Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - August 14, 2018

Expert Rating

3.4 (Good)
17 City / 26 Highway

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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.

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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.


The base XTS model starts at $47,890 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). This model comes with LED headlights and taillights, daytime running lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, and Brembo front brakes. Also, Cadillac includes remote start, keyless entry, leather seats, power front seats with lumbar support, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, a 4G LTE hotspot, Bluetooth, wireless charging, and OnStar services. The Interior Protection Package ($225) adds all-weather floor and cargo mats and is the only package available. This package is available across all five trims.


Cadillac prices the XTS Luxury from $51,890. It's at this trim level all-wheel drive becomes available, adding $2,000 to the price. This trim adds upgraded daytime running lights, fancier wheels, dual-exhaust tips, front and rear park assist, and automatic parking assist. You’ll also find upgraded wood trim, heated and ventilated front seats, an automatic heated steering wheel, heated outboard second-row seats, and navigation. The Driver Awareness Package ($1,800) includes low-speed automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a safety alert seat, and a surround-view camera.

Premium Luxury

The middle Premium Luxury model comes in at $58,290. This trim includes the contents of the Driver Awareness Package, magnetic ride control with automatic level control, intelligent headlights, and 20-inch alloy wheels. You’ll also find a 12.3-inch configurable color display for the instrument panel, three-zone climate control, a head-up display, and a 14-speaker Bose audio package. The Driver Assist Package ($1,100) brings forward and reverse automatic emergency braking and advanced adaptive cruise control.


Cadillac prices the Platinum trim from $67,190. Building on the the Premium Luxury, the Platinum gets semi-aniline leather seats, 22-way power adjustable front seats with massage, a suede-microfiber headliner, a unique grille, 20-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, a rear-window power sunshade, and the contents of the Driver Assist Package. The Interior Protection Package is the only package available.

Platinum V-Sport

At $73,990, the V-Sport Platinum adds a unique grille, special wheels, and a reconfigurable gauge cluster with a V-Sport theme. The big difference, however, is the addition of the 410-hp, twin-turbo V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive. Again the Interior Protection Package is the only one available.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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