The XTS sedan is the newest addition to the Cadillac lineup. Larger than the CTS, the 2013 XTS offers the high-level of quality and innovation that Cadillac owners are used to. Moreover, the XTS is the first vehicle in the Cadillac lineup to offer the new CUE system, or “Cadillac User Experience” with some of the most technologically advanced features in the brand’s history, the new XTS is definitely the modern luxury vehicle to consider.
On the outside, the 2013 XTS is much like the company’s CTS, XRS and ATS and follows the “Arts and Science” Design language. With its long, sleek proportions the car brings forth more beauty and elegance, a step that shows Cadillac’s next form and surface vocabulary for the future. The car’s lines convey an angular as well as muscular look and feel with multidimensional elements such as the trapezoidal grill that is accentuated by new accent LED running lights on the edges of the headlamps, which help to give the car stronger presence. In the end, the newer graceful forms and surfaces work together with established Cadillac linear forms to create a truly attractive car.
Representing Cadillac’s new expression of luxury, the elegantly appointed interior uses top-notch materials and offers both drivers and passengers with unprecedented connectivity. Continuing the multidimensional philosophy found in XTS’s exterior, the interior design is sophisticated and bold while offering efficiency in terms of passenger and cargo space. The XTS is actually Cadillac’s most spacious sedan having more interior space than comparable mid-size luxury sedans, especially in the rear area where the 40 inches of legroom is ahead of other competitors such as BMW’s 5 series, Audi’s A6 and Mercedes Benz’s E-class. Platinum Collection models also feature a fully wrapped leather interior with microfiber suede headliner, as well as premium wood trim on the steering wheel, console, center stack, instrument panel and door panels for an even more elegant and rich feel.
But apart from its sophisticated interior, what sets the 2013 apart is the new CUE system which is a comprehensive in-vehicle experience with an intuitive design for information and media data control that hopes will satisfy even nerdiest drivers out there. Made up of two displays, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch touchscreen above the center console, it really targets to a more technical savvy drivers that are used to having their smartphones and tablets on at their fingertips at all times. Using the touchscreen users can access CUE’s audio, Pandora, OnStar, weather, navigation, phone, climate and settings. Apart from the main touchscreen, the customizable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster lets users choose between four layouts with very nice animations. Another great feature in the car is the well executed HUD (heads-up display) which projects the drivers speed, audio selection and tachometer right on your windshield, so you don’t have to take your eyes of the road while driving making it safer for everyone.
As a part of the customer experience, each 2013 Cadillac XTS buyer will receive an iPad with their new car. Using their iPads users will be able to get acclimated to the system as it replicated the center screen that is the hub of the system. There are also tutorials, videos and other information for beginners, advanced and expert users on all sorts of CUE capabilities. The app which can be bought through the Apple’s App store ever since the car was launched means that you have no reason why not to learn the system and enjoy its functionally even before you buy the car.
Available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models; the XTS is powered by a direct-injected, 3.6 liter V-6 engine producing 300 horsepower and 264 foot-pounds of torque.The 4,006-pound XTS can go from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds and will hit a top speed of 136 mph. For a car of its weight and size the XTS has a 17 mpg in the city, 28 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined, meaning this car is not a hybrid by any means but nonetheless is respectable. On top of that, new lightweight features help reduce overall weight for greater efficiency and a more favorable front-to-rear weight balance. While driving the car, the XTS lacks a little in handling and performance when compared to its German competition but nonetheless the car is good contender.
The all-new Cadillac XTS sedan expands and heightens Cadillac’s lineup, delivering advanced technology that makes it a very important launch for the American automaker. By having the powerful and functional CUE system and heads up-display, the company is really making an effort to make sure that technical savvy drivers feel right at home in the car. The vehicle also has top safety features, sophisticated and opulent interior and a nice V-6 engine making it a very well executed vehicle. Price for 2013 Cadillac XTS start at $44,075 and go to $61,805.