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2019 Cadillac XTS OVERVIEW
Crisp styling, a willing engine, and a large trunk are among the strong points of the 2019 Cadillac XTS. This full-size luxury sedan has aged gracefully despite entering its eighth year. Credit styling updates, technological improvements, and a reasonable price with keeping this model relevant. It also helps that this big Cadillac offers a better all-around package than Cadillac models we liked from long ago.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Cadillac XTS arrives unchanged from 2018. The refinements accomplished previously are carried over.
Choosing Your Cadillac XTS
The XTS houses a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The base trim offers front-wheel drive only, though all-wheel drive is available on the next three trims and standard on the top-of-the-line V-Sport Platinum model. The V-Sport Platinum also comes comes with a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with an output of 410 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 XTS earns an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 combined. These figures drop to 17/26/20 mpg (city/highway/combined) with all-wheel drive, and to 16/23/18 mpg with the twin-turbocharged engine. The V-Sport requires premium gasoline, while the others can run on regular fuel.
Cadillac offers the XTS in five trims: base XTS, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum, and V-Sport Platinum. Standard features include LED headlights, alloy wheels, a Bose audio system, leather seats, and wireless charging. The available packages vary, depending on the trim.
We recommend starting your 2019 Cadillac XTS build with the Luxury trim and adding all-wheel drive for improved handling while pulling out of corners. The Luxury model also grants access to the safety package we believe most shoppers will consider.