As a replacement for the plush DTS flagship, the XTS falls short.
It handles better, but the ride is jittery and feels very ordinary for a luxury car.
Further, the 3.6-liter V6 sounds coarse when prodded.
The XTS does have a quiet, posh, and beautifully finished interior however, and the seats are very comfortable.
But the touch-activated CUE infotainment interface is unintuitive and frustrating to use, and the high rear deck impedes the view aft.
Various safety systems, including lane-departure detection, will vibrate the driver's seat as a warning.
A high-performance Vsport version with a twin-turbo V6 is also available, and all-wheel drive is an option on all but the base-trim versions. Changes for 2016 included adding Apple CarPlay to the infotainment system, wireless phone charging, and a 360-degree view camera.
Updates for 2018 included some suspension and appearance enhancements.
2019 was the final year for the XTS.