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Best Car To Buy: The Honorable Mentions Page 3

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Cadillac XTS

Overall Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: The 2013 Cadillac XTS is everything a big comfort-oriented luxury sedan should be—plus a lot more, for the safety- and tech-focused.

As the new luxury flagship for the Cadillac lineup, the front- or all-wheel-drive XTS takes a completely different tack than the ATS. In short, if you remember the Cadillac STS, when it was a showcase of tech, comfort, and mature performance—more than any other front-drive-based design of the time—that's the legacy the XTS continues today. Interior space, safety, and a high-tech feature set are the priorities here, with a backseat that offers enough legroom for those who leave the driving to others, and a cabin design that feels lavish, traditional, and futuristic, all at the same time. GM's CUE system, much the same as what's in the ATS, fits in better with the XTS's mission, while the MagneRide suspension manages to combine a quiet, composed ride with better handling responsiveness than you'd expect from a big, comfort-oriented sedan.

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Comments (4)
  1. There are many types, styles and applications of cars out there and the "best car to buy" award is totally a personal decision. For me, the clear winner over every car was the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury model with V-6 and the eight speed transmission. I briefly looked at Cadillac and BMW and for the money and features, ride and quality, the Chrysler was my choice. I'm totally satisfied with the Chrysler and think I truly picked the best car to buy--FOR ME.

  2. Thanks Bill, and definitely a point that can't be emphasized enough. There is of course some subjectivity in our scoring system (obviously with respect to Styling and Comfort, but in other respects as well); the best approach is to read through our detailed full reviews and then use them as a starting point, applying your own personal shopping/ownership priorities (and aesthetic preferences) to that.

  3. When Cadillac has improved their reliability to above average they may be on to something. Until then, honorable mention is pretty generous.

  4. How long does it take to build up reliability in a car? You certainly can't rate a new car on reliability except to say how well its earlier siblings were.

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