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2014 Cadillac XTS Review

The Cadillac XTS has a spacious interior, a smooth ride, great safety ratings, and a potent available turbocharged engine. However, it’s the Cadillac’s price and total ownership costs that push it into the top third of the competitive luxury large car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, roomy cabin
  • Pleasant ride
  • Cavernous trunk
  • Potent twin-turbo V6 option
  • Confusing infotainment system

New for 2014


  • Vsport model debuted
  • Parallel park assist and rear-seat DVD players available





Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Cadillac XTS Overview

Is the 2014 Cadillac XTS a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Cadillac XTS is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used luxury large car. It’s a supremely comfortable highway cruiser, and its cabin pleases with lovely materials and generous seating space. The XTS also rates highly in crash testing, and used models are typically far less expensive than class competitors like the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.

Used 2014 Cadillac XTS Performance and Interior

The 2014 XTS has a standard 305-horsepower V6 engine that comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. Vsport models feature a 410-horsepower, twin-turbocharged version of this engine paired exclusively with all-wheel drive. The standard V6 scoots the Cadillac with sufficient pep and returns decent fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (17/26 mpg with AWD). The XTS Vsport feels far more energetic and yields superior passing power, albeit with lower 16/24 mpg ratings.

All XTS sedans come with Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control system, which rapidly adjusts the car’s suspension to handle different road surfaces. The result is an XTS that glides smoothly over bumps and dips in the road yet still feels fairly composed around corners. The steering is responsive and nicely weighted as well. That said, the XTS isn’t a sport sedan, even in Vsport trim. Its forte is eating up highway miles comfortably and quietly.

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The Cadillac XTS seats five and boasts a well-dressed cabin with high-quality materials. All models come with leather seats. The dashboard also receives the leather treatment and wears wood trim as well. The front seats are cozy and supportive on longer road trips. The rear seats are similarly comfortable and offer generous head- and legroom. Even taller passengers can find ample space in the back. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The XTS offers 18 cubic feet of trunk space, and its 60/40-split rear seats can fold to fit larger items.

Cadillac hits and misses with its tech features. All XTS models come with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio, and a Bose sound system. The screen functions with the ease of a smartphone thanks to its pinch-and-swipe commands and its easy-to-use voice recognition. The trade-off is that the dashboard has awkward touch-sensitive buttons that manage the audio and climate controls. These buttons and sliders may look ultra-modern, but they can be clumsy to use while driving.

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Used 2014 Cadillac XTS Prices

The price of a used 2014 XTS ranges from about $23,500 for Standard models to around $34,100 for XTS Platinum Vsport models. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 38 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched 38 Cadillac XTS reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Cadillac XTS?

The Cadillac XTS has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the XTS?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 XTS a rating of Good, the highest it offers, in four crash test categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the XTS a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side impact safety, as well as four stars for rollover crash safety.

Cadillac equips all trim levels (aside from XTS Standard models) with a rearview camera, parallel park assist, and front and rear parking sensors. The Driver Awareness package – standard in Premium and Platinum trims – adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates to warn drivers of potential hazards. The Driver Assist package – available in Premium and Platinum trims only – adds adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking.

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Should I Consider Another Used XTS?

The 2014 Cadillac XTS marks the second model year of the vehicle’s first generation. Updates for 2014 include available parallel park assist, rear-seat DVD screens, and the available 410-horsepower Vsport turbo engine. The 2015 model added a standard Wi-Fi hot spot and an available massaging front seat. The XTS was otherwise unchanged. If these features aren’t a deal-breaker for you, you can find similarly equipped 2013 models at lower prices.

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Which Used Cadillac XTS Is Right for Me?

Cadillac offers the 2014 XTS in four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum. The XTS Standard trim comes equipped with an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a CD player, dual USB ports, Bluetooth, a Bose sound system, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, remote start, keyless entry, OnStar telematics, cruise control, rear parking sensors, and an adaptive suspension.

The Cadillac XTS Luxury trim adds heated seats (front and rear), ventilated seats (front), and rain-sensing wipers. The XTS Premium trim adds a navigation system, a head-up display, tri-zone climate control, adaptive headlights, and the Driver Awareness package (a suite of advanced safety features). The XTS Platinum trim adds a sunroof and a power rear sunshade.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned XTS. Cadillac CPO vehicles see the original new-car limited warranty extended to six years or 100,000 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.

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2014 Cadillac XTS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac XTS or 2014 Cadillac CTS?

The 2014 Cadillac CTS is the slightly smaller cousin of the XTS. Fully redesigned for 2014, the CTS sedan shares nearly all its safety and convenience features with the XTS but offers much sharper handling and typically costs less. This makes the midsize CTS the ideal pick if you want a Cadillac with sports car handling. Still, the XTS has a roomier and more comfortable rear seat. Both are solid used car options in their respective classes.

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac XTS or 2014 Cadillac ATS?

The compact 2014 Cadillac ATS is substantially smaller than the XTS, and it rewards with razor-sharp handling that the XTS just can’t match. Used ATS models are often much more affordable as well, despite offering many of the same features. The tradeoff is rear-seat space – the ATS doesn’t offer much of it. It also rates poorly for reliability. The comfort-oriented XTS is the better pick.

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