2017 Cadillac XTS vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Cadillac XTS is a large luxury sedan that tries to please old-school land-yacht captains and new-age Germanophile drivers.

If you're not shopping for AMG or M performance and can overlook badge envy, it's a great choice, particularly better at toting rear-seat passengers than a comparably priced E-Class or Audi A6.

Lincoln's MKS is both smaller and lacks CUE's intuitive controls to operate the infotainment system, and it's nearly finished its too-long showroom run, now that a new Continental is coming.

The Hyundai Genesis is comparable in size and priced more aggressively than the XTS, making it an interesting alternative for those unconcerned with brand prestige—but as of the 2017 model year, it'll be renamed and placed into a new luxury brand, as the Genesis G80.

Finally, the Acura RLX has sweet handling and lovely road manners, but its exterior styling is beyond anonymous.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Cadillac XTS is quick, comfortable full-size cruiser, one that lives up to its back-seat hype.
The 2017 Audi A6 is a stellar mid-size luxury sedan; it's a bit sedate, but still good enough to compete with some flagship vehicles from other brands.
With the 2017 E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is pushing the boundaries of its autonomous driving technology, and backing it up with S-Class style.
The 2017 Genesis G80 is one of the first new cars from the nascent luxury carmaker, and it's a good leg to stand on.
The 2016 Acura RLX offers some minor updates to an already competent—if subtle—luxury package. It's an interesting alternative to the other cars in its class.
The 2016 Lincoln MKS offers a kind of luxury that's understated and reserved—although from the driver's seat it's a little more inspiring than you might expect.
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Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
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Large CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan FWD2.0 TFSI Premium FWDE 300 Luxury RWD Sedan3.8L RWD4-Door Sedan Navigation4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Automatic w/Manual ShiftAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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