Cadillac's newest fullsize luxury sedan seems to have addressed many of the complaints about its predecessor. Not only is it bigger and more spacious than its direct competition, but its standard V6 delivers more than adequate power and strong fuel economy. Loaded with innovative industry-leading standard safety equipment, the XTS' appeal has been increased with available all-wheel drive for four-season capability.
Unlike Cadillac's more recent sport sedan offerings, the XTS appeals to an older and more traditional clientele, with a ride tuned for comfort over ultimate road handling. Its Achilles Heel, oddly enough, will be separating itself from its platform-sharing GM cousins, all of which are less expensive.
The Cadillac XTS is all-new for 2013.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS is a five-passenger four-door sedan available in standard, Luxury, Premium and Platinum trim levels.
The XTS is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that's rated at 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mounted to a standard six-speed automatic, sending its power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional on all but the base model.
Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, full power accessories, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, a theft-deterrent system, Bluetooth and eight-speaker audio system.
Cadillac touts its XTS as the only vehicle in its class with standard Magnetic Ride Control and CUE, its in-vehicle user experience with capacitive touch for control and connectivity (and a 12.3-inch display). OnStar, GM's telematics service, is also standard.
The Luxury trim level adds a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, parking assist, and exhaust tips routed through the rear fascia. Stepping up to the Premium trim brings a head-up display, navigation system, tri-zone climate control and Adaptive Forward Lighting (with swiveling headlamps). The top-tier Platinum trim level offers a sunroof, upgraded leather upholstery with contrast stitching, and side and rear sunshades.
Cadillac is offering two levels of control-and-alert protection as part of the XTS' Enhanced Safety Strategy (ESS). The ESS I package includes lane departure warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat, Side Blind Zone Traffic Alert and reflected LED display. The ESS II Package is upgraded with a color head-up display, Front and Rear automatic brake, adaptive cruise control and Automatic Collision Protection.
The EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Cadillac XTS have not been released.
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