Cadillac XTS

The 2018 Cadillac XTS benefits from a host of technological features. The interior benefits the most from this technology, which includes Cadillac's CUE information and media control module. CUE, which stands for "Cadillac User Experience," features an 8-inch touch screen set in the center stack that functions similarly to an iPad. It is able to respond to touch gestures as well as voice commands and utilizes much of the same technology as the aforementioned iPad. Cadillac has even gone so far as to design a CUE app for the iPad, further integrating it into the car. The system also includes a mode called "Teen Driver," which encourages safe driving by limiting access to distracting features and preventing various safety features from being turned off. It also provides reports on a young person's driving habits.

Also unique among luxury sedans is Cadillac's magnetic damping system. Normally seen on much more exotic sports cars, magnetic damping uses magnets in conjunction with magnetic-reactive fluid in the shock absorbers to adjust shock stiffness and ride on the fly, producing both a quiet ride and surprisingly good handling for a luxury car.

The Cadillac XTS is available in four different trims: Standard, Luxury, Premium and Platinum. All-wheel drive is available on any of the top three trims and adds a couple thousand dollars to the price of the vehicle. Standard power across the line comes from a 305-horsepower 3.6L V6. A twin-turbocharged version of that same V6 bumps output up to 410 horsepower, with 369 pound-feet of torque. This engine is available on V-Sport models in the Premium and Platinum lines.

The base XTS is very well equipped, with a long list of standard items, including 19-inch wheels, HID xenon headlights and a roof mounted antenna, as well as interior accoutrements like an eight-speaker Bose sound system, parking assist, leather seating and a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat.

Stepping up to the Luxury edition will net several improvements and open up the option of having all-wheel drive. Lighting is enhanced with daytime running lights and improved interior lighting, while the front seats now feature thigh adjustments. A rearview back up camera and upgraded 19-inch wheels round out the important differences between the Standard and Luxury trim.

The Premium edition adds a navigation system, an uprated 14-speaker Bose sound system and a trick LCD instrument cluster that can be reconfigured and customized to the buyers' tastes.

The top-of-the-line Platinum edition adds 20-inch wheels, a power sunroof and sunshades for back seat occupants. The front fascia of the Platinum edition has also been subtly modified to set it apart from lesser versions of the XTS.

The XTS is a thoroughly modern car, and the safety features speak for themselves. The standard host of anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control are all present, as are dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags and knee airbags. A driver awareness package is also available, which includes features like Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone alert. The Driver Assist Package takes things one step further adding adaptive cruise control, Automatic Collision Preparation and a 360-degree "overhead" camera to the list of safety features.

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Right now, if you want a big ol' Cadillac sedan, your choices are limited to the XTS and the CT6, the latter of which is much newer. Well, I should say was much newer, because now there's a new XTS, and it looks pretty slick.

The 2018 Cadillac XTS was given a major going-over, enhancing everything from horsepower to infotainment. It's got an updated chassis that promises a compliant ride in conjunction with new tire designs. It can be equipped with rear air suspension and magnetorheological shocks for even smoother driving.

The XTS features standard LED headlights and taillights that more closely resemble other new Cadillacs, like the XT5 and the aforementioned CT6. Both front and rear fasciae are new, as are the fenders and grille. It might look more compact before, and that's because it is -- the overall vehicle length is 1.1 inches shorter than it was before.

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