With a big back seat and a quiet interior, the Cadillac XTS is a favorite among livery drivers. Standard front-wheel and available all-wheel drive along with multiple powertrain choices are found in this sedan with drive attributes ranging from fair to fantastic.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2017 Cadillac XTS is available in XTS (Base), Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trims. An XTS V-Sport model is also sold. A competent 3.6-liter V6 engine making 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque is standard and is found in front-wheel drive models only.

A twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque is standard in the V-Sport and available in the Premium Luxury and Platinum models. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

New this year is a revised gauge cluster, a teen driver feature, and three exterior colors. All-new and exclusive to the V-Sport is a 20-inch wheel design.

The front-wheel drive base XTS model starts at $46,290 and is the lone front-wheel drive only model. The Luxury trim starts at $50,290; add $2,000 for all-wheel drive.

The XTS Premium Luxury model begins at $56,790 or $58,990 for all-wheel drive. The Platinum model costs from $65,590 or $67,790 with all-wheel drive.

Choose the V-Sport Premium Luxury model and your price begins at $64,790. The V-Sport is priced from $73,390.

Upgrades, depending on trim, include a driver awareness package ($1,700), a driver assist package ($1,100), and a protection package ($495). The first two packages bring in such safety features as forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane keeping assist. The latter package includes all-weather floor mats, a cargo tray, and molded splash guards. (Prices do not reflect a $995 destination charge.)

Performance Pros

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  • Both V6 engines are well-suited for the 2017 Cadillac XTS. Understanding that livery drivers have different needs than your typical consumer, the standard V6 matched with front-wheel drive may be all that some people need.
  • Standard features include magnetic ride control, rear air springs, a HiPer strut front suspension, and front Brembo brakes. We’re glad Cadillac includes these features across the model line. All-wheel drive is available.
  • V-Sport models possess twin-turbo power along with the handling characteristics to keep this sedan planted.
  • Fuel economy with the standard V6 paired with front-wheel drive comes in at a very respectable 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Even with all-wheel drive, this model still manages 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Performance Cons

  • We’re disappointed that an eight-speed automatic hasn’t found its way into the XTS. The additional cogs are expected in this class and would boost performance and efficiency.

Interior Pros

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  • Choose the XTS Platinum and Cadillac pulls out all the stops on front seat comfort. Here, you get 22-way adjustment with heating, cooling, and massage functions.
  • Rear legroom is excellent, nearly matching the space found in certain retired rear-drive models from a few years back.
  • What’s not to love about an 18-cubic-foot trunk? This is one feature both livery drivers and everyday owners will be happy to have. You’ll find enough space to hold a week’s worth of luggage for up to four people.

Interior Cons

  • The Cadillac User Experience (CUE) interface is difficult to use. Hand gestures with pinches and swipes along the lines of a smartphone are required here. Now that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, you can at least bypass the CUE.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Think of the V-Sport as an entirely different vehicle, one imbued with the driving and handling characteristics of a sport sedan. The twin-turbo V6 is a lovely beast, transforming this capable sedan into a worthy lap-hugging conveyance. It certainly isn’t on the level of Europe’s finest sport sedans or even the Cadillac V-Series, but it brings a level of driving excitement not found elsewhere.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Except in Platinum trim, the front seats pale in comfort to every other Cadillac model. They’re also not especially supportive while cornering hard.

The Bottom Line

The XTS reminds us more of Cadillac's past than its future. Even so, the V-Sport treatment transforms this sedate people mover into a competent road machine.