Gone, but by no means forgotten, comparing the Cadillac CTS vs. XTS makes sense. Why? Both stand out as top performers in the pre-owned luxury sedan arena. Both, as well, were discontinued in 2019 and were succeeded by the Cadillac CT5. Both made a grand exit from the lineup, and you’ll find that the 2019 model year iterations still offer competitive features and performance, but now the pre-owned price makes them both incredibly attractive.
Whether imbuing your road trips near Frankfort with all-encompassing comfort or adding a performance punch to your commute, you can’t go wrong with either. That said, you’ll find distinct differences that’ll guide your choice. So let’s dive into it; here’s how the CTS vs. XTS comparison plays out.
Back when they were new, and still to this day, the CTS vs. XTS price range hit similar marks. Specifically, for the 2019 model year, the CTS carried a starting price of $46,995 MSRP,1 while the XTS could be had for a starting price of $46,895 MSRP.1 A similar price isn’t all, because both the XTS and CTS came protected with the following warranties:
Features and luxury abound in the CTS vs. XTS interior comparison. The layouts are similar in both, and so are the features. Starting with the 2019 CTS, you can find a standard 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with connectivity like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. You can find it standard in the XTS as well. The 2019 CTS offers standard Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, and so does the XTS.
Both the CTS vs. XTS offer leather seating surfaces, both offer heated and cooled front seats, both come standard with a backup camera, and both offer remote start. Overall, you’ll find a similar selection of luxury across the board. But, the main difference is that the XTS offers more interior and cargo room.
The other main difference reveals itself as you compare the CTS vs. XTS performance. While both have available all-wheel drive (AWD), here are the performance and efficiency specs, along with optional engines for both:
Standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, the engine choices for a Cadillac XTS, in order from standard to highest performance, are as follows:
Standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the engines available in a Cadillac CTS, in order of standard to highest performance, are as follows:
It must be said that those are just the “sensible” engine choices. The CTS has one more trick up its sleeve, and oh boy is it a wicked trick:
The CTS-V is a monster in a class of its own. Imagine this: You can have all the luxury of a CTS but with the heart of a tire-shredding muscle car. For 2019, that heart was a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, sending 640 furious horsepower through the rear wheels. If doing the 0-60 mph run in 3.6 seconds while riding in the lap of luxury is your goal, then a 2019 CTS-V is the perfect car for you.
So, both the CTS vs. XTS pack similar luxury at a similar price. Yet, the CTS takes a muscular stance with standard RWD and some wicked performance options, while the XTS comes forth as your more spacious, more efficient everyday luxury machine. Which one is your favorite? We’d be thrilled to help you experience it with a test drive of one or both of these pre-owned models. Give us a call, and stop by Quantrell Cadillac today.
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1The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Cadillac vehicles’ destination freight charges..
2Whichever comes first, see dealer for full warranty information.
3Based on EPA city and hwy estimates for FWD fuel tank capacity. Your range may be less.
4Based on EPA city and hwy estimates for AWD fuel tank capacity. Your range may be less.
5Based on EPA city and hwy estimate for RWD fuel tank capacity. Your range may be less.