2013 Cadillac XTS Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Cadillac XTS is everything a big comfort-oriented luxury sedan should be--plus a lot more, for the safety- and tech-focused.

Over the past several years Cadillac has made some memorable sedans--especially the CTS and CTS-V models, which are bolder and brasher than about any other sport sedans on the market. The trouble is, that overly edgy style hasn't exactly resonated with the heart of the luxury market. The CTS (and the adrenalizing CTS-V) might go a long way for Cadillac’s image, but there are a lot more Cadillac shoppers wearing their Fratelli Rossettis (okay…or just rocking the Hush Puppies) than flaunting their Pilotis.

To help Cadillac set its controls for the heart of the luxury market--"large luxury," as they put it--there's the softer, smoother 2013 Cadillac XTS. It’s a good-looking car on the outside, and while the boxed-out front and rear appearance give the XTS a distinct look, you can see some resemblance to the related Buick LaCrosse in the profile and softly arched roofline (it’s also related to the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Impala). Cadillac would probably rather have you look from the inside out, as the XTS’s instrument panel and interior trims look like those of no other GM vehicle; there’s a swoopier look and softer details throughout. We're impressed by the combination of smooth contouring inside, contrasting with beveled, metallic trim pieces, all fitting tightly.

At the center of the XTS's instrument panel is a reminder of this sedan's leading-edge feature set: an eight-inch, fully capacitive touch screen—like what's used in iPads and other tablets, and the first of its kind to be integrated into a new car. The system comes standard, cleaning up the dashboard and leaving it remarkably free of physical buttons; and in many XTS models there are no real gauges either—just a reconfigurable 'screen' of simulated ones.

Cadillac is quick to point out that the 2013 Cadillac XTS isn't trying to be a finely honed sport sedan. But taking that more comfort-oriented mission into consideration, the XTS ends up feeling surprisingly athletic. The XTS's 304-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 moves it plenty quick, with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission, and it can get to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. And in cornering you don't feel the 4,000-plus-pound curb weight so much; thanks to a well-tuned suspension, with MagneRide magnetic ride control and air springs, the XTS stays composed and isolated, keeping minor harshness out while responses are more crisp than in other comfort-oriented cars.

MagneRide rather magically cleans up the ride quality, while the active noise control (included in all XTS models, too) counters road noise, so with the XTS's additional noise insulation, it's very quiet inside. And if passenger space is the priority, you've come to the right place in considering the XTS; in back-seat space in particular, it's roomier than most other sedans this size, with plenty of headroom and lots of legroom. Front seats allow plenty of space, too, though they could be a bit more supportive.

If you opt for either of the safety-tech packages in the 2013 XTS, you'll get one of the most extensive lists of safety features in any vehicle, at any price--including, later this year, a system that can brake the XTS to a stop from about 20 mph--to help reduce pedestrian accidents, for instance.

The XTS comes in standard guise, plus in Luxury Collection, Premium Collection, and Platinum Collection versions. All come with CUE, although only the top two models include navigation and premium audio--which help make the most of the system, which also has one of the best voice-recognition interfaces we've ever tested.

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November 14, 2015
2013 Cadillac XTS 4-Door Sedan FWD

just what I expected of a CADDY!

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I think a person would really just be looking for negatives about this beautiful,inside and outside,automobile..WOW! FROM THE DASHBOARD TO THE TAIL LIGHTS, this is one SWEET car.still working on some... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2013 Cadillac XTS 4-Door Sedan Premium AWD

A new luxury car that is smooth and fun to drive that I'm sure will continue to improve as time and experience with this new model goes forward,

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First year for this model, hence the 2013 Cadillac XTS seems to have more than a fair share of manufacturer recalls. Memory seat for the driver has been a problem and reprogrammed more than once. Brakes squeak... + More »
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April 17, 2015
For 2013 Cadillac XTS

Great car but have always had some issues with the driver memory settings being very inconsistent with the driver seat and steering wheel positioning.

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Overall a very comfortable and good looking car. Lots of compliments from people. A bit slow off the mark performance wise and a driver memory convenience package that seems to have a mind of its own, i.e... + More »
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November 7, 2016
2016 Cadillac XTS 4-Door Sedan Platinum AWD

Elated by comfort and economy on first road trip.

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Have driven German brands for a number of years, Was suprised with quality and performance Cadillac. On a recent road trip, my average mpg was 30. The ride and are unmatched by cars tested. I suggest a simple... + More »
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April 6, 2016
2016 Cadillac XTS 4-Door Sedan Platinum AWD

The Best Luxury Car I have ever owned !

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My 2016 Cadillac XTS Platinum is a great car. I especially like the Head Up Display HUD and the Adaptive Cruise Control. There is one big disappointment I have with the car, the trunk opens with the key fob or... + More »
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November 14, 2015
2016 Cadillac XTS 4-Door Sedan Platinum FWD

Changes since 2013 model

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I owned a2013 model and now own a 2016 Platinum model in red passion. This is a sleek and beautiful car. Starting on the outside, it's a deeper red and I wish Cadillac would have left the color and grill... + More »
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September 3, 2015
2015 Cadillac XTS 4-Door Sedan Vsport Platinum AWD

XTS VSport FTW!

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Best interior for the price and 32.2 mpg on multiple hour drives with Adaptive Cruise Control set at 65 mph....with AWD! I can't say enough how nice it is to drive this can I bought used used XTS Vsport... + More »
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August 22, 2015
2014 Cadillac XTS 4-Door Sedan Vsport Platinum AWD

XTS VSport Platinum turns heads at every corner!

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I purchased a used XTS VSport Platinum and on a highway trip I averaged 32.2 mpg with the Adaptive Cruise Control set 65 mph, over both directions of 300 miles each. I no longer wish for a 2.0T in this car and... + More »
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August 8, 2015
2014 Cadillac XTS 4-Door Sedan Premium FWD

a distinctive American twist on luxury, that doesnt look like all the others

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I wanted a luxury car that didn't ride like a truck, and didn't look like all the other jellybeans driving around. The xts delivers. Really wanted the V sport, but the base v6 is fine, as im not driving on a... + More »
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July 5, 2015
2014 Cadillac XTS 4-Door Sedan Premium FWD

Another awesome Cadillac with style & comfort, one of many for over 40 years.

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I ordered my first Cadillac when I was 21. I have always had one, but also had additional cars along with them. This 2014 XTS, has the most safety and comfort items of any of the Cadillacs I have had. Tech. is... + More »
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