2013 Cadillac XTS vs. Its Competition

2013 Cadillac XTS
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 Cadillac XTS is sized, on the outside, about the same as the short-wheelbase versions of the Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series--alone with perhaps the Mercedes-Benz E Class--although in terms of pricing it lands closer to the A6.

Compared to the Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the XTS doesn't offer the same sort of more exclusive driving feel as those models, although it is fully as good for refinement and interior comfort.

We'd rather be in the back seat of the XTS than in that of the E-Class or A6.

The Lincoln MKS is perhaps a stronger performer, although it's inferior for interior space and the MyFord Touch system doesn't have the same level of intuitiveness as CUE.

Hyundai's Genesis is another interesting possibility; though it's rear-wheel-drive, it's more of a comfort-oriented performance sedan and is a good value, even if it doesn't include any of the XTS's top safety-tech features.

There's also the Lexus ES 350, which is being redesigned for 2013 and should offer an improved interior with somewhat sharper driving dynamics.

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2013 Audi A6 TDI2013 Audi A6
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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Auto Grand Touring w/Brn Lth Angular Front Exterior View2012 Hyundai Genesis
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2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Quick Specs
The 2013 Cadillac XTS is everything a big comfort-oriented luxury sedan should be--plus a lot more, for the safety- and tech-focused.
Traditional looks disguise this Audi's brilliance: it's a blast to drive in either 3.0T trim or S6 spec.
The 2013 Lincoln MKS steers away from both traditional American luxury and German sport sedans--and ends up in a good place for those who want a distinctive, well-rounded big sedan.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of the best performance-car values, with several models fitting the needs of either daily commuters of track-day enthusiasts.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
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4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD2-Door I4 2.0T Manual2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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