May 13, 2013
Reviewed By Chad Tyson
Price as Tested $64,695; 304-hp, 3.6-liter SIDI DOHC VVT V6; 6-sp automatic
Likes

The XTS is as safe as modern cars get. IIHS 2013 Top Safety Pick and five-star ratings in every category except rollover, in which the car received four stars. Always get a Cadillac with Magnetic Ride Control. Easy to do here, as it comes standard on the XTS. Magnetorheological is a magical word. Feeling the car firm up while whipping around a corner inspires a lot of confidence.

The Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system debuted with this model. CUE is simple to figure out — think iPad easy. The rest of the car is also packed with tech. A configurable digital gauge cluster, heads up display, 14-speaker surround sound, driver awareness package, and plenty of other electronic goodies will keep you occupied in a traffic jam.

Cadillac designed a clean, comfortable interior. There is plenty of space to haul colleagues and suitcases around.

Who can complain about 300 horsepower and 20 mpg?

Dislikes

Black Diamond Tricoat looks dusty in sunlight — otherwise it is $995 of optional glitter. The side-scrolling radio station menu at the bottom of the CUE touchscreen doesn’t respond to touch every time, whether scrolling or selecting a station.

The sharp, knife-edge styling from the last decade gives way to softer lines in this car. It’s more bland — except for the massive, blingy grille. And what’s the story behind the purple dash stitching? I’m not sure what it’s supposed to match.

Verdict

The primary thought behind the car was not to create a joyous driving experience, but to make driving tolerable. That’s helpful for daily commutes in big-city traffic and the occasional spirited jaunt through twisty and hilly roads. Not a lot of car for the big price tag. It’s comfortable, it performs well, and (paint aside) looks good doing it. But nothing about the car is particularly exciting. The only options not included on this car were dealer-installed mats and collapsible cargo box.

The newest Caddy takes muddled aim at Audi’s A6 and the E350 Mercedes-Benz. The XTS is bigger than both German sedans inside and out. It makes more power. It costs more, too. Comparable German cars cost up to $10k less. But that shouldn’t stop you from testing an XTS when looking for a luxury sedan, as it could be just the thing to make your daily grind a little more comfortable.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
3.5 rating
Overall Experience
3.5 rating
Stats
Horsepower 304 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque 264 lb/ft @ 5,200 rpm
EPA Mileage 17 city / 26 highway / 20 combined

For more about this car, please visit the manufacturer's website.