Changes for the 2015 Cadillac XTS:
Cadillac’s full-size sedan gets a number changes for 2015, including OnStar with 4G LTE high-speed connectivity that turns the car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Power folding side mirrors are available, and versions of the car with front-wheel drive can be equipped with Lane Keep Assist technology.
The XTS Luxury and Premium models get a new 19-inch wheel design, one that’s polished for the Premium. Platinum models have a new rear center armrest with stereo and power sunshade controls, and Cadillac offers new heated, ventilated and massaging 22-way power front seats for the XTS Platinum. Finally, there are two new paint colors and one new interior color and trim combination.
The 2015 Cadillac XTS is sold in regular and twin-turbocharged Vsport model series. Standard, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum trim levels are available; note that the XTS Vsport comes only in Premium and Platinum trim. All versions are equipped with a big 18 cu.-ft. trunk.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard for the regular XTS, generating 305 horsepower that’s fed to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. An all-wheel-drive system is optional.
The XTS Vsport is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 generating 105 extra horsepower and 105 extra lb.-ft. of torque, the latter available from 1,900 to 5,600 rpm, just in advance of where the maximum 410 horsepower is generated. With this engine, AWD is standard, and Cadillac swaps hydraulic steering for the standard electric setup.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The XTS’s standard V-6 gets 21 mpg in combined driving, dropping to 20 mpg with AWD. Choose the XTS Vsport and you can expect to get 19 mpg, according to the EPA.
The Cadillac XTS is a safe car, receiving a 5-star overall crash-test rating from the NHTSA. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) agrees, giving the XTS its highest ratings in addition to a “Superior” front crash prevention rating. Note, however, that the IIHS had not assessed the XTS model’s protection levels in the small overlap frontal impact crash test, and so the car is ineligible for a “Top Safety Pick” rating.
Every Cadillac XTS is equipped with OnStar service, which includes Automatic Crash Response and other useful features for the first year of ownership. For 2015, 4G LTE high-speed Internet service is included for three months or 3GB of data usage, transforming the XTS into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
Every XTS is equipped with Cadillac User Experience (CUE) technology, a controversial setup designed to work similar to a tablet computer. Upgrades include a Bose Studio Surround Sound audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 12.3-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster, Adaptive Forward Lighting, and Automatic Parking Assist.
A Driver Awareness Package includes new Lane Keep Assist technology, plus a Safety Alert Seat, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Forward Collision Warning. A Driver Assist Package adds full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, and a front and rear automatic braking system.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
August 9, 2014
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