This design alteration targeted offset barrier impacts and contact to the front corners of the vehicle, a vital aspect in safety testing and real-world collisions.

VIDEO: The 2017 Cadillac XT5 NAILS It When It Comes To Safety — IIHS Gives It A Top Safety Pick+ Rating

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