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2016 Cadillac XTS Review

The Cadillac XTS ranks in the top half of its class. It has a luxe and spacious interior, a smooth ride, great safety ratings, and lower-than-average ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy, luxe interior
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Powerful Vsport engine
  • Frustrating audio and climate controls

New for 2016

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto added
  • 360-degree-view camera made available




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Cadillac XTS Overview

Is the 2016 Cadillac XTS a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Cadillac XTS is a good used luxury large car. The XTS provides a comfortable ride, and its posh cabin offers generous seating space and high-quality materials. The XTS also rates highly for crash safety, and used models are typically far less expensive to buy and maintain than class competitors – like the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7.

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How Much Is the 2016 Cadillac XTS?

You can expect to pay between $21,600 and $42,000 for a used 2016 XTS. These figures are based on 230 listings for the 2016 Cadillac XTS on our site. The average price is $28,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Cadillac XTS Cost to Own?

The Cadillac XTS’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $26,900 – or about $5,400 per year. That’s much lower than average for the luxury large car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XTS?

The 2018 Cadillac XTS starts at $46,395. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used XTS, especially if you want a base model with few options. You won’t miss out on much by sticking with a used model, either. Changes for 2018 include a lightly restyled exterior and updates to the infotainment system. These changes just aren’t enough to differentiate the 2018 model from its very similar predecessors.

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You can save money while still buying new, too. The 2018 Buick LaCrosse starts at just $29,565. While it doesn’t have the same luxury appeal as its Cadillac sibling, the big Buick still rewards with a silky-smooth ride, comparable seating space, and quality materials.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Cadillac XTS?

The XTS has average reliability, earning a score of three out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Cadillac XTS Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2016 Cadillac XTS.

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Which Model Year of the Cadillac XTS Is Best?

The 2016 Cadillac XTS is part of the car’s first generation, which launched in 2013. Cadillac has made incremental changes to the XTS over this generation. For 2014, the XTS became available with parallel park assist and a twin-turbocharged Vsport model (410 horsepower). For 2015, lane keep assist and massaging front seats became available. For 2016, the XTS gained the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, and a surround-view camera became available. The 2017 XTS added GM’s Teen Driver system (which sets limits and alerts for new drivers), and the 2018 XTS received an updated exterior.

Cadillac’s infotainment system has its quirks, so if you’re shopping for a used XTS, consider the 2016-and-newer models first. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto alleviate some of the system’s issues.

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Which Used Cadillac XTS Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 XTS comes in four trims: XTS, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum. The base model XTS comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB and aux ports, Bluetooth, a satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, remote start, keyless entry, cruise control, rear parking sensors, alloy wheels, and an adaptive suspension.

The Cadillac XTS Luxury trim adds heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, a navigation system, a rearview camera, front parking sensors, and parallel park assist. The Cadillac XTS Premium trim adds a Bose stereo, a head-up display, tri-zone climate control, adaptive pivoting headlights, and the Driver Awareness package (a suite of advanced safety features). The Cadillac XTS Platinum trim adds a panoramic sunroof, a leather-wrapped dashboard, and the Driver Assist package.

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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. 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 XTS the highest safety rating of Good in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the sedan a perfect five-star rating in overall, front, and side impact safety, and four stars in rollover crash testing.

All 2016 XTS sedans come standard with rear parking sensors. Available safety features include a rearview camera, front parking sensors, parallel park assist, and adaptive pivoting headlights. The Driver Awareness package adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree-view camera, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat (which vibrates to warn drivers of potential hazards). The Driver Assist package adds adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

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2016 Cadillac XTS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Cadillac XTS or 2016 Cadillac CTS?

The Cadillac CTS is a slightly smaller cousin of the XTS. The CTS sedan shares nearly all of its safety and tech features with the XTS, but it offers sharper handling and more muscle – especially in its CTS-V trim. This makes the midsize CTS a fine pick if you want a Cadillac with sports car performance. Still, there are some compromises. The XTS has a roomier and more comfortable cabin, as well as a larger trunk. Used XTS models are also typically less expensive to buy and own. Stick with the XTS.

Which Is Better: 2016 Cadillac XTS or 2016 Cadillac CT6?

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 tiptoes the line between the XTS and the CTS. The CT6 has the generous interior space and smooth ride quality of the XTS, while mixing in a taste of the CTS’ athletic driving dynamics. It also offers a few more luxuries than both of its siblings, such as available massaging rear seats and a 34-speaker sound system. Its cabin materials look and feel higher quality as well. This refinement comes at a price, though. Used CT6 models are typically far more expensive than the comparable XTS. Both are fine options, but the XTS is a better value.

Which Is Better: 2016 Cadillac XTS or 2016 Cadillac ATS?

The compact 2016 Cadillac ATS is substantially smaller than the XTS, and it rewards with razor-sharp handling that the XTS just can’t match. Both cars offer a similar array of tech and safety features, and you’re apt to find used ATS and XTS models within the same price range. The trade-off is rear-seat space – the ATS doesn’t offer much. It also rates poorly for reliability. The XTS is a better pick.

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2016 XTS Performance

How Does the 2016 Cadillac XTS Drive?

Cadillac offers the 2016 XTS with two engine options. A 304-horsepower V6 is standard, along with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. The XTS Vsport models have a twin-turbocharged version of this engine with 410 horsepower (all-wheel drive, only). The standard V6 scoots the Cadillac around with sufficient pep, but the twin-turbo V6 feels far more energetic and yields superior passing power.

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

Does the 2016 Cadillac XTS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The standard XTS gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (17/26 mpg city/highway, AWD), which is about average for the luxury large car class. The turbocharged XTS Vsport lowers these fuel economy ratings to just 16/23 mpg city/highway.

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2016 XTS Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 XTS Seat?

The Cadillac XTS has five seats. 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. Leather seats are standard; heated, ventilated, and massaging seats are available. The XTS’ cabin is handsomely styled and outfitted with high-quality materials. The top-level Platinum trim is especially luxe, thanks to its leather-wrapped dashboard and rich wood trim.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Cadillac XTS?

The XTS has three full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats.

2016 Cadillac XTS Features

Cadillac hits and misses with its tech features. All XTS sedans are equipped with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, and satellite radio. The touch screen functions with all the ease of a smartphone thanks to its pinch and swipe commands. It also supports the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps, which seamlessly integrate your smartphone’s functions and menus with the infotainment screen. The catch is that the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) dashboard has awkward touch-sensitive buttons that manage the audio and climate controls. These buttons and sliders may look ultramodern, but they are distracting to use while driving.

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2016 Cadillac XTS Dimensions

Cadillac XTS Cargo Space

The XTS has a vast 18 cubic feet of trunk space, and its 60/40-split rear seats can fold to fit larger items.

2016 XTS Length and Weight

The Cadillac XTS is 16.8 feet long and has a curb weight of between 4,006 and 4,215 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Cadillac XTS Built?

The 2016 Cadillac XTS was built in Canada.


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