2013 Cadillac XTS

The Good The 2013 Cadillac XTS features a versatile LCD instrument cluster and the new CUE infotainment system, with 3D maps for navigation and a combined music library interface from four USB ports. An adaptive suspension and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive highlight the driveline.

The Bad CUE takes too long to boot up and reacts too slowly to user input. The volume slider on the dashboard is difficult to use.

The Bottom Line Strictly a luxury cruiser rather than a sport driver, the 2013 Cadillac XTS insulates you from the outside world while providing the latest in cabin tech.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 9.0
  • Performance tech 8.0
  • Design 8.0
8.4 Overall

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Review

2013 Cadillac XTS

Cadillacs of old were masters of the road, big luxury vehicles with V-8s and cutting-edge technology, such as the first electric starter and the first automatic climate control system. The 2013 Cadillac XTS retains the idea of a big, luxury vehicle with cutting-edge technology, but bows to modern engine downsizing with a 3.6-liter V-6, the same as used in the CTS model.

As for the XTS's front-wheel-drive platform, which it shares with the Buick LaCrosse, the Eldorado had front-wheel drive long ago. However, the Premium-trim XTS I tested came with a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, available on all but the base XTS trim.

Gauges are so last-century
Where the XTS really departs from tradition is in the cabin. Sitting in the plush driver's seat, I was looking at a blank panel where the speedometer and tachometer should be. When I fired up the engine, a neat little animation had those gauges flying in from the side, taking their rightful places before my eyes.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $53,585
  • Brand Cadillac
  • Trim levels Premium
  • Available Engine Gas
  • Body style Sedan
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