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2015 Cadillac XTS Review

The 2015 Cadillac XTS ranks midpack among luxury large cars. It boasts good safety and reliability ratings, a roomy cabin, and balanced handling, but it’s held back in our rankings by confusing infotainment controls and a so-so base engine.

 

Pros & Cons

  • Solid safety and reliability ratings
  • Plush ride
  • Spacious second row
  • Large trunk
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Not as fun to drive as some rivals

New for 2015

  • Wi-Fi hot spot became standard
  • Available 22-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats
  • Available lane keep assist

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2015 Cadillac XTS Overview

Is the 2015 Cadillac XTS a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 XTS is a good used luxury large car. Its price tag is lower than many rivals, but you wouldn’t know it based on the car’s high-class cabin. There’s also a ton of passenger and cargo space. Though the XTS isn’t the most fun luxury sedan to drive, it excels as a comfortable cruiser. Admirable crash test results and reliability ratings further increase this Caddy’s appeal.

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We’ve researched 39 Cadillac XTS reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Cadillac XTS?

Based on about 300 listings for the 2015 Cadillac XTS on our site, the average price is around $25,600. Prices range from about $19,700 to $32,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Cadillac XTS Cost to Own?

The XTS’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $32,300, or $6,460 per year. That’s about average for a luxury large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XTS?

Both the 2015 XTS and the 2019 Cadillac XTS belong to the same generation. There are several differences between the models, mostly owing to a refresh for 2016, when Cadillac revamped the exterior design and added Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The 2019 XTS also received a slight refresh for 2018 that improved infotainment functionality and enhanced ride comfort.

Buying a 2015 XTS instead of a new model can likely save you a huge heap of money. Average list prices for a 2015 XTS range from around $20,000 to about $32,000, while the 2019 XTS starts at almost $47,000 and rises to around $73,000 for its top trim.

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For what you might pay for a 2015 XTS, you may want to consider any number of new large cars instead. Many of them have base prices under $30,000. The 2019 Chevrolet Impala is a well-rounded car with a roomy cabin and straightforward tech features. This Chevy boasts an attractive interior and a huge trunk. It handles with a nice mix of comfort and engagement, and a potent V6 engine is available. Pricing starts at $28,020.

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Which Model Year of the Cadillac XTS Is Best?

The Cadillac XTS debuted for the 2013 model year. For 2014, Cadillac introduced the performance V-Sport model, and parallel parking assist and a rear-seat DVD system became available. Enhancements for the 2015 XTS include a standard Wi-Fi hot spot and an available massaging driver's seat. If these changes aren't important to you, consider shopping for a similarly equipped 2013 XTS or 2014 XTS instead, which likely cost less.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Cadillac XTS?

The 2015 Cadillac XTS has a slightly above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Cadillac XTS Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2015 Cadillac XTS. One recall addresses side impact air-bag inflators that may rupture or malfunction in the event of a crash. Another recall involves the electronic parking brake, which may drag and keep brake pads engaged with the rotors, potentially resulting in a fire.

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Which Used Cadillac XTS Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Cadillac XTS comes in six trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Premium, Platinum, V-Sport Premium, and V-Sport Platinum. The Luxury trim enhances the base model with a number of conveniences, including heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, navigation, a rearview camera, and automatic parking assist.

You may find some 2015 XTS Luxury models with a sunroof, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning.

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How Safe Is the XTS?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Cadillac XTS an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The car earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover evaluation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 XTS the highest score of Good in four crash tests.

The 2015 XTS comes standard with rear parking sensors and the OnStar emergency notification system.

Available active safety and driver assistance features include automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, a safety alert seat, adaptive cruise control, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, a head-up display, front parking sensors, automatic parking assist, and a rearview camera.

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2015 Cadillac XTS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac XTS or 2015 Cadillac CTS?

Despite its designation as a luxury midsize car, the 2015 Cadillac CTS has a slightly higher range of prices. Spending a little more for the CTS is worth it though. It has a lineup of powerful engines, athletic handling, and responsive steering. Additionally, a high-performance CTS-V model is available. Both cars have elegant interiors but suffer from the same infotainment hiccups. Unsurprisingly, you’ll get more rear-seat space and a bigger trunk with the XTS. Although the CTS might have a higher average price, its projected five-year ownership costs are about $2,700 lower than the XTS'. Buy the CTS if you prioritize an engaging drive, or pick the XTS if you want more room.

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac XTS or 2015 Lexus ES?

The 2015 Lexus ES is a highly ranked luxury midsize car with a perfect reliability rating. The ES and the XTS both have a premium interior, impressive safety scores, and generous back-seat space. However, they both also have so-so performance and clunky infotainment controls. Owning an ES would save you about $5,600 in five-year expenses compared to the XTS. These cars are more alike than they are different, but the ES is the better choice overall.

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2015 XTS Performance

How Does the 2015 Cadillac XTS Drive?

The 2015 Cadillac XTS comes standard with a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. It has solid power for daily driving, but some classmates have base models with quicker acceleration. XTS V-Sport models feature a muscular 410-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine that feels as powerful off the line as it does at high speeds. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission that has paddle shifters.

The XTS prioritizes a serene ride over sharp handling, but it's confident around corners and engaging enough for a large sedan. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel-drive models feature torque vectoring and a limited-slip differential, improving traction on slippery roads.

Does the 2015 Cadillac XTS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 XTS' fuel economy is about average for a luxury large car. Models with the standard engine and front-wheel drive return an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. For all-wheel-drive models with the base engine, expect 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. V-Sport models (AWD only) get 16/24 mpg city/highway.

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2015 XTS Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 XTS Seat?

The Cadillac XTS seats five people in two rows. Leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Available features include semi-aniline leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, and 22-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats.

The front seats in the XTS are comfortable, but they lack sufficient side bolstering and support, which is evident during spirited driving or cornering. The back seat offers ample head- and legroom, even for taller adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Cadillac XTS?

The XTS has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor and a lower anchor, and it can borrow a lower anchor from a side seat. All of the anchors are easy to find and use.

2015 Cadillac XTS Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and a 110-volt household-style power outlet. The standard Cadillac User Experience infotainment system includes an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Available features include a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, navigation, a power rear-window sunshade, manual rear side-window sunshades, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a sunroof.

The infotainment system is sleek and modern with brilliant, hi-res graphics, but the display can be overly sensitive to touch inputs, and the menu structure is confusing. It may take some getting used to.

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2015 Cadillac XTS Dimensions

Cadillac XTS Cargo Space

The 2015 XTS has 18 cubic feet of trunk space, which is excellent for a luxury large car.

2015 XTS Length and Weight

The XTS is 16.10 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,006 to 4,215 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Cadillac XTS Built?

General Motors built the 2015 Cadillac XTS in Canada.

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