The 2014 Cadillac XTS remains priced about in line with the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E 350. And if it doesn't quite match the pedigree of those models, you do indeed get your money's worth in features—with more standard than those models, as well as some noteworthy packages.
Essentially, there are still four different models of the XTS on offer: base XTS, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum Collection versions. All models of the XTS are equipped fairly well for a luxury car with amenities such as a Bose premium audio system, dual-zone climate control, remote start, power adjustable steering, and power adjustable front seats.
Cadillac includes its infotainment system, which it calls CUE, on all models. It's a capacitive touchscreen-based system that uses sensors to detect when a hand is nearby. The menu systems expand when a hand is detected near the screen and it's a neat feature that we particularly like on the XTS. It's intuitive and the menu system makes sense, but it's not without its issues. We like how the menu system is deeply customizable, but simplifies the menus on the surface. The system also responds to more natural voice commands such as "Take me to Starbucks," which users may find more friendly that learning nested commands or specific words. Scrolling around the screen is a breeze and its live traffic updates seemed to be spot on.
Most models of the XTS will feature a configurable gauge cluster that simulates dials and instruments on a big screen in front of the driver. The head-up display is vastly improved too with better information projected onto the windshield, including navigation, sound, and critical driver information. Tech-savvy buyers will want to consider Premium or Platinum collection models with these features.
New for 2014, there's a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, with screens that fold out of the backs of the front seats; also, a new rear-seat armrest design includes wood trim, radio controls, and controls for the available sunshade (an opaque sunroof shade is newly offered). Intellibeam headlamps and a new front-seat memory feature are also among the new items.
There aren't many a la carte add-ons to consider with the XTS. In addition to the optional safety features (which we cover separately), other available features include a big sunroof, compact spare, navigation (base model only, other models include it as standard equipment), and an engine block heater.