2015 Cadillac XTS

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Cadillac XTS. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19-21 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    304-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Twin-turbo V-6's power, refinement
  • Intuitive transmission on open roads
  • Platinum's luxurious interior
  • Roomy backseat
  • Large trunk

The Bad

  • Unnecessarily firm ride
  • Shift refinement in heavy traffic
  • Rear visibility
  • CUE's lack of physical knobs
  • Backup camera not standard

Notable Features of the 2015 Cadillac XTS

  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Twin-turbo V-6 engine available
  • Self-parking feature available
  • Many active safety features available

What Is the 2015 Cadillac XTS?

The five-seat XTS is Cadillac's flagship sedan, which competes with mid-size models like the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Lexus GS. Trims include Standard, Luxury, Premium, Platinum, Vsport Premium Twin Turbo and Vsport Platinum Twin Turbo, along with commercial options including W20 Livery Package, W30 Coachbuilder Stretch Livery, B9Q Coachbuilder Funeral Coach and V4U Coachbuilder Limousine. Front-wheel drive is standard on all but Vsport, and all-wheel drive is optional on Luxury, Premium and Platinum.

What's New on the 2015 Cadillac XTS?

Notable changes include the addition of 4G LTE internet connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot for the OnStar communication system (a three-month/3-gigabyte data trial is included). Additionally, lane departure prevention (only for front-wheel-drive models) and power-folding side mirrors are available. Platinum models feature a refreshed rear-seat armrest with radio and sunshade controls, and can be equipped with 22-way power-adjustable front seats with seat heaters, seat ventilation and massage.

How Does the 2015 Cadillac XTS Compare to Other Sedans?

The Cadillac XTS is diverse enough to aptly compete with a range of luxury cars. At its highest price, it offers considerable value compared with import luxury sedans. At its lowest price, it still includes many of its highlighted features, such as the Cadillac User Experience multimedia system with an 8-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery and adaptive suspension with GM's Magnetic Ride Control.

What Features in the 2015 Cadillac XTS Are Most Important?

The 2015 Cadillac XTS is powered by a 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Other standard features include adaptive suspension with Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo-brand front brakes and automatic load leveling for easier access to the cargo area. For more power, the standard V-6 engine can be swapped for a 410-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6. Buyers can choose between front- and all-wheel drive.

Significant standard features include 19-inch aluminum wheels, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, the CUE multimedia system with an 8-inch touchscreen, a choice of two Bose stereos (including a surround-sound system), leather upholstery, 60/40-split folding backseat with a lockable pass-through and an 18-cubic-foot trunk. Available features include 20-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive headlights, LED accents, a power moonroof, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a dual-screen rear entertainment system that can play DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

Front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are required in all vehicles of this model year. Additionally, the Cadillac XTS gets front and rear side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Optional driver assists include a backup camera, front and rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, forward collision warning, a blind spot warning system and a Safety Alert Seat that vibrates to warn drivers of an impending safety issue.

Should I Buy the 2015 Cadillac XTS?

The Cadillac XTS delivers refined performance, particularly with the available twin-turbo V-6. Ride quality feels firm, though. This makes the XTS stand out among other Cadillacs, but not in a good way. Shifting is much smoother on open roads than in heavy traffic. Rear passengers will appreciate the roomy backseat, and the trunk is large for a sedan. The Platinum's interior is especially luxurious, although the CUE system could do with physical knobs and there's no standard backup camera.

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2015 Cadillac XTS Overview

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

no trouble car

by bill caddy fan from INDIANAPOLIS on September 22, 2018

i bought this as acertified car no trouble in 1 year 10 months, descent gas mileage, smooth ride, lots of room in back, has everthing heated steering wheel rainsense wipers u name it. Read full review

(5.0)

Used Cadillac XTS

by 1wiseman from Saint Clair Shores on August 23, 2018

Very nice vehicle. A little soft on the suspension, but I drive allot of Highway miles so it's find with me. Great body line and very luxurious interior. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Cadillac XTS currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Cadillac XTS has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper (2012-2017 models)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XTS received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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