2013 XTS is a different, superior Cadillac

Leslie Massey Updated: December 6, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: December 6, 2012

Cadillac’s 2013 XTS, the largest sedan in the Cadillac lineup, doesn’t handle like a “large, luxury sedan.”   Driver’s quickly discover the 2013 XTS handles with the composure and proficiency of smaller vehicles and the same effortlessness and confidence of all Cadillac models.

The 2013 XTS is fitted with a top-notch, fresh interior design, with front seats that the Associated Press calls “some of the biggest thigh support extenders in the business.”

Buyers will be equally satisfied with the XTS exterior with Cadillac's sharp-edge elegance and extraordinarily graceful lines.

The XTS earned the top five out of five stars across the board in federal government frontal, side and overall crash test ratings. In fact, XTS is first with a safety alert seat that vibrates the driver's bottom if the system senses the car may be backing into an obstacle or moving into an adjacent lane that's already occupied.

All XTS models come with a 304-horsepower, direct-injection V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission.

At nearly 17 feet long, from bumper to bumper, the XTS is nearly the same length as a Cadillac Escalade, and unquestionably longer than Cadillac's other sedans.

The back seat is spacious, with the ample legroom typically found in the front seats of sedans.  Favorably, the XTS front seats offer even more legroom — a full 45.8 inches.

Additionally, the XTS seats are highly supportive, which makes long drives considerably more comfortable.  The Premium trim model includes heated seats in both front and back, while the front seats also had fans for keeping bodies cool. All versions of XTS have leather-trimmed seats.  Joel Defazio, General Sales Manager at Red Noland Cadillac noted “The 2013 Cadillac XTS is exceptional in providing a very smooth, quiet ride with an abundance of spaciousness.”

Cadillac has fitted the 2013 XTS with a Magnetic Ride Control suspension so the car remains poised.  The sedan reacts to the driver's participation and handles with refinement.

The 3.6-liter, double overhead cam V-6 is exceedingly sufficient in the XTS and performs well on city streets as well as highways.  Power comes on smoothly and transmission shifts aren’t noticeable.  Direct gasoline injection of the engine gives the XTS a lot of power, and 0 to 60 miles per hour is estimated at a respectable 6.5 seconds.

All-wheel drive generates engine power to the wheels to get the car moving quickly in just about every weather scenario. The V-6 also produces unexpectedly good gas mileage.  The all-wheel drive XTS is rated by the federal government at 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway while a front-wheel drive XTS is rated at 17/28 mpg.

Another perk for buyers, the car uses regular unleaded, not the pricey premium gasoline that many luxury cars require.  The 18-cubic-foot trunk is impressive, and the 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks allow tall things to slide through on their sides. 

The CUE infotainment system debuts on the XTS and is standard on all trim levels. CUE involves a big touch screen in the center that houses audio, climate, phone, and navigation controls. (A digitally displayed gauge cluster on the top two trims is involved, also.)  Drivers can use CUE to adjust vehicle settings, use apps such as Pandora internet radio, or access GM’s OnStar system.  CUE bestows quick responses and has a sensible menu setup that makes it easy and convenient.

There is haptic feedback (touching the screen or any of the capacitive controls results in a subtle vibration that lets you know you’ve pushed a button) and CUE handles several different tasks without much commotion

Technology has always been an essential part of the Cadillac experience.  “This is the most technologically advanced Cadillac ever.” stated Defazio.  “I’m not a technologically advanced person and I can use it.  It’s easy and fun.  This car is definitely a leader in sophisticated use of techology.”

Defazio continued “You can set up and store information and control it by either toggling or by voice command.”  Voice command works in real time so you can tell CUE to tune to a specific station or even find a certain song on your smartphone while you cruise down the road.  “You can also store routes and destinations,” said Defazio, “This let’s you tell it to go to this location or that location.”

Cadillac has preserved a reputation for style and character with the dynamic 2013 XTS.  It represents a pinnacle of the luxury car maker and remarkable option for today’s car buyers.

 

 

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