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Anthony Sophinos
Automotive Editor - January 26, 2018

2018 Cadillac XTS OVERVIEW

Many moons ago, Cadillac was a force to be reckoned with. The lumbering levithians they built were big and bold, and exuded a sense of authority few other marques could rival. Today, however, the shoe's on the other foot as the hallowed Wreath and Crest brand tries to find itself in a luxury market that demands performance credentials over coddling isolation. The 2018 Cadillac XTS still holds its own in the segment, having carved out a place in the market as the last big, cushy Cadillac sedan.

What's New for 2018

Good sales have provided the XTS with a stay of execution, and so Cadillac has seen fit to bring it up to speed in the looks department with the rest of the Cadillac stable. Up front, there's a redesigned fascia with a new grille, bumper, and headlights. Out back, a similar treatment has been applied to the taillights, trunk, and lower rear bumper. Inside, buyers will find a better integration of technology via an updated Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system, a new seat-foam structure and design, and more sound deadening. Rounding out the changes are new wheel designs and two new interior color and trim combinations for the platinum-spec XTS.

Cadillac XTS

Choosing Your Cadillac XTS

Five different trim levels of the XTS are available, ranging from the base model to the top of the line V-Sport Platinum. The four lower trims are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque, while a twin-turbo variant of the same motor puts out an impressive 410 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission to get power down, either to the front wheels in a naturally aspirated XTS or all four if it's a twin-turbo model. Gas mileage for the standard engine is 19 miles per gallon city, 28 highway, and 22 combined, while the twin-turbo is rated at 16/23/18 mpg.

On the safety front, every XTS is equipped with a melange of safety features. These include a rearview camera, 10 airbags, rear park assist, OnStar services, and a teen driver feature that lets owners set parameters and restrictions to keep young drivers from channeling their inner Jeff Gordon when borrowing the car.

AWD is standard on the V-Sport, unavailable on the base model, and a $2,000 option for the three middle trims.


The base 2018 Cadillac XTS starts at $47,390 (prices include the $995 destination charge). Though it's the low end of the XTS totem pole, it still comes with a load of impressive features, including Bluetooth, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, CUE, four-way power lumbar front seats, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless access, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and SiriusXM radio. Techies will appreciate the standard 4G WiFi hotspot and wireless charging, and the OnStar basic plan is included for five years.


The XTS Luxury starts at $52,385. The $4,000 premium over the XTS brings additional standard features such as power-folding outside mirrors, automatic wipers, illuminating door handles, parking assist, navigation, driver's memory seat, and heated and ventilated front seats. The Driver Awareness Package ($1,800) adds a host of safety features such as low speed forward automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a following distance indicator, and a surround view camera system.

Premium Luxury

The Premium Luxury has a starting price tag of $58,785. It brings tri-zone climate control, magnetic ride control, a 14-speaker sound system, 20-inch wheels, a head-up display, a larger 12.3-inch driver information center, automatic level control, and cornering lamps. The contents of the Driver Awareness Package are also standard. The Driver Assist Package ($1,100) adds adaptive cruise control and forward and reverse automatic emergency braking.


The Platinum represents the poshest non-performance variant of the XTS, and starts at $67,685. On top of what lesser trim levels come with, the Platinum adds 22-way massaging front seats, a sunroof, a rear power sunshade, a unique grille, illuminated sill plates, a leather-wrapped console, rear audio controls, suede microfiber headliner, and the contents of the aforementioned Driver Assist Package.

Platinum V-Sport

Starting at $74,485, the AWD-exclusive V-Sport is the most expensive XTS, and also the best performing, thanks to its 410-hp, twin turbo 3.6-liter engine. As the name implies, standard features mirror the Platinum; the only major differences are a unique V-Sport grille and 20-inch wheels.

CarsDirect Tip

Currently, Cadillac is offering strong incentives to boost lagging sedan sales, so take a look at the higher trims with the lavish features. Specifically, consider either the Premium Luxury or the V-Sport. If you're considering the Platinum, keep in mind the price hike to the V-Sport is $6,800, or about 10 percent. For that 10 percent price bump, the V-Sport brings a faster, smoother, and more rewarding driving experience thanks to the triple-digit increase in both hp and torque.

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