Cushy luxury without the squishy ride; fresh technology gives cabin a contemporary feel; reasonable starting price
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
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.