DALLAS, April 8, 2013 — For 2013 the folks at Cadillac have replaced both the DTS and STS luxury cruisers with the “oh, so stylish” Cadillac XTS. Looking for high tech with lots of room and this Cadillac falls nicely into the full-size luxury segment market.
This XTS easily keeps up with the competition including the Chrysler 300C, Lincoln MKS and the Hyundai Genesis in the large luxury-oriented sedan category.
Highlights include the noticeable grille, headlights and taillights, and inside it is all about aluminum, leather and wood; add to that the new Cadillac interface, CUE.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS carries five-passengers and has four trim levels from base to a Luxury Collection, Premium Collection and Platinum Collection.
On the base model expect 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, xenon headlamps, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry, 10-way power front seats with power lumbar control, leather/faux-suede upholstery, and the techie standards like a Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, eight-inch center touchscreen and eight-speaker Bose sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, and even iPod/USB connectivity.
With the XTS Luxury Collection, you get an additional heated steering wheel, driver memory functions, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, interior ambient lighting, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and even rain-sensing wipers.
For the Premium Collection, it sports adaptive headlamps, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, voice controls and a blind spot detection, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and front collision alert.
For the top-of-the-line Platinum Collection, the wheels are 20-inch and you get a sunroof, power rear sunshade and cabin leather trim. Also on the Premium and Platinum, you can opt for the additional Driver Assist package with adaptive cruise control and low-speed automatic braking.
Under the hood, the 2013 Cadillac XTS has a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. Standard is the six-speed automatic transmission with front wheels, but you can also opt for the new all-wheel drive that has everyone talking and is called the XTS4.
For safety features, this Cadillac XTS won’t disappoint with antilock disc brakes, stability control and traction control, front and rear-seat side, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags as well as OnStar with automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance, and turn-by-turn navigation.
Other safety items that are optional are the blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and a vibrating driver seat that lets the driver know about a possible impending collision on the side of the vehicle.
Since this 2013 Cadillac XTS practically thinks for you inside, you won’t be disappointed either with more front and back legroom and a trunk that is 18 cubic feet.
The CUE system, which means Cadillac User Experience, has the audio, phone, navigation, and OnStar functionality all in on one touchscreen display, using touching and swiping commands that are so popular today.
Another standout, albeit a bit confusing at first, is the touchscreen feature in which there is a vibration that lets you know your command on the touchscreen has been acknowledged, but it can be a bit distracting.
This 2013 Cadillac is 17 feet long and six feet wide, but nevertheless, it does not have that oversized large car feel. It is worth a look and, of course, it is easy to drive and cut around corners with a quiet cabin at all times and an impressively firm ride.
Should You Need to Know: Notice the touch-sensitive display on the center console where all the applications work together. The zero to 60 miles per gallon on the XTS4 Platinum will surprise you as it comes in at 7.2 seconds.
Miles Per Gallon: 2013 Cadillac XTS AWD Premium Collection got 17 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The cost for that same XTS Premium has a price tag of $60,620.
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