2013 Cadillac XTS Review

November 4, 2014

In recent years, Cadillac struggled to hook the luxury market with their previous sedan models. To reclaim their foothold, they made the 2013 Cadillac XTS, a visually appealing full-size luxury sedan that features a host of modern technology feature, top-notch safety equipment and an interior space that feels like a limousine. With such niceties, this sedan is ready to take on challengers like the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Lexus GS.


The 2013 Cadillac XTS, which is a full-size luxury sedan, is new on all fronts.


A 3.6-liter direct-inject V6 that generates 304 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque is what drives the 2013 Cadillac XTS. A six-speed automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive system are standard issue for this vehicle, though an all-wheel drive configuration is also available as an option. XTS models that use the latter system are referred to XTS4.

In EPA city/highway fuel economy testing, the 2013 Cadillac XTS registered a mileage of 17/28 mpg for its front-wheel drive models and 17/27 mpg for all-wheel drive versions.


The XTS strikes the right balance of ride quality and handling ability. Thanks in part to its Magnetic Ride Control suspension system, the vehicle is able to confidently drive on road irregularities without disturbing the occupants. The vehicle’s sound insulation system, alongside its active noise cancelling system, contributes to the comfortable ride by preventing outside noise from getting inside the cabin. In fact, some test drivers noted that they had to double check the tachometer every once in a while to ensure that it was still working.

The Cadillac XTS is a big and heavy vehicle–about 17 feet long and six feet wide and 4000 pounds for FWD models and additional 200 pounds for AWD. However, while its weight can be felt a bit when moving from a standing start, it actually feels light when cornering or doing passing maneuvers. It also has sharp steering and good throttle response, which makes it easy to drive around.

Perhaps the only grievance most test drivers have with the XTS relates to its V6 engine. Although it is not necessarily slow, it can use a few more ponies to keep up with other luxury sedans that utilize more powerful engines.


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The cabin of the 2013 Cadillac XTS is chic and this is apparent from the use of rich leather and other premium quality materials throughout the space. The well-made and clutter-free dash and instrument panel further add to the appeal of the XTS, while the eight-inch touchscreen CUE infotainment system makes this sedan feel more high-tech. Unfortunately, while the CUE system looks intuitive, not all test drivers find it that way. Some feel that it is somewhat difficult to use, especially while driving.

The seats, both at the front and back, are incredibly comfortable and supportive. There is also plenty of legroom, that even taller passengers will not have a hard time travelling in the XTS for a long haul. Cargo space is equally roomy at 18 cubic feet and the availability of small storage spaces throughout the cabin makes it easier to keep the area organized.


Buyers of the 2013 Cadillac XTS have four trim levels to choose from. These include the base XTS, Luxury Collection, Premium Collection and Platinum Collection.

XTS: Starting out with the base XTS brings 19-inch wheels, xenon headlamps, Brembo front brakes, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, keyless ignition and entry, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 10-way power front seats, leather/faux suede seating surface, Bose premium sound system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Cadillac’s capacitive touchscreen system CUE.

Luxury: Building on the base XTS’ standard equipment, Luxury models receive a couple more add-ons that include rearview camera, front and rear parking assist, rain-sensing wipers, driver memory functions, interior ambient lighting and heated steering wheel and front and rear seats.

Premium: The Premium Collection also enjoy the features available on the XTS and Luxury trims and further adds an upgraded head-up display, adaptive headlights, upgraded navigation system, tri-zone automatic climate control, voice controls, power outlets, 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster, Bose surround-sound audio system with 14 speakers and a suite of safety features like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, front collision alert and rear cross-traffic alert.

Platinum: The Premium Collection trim, the top ranging Platinum Collection is equipped with the amenities found in the Luxury and the lower trim levels. From there, it gains 20-inch wheels, power rear sunshade, unique exterior styling and a couple of interior accents.

An optional Driver Assist Package is available to both Premium and Platinum trims, which delivers low-speed automatic braking and adaptive cruise control.

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