Kemna Cadillac Compares 2017 Cadillac XTS VS 2017 Dodge Charger Near Okoboji, IA

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2017 Cadillac XTS

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2017 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XTS are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Dodge Charger has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the XTS and Charger have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XTS has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Charger’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XTS offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Charger only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the XTS and the Charger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Cadillac XTS is safer than the Dodge Charger:





5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

11 lbs.

41 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

235/286 lbs.

582/440 lbs.




5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

138 lbs.

155 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

206/282 lbs.

267/469 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Cadillac XTS is safer than the Dodge Charger:





Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Movement

.8 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

148 G’s

212 G’s

Hip Force

339 lbs.

372 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

44 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The XTS comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Charger’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XTS 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Dodge covers the Charger. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Charger ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The XTS’ corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Charger’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the XTS for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Charger.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the XTS have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Charger.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the XTS has a 170-amp alternator. The Charger’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the XTS’ reliability will be 8% better than the Charger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 16th in initial quality. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 15th in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The XTS AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Charger (20 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the XTS’ standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger:




Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

The XTS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Charger SE/SXT are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the XTS has larger tires than the Charger (245/45R19 vs. 215/65R17).

The XTS’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger SE’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XTS has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Charger SE.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The rear suspension of the XTS uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Charger, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The XTS has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Charger’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The XTS has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Charger doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

Chassis Comparison

The XTS uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Charger doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The XTS has .4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more rear headroom than the Charger.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XTS has a much larger trunk than the Charger (18 vs. 16.5 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XTS offers cargo security. The Charger’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T, the XTS Luxury Premium/Platinum has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XTS offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and tachometer readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Charger doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The XTS’ front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XTS has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Charger doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XTS Premium Luxury/Platinum also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XTS to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Charger doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The XTS’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Dodge only offers heated mirrors on the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T.

The XTS offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Charger doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The XTS FWD’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Charger doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XTS is less expensive to operate than the Charger because typical repairs cost much less on the XTS than the Charger, including $246 less for an alternator.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Cadillac XTS, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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