Quick Spin: 2013 Cadillac XTS
We expected the bigger Caddy to be good, but it's better than that.
By Kirk Bell
In the minds of most Americans, Cadillac is still that brand that makes big luxury cars. The truth, though, is that Cadillac hasn't had a successful large sedan in a long time. In fact, the brand hasn't even offered a large sedan since production ended on the sporty STS and luxurious DTS more than a year ago. That left Cadillac with only three model ranges: the successful midsize CTS, the increasingly popular SRX midsize crossover and the behemoth Escalade SUV.
For 2013, Cadillac is adding two new models: the compact ATS sport sedan and the large XTS sedan, set to be priced from $44,995. We drove the XTS in and around Los Angeles last week; here are our initial thoughts.
Beautiful interior: The cabin of the XTS is beautifully designed and appointed. Rich, soft-touch materials abound. The new Cue user interface simplifies the layout by eliminating buttons, and the overall look is accented with wood and -- in the top trim level -- splashes of purple stitching. (Don't worry, it looks cool.)
Controlled handling: Though it isn't intended as a sport sedan, the XTS has a lot of suspension technology that makes it controlled and almost sporty. Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control adjustable suspension firms up in corners, an H-arm rear suspension improves ride quality and reduces noise, rear air springs control the ride height, and General Motors' HiPer Strut front suspension eliminates torque steer while also improving steering feel.
Big back seat and trunk: The rear seat's 40 inches of legroom make it comfortable for even very tall passengers. The deep trunk boasts 18 cubic feet of space, which is 4 cubic feet more than the BMW 5 Series.
Not as sporty as the competition: With its front-drive architecture, the XTS can't compete with the 5 Series or Lexus GS when it comes to ultimate handling.
Pretty thirsty: The 3.6-liter 304-horsepower V6 engine is plenty powerful, but it gets only middling mileage numbers of 17 mpg city/28 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 17/27 with all-wheel drive. The comparable V6-powered Ford Taurus comes in at 19/29.
High-tech control interface will intimidate some buyers: The new Cue central control system is controlled by a center touch-screen and through voice commands. It worked well for us during initial tests, but tech-challenged or gadget-weary car buyers might balk at so much technology.
Folks, please understand that a car is never an investment. A car is a liability. So, what does it matter what a vehicle will lose in value over a given number of years.
My Cadillac CTS is 8-years young, and nothing but one annual oil change and, from time to time, some new tires. People looking at it believe it to be a new car; still gets compliments.
Buy a Cadillac, and it'll be the last car that you shall ever need buy. Simple.
I have seen this vehicle up close and its gorgeous. Just amazing. The fit and finish is second to none. The looks blow away anything on the road. What I find funny is the fuel comparison to the Ford Taurus which is smaller, and isnt a luxury car. 28 MPG highway for a 300 horsepower v-6 is pretty darn good. Espexially when it weighs as much as this car does. The Rust Stang only gets a CLAIMED 31 and its over 600 pounds lighter with the same power specs.
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