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2018 Cadillac XTS

Original MSRP Range
$46,395 - $72,495
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
16 - 19 MPG City / 23 - 28 MPG Hwy
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2018 Cadillac XTS

What We Like

Cushy luxury without the squishy ride; fresh technology gives cabin a contemporary feel; reasonable starting price

What We Don't

CTS and CT6 offer similar equipment in more exciting and modern packages for similar (or less) money; standard V6 provides mediocre performance and fuel economy.

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.8/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.5/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Cadillac XTS?

The XTS gets a pretty significant styling update for 2018, with revised front and rear fascias. The interior adopts Cadillac's latest infotainment touchscreen, redesigned seats for improved comfort and a few more standard features. The chassis was also revised and different tires specified for a more comfortable and quiet ride.

Which XTS is the Best?

Although the base XTS provides a ton of standard equipment for the money, for just a bit more, the Luxury raises the bar even further to get the most bang for your buck. Similarly equipped and sized luxury sedans, like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, would cost many thousands more. We would avoid the top XTS trim levels, as their sky-high price tags seem highly questionable given the more modern, similarly priced CT6.

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How Much Does a 2018 Cadillac XTS Cost?

The 2018 Cadillac XTS is available in five trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum and Platinum V-Sport.

 

Even the base-level XTS ($46,400) is loaded with equipment. It includes 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, remote ignition, proximity entry and push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power front seats, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, OnStar emergency communications, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, wireless smartphone charging, an 8-in touchscreen, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Bose sound system with satellite and HD radios.

 

Step up to the Luxury ($50,400) and you get power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, driver memory settings, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and an integrated navigation system. AWD models get rear parking sensors, while FWD models get an automatic parking system. The optional Driver Awareness package includes forward-collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems and surround-view parking camera. With AWD, this package includes lane-departure warning.

 

Next up is the Premium Luxury ($56,800), which includes the content of the Driver Awareness package plus 20-in wheels, a magnetically controlled adaptive and auto-leveling suspension, adaptive headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, an upgraded all-digital gauge cluster and a 14-speaker Bose sound system. Lane-keep assist is standard on FWD models. The Driver Assist package adds adaptive cruise and higher-speed automatic emergency braking.

 

The Platinum ($65,700) adds the Driver Assist items, special styling, a panoramic sunroof (optional Luxury and Premium Luxury), upgraded leather upholstery, full leather interior trim, rear seat audio controls, sunshades (power rear, manual rear-side) and 22-way power front seats with massage (optional on Premium Luxury).

 

The Platinum V-Sport ($72,500) adds a more powerful engine, standard all-wheel drive and an electronic limited-slip differential.

 

XTS Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
XTS 4dr Sdn FWD$46,395 / $44,0756 Cylinder30419 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
XTS 4dr Sdn Luxury AWD$52,395 / $49,7756 Cylinder30417 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
XTS 4dr Sdn Luxury FWD$50,395 / $47,8756 Cylinder30419 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
XTS 4dr Sdn Platinum AWD$67,895 / $64,5006 Cylinder30417 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
XTS 4dr Sdn Platinum FWD$65,695 / $62,4106 Cylinder30419 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
XTS 4dr Sdn Platinum V-Sport AWD$72,495 / $68,8706 Cylinder Turbo41016 / 236-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XTS 4dr Sdn Premium Luxury AWD$58,995 / $56,0456 Cylinder30417 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
XTS 4dr Sdn Premium Luxury FWD$56,795 / $53,9556 Cylinder30419 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Cadillac XTS Safety

Is the 2018 Cadillac XTS a Safe Car?

The 2018 Cadillac XTS comes standard with stability control, front- and rear-side airbags, front- and rear side-curtain airbags, front knee airbags, a backup camera and OnStar emergency communications. The Driver Awareness package includes forward-collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, a rear cross-traffic warning system and Cadillac's vibrating Safety Alert Seat that warns you of the above accident possibilities. Lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist systems are also available depending on trim level and drivetrain.

 

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing, the XTS received five stars for overall, frontal and side crash protection. The XTS also earned the scores in testing carried out by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, though it hasn't yet been subjected to that group's challenging small-overlap front crash test.

 

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5 Year Cost to Own

$68,264 ($0.91 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance6 Years/70,000 Miles
Maintenance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Driver Awareness Pkg
  • Driver Assist Pkg
  • Smokers Pkg
  • Interior Protection Pkg

Competition

2018 Cadillac XTS vs the competition

2018 Cadillac CTS -- For some reason, Cadillac sells three big sedans. For most buyers, the CTS will be just the right spot in terms of size, equipment, price, performance and driving experience. We also think it looks considerably better than the XTS.

 

2018 Lincoln Continental -- Maybe the big front-drive car isn't endangered after all. The Continental is all-new, and though it's arguably more stylish than the XTS, its collection of talents is similar.

 

2018 Lexus ES -- The Lexus ES is another front-wheel-drive large luxury sedan that flaunts modern convention by putting comfort and space first on the priority list. Its available hybrid option makes it stand apart from the XTS.

 

Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- Although its heftier price tag means you'll probably end up in a used model (and a previous-generation version at that), the E-Class is nevertheless one of the finest luxury cars you can buy and should deliver the sort of elements desired in the XTS.

 

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