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2019 Cadillac XTS Review

The 2019 Cadillac XTS ranks near the bottom of the luxury large car class. It has a large trunk, a spacious cabin, and a potent engine option, but rivals offer better performance, more-refined interiors, and higher predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent twin-turbo engine option
  • Above-average trunk space
  • Affordable price for the class
  • Finicky tech features
  • Rivals have higher-end cabins
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Cadillac XTS ranked #7 in Luxury Large Cars. Currently the Cadillac XTS has a score of 7.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 54 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.0
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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Is the Cadillac XTS a Good Car?

Despite its ranking, the 2019 Cadillac XTS is a decent luxury large car. It has a posh cabin with plenty of space, as well as a larger trunk than many of its rivals. You can also opt for a V-Sport trim with an especially robust twin-turbo V6 engine. However, the XTS’ infotainment system can be unwieldy and takes some time to learn. This Cadillac also receives one of the lowest predicted reliability ratings in the class. All in all, it’s a good car in a class full of great ones.

Should I Buy the Cadillac XTS?

The Cadillac XTS has one of lowest starting prices in the class. If you have some wiggle room in your budget, however, it's worth considering alternatives like the Audi A7, Genesis G90, and Cadillac CT6. If price is your biggest concern, you might consider the Buick LaCrosse. It offers a smooth, engaging ride and an interior that’s opulent enough to rival luxury cars.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Cadillac XTS?

The 2019 XTS is part of a generation that began with the 2013 model year. The 2018 model received refreshed exterior styling, increased sound insulation, and new seat frames for improved comfort. The 2017 XTS gained a Teen Driver safety feature, and the 2016 XTS received a refreshed exterior, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Cadillac did not make any major changes to the XTS for 2019, so there’s little reason to buy the new car when you could likely save thousands of dollars and get virtually the same vehicle buying an older one. Shoppers looking for the potent engine in the V-Sport model will need to stick with models from 2014 and after.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Cadillac XTS. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 54 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know in our comprehensive Cadillac XTS review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 54 automotive sources. This Cadillac XTS review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Does the Cadillac XTS Cost?

With an MSRP of $46,895, the Cadillac XTS is one of the most affordable cars in its class. Even its highest-level V-Sport Platinum trim ($72,995) costs considerably less than what you’d pay for some fully equipped rivals. While the XTS is a good sedan, many of its rivals go above and beyond to be great ones, meaning that some of them might be a better value. However, the XTS is a fine choice for shoppers on a budget.

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Cadillac XTS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Cadillac XTS or Cadillac CTS?

Despite being a luxury midsize car, the 2019 Cadillac CTS retails for about the same price as the XTS. As you might expect from a midsize model, the CTS is a bit smaller than its sibling, with less room for passengers and cargo. The XTS provides a smoother ride, but the CTS rockets ahead when it comes to performance. Aside from delivering superior fuel economy with its base turbo-four engine, the CTS offers a supercharged V8 engine that makes 640 horsepower in the high-end CTS-V. That kind of blistering performance is unmatched by anything in the XTS lineup. That said, you will pay for it. The CTS-V starts at around $87,000, which is even more than the roughly $73,000 you’ll pay for the XTS V-Sport. In terms of interior quality, these two Cadillacs are similar. Go with the XTS if you want the extra space. Otherwise the CTS is a fine choice.

Which Is Better: Cadillac XTS or Mercedes-Benz CLS?

Mercedes-Benz redesigned the CLS for the 2019 model year. This coupe has a new hybrid powertrain – a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an electric motor – with a higher combined horsepower rating than the base XTS. The CLS also now seats five people. Both vehicles have high-performance models (the XTS V-Sport and the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53), but the CLS takes the edge in corner-carving abilities. The Mercedes has more-luxurious cabin materials and a higher predicted reliability rating, too. However, the XTS is a lot more affordable, undercutting the CLS’ starting price by around $22,300. If it’s in your budget though, go for the Mercedes. It’s the better car.

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XTS Interior

How Many People Does the XTS Seat?

The Cadillac XTS sedan seats five. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Options include heated and ventilated front seats, 22-way power-adjustable massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, upgraded semi-aniline leather seats, and a power rear sunshade are available.

This vehicle has a spacious cabin with ample head- and legroom, meaning most adults can stretch out in comfort, even in the back. The seats are well-padded and remain comfortable on long drives. However, a few critics note that the cabin feels a bit claustrophobic due to the large dashboard that takes up a good amount of space.

XTS and Car Seats

The XTS has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats. While the tether anchors are easy to access, the lower anchors are set too deep in the seats. The system receives an Acceptable ease-of-use rating (the second-highest) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

XTS Interior Quality

Premium, soft-touch materials fill this Cadillac’s cabin. It looks and feels great, falling in line with common expectations for luxury vehicles. However, many of its rivals surpass expectations, offering even nicer cabins than the XTS.

XTS Cargo Space

The XTS sedan’s 18 cubic-foot trunk is larger than those of many competitors. It has enough space for more than a dozen shopping bags. However, the 2019 Audi A7 has a hatchback-style liftgate instead of a trunk, which allows it to offer a whopping 24.9 cubic feet.

XTS Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2019 Cadillac XTS has wireless device charging and the CUE infotainment system with two USB ports (and a third charge-only port), Bluetooth, satellite radio, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and an 8-inch touch screen. A navigation system and a 14-speaker Bose audio system are available.

While it’s nice to see features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless phone charging as standard equipment, the CUE infotainment system itself draws mixed reviews. The touch screen is responsive, but the buttons beneath it can be finicky. Furthermore, the digital instrument panel has so many configurations that it can take a while to get used to operating it.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? 

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XTS Performance

XTS Engine: No V8, No Problem

The standard engine in the Cadillac XTS is a 3.6-liter V6 producing 304 horsepower. A twin-turbo V6 engine making 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque comes in the V-Sport trim. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The base engine is suitable for daily driving, as it has ample power to get you around. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t stand out either. The twin-turbocharged engine delivers more thrilling acceleration and a lot more power.

XTS Gas Mileage: Not Too Shabby

The 2019 Cadillac XTS earns EPA estimates of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. That’s about average for a large sedan, but unlike many luxury vehicles, it doesn’t require premium gasoline. Because of that, it might save you money at the pump over rivals such as the BMW 6 Series and Cadillac CT6. All-wheel drive models lose 2 mpg from each estimate. The twin-turbo XTS V-Sport does require premium gasoline, and it gets 16/23 mpg.

XTS Ride and Handling: Upgrade for Maximum Comfort

In general, the XTS provides a comfortable ride. Its available Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension goes a long way toward smoothing out bumps and improving the cushioned feel of this luxury sedan’s ride. While not sporty, the XTS is composed around corners. Handling is adequate for a large car.

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XTS Reliability

Is the Cadillac XTS Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 XTS a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

Cadillac XTS Warranty

Cadillac covers the XTS with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Many luxury vehicles have similar warranty terms.

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XTS Safety

XTS Crash Test Results

The 2019 Cadillac XTS received five out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's frontal crash test and four stars in its rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the XTS the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. Select models also earned the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention.

XTS Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features in the Cadillac XTS include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. You’ll also get Teen Driver, which helps you keep tabs on secondary drivers and gives you tools to set limits on things like speed and volume.

Several other safety features are available, including forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, reverse automatic braking, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera, front parking sensors, automatic park assist, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display. You can also opt for GM’s safety alert seat, which vibrates to notify you of warnings from various safety systems.

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XTS Dimensions and Weight

This Cadillac measures about 16.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,021 to 4,200 pounds.

Where Is the 2019 Cadillac XTS Built?

Cadillac builds the XTS in Canada.

Which Cadillac XTS Model Is Right for Me?

Cadillac offers the 2019 XTS in five trim levels. Shoppers looking for its strongest twin-turbo engine will have to leap all the way to the top-of-the-line V-Sport Platinum. That engine is a lot punchier than the base engine, but it carries a hefty price tag. If you can live with the base engine, the Luxury trim is a fine choice. In addition to a few comfort features, it’s the first trim available with several driver assistance technologies and all-wheel drive.

Cadillac XTS

The base XTS has an MSRP of $46,895. It comes moderately well-equipped, with features such as leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, 19-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, wireless device charging, and an infotainment system with two USB ports (and a third charge-only port), Bluetooth, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an 8-inch touch screen.

Cadillac does not offer any notable packages for this trim, and the base XTS is the only trim that does not offer all-wheel drive.

Cadillac XTS Luxury

The 2019 XTS Luxury has a window sticker price of $50,895. For that jump in price, you’ll gain heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, upgraded wood trim, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, navigation, and automatic parking assist.

All-wheel drive is available for $2,000. A Driver Awareness package ($1,800 or $1,700 if you’ve added AWD) adds a handful of safety features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a surround-view parking camera, a following distance indicator, and a safety alert seat.  

Cadillac XTS Premium Luxury

The XTS Premium Luxury has a base price of $57,295. It comes standard with GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension, a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system, a head-up display, tri-zone automatic climate control, adaptive headlights, larger alloy wheels, and all the features lifted in the Driver Awareness package above.  

All-wheel drive costs $2,200. For $1,100, you can get even more safety features with the Driver Assist package. It adds adaptive cruise control and forward and reverse automatic braking.

Cadillac XTS Platinum

The XTS Platinum retails for $66,195. It features upgraded semi-aniline leather upholstery, 22-way power-adjustable massaging front seats, a sunroof, and the Driver Assist package.

No notable option packages are available with this trim, though all-wheel drive is available for $2,200.

Cadillac XTS V-Sport Platinum

The XTS V-Sport Platinum starts at $72,995. The top-of-the-line model for the XTS lineup, it gains a twin-turbocharged V6 engine making 410 horsepower and standard all-wheel drive. Otherwise, it has the same features in the Platinum.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Cadillac dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Cadillac deals page.

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The Final Call

Despite its spot near the bottom of our luxury large car rankings, the 2019 Cadillac XTS isn’t a bad car. It has a handsome and roomy cabin, a large trunk, and a potent engine option. However, it’s held back by a subpar predicted reliability rating and overshadowed by its more well-rounded rivals, some of which have more intuitive infotainment systems and nicer cabin materials. You may want to explore some other options before considering the XTS.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Cadillac XTS delivers on Cadillac's traditional strengths with a smooth ride, quiet cabin, a big back seat and classy styling. It's a smart pick if you want a luxury sedan without the sporty pretenses of Cadillac's sportier sedans, such as a stiffer ride." -- Edmunds
  • The XTS is a big sedan celebrating luxury and comfort over razor-sharp handling, cramped rear quarters and overly snug seats. As such, the XTS is a wonderful rival to such cars as the Volvo S90 and Lexus GS. Of course, the 2018 XTS is loaded with all of Cadillac's best creature comforts, as well as the latest active-safety assists. Its twin-turbocharged V6 is a potent reminder not every car needs a V8, yet its front-wheel-drive (FWD) layout precludes it from keeping pace with many rear-drive competitors. Opt for all-wheel drive (AWD)." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • Overall, if you're not a driving connoisseur and want the most room, easy access, and a quiet cabin, the XTS might suffice as long as you don't expect the plushest ride and handling agility." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
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