2013 Cadillac XTS vs. Its Competition

2013 Cadillac XTS
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Cadillac XTS is sized, on the outside, about the same as the short-wheelbase versions of the Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series--alone with perhaps the Mercedes-Benz E Class--although in terms of pricing it lands closer to the A6.

Compared to the Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the XTS doesn't offer the same sort of more exclusive driving feel as those models, although it is fully as good for refinement and interior comfort.

We'd rather be in the back seat of the XTS than in that of the E-Class or A6.

The Lincoln MKS is perhaps a stronger performer, although it's inferior for interior space and the MyFord Touch system doesn't have the same level of intuitiveness as CUE.

Hyundai's Genesis is another interesting possibility; though it's rear-wheel-drive, it's more of a comfort-oriented performance sedan and is a good value, even if it doesn't include any of the XTS's top safety-tech features.

There's also the Lexus ES 350, which is being redesigned for 2013 and should offer an improved interior with somewhat sharper driving dynamics.

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9.0
The 2013 Cadillac XTS is everything a big comfort-oriented luxury sedan should be--plus a lot more, for the safety- and tech-focused.
8.4
Traditional looks disguise this Audi's brilliance: it's a blast to drive in either 3.0T trim or S6 spec.
8.2
Larger but leaner, the 2013 Lexus ES gains a hybrid model and some very attractive new styling to stave off strong new competition.
8.8
The 2013 Lincoln MKS steers away from both traditional American luxury and German sport sedans--and ends up in a good place for those who want a distinctive, well-rounded big sedan.
8.0
The Genesis' impressive details and execution make it a pragmatic luxury-car choice, especially in the quick, plush V-6 version.
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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
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Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
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