Upscale styling, a quiet cabin, and a plush rear seat are Cadillac hallmarks and it is in these three areas the 2018 XTS does not disappoint. This large sedan supplies just the right amount of performance and is available for a competitive price.

Best Value

The 2018 Cadillac XTS is a five-passenger sedan and comes in five trims: XTS, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum, and V-Sport Platinum. Standard front-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive, and two engine choices accompany this luxury sedan.

Our pick of trims is the Premium Luxury as it adds an outstanding 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound audio system, a surround-view camera, driver-assist technologies, a head-up display and adaptive suspension. We also think all-wheel drive is a worthwhile investment as it offers an important handling edge, especially on wet roads or when exiting corners.

Why not the twin-turbocharged V6? For a start, it's only available in the V-Sport. Simply put, if you have $74,000 burning a hole in your pocket and an itch for performance, why would you spend it on a big, ponderous, luxury focused Cadillac? An Audi S6 offers similar size, more performance, and a better driving experience for about the same price.

  • Model: 2018 Cadillac XTS Premium Luxury
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6
  • Output: 304 hp / 264 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 17 City / 26 Hwy
  • Options: Driver Assist Package ($1,100, adaptive cruise control and forward and reverse automatic braking)
  • Base Price: $46,395 (plus a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$61,090

Performance

Cadillac XTS

The XTS’ standard engine delivers capable power, moving this large sedan to 60 mph in under seven seconds. That's not blistering performance by any stretch, but there's enough power here to keep the big XTS moving along well, and it doesn't sound bad to boot. The six-speed transmission delivers smooth and expected gear changes, although it's starting to feel old fashioned in a world of eight, nine, and even 10-speed automatic transmissions.

Suspension updates rolled out for 2018 give this sedan an even more comfortable ride. Steering is light at low speeds, then tightens as you pick up speed. The XTS handles well, considering its purpose, although some body roll is present, even when dialing in sport mode. The all-wheel drive model acquits itself nicely as it pulls out of corners.

Style

Curves and angles blend to form a canvas that’s handsome and also conceals the XTS’ bulk. This year, the XTS benefits from several changes, including a cleaner grille with more horizontal chrome. New front fenders, updated wheels, and fresh LED taillights underscore the changes Cadillac made to invigorate the XTS.

Inside, the cabin offers ample room for five. Leather surfaces, chrome trim, and ambient lighting supply sophistication. The center console layout is clean and the infotainment screen has new software. The rear seat offers outstanding comfort, matching some of Europe’s finest luxury sedans.

The Best and Worst Things

A plush and large interior make the XTS a welcoming place for the driver and passengers alike. The 18 cubic feet of trunk space supplies ample space for carrying all your gear.

The capacitative touchscreen is still frustrating, despite the updated software. We're sure Cadillac will figure out how to do an infotainment system (eventually), but for now, this is still an obstinate system.

Right For? Wrong For?

Cadillac XTS

Cadillac owners trading in their DTS will be at home in the XTS. Although slightly smaller than full-size Cadillacs of years past, the XTS delivers on all the finer points of Cadillac ownership tradition.

New Cadillac shoppers or individuals used to the more balanced CTS may find that the XTS doesn’t meet their performance expectations. Happily, for them, the CTS or the larger CT6 should satisfy their need.

The Bottom Line

The Cadillac XTS is a safe bet for shoppers wanting a plush, well-appointed luxury sedan. It combines Cadillac styling with drivetrain practicality, to deliver a reasonably priced luxury model.