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2017 Cadillac XTS Review

Although the 2017 Cadillac XTS has a number of virtues, it sits in the bottom half of our luxury large car rankings because it falls short of the performance and technology standards set by class rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy cabin and cargo area
  • Comfortable ride
  • Potent engine in V-Sport
  • Low average purchase price for the class
  • Tricky audio and climate controls
  • Competitors offer nimbler handling
  • High ownership costs




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Cadillac XTS Overview

Is the 2017 Cadillac XTS a Good Used Car?

Despite its unimpressive ranking, the 2017 Cadillac XTS is a decent choice in the luxury large car class. It provides quick acceleration from the performance-oriented V-Sport model, an exceptionally comfortable ride, and plenty of room for passengers and cargo. On top of all that, the XTS has one of the lowest average prices in the class. Still, this Cadillac has frustrating audio and climate controls, and its handling is uninspiring. The XTS' base engine is passable, but it can't match the heart-racing excitement you get with some rivals.

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We’ve analyzed 46 Cadillac XTS reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Cadillac XTS?

Based on over 630 listings on our site for the 2017 Cadillac XTS, prices range from roughly $24,000 to $37,000. The average list price is $28,500. The price you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Cadillac XTS Cost to Own?

The 2017 Cadillac XTS' five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $31,130 – or $6,230 per year. By comparison, five-year costs for the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, 2017 Cadillac CTS, and 2017 Kia K900 are about $25,530, $29,330, and $30,660, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XTS?

The 2018 Cadillac XTS added exterior styling updates, a refreshed infotainment system, and revamped front seats. The 2017 Cadillac XTS costs less on average, but it won’t come with these enhancements.

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The 2017 Cadillac XTS has one of the lowest average list prices in its class, so you most likely won’t be able to find a similarly priced 2018 luxury large car. In fact, you won't even be able to find a 2018 luxury midsize car for the same price.

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Which Model Year of the Cadillac XTS?

The 2017 Cadillac XTS is part of a generation that debuted for the 2013 model year. For 2014, the XTS gained a V-Sport model along with available parallel park assist and rear-seat DVD players. The 2015 XTS added a standard Wi-Fi hot spot and an available massaging driver’s seat. The 2016 XTS gained standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as an available 360-degree parking camera. For the 2017 model year, Cadillac gave the XTS a standard Teen Driver system. If you can live without these updates, consider purchasing the 2013 model, which is similar but less expensive. Otherwise, choose the model year that best meets your needs.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Cadillac XTS?

J.D. Power gives the 2017 Cadillac XTS a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That rating is about average compared to primary rivals, but it's slightly above average for the market as a whole.

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2017 Cadillac XTS Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2017 Cadillac XTS has no safety recalls.

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Which Used Cadillac XTS Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Cadillac XTS comes in six trims: XTS, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum, V-Sport Premium Luxury, and V-Sport Platinum. The base XTS has plenty of features that should satisfy most buyers, like leather upholstery, an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, three USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, HD Radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and the Teen Driver system.

Choose the Luxury trim if you're looking for more comfort amenities like heated and ventilated front seats. The Premium Luxury trim adds more safety features, including blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Step up to the Platinum trim for massaging seats, a sunroof, and upgraded leather upholstery. The V-Sport models offer a more powerful twin-turbo V6.

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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. If the model was sold after March of 2017, the bumper-to-bumper warranty is extended for one year, and there's no mileage cap (powertrain coverage is capped at 70,000 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 2017 Cadillac XTS the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. Models equipped with forward collision warning received the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention, while those with automatic emergency braking earned the highest of Superior.

All models come with rear parking sensors. The standard Teen Driver system allows parents to monitor their teen's driving habits and put safety measures in place, including setting audio volume and speed limits. Safety upgrades include a rearview camera, front parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, a safety alert seat, a surround-view parking camera, a head-up display, forward and reverse automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 Cadillac XTS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Cadillac XTS or 2017 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2017 Buick Lacrosse might be a non-luxury large car, but it's a great budget-friendly alternative to the XTS. The Lacrosse has plenty of cabin space in its comfy, upmarket interior. This Buick’s infotainment system is refined and more user friendly than the one in the XTS. The Lacrosse also comes with a powerful and fuel-efficient V6, and its handling is more thrilling than the XTS’. If you're willing to forgo some luxury amenities, the LaCrosse is the way to go. If not, stick with the XTS. 

Which Is Better: 2017 Cadillac XTS or 2017 Cadillac CTS?

As the XTS' smaller sibling, the 2017 Cadillac CTS is a luxury midsize car that boasts premium interior materials and a generous list of features. It's also more fun to drive than the larger XTS, with sharp handling and precise steering. However, the CTS has a weaker base engine, less rear-seat space, and a substantially higher average list price than the XTS. For most shoppers, the XTS is a better all-around option.

Which Is Better: 2017 Cadillac XTS or 2017 Kia K900?

The 2017 Kia K900 is another luxury large car that ranks neck and neck with the XTS. The Kia offers a lavish cabin with plenty of space and a long list of amenities, which includes standard safety technology like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. You also get standard comfort features that you won't find in the base-trim XTS, including leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats. Like the XTS, the K900 has a smooth ride and quick acceleration. That said, the XTS has better fuel economy and a lower average price.

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2017 XTS Performance

How Does the 2017 Cadillac XTS Drive?

The 2017 Cadillac XTS has a V6 engine with 304 horsepower. That’s enough muscle for day-to-day driving, but it won't excite you. Luckily, spirted drivers have another option with V-Sport models, which come with a stronger twin-turbocharged V6 with 410 horsepower. All XTS models feature a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available. V-Sport models come with standard all-wheel drive.

Does the 2017 Cadillac XTS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2017 XTS delivers 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is average for the class.

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2017 XTS Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 XTS Seat?

The 2017 Cadillac XTS seats five people. Both rows of seats are comfy and incredibly spacious. You'll find quality materials throughout the cabin, including standard leather upholstery and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. Some models come with upgraded leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, heated and ventilated front seats, and power-adjustable massaging front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Cadillac XTS?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether and a left lower anchor on the middle seat. The rear middle seat also has the ability to borrow a lower anchor on the right-hand side when it isn't in use. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the XTS the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2017 Cadillac XTS Features

Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, three USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, HD Radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Some models also feature navigation and a premium 14-speaker Bose audio system. Although the standard CUE infotainment system is much quicker for 2017, its touch-sensitive audio and climate controls may be frustrating for some users.

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2017 Cadillac XTS Dimensions

Cadillac XTS Cargo Space

At 18 cubic feet, the 2017 XTS has one of the most spacious trunks in the class, though it's a pretty narrow space.

2017 XTS Length and Weight

The 2017 XTS is 16.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from roughly 4,000 to 4,220 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Cadillac XTS Built?

Cadillac built the 2017 XTS in Ontario, Canada.

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