2014 Cadillac XTS vs. Its Competition

2014 Cadillac XTS
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

About the same size as the short-wheelbase versions of the Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series—alone with perhaps the Mercedes-Benz E Class—the XTS is up to snuff with those models in everything but performance and prestige, perhaps.

And for 2014, the XTS has addressed the prestige part of it, with the new Twin-Power V-6 joining the lineup.

Compared to those German luxury models, 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.

As passengers or back-seat riders, we'd rather be in the back seat of the XTS than in that of the E-Class or A6.

The Lexus ES 350 is a slight step smaller, but it offers improved driving dynamics with a very quiet, refined driving demeanor.

Otherwise, the Lincoln MKS is 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.

It has rear-wheel-drive, but it's still quite comfort-oriented and a strong value—even if it doesn't include any of the XTS's top safety-tech features.

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Quick Specs
9.0
For those focused on safety, technology, and comfort—but not necessarily performance—the 2014 Cadillac XTS is everything a big luxury sedan should be.
8.6
Brilliance takes many forms in the Audi A6: the diesel-driven TDI, the supercharged A6, or the turbocharged S6 all stand out in ways the sedate body doesn't quite match.
7.8
If you want a well-finished interior, plenty of power, and luxury-car ambiance all around—but you can do without the brand cachet—the 2014 Hyundai Genesis could add up as a good value.
8.2
The 2014 Lexus ES is an attractive package in its segment, and the hybrid model makes for a very compelling alternative to more expensive green luxury cars.
8.0
The 2014 Lincoln MKS doesn't fly in the same business class with the best German luxosedans, but it's a quiet, capable alternative in the second tier of big, upscale sedans.
8.4
What, me worry? The Mercedes-Benz E-Class reasserts its alpha status with a tighter forehead, a greener turbodiesel, and a pair of all-wheel-drive AMGs.
MSRP From     
$44,600$43,100$35,200$36,620$38,850$51,400
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Diesel I-4
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus4-Door Sedan V6 3.8L4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD4-Door Sedan E 250 BlueTEC Sport RWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanFrontTrak SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/manual shiftCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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