Cadillacs have always been big, bulky cars, but it seems as though this trend is on its way out. This is very apparent in the 2013 Cadillac XTS. Cadillac is smoothing out the edges and slowly, but surely, compacting the car.
While this car’s 111.7 inch wheelbase is quite long, this is the longest that Cadillac is planning on making their cars, and we have seen some boats from them. Gone are the days of the sharp edges that could cut a finger. Now Cadillac is focusing moreso on the smoother edges that appeal to the European market. However, this car does not just appeal to the Europeans, because it is quite a gorgeous car.
The interior is roomy, and comfortable, something that Cadillac has always excelled at. The seats are inviting and the legroom is bountiful. The XTS model that we tested was the Platinum Collection model, which has a base price of $60,385, featured a more luxurious interior. Leather and comfortable seating were the highlight of this interior… Next to the CUE infotainment system. When you look at the center console, the CUE system is the star of the show – imagine an iPad replacing all the knobs and whatnots you are used to in cars. All of the cars functions, such as the radio, navi, info and even Pandora radio are controlled through CUE. A neat little touch that I liked was that it gave the user feedback when the screen was pressed, in the form of a slight vibration.
Unfortunately, this car has one slight downfall: it is only available iwith a V-6 3.6-liter engine. While this engine does push out an impressive 304hp and 364 lb-ft of torque, a V-8 version would have been appreciated. The V-6 provides the necessary amount of power to get around, but if you want that extra kick in the acceleration, you may want to steer away from this car.
Overall, the 2013 XTS is a lovely car, both inside and out. Cadillac is doing away with their sharp edges, and are starting to veer more towards a Euro-friendly lineup, and this is prevalent in the XTS and the upcoming ATS. Be sure to check out your local Cadillac dealer to get a closer look at the XTS models.