Ranking 42 Cadillac Generations by Reliability

Nearly every model can be grouped into generations, which is a collection of years where the cars are continuously produced and very few, if any, changes are made. Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer roadmap of potential problems.

Manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins, but we do our best to keep our generation data accurate to better predict problems. Use this information as a guide for making your decisions. Or don't (but you really should).

Rank Model Years Reliability PainRank (?)
42nd SRX Gen 2 2010—2016
14.64
41st CTS Gen 1 2003—2007
11.23
40th CTS Gen 2 2008—2013
9.71
39th SRX Gen 1 2004—2009
8.27
38th DeVille Gen 8 2000—2005
8.04
37th DeVille Gen 7 1994—1999
4.21
36th ATS Gen 1 2013—2018
4.06
35th DTS Gen 1 2006—2011
3.47
34th XT5 Gen 1 2017—2019
2.74
33rd SeVille Gen 5 1998—2004
1.82
32nd XLR Gen 1 2004—2009
1.8
31st Catera Gen 1 1998—2001
1.61
30th CTS Gen 3 2014—2019
1.57
29th Escalade Gen 2 2002—2006
1.52
28th Escalade Gen 3 2007—2014
1.51
27th XTS Gen 1 2013—2019
1.44
26th STS Gen 1 2005—2011
1.38
25th Escalade Gen 1 1999—2000
1.35
24th CT6 Gen 1 2016—2018
1.19
23rd CTS-V Gen 2 2008—2014
0.93
22nd Escalade Gen 4 2015—2019
0.88
21st Fleetwood Gen 1 1985—1992
0.71
20th SeVille Gen 3 1986—1991
0.61
19th Eldorado Gen 10 1992—2002
0.6
18th DeVille Gen 6 1985—1993
0.57
17th Escalade EXT Gen 1 2002—2013
0.5
16th SeVille Gen 4 1992—1997
0.46
15th DeVille Gen 5 1980—1984
0.45
14th CTS-V Gen 1 2004—2007
0.34
13th Eldorado Gen 7 1976—1978
0.25
12th ELR Gen 1 2014—2016
0.19
11th Eldorado Gen 9 1987—1991
0.14
10th Brougham Gen 1 1988—1992
0.13
9th Escalade Hybrid Gen 1 2009—2013
0.06
8th Fleetwood Gen 2 1993—1996
0.06
7th Eldorado Gen 8 1979—1986
0.03
6th SeVille Gen 2 1980—1985
0.02
5th Allante Gen 1 1990—1993
0.0
4th ATS-V Gen 1 2016—2018
0.0
3rd CTS-V Gen 3 2015—2019
0.0
2nd XT4 Gen 1 2019—2019
0.0
1st SeVille Gen 1 1976—1979
0.0

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).