Cadillac is hoping that X marks the sales spot for 2013 after wiping away its DTS and STS nameplates in favor for the all new XTS. Does the newest member of the Cadillac family live up to its exciting moniker? Check it out.
Cadillac XTS Trims and Feature Highlights
The XTS is a five seat luxury sedan, making its debut as a 2013 model. Built to show off where Cadillac is headed in the near future, XTS boasts plenty of tech wizardry alongside a prodigious exterior profile, all the while maintaining the interior space and class one would expect from the brand. XTS is offered in four trim levels, starting with the aptly named Standard, which actually comes well equipped with a 304 horsepower V6 engine, front or all-wheel drive options, 19 inch aluminum rims, leather seating surfaces & wood trim, dual-zone climate control, push button start, and Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system.
Moving up to the Luxury, Premium, and top Platinum trims will get you various amounts of just that. 20 inch chrome-accented wheels, heated & ventilated seats, navigation & voice recognition commands, as well as improved audio and specialized exterior styling cues are all available for your driving pleasure.
And befitting a 2013 luxury nameplate, Cadillac has given XTS shoppers the option of stocking up on all kinds of safety toys; blind spot & lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert systems are available to save your paint job or possibly a life.
XTS starts just under $45,000 and can exceed $60,000 depending on the extras.
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Cadillac XTS Performance
Pop the hood and you’ll find a 3.6 liter V6 making things work, by way of 304 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission come standard, and all-wheel drive is optional for all trims save the base Standard XTS. The V6 is capable of propelling the 4,000 pound XTS from 0 to 60 MPH in under seven seconds.
Cadillac XTS Fuel Economy
The front-wheel drive XTS achieves an EPA estimated 17/28/21 (city/highway/combined) MPG; opt for all-wheel drive and numbers dip slightly to 17/26/20.
Cadillac XTS Interior Highlights
Whatever preconceptions one may have about old style Cadillac interiors are put to rest as soon as you lock eyes with CUE- also known as Cadillac User Experience, an 8 or 12 inch touchscreen display that effectively minimizes buttons in favor for finger swipes. Traditionalists should feel at home with XTS’s excess space both up front and in the 60/40 split folding back seats, and leather & wood accents help keep things elegant.
As stated, being thrown in the backseat shouldn’t cause crampage, because XTS offers up 40 inches of legroom. Trunk space is similarly massive at 18 cubic feet, so feel free to get creative.
Cadillac XTS Safety
XTS standards include antilock disc brakes, stability & traction control, and ten airbags, including both driver and front passenger knee bags. Rear parking sensors come with the Standard XTS, and shoppers with excess cash can move up to the higher trims where a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot warning, lane departure, and rear cross traffic alert systems are either available or standard.
The IIHS and NHTSA have yet to hand out crash test ratings for the 2013 XTS.
Cadillac XTS Summary
There’s a bit of uncertainty about which demographic will pick up on the XTS. Will it be the young features-savvy crowd or the traditional Sunday at 6 AM golfing couple? How about this: the 2013 Cadillac XTS is a full-size luxury sedan designed for the demographic that appreciates good cars.
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