The 2018 Cadillac XTS offers the company’s traditional advantages: classy style, smooth ride quality, quiet cabin and rear seats. It’s certainly interesting if you are looking for quality and do not require much performance capability in your luxury sedan.
That does not mean the 2018 Cadillac XTS has no any hustle. Although the standard V6 engine requires a struggle to launch this large sedan, the 304 horsepower engine is great for speed. The V-Sport model with its accompanying V6 turbo engine is certainly very interesting, but the fully loaded model may be too much for most drivers. Fast but probably not practical.
For 2018, the Cadillac XTS is getting a smoother cabin, with improved sound deadening, upgraded seats and some refreshing exterior changes. Regardless of which XTS you choose, you will get a sharp luxury sedan with spacious cabin, comfortable and quiet ride.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Cadillac XTS is a five-passenger large luxury sedan. It’s offered in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum.
Standard equipment for the base model includes keyless ignition and entry, LED headlights, 19-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats with a cargo pass-through and leather upholstery.
Tech features include an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, OnStar with Wi-Fi hotspot and a 4G LTE data connection, an eight-speaker Bose audio system with satellite radio.
The 2018 Cadillac XTS Luxury adds an automatic parking system (FWD only), front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, a heated steering wheel, extended wood trim, ambient interior lighting, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats and a navigation system.
The Luxury optional Driver Awareness package adds a surround-view camera system, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist (FWD only), lane departure warning, forward collision alert and a vibrating safety-alert driver seat.
The 2018 Cadillac XTS Premium Luxury gets the Driver Awareness package plus an adaptive suspension, 20-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, adjustable front-seat thigh support, front-seat memory settings, an upgraded driver-configurable gauge cluster display, a head-up display, a 110-volt power outlet and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.
The Platinum adds a panoramic sunroof, an electronic limited-slip differential, 22-way power-adjustable front seats with massage function, a simulated-suede headliner, extended leather trim, upgraded leather upholstery, a deluxe rear armrest with audio and sunshade controls. Safety features include forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
The 2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Platinum is equipped almost identically to the regular Platinum trim but also get the more powerful engine.
The 2018 Cadillac XTS comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is available as optional and can be identified by the XTS4 badge.
In performance testing, the 2018 Cadillac XTS4 Platinum accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, which is behind similarly priced and powered luxury sedans. EPA estimated fuel economy at 22 mpg combined (19 city/28 highway) with FWD and 20 mpg combined (17 city/26 highway) with all-wheel drive.
The 2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Platinum trims get a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 410 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It requires premium-grade gasoline. A six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.
In track testing, the XTS V-Sport hit 60 mph from zero in 5.4 seconds, which is about average for a premium luxury sedan with an upgraded engine. EPA fuel economy rating at 18 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway).
The 2018 Cadillac XTS offers the passenger space you expect from a large luxury sedan. The rear passengers in particular will appreciate their spacious spaces. With 18 cubic feet of trunk space, the 2018 XTS is one of the largest on the market, but unusually narrow, so long items such as golf bags may need to be positioned creatively.
Of course you are familiar with Cadillac which gives us space to stretch out. The 2018 Cadillac XTS dashboard is something else entirely. The standard cluster gauge gets a bit of a change, but the catch is the optional 12.3-inch cluster. The CUE infotainment interface integrates the navigation, phone, audio and OnStar functionality into the 8-inch touchscreen. Cadillac has improved the CUE system significantly since it was first introduced, and the current system is ultimately user-friendly. Those familiar with the smartphone and tablet interface will be easy with CUE touch screen because it uses the same touch, scratch and pinch gesture commands.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Cadillac XTS is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Lexus GS 365, Lincoln Continental, Acura RLX and Buick LaCrosse.
Official pricing ranges will starting at $47,390 (include $995 destination charge) for the base XTS. The Luxury trim starts at $52,385 and the Premium Luxury has a starting price tag of $58,785. The Platinum represents the top-range non-performance variant of the XTS, and starts at $67,685, while the Platinum V-Sport starting at $74,485.