Advertisement
Go
2014 Cadillac XTS Photo
8.0
/ 10
On Styling
BASE INVOICE
$42,147
BASE MSRP
$44,600
On Styling
Soft contours contrast nicely with bold detailing, to make the interior of the 2014 XTS a standout—even if the exterior isn't as memorable as the edgier ATS or CTS.
8.0 out of 10
Shopping for a new Cadillac XTS?

GET A FREE PRICE QUOTE

STYLING | 8 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

while the design is good, it doesn't scream "Standard of the World."
Motor Trend

we know a lot of will shudder at the thought of purple stitching, but trust us, it looks amazing
Winding Road

Details like the microfiber suede headliner, tasteful wood trim and leather seat inserts give the XTS the feel of a much more expensive car.
Edmunds' Inside Line



Cadillac is surely going in a smoother, softer direction with the design of the 2014 XTS; yet this remains one of the most distinct comfort-oriented luxury sedans on the market. 

On the outside, you won't find nearly as much evidence of the bold-and-brash Art & Science design theme, which has appeared throughout the Cadillac lineup over the past several years. Instead, the XTS's profile is smoothed-over, in coordination with the idea that this model is going after shoppers that are perhaps more interested in comfort and technology than outright performance (that would be the ATS and CTS sport sedans).

The 'boxed-out' front and rear appearance, combined with the blended cabin area, results in a really good-looking car on the outside. You can see some resemblance to the related Buick LaCrosse (and to the 2014 Chevy Impala) in the profile and softly arched roofline, but this Cadillac is clearly a cut above in the details. One of the key differentiating factors between the Premium and Platinum models, from the front, is that Platinum models have a completely metallic grille, whereas Premium models are blacked out in between for a more contrasted look.

The Art & Science themes that we've been seeing in Cadillac models for years continue here, but there's a swoopier look and softer details overall. The XTS’s instrument panel and interior trims look like those of no other GM vehicle (they closely follow the look of the XTS Platinum Concept first shown at the 2010 Detroit auto show). And overall, we're very impressed by the combination of beveled, metallic trim pieces, fitting tightly against smooth contouring—a feat of fit and finish, really.

One of the elements of the XTS's leading-edge feature set is noteworthy in and of itself, from a design standpoint. At the center of the XTS's instrument panel sits an eight-inch, fully capacitive touch screen—like what's used in iPads and other tablets. It's part of the Cadillac User Experience (CUE), which comes standard and cleans up the look, removing many physical buttons. There aren't any real gauges either in many XTS models—just simulated ones on a separate reconfigurable screen in front of the driver.

 

Conclusion

Soft contours contrast nicely with bold detailing, to make the interior of the 2014 XTS a standout—even if the exterior isn't as memorable as the edgier ATS or CTS.

« Prev: Overall Review Next: Performance »

Would You Prefer a Free Dealer Price Quote?

With competitive price quotes from multiple dealers, you will be prepared when you meet your local car dealer. Please tell us how to contact you so that dealers can compete for your business!
There are no dealers in our network that are located near the ZIP code. Please change your ZIP code or see cars for sale near you.
Update ZIP Code
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
New Car Price Quotes
Update ZIP
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.
Advertisement