2019 Cadillac XTS

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2019 MODEL
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The Cadillac XTS is a full-sized luxury sedan and is valuably priced to amalgamate luxury and comfort. With decent performance under its hood, the 4-door sedan offers a smooth ride, quiet cabin, spacious seating and classic styling. The American luxury maker brings the new 2019 Cadillac XTS unchanged from its previous iteration.

Alongside its competition, the Cadillac XTS goes against the likes of Genesis G80, Lexus GS 350, and the Lincoln Continental. Where does the XTS place itself? Read on the review to find out.

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Pros

Spacious Interior

Frugal powertrain

Plush cabin

Classic exterior styling

Cons

Six-speed Automatic is hesitant to downshift

Learning curve higher for infotainment system

What's New?

For the 2019 variant, Cadillac has retained the XTS unchanged.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$46895

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

217 cu. in.

horsepower

304 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

264 lb.-ft. @ 5300 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

Brembo four-wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

111.7 in.

length

200.9 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

59.4 in.

curb weight

4021 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

37.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

37.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/28 mpg

highway range

532 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no


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Styles

 2019 Cadillac XTS in Black Raven color  2019 Cadillac XTS in Bronze Dune Metallic color  2019 Cadillac XTS in Crystal White Tricoat color  2019 Cadillac XTS in Red Horizon Tintcoat color
Black Raven

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Ratings

Engine

7.7

Comfort

7.5

Driving

7.5

Features

7.3

Interior

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Cadillac XTS base

base

power
304 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$46,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $46,895 MSRP (19 mpg/22/28 mpg) 304 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Red Horizon Tintcoat
  Bronze Dune Metallic
  Crystal White Tricoat
  Phantom Gray Metallic
  Radiant Silver Metallic
  Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic

 2019 Cadillac XTS Luxury

Luxury

power
304 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$50,895 - $52,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $52,895 MSRP (17 mpg/20/26 mpg) 304 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $50,895 MSRP (19 mpg/22/28 mpg) 304 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Cadillac XTS Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
304 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$57,295 - $59,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $59,495 MSRP (17 mpg/20/26 mpg) 304 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $57,295 MSRP (19 mpg/22/28 mpg) 304 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Cadillac XTS Platinum

Platinum

power
304 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$66,195 - $68,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $66,195 MSRP (19 mpg/22/28 mpg) 304 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Platinum 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $68,395 MSRP (17 mpg/20/26 mpg) 304 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

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MPG: 19 combined

2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Sedan
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MPG: 18 combined

2018 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe
8.0/10

Engine: 464 hp @ 5850 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 19 combined

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan
8.5/10

Engine: 265 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 26 combined

2019 Cadillac XT4
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Engine: 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 26 combined

2017 Cadillac CTS-V
8.0/10

Engine: 640 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L V8

MPG: 17 combined

2017 Cadillac ATS-V
8.0/10

Engine: 464 hp @ 5850 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 19 combined

2018 Cadillac CT6
8.2/10

Engine: 265 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 25 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.5

Overall Rating


7.7/10
Engine

 

7.3/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Cadillac XTS can be had in two engine options – a Naturally Aspirated 3.6L V-6 or an available 3.6L Twin Turbo V-6 engine. A Twin turbo engine is offered only in V-Sport platinum with All-Wheel drive as standard. While FWD is standard on other trims, the optional AWD can be obtained for $2000 more.

2019 Cadillac XTS Engine

7.7/10

"The six-speed automatic doesn't always want to downshift when you ask for it, but for its size, the XTS handles respectably (though the steering could provide more feedback). Ride comfort is excellent thanks to the available Magnetic Ride Control system." - Motortrend

Engine and Transmission

The XTS sedan is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 304 hp and 264 pulling force mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Twin-turbocharged engine is available only in V-Sport Platinum trim and offers a satisfactory driving experience if you are in the mood to gun it.

The Cadillac with the standard V6 is an everyday driver with smooth and refined levels of performance and power provided at the get-go however its transmission has a slight hesitance when downshifting. The XTS however feels more impressive at higher speeds and shines best during the same.

Its competition offer similar powertrains with outputs varying by just a few horses. If we'd have to crown the best of the rest, the Genesis G80 takes the crown simply due to the fact Genesis G80 has more torque and horsepower.

Model

Cadillac XTS

Chrysler 300 S

Lincoln Continental

Genesis G80

Lexus GS 350

MSRP

$46,895

$36,395

$46,145

$43,045

$50,765

Engine

3.6L SIDI DOHC V6

3.6 Liter V6

3.7L Ti-VCT V6

3.8L V6

3.5L V6

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

8 Speed automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power

304 hp @ 6800 rpm

300 hp@ 6350 rpm

305 hp

311 hp@ 6000rpm

311 hp

Torque

264 lb-ft @ 5300 rpm

264 ft-lbs@ 4800 rpm

280 lb-ft

293 ft-lbs@ 5000rpm

280 lb-ft

Acceleration

In its acceleration, the XTS powered by the 304 hp 3.6L V-6 engine is adapted for daily use and can scoot the XTS 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds. However the rest of the V6s in the field are quicker than the Cadillac. The most rapid accelerator here is the Lexus GS 350 with a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds.

Model

Cadillac XTS

Chrysler 300 S

Lincoln Continental

Genesis G80

Lexus GS 350

0-60 mph

6.7 sec

5.3

5.8 sec

6.3 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

13.9

14 sec

14.6 sec

14 sec

Engine

3.6L

3.6L V6

3.7L

3.8L V6

3.5L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.0

N/A

8.8

8.9

N/A

Ride and Handling

Cadillac offers a pleasant experience to the back seat passengers a well as the driver, effective Suspension damping system and plenty of sound deadening provide a smooth, quiet, and comfortable ride. Available All-wheel drive system maximizes stability and Handling by delivering optimal control over the vehicle in less than perfect driving conditions.

The most notable feature is the magnetic ride control available in Premium luxury trim. This technology involves suspension dampers filled with magnetic fluid that can alter its viscosity according to the conditions. So if you want a comfortable ride, the suspension stays compliant. However, when you are driving the XTS with enthusiasm, the dampers are stiffened and hence the handling becomes sharper.

Braking

On its braking aspect, the Cadillac XTS features Brembo brakes resulting in impeccable stopping performance. Even at highway speeds, the car doesn't falter. Rather it stays stable and braking is always consistent. XTS is the second lightest vehicle in its competitive set and stops in 116 feet from 60mph which is almost equal to the rivals and better than Lexus GS 350.

Model

Cadillac XTS

Chrysler 300 S

Lincoln Continental

Genesis G80

Lexus GS 350

60 - 0 mph

116

N/A

13.9

13.6

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4021

4013

13.6

12.4

3981

Brake (Front)

13.6

12.6

4224

4195

13.1

Brake (Rear)

12.4

12.6

110

167

12.2

2019 Cadillac XTS Features

7.3/10

The Cadillac XTS is available in five different configuration with a 3.6 L V-6 Engine rated at 304-HP standard across all the trims except the top trim. The V-Sport Platinum is equipped with 3.6L Twin Turbo V-6 engine rated at 410-HP. FWD is standard across all the trims with an AWD option which makes a difference of roughly 2 grand.

Trims

XTS

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Platinum

V-Sport Platinum

MSRP (FWD)

$48,895

$50,895

$57,295

$66,195

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$52,895

$59,495

$68,395

$72,995

Features

XTS FEATURES INCLUDE:

LUXURY

PREMIUM LUXURY

PLATINUM

V-SPORT PLATINUM

 

Brembo front brakes, antilock, disc 4-wheel

INCLUDES OR REPLACES FEATURES ON XTS, PLUS:

INCLUDES OR REPLACES FEATURES ON LUXURY, PLUS:

INCLUDES OR REPLACES FEATURES ON PREMIUM LUXURY, PLUS:

INCLUDES OR REPLACES FEATURES ON PLATINUM, PLUS:

 

LED Headlamps

Cadillac user experience with embedded navigation

Magnetic Ride Control with Automatic Level Control

Semi-Aniline full leather seats

410-hp 3.6L Twin Turbo engine with 369 lb-ft torque

 

Heated and ventilated front seats

14-speaker Bose Studio Surround sound system

22-way adjustable seats with massage

All-Wheel Drive

 

We Recommend

With different trims and levels, if you want comfort and luxuriousness, then go for the Premium Luxury else. Want something exciting and with athletic driving characteristics? - XTS V-sport Platinum should be your choice of poison.

2019 Cadillac XTS Interior

7.5/10

"The V-Sport falls on the rougher side of the luxury sports car meter. Seat and ride comfort are firm as a result. Still, the cabin remains as quiet as those of most competitors." - Edmunds

Seating & Comfort

The Spacious cabin offers superior quality seating available with 22-way adjustable seats. Heated and Ventilated seats and Power-adjustable bolster puts you in extreme comfort position. The Platinum trim version is more beautiful on the inside with Leather-wrapped accents. The suede-microfiber headliner complete the impressive cabin detailing.

Model

Cadillac XTS

Chrysler 300 S

Lincoln Continental

Genesis G80

Lexus GS 350

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (Ft.3)

104.2

106.3

106.4

107.7

99.0

Headroom (Front/Rear) (in.)

39.0/37.8

38.6/37.9

39.3/37.7

41.1/38.2

38.0/37.8

Legroom (Front/Rear) (in.)

42.1/40.0

41.8/40.1

44.4/41.3

45.7/35.0

42.3/36.8

Shoulder Room (Front/Rear) (in.)

57.9/56.3

59.5/57.7

58.3/55.9

58.3/57.1

57.3/55.7

This 4-door big sedan can comfortably accommodate 5 passengers with a Cabin volume of 104.2 Cubic feet. But the Lincoln and Genesis G80 offers some of the exceptional numbers in terms of Passenger Volume space. In the same way, Cadillac stands third in the competitive set with respect to Headroom, Legroom and Shoulder room.

Infotainment System

The Cadillac XTS features a CUE 8" touchscreen infotainment system that houses great set of features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is controlled via touch and control buttons sat under it. The performance of the system is average; it is responsive yet has a long learning curve, and its buttons feel resulting in an underwhelming system.

  • On Start 4G LTE and In-built Wifi
  • 8" touchscreen
  • Wireless Charging
  • Remote Start
  • Reconfigurable Displays
  • Driver driving and Parking assistance Packages

Cargo Volume

The Cadillac XTS has a commendable and spacious 18 Cubic Feet of cargo volume. That's enough for a weekend worth of luggage. However the GS 350 offers a tad more while the rest of the competition trail behind both these luxury sedans.

Model

Cadillac XTS

Chrysler 300 S

Lincoln Continental

Genesis G80

Lexus GS 350

Trunk Vol. (Ft.3)

18.0

16.3

16.7

15.3

18.4

2019 Cadillac XTS Fuel Economy

Cadillac XTS houses a frugal powertrain in the Full-size Luxury Sedan Category. With the powerful V-6 Engine, it is still capable of delivering a good mileage rating of 19mpg in City and 28mpg in Highway, 22mpg Combined. The All-wheel drive system compromises the efficiency a little and is rated at 17mpg in City and 26mph in Highway for a combined rating of 20 mpg which is still not bad for a large luxury car.

Model

Cadillac XTS

Chrysler 300 S

Lincoln Continental

Genesis G80

Lexus GS 350

MPG (City)

19

19

17

19

19

MPG (Hwy)

28

30

26

27

26

MPG (Combined)

22

23

20

22

21

2019 Cadillac XTS Exterior

"The 2019 Cadillac XTS has the angular, wedge-like profile of its CTS and ATS sedan siblings, but is longer and taller. That last trait, with the elongated window frame at the rear pillar, makes the XTS awkward to our eyes." -Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weights

With the use of Lightweight material and clever engineering, the American's Curb weight of lies at 4021 lbs which is second lightest in the competitive set, beaten by the GS 350. Its ground clearance is 5.0 inch.

Model

Cadillac XTS

Chrysler 300 S

Lincoln Continental

Genesis G80

Lexus GS 350

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4021

4380

4224

4195

3981

Length (in)

200.9

198.6

201.4

196.5

192.1

Width (in)

72.9

75

75.3

74.4

72.4

Height (in)

59.4

58.7

58.5

58.3

57.3

Ground Clearance (in)

5.0

4.7

5.5

5.3

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

111.7

120.2

117.9

118.5

112.2

Track Width -Front/Rear (in)

61.7/62

63.4/63.8

63.2/64.1

64.1/65.3

62.0/62.6

The notable Exterior features of new Cadillac XTS are:

  • Ultraview Power Sunroof
  • Crisp LED Headlamps
  • Sleek LED Taillamps
  • Concierge Lighting
  • Redesigned Alloy Wheels
  • Rear window/side-window power sunshade

 

2019 Cadillac XTS Safety

Some of the Safety and Security features:

  • Lane Keep Assitance
  • Lane Change Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Automatic Crash Response
  • Dual Front and Dual Rear Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turn Signal Mirrors

 

2019 Cadillac XTS Competition

Cadillac XTS vs Lincoln Continental Premier

Priced almost the same, both the sedans clearly show similarity in terms of fuel economy rate and design styling. Performance and quality are slightly more for Lincoln Continental Premier, but in terms of Comfort and Infotainment system with Luxuriousness is exclusively provided by Cadillac XTS. It depends on which American brand you'd want behind the wheels.

Cadillac XTS vs Lexus GS 350

Starting with a difference with a transmission, Lexus provides greater power and higher torque and delivers better performance than Cadillac XTS. Although Cadillac provides spacious cabin it falls down with respect to total curb weight and braking power. Lexus GS 350 is a perfect choice if you're ready to spend around 5 grand more.

Cadillac XTS vs Genesis G80

Both these 4-door sedans give tough competition in terms of almost all the parameters - performance under the hood, fuel economy, and engine specifications. Slight variation in transmission and increase in passenger volume is mainly noticed in Genesis G80 when compared with Cadillac XTS. Genesis lacks in terms of Smart infotainment (relatively less painful in the XTS) and Luxury features. So if the customer really wants to enjoy the smart features then go for Cadillac XTS.

2019 Cadillac XTS Final Verdict

At its sticker MSRP, Cadillac XTS offers the spaciousness and comfort of a full-size luxury sedan at a price that's on par with some mid-size sedans. If this impresses you, go for it for it actually is a very decent offering. For those looking for a bit more sport and athleticism will be pleased with the Cadillac XTS V-Sport trim. However, the competitors are equally impressive and it's worth considering the options.