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2018 Cadillac XTS Review

The 2018 Cadillac XTS ranks in the middle of the luxury large car class. It has an upscale interior and plenty of standard features, but its humdrum performance and below-average predicted reliability rating hold it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful twin-turbo V6 engine option
  • Classy, roomy cabin
  • Huge trunk
  • Finicky infotainment system
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating
  • Dull handling

New for 2018

  • Refreshed exterior design
  • Redesigned infotainment system and front seats




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 9.8
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2018 Cadillac XTS Overview

Is the 2018 Cadillac XTS a Good Used Car?

The Cadillac XTS is a good used luxury large car, but many rivals are more fun to drive.

The 2018 XTS has several strengths:

  • Comfortable ride
  • High-end interior
  • Two rows of spacious, plush seats
  • Muscular available twin-turbocharged V6 engine
  • Huge trunk
  • Solid safety scores
  • Low average prices

It also has some weaknesses:

  • Some tough infotainment controls
  • Uninspired handling
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating
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How Much Is the 2018 Cadillac XTS?

Based on listings for the 2018 Cadillac XTS on our site, the average price is $30,400. Prices range from about $24,500 to $38,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Cadillac XTS Cost to Own?

The 2018 XTS’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $29,700, or $5,940 per year. That’s a little below average for a luxury large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XTS?

Cadillac made no major changes to the XTS for the 2019 model year, which means you can get a nearly identical vehicle for less money by purchasing a 2018 XTS over a new one. Prices for the 2019 Cadillac XTS start at almost $47,000 and rise to $73,000 for its top trim. You can expect to pay anywhere from $24,500 to $38,500 for a 2018 XTS.

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Changes for the 2018 XTS include a refreshed exterior design and a redesigned infotainment system with more user-friendly controls. The front seats were also redesigned to provide more comfort. While these updates are nice, you’ll want to weigh how important they are. You can buy a fairly similar 2017 XTS or 2016 XTS instead, which likely cost less.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Cadillac XTS?

The 2018 Cadillac XTS has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Cadillac XTS Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Cadillac XTS.

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Which Used Cadillac XTS Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Cadillac XTS comes in five trims: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum, and V-Sport Platinum. All trims except the V-Sport Platinum come with a V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. The V-Sport Platinum features a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive.

The base model is well-equipped, with leather seats and most of the available infotainment features. If you want driver assistance features beyond a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, step up to the Luxury trim.

  • Cadillac XTS: The XTS comes standard with leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Standard infotainment features include an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging.
  • Cadillac XTS Luxury: The XTS Luxury includes driver’s seat memory settings, navigation, front parking sensors, automatic parking assist, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Available features include a sunroof, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a following distance indicator, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a surround-view parking camera, and a safety alert seat.
  • Cadillac XTS Premium Luxury: The XTS Premium Luxury comes with a rear leveling air suspension, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, a head-up display, automatic high-beam headlights, and all the available safety features in the XTS Luxury. A sunroof, a power rear sunshade, rear side-window sunshades, 22-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, adaptive cruise control, and reverse automatic braking are available.
  • Cadillac XTS Platinum: The XTS Platinum has semi-aniline leather seats, a leather-wrapped interior, 22-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, adaptive cruise control, reverse automatic braking, a sunroof, a power rear sunshade, rear side-window sunshades, and a rear armrest with audio and sunshade controls.
  • Cadillac XTS V-Sport Platinum: The XTS V-Sport Platinum comes with an electronic limited-slip differential and pretty much every feature you can get in an XTS.

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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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Cadillac XTS an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. It earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the XTS the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. Properly equipped models earned the top rating of Superior for front crash prevention.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • front parking sensors
  • automatic parking assist
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • following distance indicator
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • reverse automatic braking
  • surround-view parking camera
  • safety alert seat
  • head-up display
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Cadillac XTS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Cadillac XTS or 2018 Lincoln Continental?

The 2018 Lincoln Continental ranks higher than the XTS because of its superior predicted reliability rating. Otherwise, these two luxury large cars are pretty similar. Both sedans have a tame standard V6 engine and offer more-potent turbocharged powertrains. Each prioritizes long-haul cruising over athleticism. The XTS has a slightly nicer interior, better rear-seat headroom, and a larger trunk. However, in addition to its higher predicted reliability rating, the Lincoln's infotainment system is more user-friendly. List prices are much lower for the XTS; by about $8,400 on average. If you’re on a budget, go with the XTS. Otherwise, the Continental is a better choice for most shoppers.

Which Is Better: 2018 Cadillac XTS or 2018 Cadillac CT6?

The 2018 CT6 is another luxury large car from Cadillac, but there are some key differences between these two sedans. The CT6 has better performance, highlighted by engaging handling and a lineup featuring three powerful engines. The upmarket CT6 has things you won’t find in the XTS, including a 10.2-inch infotainment screen, a 34-speaker Bose stereo, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The CT6 also boasts what might be the best second-row legroom in the segment. All that space and those cool features don’t come cheap though: With an average list price of around $53,000, the CT6 is much more expensive than the XTS.

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2018 XTS Performance

How Does the 2018 Cadillac XTS Drive?

The 2018 Cadillac XTS’ base V6 engine puts out around 300 horsepower. It’s not the most powerful engine in the class, but it’s fine for everyday driving. You’ll definitely feel the extra muscle if you opt for a twin-turbocharged V6, which delivers noticeably better acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. It’s responsive to your throttle inputs and delivers smooth, timely shifts.

The XTS prioritizes a comfortable ride, which it mostly delivers. It may feel slightly jittery at times, but the available Magnetic Ride Control system improves the cushioned feel. Though this is no sports sedan, the XTS is composed around turns.

  • Base engine: 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
  • Available engine: 410-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Cadillac XTS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 XTS returns decent fuel economy for a luxury large car, and its standard V6 engine doesn’t require premium gasoline as many other luxury vehicles do.

  • V6, FWD: 19/28 mpg city/highway
  • V6, AWD: 17/26 mpg
  • Twin-turbo V6, AWD: 16/23 mpg

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2018 XTS Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 XTS Seat?

The 2018 XTS seats five people in two rows. The seats provide all-day support and plenty of head- and legroom, even for taller passengers. You can opt for premium indulgences like massaging front seats that come with 22 power adjustments. Cadillac doesn’t cut any corners on quality inside the XTS. The cabin looks great, and it’s full of premium soft-touch materials, delivering the posh feel you expect from a luxury sedan.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • semi-aniline leather seats
  • 22-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats
  • driver’s seat memory settings
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • power rear sunshade
  • rear side-window sunshades
  • rear armrest with audio and sunshade controls
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Cadillac XTS?

The 2018 XTS has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor and a lower anchor, and it can borrow the other lower anchor from a side seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The IIHS noted that the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats.

2018 Cadillac XTS Features

The standard Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system is the nerve center of the car. The 8-inch touch screen processes your commands quickly, but the touch-sensitive buttons underneath the screen can be tough to adjust. Additionally, the XTS has a digital instrument panel that can be configured in many ways. With a ton of choices and menus to sift through, it can seem overwhelming.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging
  • Available infotainment features: navigation and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo
  • Additional standard features: proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 110-volt household-style power outlet

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2018 Cadillac XTS Dimensions

Cadillac XTS Cargo Space

The XTS’ 18-cubic-foot trunk is among the largest in the luxury large car class.

Cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Cadillac XTS Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,021 to 4,200 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Cadillac XTS Built?

The 2018 Cadillac XTS was built in Canada.


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