The 2014 Cadillac XTS might just be one of the safest luxury-car choices you could make--and it's certainly one of the best-proven, in terms of crash-test scores.
The XTS has good bones and has earned a Top Safety Pick nod from the IIHS and a five-star overall score from federal testers. It's worth noting that the XTS hasn't yet undergone the notoriously tricky front small-overlap crash test, so stay tuned for those results.
The XTS includes a rearview camera, which is standard on all models beyond the base version, and optional safety extras include a head-up display and adaptive cruise control. Cadillac's telematic services, which they call OnStar, are included in all models and can navigate you to your final destination or help find your XTS if it's ever stolen.
An optional Driver Awareness Package includes blind spot monitors with rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. General Motors' safety alert seat is included in the XTS as well, which rumbles the driver's seat if a hazard is detected, such as drifting lanes. Later this year, Cadillac will make available a Driver Assist Package that improves on that safety suite with adaptive cruise control, forward and rear automatic emergency braking that can halt the car at 20 mph or less, or reduce the severity of an impact if traveling at higher speeds.
Also new for 2014 is an Automatic Parking Assist feature that will essentially steer the car into a parking space.