2018 XTS New Car Test Drive
The Cadillac XTS is the former flagship, that title now being bestowed upon the uber-Cadillac CT6 introduced for 2016.
The Cadillac XTS remains handsome and well-mannered, even the V-Sport model, with its 410-horsepower twin-turbo V6 with all-wheel drive. This is the only XTS we'd buy. The others models work best in fleet service.
The XTS is a five-seat sedan that's almost the size of a short-wheelbase BMW 7 Series or Audi S8. Rivals include the Lincoln Continental, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6. The XTS beats them in features and interior space.
The athletic XTS has a softly arched roofline and a smooth profile. It uses a smooth and predictable 3.6-liter V6 making 305 horsepower that gets an EPA-rated 22 Combined city and highway miles per gallon with front-wheel drive and its 6-speed automatic.
The XTS gets very good ratings in crash testing, all 5s with a 4 in rollover. It hasn't done the small-overlap test yet, the simulated hitting of a telephone pole or the corner of something; that's the one most cars have been failing.
Cadillac XTS ($45,295) is available in Luxury ($49,295), Premium ($55,795), and Platinum ($64,595) trim levels; Luxury and Premium are available with all-wheel drive ($2000). Cadillac XTS V-Sport comes in Premium Luxury ($63,770) and Platinum ($72,320) versions. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Safety features include rearview camera and optional forward-collision warnings, lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitors, surround-view cameras, adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking, and Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates when the car thinks you need to be warned about something. Automatic Parking Assist can steer the car into a parking space for you.