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Overall

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Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Cadillac XTS Review

The 2015 Cadillac XTS offers much of what luxury sedan shoppers are looking for: a smooth ride, an opulent cabin, and an abundance of standard and available features. In spite of all that, the XTS’ rivals offer more choices in terms of engines, features, and body styles.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available twin-turbo V6
  • Airy, comfortable cabin
  • Distracting infotainment system

2015 Cadillac XTS Overview

Is the 2015 Cadillac XTS a Good Used Car?

The XTS is a good value among luxury large cars. It’s especially worth a look for those who want a comfortable cruiser. However, it has a tricky infotainment system and a base engine that makes so-so power.

Used 2015 Cadillac XTS Performance and Interior

The XTS’ base V6 engine has sufficient pep, but some classmates offer quicker base models. The Vsport trims feature a twin-turbocharged V6 that gives the XTS a boost in acceleration and passing power. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard with both engines. Fuel economy is middling for the class, at 16-18 mpg in the city and 24-28 mpg on the highway. The XTS prioritizes a serene ride over sharp handling, yet it feels nimbler than most cars its size. Front-wheel drive comes standard. The available all-wheel-drive system features torque vectoring and a limited-slip differential, which both improve traction on slippery roads.

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The XTS’ sumptuous cabin showcases standard leather seats, which are power-adjustable up front. Some used models have heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a rear power sunshade, and a heated steering wheel. The XTS has comfortable seating both fore and aft, but taking sharp turns quickly reveals the lack of lateral support. The rear seats are particularly roomy. They feature two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat.

Standard amenities include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The standard CUE infotainment system has dazzling graphics, but its overly sensitive touch buttons and complicated menus distract from its beauty. Available features include a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system.

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Used 2015 Cadillac XTS Prices

For a base model 2015 XTS, expect to pay about $25,400 on average. On the higher end, a Vsport Platinum trim with all-wheel drive costs around $39,800. Prices shift depending on the vehicle's demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Cadillac XTS?

The 2015 Cadillac XTS has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is average among all cars. Quite a few other luxury large cars have higher scores.

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How Safe Is the XTS?

Like many of its competitors, the 2015 XTS has terrific safety scores. It earned the highest score of Good in all four of its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. Also, it received five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Rear parking sensors and the OnStar emergency notification system are standard. There are plenty of available driver assistance features: a rearview camera with front parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular assist (front-wheel-drive models only), lane departure warning with a lane-keeping function, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display. Some used models have a driver’s seat that vibrates at the same time as a safety warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used XTS?

Cadillac launched the XTS for the 2013 model year, and it has seen only minor changes since then. For 2014, the XTS gained the Vsport trim and thus a new turbocharged engine. The 2015 model year brought a standard Wi-Fi hot spot and updated rear-seat armrests. Also, a massaging driver’s seat and power-folding sideview mirrors became available. Unless these features are necessary, go for an older model, which offers many of the same features at a lower price.

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Which Used Cadillac XTS Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Cadillac XTS comes in six trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Premium, Platinum, Vsport Premium, and Vsport Platinum. The Luxury trim is the best value because it adds a number of conveniences, including a navigation system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors, and parallel and perpendicular park assist. Some used Cadillac XTS Luxury models have upgrades like a sunroof, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, a safety alert driver’s seat, and all-wheel drive.

A certified pre-owned vehicle costs a little more, but it offers benefits that other used cars don’t. 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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2015 Cadillac XTS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac XTS or 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Much like the XTS, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class prioritizes ride comfort over handling ability. The E-Class has a little less rear-seat legroom and trunk space. Still, it is a better luxury car because it offers buyers more choices, like four body styles and six diverse powertrains. The E-Class has high-quality interior materials, but its complicated infotainment system takes some getting used to. Unlike the XTS, the E-Class comes standard with a sunroof, a driver drowsiness monitor, and forward collision warning.

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

If you’re looking for a sporty and highly reliable luxury sedan, you can’t go wrong with the Lexus GS. It has sharper handling than the XTS, without compromising on ride quality. Despite having less rear-seat legroom and trunk space than the XTS, the GS’ cabin is just as comfortable. It has a higher reliability rating and more standard features, including a moonroof and a rearview camera. However, unlike the XTS, the GS doesn’t offer engine upgrades. Also, its infotainment system is arguably more distracting than the XTS’ CUE system.

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