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The Cadillac XTS is a full-size, four-door sedan that for now, caps the luxury brand’s sedan lineup. It won't be the "standard of the world" standard-bearer for long, as a new S-Class rival is in the works. But until then, the XTS serves as a handsome, capable alternative to vehicles like the Infiniti Q70 and Acura RLX. MORE: Read our 2015 Cadillac XTS review, and compare the XTS to its... Read More Below »
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The Cadillac XTS is a full-size, four-door sedan that for now, caps the luxury brand’s sedan lineup. It won't be the "standard of the world" standard-bearer for long, as a new S-Class rival is in the works.

But until then, the XTS serves as a handsome, capable alternative to vehicles like the Infiniti Q70 and Acura RLX.

MORE: Read our 2015 Cadillac XTS review, and compare the XTS to its competitors

The XTS sits atop a Cadillac lineup that includes the redesigned mid-range CTS lineup in the middle, and the smaller ATS sedan and coupe as the entry level.

Available in front- or all-wheel-drive models, the XTS is more affordable than German or Japanese luxury entries. It effectively replaced the former full-size DTS four-door--which itself supplanted the longstanding DeVille name--when it was introduced for the 2012 model year.

The Ontario, Canada-built XTS is based on GM's beefiest front-drive car architecture, sharing some of its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse. It's longer than both of those models, with a longer wheelbase, which means more interior space, especially in the rear. It's being marketed to the livery drivers who recently lost their rear-drive Lincoln Town Cars, bringing with it much more modern looks and Cadillac's latest design language stretched over GM's biggest front-drive car.

A size class larger than today's mid-size CTS, the XTS was initially offered with a single drivetrain, a 3.6-liter V-6 with 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque, coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. It's similar to the one coming in the 2014 Impala. Fuel economy is estimated at 17/28 miles per gallon for the front-drive XTS, while all-wheel-drive models should be rated at 17/27 mpg. A twin-turbo XTS VSport was soon added, with a 410-hp forced-induction version of the same engine, and revamped suspension tuning.

As for ride and handling, the XTS bridges the gulf between the old DTS and the crisper Caddys with a new suspension that features standard Magnetic Ride Control, an adaptive set of shocks that use a magnetically charged fluid that changes shock rigidity according to road conditions. Performance struts and Brembo brakes are included on some versions.

The interior space of the XTS matches many full-size sedans, though its dimensions are more comparable to some mid-size four-doors. In the rear seat, for example, the XTS has 40 inches of leg room--less than today's VW Passat but more than a short-wheelbase Jaguar XJ. The XTS's trunk is large, at 18 cubic feet, though it's down a few cubes on the storage bin on the Ford Taurus, which checks in at 20 cubic feet.

The XTS has some of GM's most advanced infotainment technology built into its cabin. It was the first Cadillac to offer CUE, which uses a fully capacitive touchscreen with proximity sensing and multi-touch gestures like those used with smartphones and tablets to control secondary functions. Though CUE has received some criticism for its complexity, Cadillac is already planning a range of updates to improve the experience.

Along with the in-cabin electronics, Cadillac introduced new short- and long-range radar systems with the XTS. These systems are used for adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic brakes, and rear cross-traffic alerts. Another new feature is a safety alert driver seat that vibrates to alert the driver. Combine these electronic safety features with the standard 10 air bags, and it's clear Cadillac is looking to satisfy both the gadget-loving and safety-conscious crowd.

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4-Door Sedan AWD (3)
Luxury Specs $51,000 $47,940 17 26
Platinum Specs $64,245 $60,069 17 26
Premium Specs $56,900 $53,201 17 26
4-Door Sedan FWD (9)
4-Door Sedan FWD Specs $44,600 $42,147 18 28
Armored Specs $49,660 $46,928 N/A N/A
Funeral Coach Specs $48,315 $45,657 15 21
Limousine Specs $48,695 $46,016 15 21
Livery Package Specs $45,860 $43,337 18 28
Luxury Specs $49,000 $46,060 18 28
Platinum Specs $62,015 $57,984 18 28
Premium Specs $54,670 $51,116 18 28
Stretch Livery Specs $47,370 $44,764 18 28
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