Up until recently, luxury rides have been known to isolate their occupants from the outer world. Furthermore, their driving dynamics were not the top priority. Today, however, a modern or advanced kind of luxury is demanded. There is simply no coasting with just isolating from reality!
The 2013 Cadillac XTS is today’s modern luxury drive. Cadillac refers to the XTS as “The new standard of the world.” Here is what this advanced luxury ride offers.
It is a five-passenger four-door sedan that is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The engine is a 3.6-liter V6-cylinder providing 304 hp and 264 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a smooth shifting six-speed automatic with shift paddles on the back of the steering wheel. This sedan’s 0-60 mph time is in 7.0 seconds flat.
The XTS’s wheelbase measures 111.7 inches and the trunk provides 18 cubic feet of cargo space. The car’s fuel tank holds 19 gallons and its highway cruising range is 490 miles.
Compared with the DTS and STS models it replaces, the XTS has a tighter, sportier and more exiting/aggressive exterior.
At the front the windshield is well raked and curved back. The hood is broad and raised in the center. The headlights are rectangle shaped units on the bottom and at the top point up the front fenders. The chrome grille is large and it spans the center of the car. Below the bumper is a thin chrome air intake flanked by black inserts that house driving lights.
The XTS’s side profile looks solid and it gives the car a sense of purpose. The upper glass is outlined in chrome. Additionally, the door handles and a strip at the bottom of the doors are also done in chrome. There is a beveled cut line above the door handles. Additionally, there is a Rolls Royce Phantom look in the C pillar. The car’s large wheels fill out its substantial wheel wells.
At the rear the XTS has a short trunk lid and a flat vertical tail. The taillights are thin vertical units that are positioned at the edge of the trunk. A classy looking chrome piece is centered just above the license plate. A black insert down low contains slanted rectangular exhausts at the edges.
The interior of the XTS includes luxurious materials. The car’s overall fit and finish is excellent. The gauges are clear and elegant. Information is provided to the driver by an open pod that includes a large round tachometer on the left and a speedometer on the right. The temperature and fuel gauges are located at the outer edges. Digital information is displayed in between the two round gauges. The dash is a good looking piece that includes a clean design. There is a large 8-inch touchscreen centered in the dash that activates audio, climate and phone as well as navigation. It even acknowledges the driver’s commands and includes touch sensitive intuitive technology. The front bucket seats are broad, comfortable and have moderate side bolstering. The rear provides generous legroom and seats up to three adults in comfort. The seat is a 40/60 split unit that folds down to increase the cargo area.
The XTS is equipped with the CUE infotainment system. The system can be used to change the vehicle’s settings, use applications such as Pandora Internet radio and access GM’s OnStar system. The CUE system is reported to operate easily and it is thus devoid of confusion. Of the CUE technology Cadillac says, “Welcome to the new standard.”
The brakes are discs at all four corners measuring 13.6 inches at the front (Brembos on the front I might add) and 12.4 inches at the rear. The XTS’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in 118 feet. The tires measure 245 45 19 inch. Larger tires are also available.
The suspension at the front includes MacPherson struts, coil springs, magnetorheologic shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. At the rear the setup includes multi-links, coil springs, magnetorheologic shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar.
Standard features on this Cadillac include dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, power driver and passengers seats, power door locks, windows and mirrors (heated), remote power door locks, cruise control, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls, electronic speed-proportional power steering, external temperature display, front and rear cup holders, remote trunk release, retained accessory power, 12 volt power outlets, interior air filter, front and rear reading lights, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with Sirius XM satellite radio with Bluetooth hands-free phone, auxiliary audio input and iPod integration, pre-wired for phone, homelink universal transmitter and more.
Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, (10 total air bags) front and rear head air bags, dual front side-mounted air bags, passenger air bag sensing deactivation, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, theft deterrent system, engine immobilizer, parking distance control, electronic brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring and more.
The fuel rating for the Cadillac XTS is 17 city and 28 mpg highway.
On the road the XTS offers good acceleration, sporty handling and very good ride quality. The car is a comfortable highway performer mile after mile. Overall, this Cadillac is an impressive sedan that represents advanced luxury combined with being a highly rewarding drive.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS’s price starts at $44,995. It is due to be in Cadillac showrooms within the next few weeks.
If you want a stylish luxury sedan that is comfortable, packed with technology but also handles well, the Cadillac XTS is a good automotive value for the money!