2014 Cadillac XTS Review

April 4, 2014
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A Caddy is the way to go if you are in the market for a good-value luxury vehicle. The 2014 Cadillac XTS is less expensive than its rivals but it offers a wide range of impressive standard features, excellent ride comfort, and thrilling driving experience. Check out the large luxury sedan here.

NEW FOR THE 2014 XTS

  • twin-turbocharged 410-hp V6
  • electric power steering
  • optional self-parking system and DVD rear-seat entertainment system

UNDER THE HOOD

A naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 engine powers the front-wheel drive 2014 Cadillac XTS with 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. XTS models with this system are called XTS4.

Meanwhile, the XTS Vsport gets a more powerful and more competitive engine: a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It is also paired with a 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive is standard.

The EPA gave the 2014 XTS the following fuel economy ratings:

Model City/Hwy/Combined MPG
Cadillac XTS FWD 17/28/21
Cadillac XTS4 17/26/20
Cadillac Vsport 16/24/19

 

ON THE ROAD

The full-size 2014 Cadillac XTS can be cumbersome in corners. But the responsive engine, adaptive suspension and reliable steering make it feel like a small car from behind the wheel. The adaptive suspension not only defies the XTS’ weight but also provides a smooth ride for the passengers. Ride comfort is also impressive and handling is pleasant.

If power is a priority, go for the Vsport model which has a 410-hp V6. It has the power and enthusiasm of a real muscle car and is the best way to drive an XTS. It doesn’t mean, though, that the base engine is boring. Most reviewers described it as adequate, but not exceptional.

INSIDE THE 2014 XTS

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Rear passengers won’t find themselves complaining inside the 2014 XTS. There is ample room even for taller passengers. The 18-cubic-foot trunk is also one of the largest in the class. But it is narrower than other full-size sedans. Putting your golf bags inside might be a bit of a challenge.

The dashboard is stunning. The overall design is futuristic and the materials used are nothing but top grade. The unique design of the Caddy center console is attractive. But some reviewers said it is inconvenient because you would have to quickly take your eyes off the road to look down at the controls just to make sure you’re pressing the right function.

KEY FEATURES

Some of the standard features on the 2014 XTS include magnetic ride control, 19-inch aluminum wheels, CUE, 8-speaker Bose audio system with CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, keyless access with push-button start, rear park assist, adaptive remote start, daytime running lights, capless fueling system, HID headlights, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, 5.7-inch driver information center, auto-dimming rearview mirror, OnStar, leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, 60/40 split folding rear seats with pass-through, and wood interior trim.

The Luxury trim level adds dual exhaust, ambient LED interior lights, front and rear park assist, rearview camera, memory function, rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated steering wheel.

The XTS Premium has navigation system, 14-speaker audio system, 12.3-inch color display in gauge cluster, driver awareness package (lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert), tri-zone automatic climate control, adaptive and automatic headlights, and color head-up display. The XTS Vsport in this trim level also has the same standard features but adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, electronic limited slip differential, and Vsport grille.

The Platinum trim level features 20-inch aluminum wheels, driver assist package (adaptive cruise control, automatic brakes, automatic collision prep), power sunroof, Platinum Collection badging, leather interior trim, and faux-suede headliner. The Vsport is equipped the same except it adds Vsport badging and grille

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