2015 Cadillac XTS Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - September 29, 2014

The most traditional of Cadillac's current crop of luxury sedans, the XTS is biased toward the old-time values of room, ride and comfort. That said, you're also treated to all the technology you can handle and -- if you're so inclined -- the most powerful V6 engine ever deployed in a luxury car.

What's New for 2015

Aside from the usual detail updates, the XTS is unchanged.

2015 Cadillac XTS

Choosing Your Cadillac XTS

The XTS is a true full-size luxury sedan with uncompromising room for five passengers and their luggage. The 3.6-liter V6 produces 304 horsepower in standard form and a stunning 410 when equipped with the optional twin turbochargers. All-wheel drive is available with the base V6 and mandatory with the turbo. Every XTS gets a six-speed automatic transmission and an adaptive suspension system.

The XTS comes in four main trim levels. Models with the turbocharged engine carry the suffix Vsport.


Carries all the expected Cadillac features, including leather and faux suede upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth phone and audio, keyless ignition and rear parking sensors. The eight-speaker Bose sound system features HD and satellite radio. The standard CUE (Cadillac User Experience) system allows you to control all infotainment functions from a single interface using a touchscreen and/or voice commands. Note that the Standard XTS is strictly a front-driver; the all-wheel drive option begins at the next trim level.


Adds indulgent touches likes extended wood interior trim, LED accent lights, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats with memory, heated rear seats and ambient lighting. On the functional side, you get front parking sensors, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers and an automated parallel parking system.


Offers a major dose of technology with a head-up display, configurable gauges, navigation, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, and safety aids such a blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The Premium Vsport adds the turbocharged engine, 20-inch wheels and a sportier grille.


Maxes out on luxury with upgraded leather seats, 20-inch chrome-accented wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a power rear sunshade and adaptive cruise control with automatic braking. Buyers who want the ultimate XTS can choose the Vsport treatment here as well.

Both the Premium and Platinum offer a rear DVD/Blu-ray entertainment system with two foldout screens.

CarsDirect Tip

Options on the Standard model are limited, so we recommend upgrading to at least the Luxury if you want to do some customization. Not everyone needs the extra power of the Vsport models, but be aware that the twin-turbo engine has a dramatic effect on the character of the car. You might insist on it after a test drive.

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2015 Cadillac XTS