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2019 Cadillac XTS Review

The 2019 Cadillac XTS ranks in the bottom half of the luxury large car class. The XTS boasts a roomy interior, a silky ride, and a great safety score, but it also has a subpar predicted reliability rating and a clunky infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior and trunk
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Great safety score
  • Frustrating control layout
  • Some lackluster cabin materials
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: 9.9
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Cadillac XTS a Good Used Car?

The 2019 Cadillac XTS is a decent used luxury car. It has a spacious and hushed interior, a large trunk, and a tranquil ride. It also rates highly for crash safety, and it’s offered with many active safety features. As far as pricing goes, the XTS is often far less expensive than other used luxury large cars.

There are good reasons why the XTS usually costs less though. It doesn’t feel as refined as its rivals. Its interior materials are unexceptional for the class, and the infotainment system is frustrating to use. Additionally, this Cadillac rates below-average for predicted reliability. Before you buy, consider top-rated alternatives like the 2019 Audi A7, Genesis G90, or Mercedes-Benz CLS.

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We’ve analyzed 54 Cadillac XTS reviews, as well as hard data points like predicted reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much is the 2019 Cadillac XTS?

Based on listings for the 2019 Cadillac XTS, the average list price is $29,229. Prices range from $28,068 to $49,399 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Cadillac XTS Cost to Own?

The 2019 XTS’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $33,500, or $6,700 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Cadillac XTS: What's the Difference?

The XTS carried over into 2019 without updates, so there are no major differences between the 2018 and 2019 models.

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Cadillac discontinued the XTS after the 2019 model year. Here are the XTS' key changes since it debuted for the 2013 model year:

  • 2014: V-Sport model introduced; gained available parallel park assist
  • 2015: added a standard Wi-Fi hot spot and available lane keep assist, as well as available 22-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats
  • 2016: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto added to standard features list; surround-view parking camera system became available
  • 2017: gained standard Teen Driver system
  • 2018: updated grille and infotainment system
  • 2019: no major changes; final model year in production

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 XTS, 2017 XTS, and 2018 XTS reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Cadillac XTS?

The 2019 Cadillac XTS has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

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2019 Cadillac XTS Recalls

There have been 2 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

SEAT BELTS Recall Date: December 19, 2018
  • Summary: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019 Cadillac XTS vehicles. The front seat belt buckles may be missing a rivet that secures the buckle head to the cable mounting strap.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 175
  • Consequence: If the securing rivet is missing, the buckle may separate from the cable mounting strap in the event of a crash, preventing the occupant from being properly restrained, thereby increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front seat buckle assemblies, replacing them if the rivets are missing, free of charge. The recall began February 7, 2019. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is N18-2204040.
  • Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V899000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC Recall Date: August 30, 2018
  • Summary: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Chevrolet Equinox, Impala, Cruze, Volt and Bolt EV vehicles, GMC Terrain vehicles, Buick Lacrosse and Regal vehicles, Cadillac XTS and XTS Professional vehicles and 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons may have an insufficient coating causing gas pockets to form, potentially reducing rear brake performance.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 210,628
  • Consequence: A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the vehicle's brake system, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18279.
  • Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V576000

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Which Used Cadillac XTS Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Cadillac XTS comes in five trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum, and V-Sport Platinum. The base model is a fine starting point for most shoppers, as it’s outfitted with lots of standard tech and convenience features. You’ll need to upgrade to a higher trim level if you want all-wheel drive or active safety features though. AWD is standard in the V-Sport and available in every other trim except the base.

  • Cadillac XTS: The base XTS is equipped with a 304-horsepower V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, keyless entry, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, LED headlights, heated side mirrors, 19-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.
  • Cadillac XTS Luxury: The Luxury trim adds a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a navigation system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front parking sensors, and hands-free park assist.
  • Cadillac XTS Premium Luxury: The midrange Premium Luxury trim adds a 14-speaker Bose stereo, a digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, tri-zone automatic climate control, automatic high-beam headlights, an adaptive suspension, and 20-inch wheels. The Driver Awareness package is also standard, and it includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and a Safety Alert Seat.
  • Cadillac XTS Platinum: The Platinum trim adds massaging front seats, side and rear sunshades, a panoramic sunroof, and the Driver Assist package, which includes adaptive cruise control and reverse collision warning.
  • Cadillac XTS V-Sport Platinum: The high-end XTS V-Sport adds a 410-horsepower twin-turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive but otherwise shares its standard features with the XTS Platinum trim.

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What Does Cadillac's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Cadillac offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles four years old or less and with fewer than 50,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles see the original new-car limited warranty extended to six years or 100,000 miles. If the model was sold after March of 2017, the bumper-to-bumper warranty is extended for one year, and there's no mileage cap (powertrain coverage is capped at 70,000 miles). Cadillac CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Cadillac’s warranty page carefully.

Cadillac’s CPO program is OK, according to our analysis, but several luxury carmakers offer better programs. These include Lexus, Infiniti, Audi, and Acura.

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How Safe Is the XTS?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the XTS five out of five stars in the frontal crash test and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the XTS the highest rating of Good in the four crash tests it conducted. The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The XTS earned the top rating of Superior for its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Teen Driver (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front parking sensors
  • Hands-free park assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Reverse collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Safety Alert Seat (vibrates to warn the driver of potential hazards)
  • Head-up display

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2019 Cadillac XTS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Cadillac XTS or 2019 Cadillac CT6?

The 2019 Cadillac CT6 is a better luxury large car than its XTS sibling. The CT6 has sharper handling, punchier engine options, higher-end cabin materials, and more-advanced features like Cadillac’s partially automated Super Cruise system. Like the XTS though, the CT6 rewards occupants with a spacious interior and a cushioned ride. Used CT6 models are often pricier than a comparable XTS, but you get more refinement for your money. Go with the CT6.

Which Is Better: 2019 Cadillac XTS or 2019 Lincoln Continental?

The 2019 Lincoln Continental echoes many of the XTS’ highlights, such as generous seating space, a polished ride, and potent engine options. Also, used Continental models are among the least expensive in the luxury large car class. Neither vehicle is particularly lavish inside, but the Continental’s easier-to-use infotainment system helps make it a better starting point than the XTS.

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2019 XTS Performance

How Does the 2019 Cadillac XTS Drive?

The 2019 Cadillac XTS performs more like a traditional Cadillac than its sporty 2019 ATS and 2019 CTS contemporaries. It glides comfortably over bumps and dips in the pavement, and models outfitted with the Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension ride especially smoothly. The steering is quick and lightly weighted, and the brakes slow the XTS down confidently. The XTS remains stable around turns, though it doesn’t goad you to carve corners like some rivals do. It’s more of a long-haul cruiser.

The standard 304-horsepower V6 engine is fine for everyday driving. Initial acceleration is a bit weak, but once moving, the V6 shuttles the XTS around confidently. The XTS V-Sport model is equipped with a twin-turbocharged version of this engine. It doesn’t transform the XTS into a sports sedan, but it does provide brisker acceleration at city speeds and stronger passing power on the highway. Shifts from the six-speed automatic transmission are smooth and prompt.

  • Base engine: 3.6-liter V6 with 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engine: 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 with 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Cadillac XTS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Cadillac XTS gets decent fuel economy estimates for a luxury large car.

  • 3.6-liter V6, FWD: 19/28 mpg city/highway
  • 3.6-liter V6, AWD: 17/26 mpg
  • 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6, AWD: 16/23 mpg (V-Sport)

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2019 XTS Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 XTS Seat?

The Cadillac XTS is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are supple and supportive, and the driving position is comfortable for longer road trips. Head- and legroom are ample up front, even for taller occupants, although a protruding center console can make the space feel a bit claustrophobic. The rear seats are similarly plush, and they offer plenty of room for adults to stretch out.

The XTS’s interior materials are somewhat of a mixed bag. While there are lots of soft-touch surfaces and metallic accents, especially in higher trims, the fit and finish lags rivals, and some low-rent materials give the car a relatively down-market feel compared to classmates. On the plus side, the styling is sharp and the cabin muffles most road and wind noise.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Heated rear seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Cadillac XTS?

The XTS has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and a partial set for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use, noting that the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats.

2019 Cadillac XTS Features

The Cadillac XTS' standard 8-inch touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and its menus are straightforward. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing users to integrate their iPhone and Android apps with the screen. Unfortunately, this screen is accompanied by touch-sensitive buttons and sliders that manage the audio and climate controls. The layout may look sleek, but these controls are distracting to use.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, an eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging
  • Available infotainment features: a navigation system, a 14-speaker stereo, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster
  • Additional standard features: keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, cruise control, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, side and rear sunshades, and ambient interior lighting

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2019 Cadillac XTS Dimensions

Cadillac XTS Cargo Space

The Cadillac XTS has 18 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s one of the biggest cargo areas in the luxury large car class, though it's not quite as spacious as the 2019 Audi A7 liftback.

2019 Cadillac XTS Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,021 to 4,200 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Cadillac XTS Built?

Cadillac built the 2019 XTS in Canada.

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