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This sedan is wonderfully luxurious, with a spacious, well-appointed cabin and a roomy trunk. But the car lacks the silky ride you'd expect from a big Caddy, and though it handles well for its size, it doesn't have the finesse or brawn of the better German and Asian competitors. A 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission comprises the powertrain.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

This sedan is wonderfully luxurious, with a spacious, well-appointed cabin and a roomy trunk. But the car lacks the silky ride you'd expect from a big Caddy, and though it handles well for its size, it doesn't have the finesse or brawn of the better German and Asian competitors.

A 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission comprises the powertrain. And while this combination isn't the most refined or advanced you'll find, it ultimately performs well and achieves a respectable 22 mpg overall on premium fuel. All-wheel drive is optional on all but the base trim level. A potent and super-responsive 410-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 was added as an option for 2014, but it was only offered with all-wheel-drive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (304 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 turbo (410 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Cadillac XTS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“it took over a month for Cadillac to repair the back up camera system”

David W., TX (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“Just told you about this”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Doesn't respond very to my touch, need it hit it several times to get what I want”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“Bottom center of the touchscreen stopped working. Rest of the screen was fine. Dealer replied touchscreen”

Gordon B., CA (2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport 3.6-L V6 turbo)

“The dash would go blank when starting the car up during a trip of an hour or more. There would be no indication of speed, RPM, fuel level, etc”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“It is awful. We stopped taking this car on trips because the navigation system sends us weird ways, constantly is "updating" and "re routing" us in directions we know are wrong and is unreliable. It was a nightmare in NYC! We now use our Lexus for”

Diane P., MA (2014 Cadillac XTS Base Unsure)

“Volume became uncontrollable”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“Had repeat problems with volume . It would not be responsive to attempts to turning it down when it would have a sudden increase in volume”

Anonymous, OK (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

“Pretty much non functional!”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Voice recognition remains a problem”

Anonymous, OK (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Doesn't understand my commands, takes several attempts and still may not get what I want”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

“electrical system failure”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Cruise control

“Adaptive cruise control stopped functioning. Took 8 days to get the vehicle back with the cruise control repaired”

Anel M., NY (2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport 3.6-L V6 turbo)
Gauges

“Stopped working”

Mark M., CA (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“I cannot get the tire pressure to display on the dashboard. I took the car to the dealer and they also could not get the tire pressure to display. Also, nothing displays unless the engine is running - this is a gross waste of gasoline!”

Howard C., NV (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Sensor for automatic wipers came unglued from windshield, wipers would not wipe when it rained”

Roy M., TN (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

“Right side "blind side" detector fails approximately 10% of the time. Since there is no error code stored, Cadillac says there is no problem that the operation of this system is normal. This has caused a dangerous situation on a couple of occasions when I wanted to move into the adjacent lane”

G B., OH (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Touch screen has developed a dead spot at the lower center”

Clarence W., FL (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“There is nothing positive to say. It's terrible!”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“The touch screen is a mess. Very difficult to use. It is distracting to try and do anything while you are driving because, if your hand even hovers above something the screen will interpret that as a command. Cadillac screwed up big time with the CU”

Diane P., MA (2014 Cadillac XTS Base Unsure)

“Lines through the screen Difficult to use Takes long to respond”

Mark M., CA (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“Hard to use. Have difficulty in trying to change from one option to another. I consider it dangerous to take your eyes off the road to change from one option to another. I miss the old knobs that were in prior Cadillacs”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“not user friendly touch screen. have to touch just right while driving - dangerous lack of attention to safety. also, screen goes blank intermittinly when selecting reverse drive while backing up”

Robert R., FL (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“The rear air bag deflate when you come to a stop after a short drive. When you park this car sometimes you can here them deflate. Dealer has replaced most components and can not find a problem”

Douglas G., OH (2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport 3.6-L V6)

“Air ride compressor failed. Replaced under warranty”

Thomas W., TX (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“It took three trips to the dealer to find and repair an improperly installed strut causing a thump over bumps”

James M., FL (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“Heard a noise. Dealer said I needed new strut. They put one on in the rear. A few months later I experienced a similar noise in the front. Dealer said they put a new strut on the front. I'm still hearing metal-on-metal noise when I get a bump in the road. Very annoying”

Anonymous, SC (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“Right rear shock failed”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Rear shock assembly was replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“rattles coming from right side of windows,also rattles in rear storage area above rear seat”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“dashboard squeeks/ repaired”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“rear seat and storage door in back”

Frank G., NJ (2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport 3.6-L V6)

“the noise ssm, to be in the vents”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

“there was a recall for a brake problem”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure Unsure)
Parking brake

“Recall”

Larry K., FL (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“it was when I backed up”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure Unsure)

“Front brakes 'squeeked' at first use in the morning”

Lawrence H., IL (2014 Cadillac XTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“The brakes squeaked and I took it to the dealership and they fixed without charge”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“The temperature got stuck at 64 degrees on the drivers side and I couldn''t change the tempreture”

J O., NY (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

“Could not run heat/cool in auto. Air flow would fall off after driving for a little while. Had to turn completely off and then back on to get air flow back”

Anonymous, MN (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)
A/C compressor

“The AC works for a while but when the car is driven for 100+ or more miles, the AC stops working. Service has checked the system while the car is "cold" as says all readings are normal”

G B., OH (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission sensor or solenoid

“"ServiceAWD" and "Service Rear Axle" messages on Driver Information Display (DIC). Dealer replaced the rear differential computer module, which did not fix the problem. They then replaced the differential clutch pump and filter, which did fix the problem”

Gordon B., CA (2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport 3.6-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Cadillac finely found the problem after replacing sensors, evaporator, blower. It came down to a bad wiring harness”

Anonymous, MN (2014 Cadillac XTS Base 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Computer malfunction”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport 3.6-L V6 turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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