Overall Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: The 2013 Cadillac XTS is everything a big comfort-oriented luxury sedan should be—plus a lot more, for the safety- and tech-focused.
As the new luxury flagship for the Cadillac lineup, the front- or all-wheel-drive XTS takes a completely different tack than the ATS. In short, if you remember the Cadillac STS, when it was a showcase of tech, comfort, and mature performance—more than any other front-drive-based design of the time—that's the legacy the XTS continues today. Interior space, safety, and a high-tech feature set are the priorities here, with a backseat that offers enough legroom for those who leave the driving to others, and a cabin design that feels lavish, traditional, and futuristic, all at the same time. GM's CUE system, much the same as what's in the ATS, fits in better with the XTS's mission, while the MagneRide suspension manages to combine a quiet, composed ride with better handling responsiveness than you'd expect from a big, comfort-oriented sedan.