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2013 Cadillac XTS

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2013 Cadillac XTS Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

Once the self-proclaimed "Standard of the World", Cadillac struggled over recent years to reclaim its notorious tagline, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the 110-year-old luxury marque. The long-awaited 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan possesses the right amount of modern technology, interior refinement and contemporary styling to compete head-on with the luxury segment's imported stalwarts. Cadillac cleverly designed the 2013 XTS with the clear intention of bridging the gap between mid-size and full-size luxury sedans. The result is a rather broad competitive set, though based on price point we feel the mid-size Audi A6, Lexus GS, Infiniti M and BMW 5 Series fit the role as the XTS's principal challengers. While it might not be the new sedan standard of the world, the 2013 XTS decidedly fits the critical role as Cadillac's newest flagship.

You'll Like This Car If...

If nothing short of a full-size luxury sedan will suffice, but your budget is limited to a mid-size price, the 2013 Cadillac XTS could be the answer to your predicament.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are looking for a luxury sedan that provides you with an engaging driving experience and high levels of athleticism, the Cadillac XTS will leave you wanting more. The BMW 5 Series or the Audi A6 should satisfy your performance requirements.

What's New for 2013

The Cadillac XTS is a brand-new nameplate for the 2013 model year, and brings the Cadillac brand one step closer to once again offering consumers a full range of vehicles.

Driving the XTS

Driving Impressions On the road, the 2013 Cadillac XTS strikes an admirable balance between ride comfort and handling ability. The XTS tackles dilapidated pavement and other road deformities with incredible poise, thanks...

in part to its standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension system that makes 1,000 dampening adjustments every second. Up to this point, Magnetic Ride Control was utilized exclusively for GM's high-end sports cars, but the platform's inherent flexibility permitted Cadillac engineers to custom tailor the suspension system for high levels of comfort. Because the 2013 XTS employs a conventional hydraulic-assisted steering system rather than an electromechanical setup, steering is precise and responsive. The lone engine choice, a 304-horsepower V6, delivers adequate acceleration, though a few extra ponies under the hood wouldn't hurt. In true Cadillac form, the strategically placed sound insulation combined with the active noise cancelling system worked so well, we found ourselves frequently checking the tachometer to confirm the engine was still running.

HEAD-UP DISPLAY
Although head-up displays are nothing new in the automotive world, the new XTS takes this fighter-jet-inspired feature to the next level with a full-color display, speed-limit reminders and navigation instructions.

8-INCH TOUCH SCREEN
The cornerstone of the 2013 XTS sedan's infotainment system is undoubtedly the 8-inch high-resolution touch screen. The display includes a myriad of cutting edge technology, such as haptic feedback that confirms your desired input with a light vibration, and proximity sensing, which displays command icons when the system detects a hand approaching the screen.

2013 Cadillac XTS Details
2013 Cadillac XTS photo Interior

The 2013 Cadillac XTS' cabin is impeccably assembled and surrounds its occupants with rich leather and first-rate materials – but regrettably, that's where the good news ends. While the dash layout looks intuitive at first glance, the audio system and climate controls are operated by touch capacitive switches, which require a steep learning curve and heaps of patience to master. Similarly, the optional digital instrument cluster is excessively complex and quite distracting while driving. The front seats, however, are supremely comfortable and plenty supportive, and rear seat passengers are treated to ergonomically-designed seats and a generous amount of headroom. On paper, the Cadillac XTS boasts an additional four inches of legroom over competitors like the BMW 5 Series, however, the XTS' front seats are designed in a way that makes it nearly impossible to slide your feet under them, essentially nullifying the advantage.

Exterior
2013 Cadillac XTS photo

The sculpted sheet metal of the 2013 XTS embodies Cadillac's latest iteration of their celebrated "Art and Science" design language. Although the XTS is considerably longer than its mid-size competitors, exterior dimensions are shorter than the superseded Cadillac DTS sedan. Since sizable proportions necessitate sizable wheels, the XTS rides on standard 19-inch 10-spoke wheels with 20-inch polished alloys as an option. Cadillac completes the exterior with a host of chrome adornments, including door handles, window frames and upper and lower grilles.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Cadillac XTS is offered in four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Premium and Platinum. Every XTS model includes Magnetic Ride Control suspension, Brembo front brakes, a Bose premium audio system, Cadillac's Cue infotainment system with conversational voice recognition, push-button start, and an iPad with a preloaded Cue instructional application. Safety comes in the form of 10 airbags, a full complement of electronic stability systems and GM's renowned OnStar emergency services.

Optional Equipment

While standard and luxury trims offer a basic version of the Cue infotainment system, Premium and Platinum models include the full-fledged rendition, complete with a 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster and a robust navigation system with one-shot destination entry for quick, voice-activated address searches – even when the vehicle is in motion. Additionally, Premium and Platinum models include a full-color head-up display and an available Driver Awareness Package, comprised of lane departure, collision, blind spot and cross traffic alerts. To help mitigate infotainment-related driver distraction, we highly recommend the aforementioned Driver Awareness Package.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan gets its motivation from a 3.6-liter, direct-injected V6 that produces 304 horsepower. Power is delivered smoothly through a 6-speed automatic transmission with a sporty sequential mode and steering wheel-mounted shift controls. Snowbelt residents will appreciate the available all-wheel drive (AWD) system, which incorporates an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and torque vectoring for increased traction on wet and dry surfaces.

2013 Cadillac XTS
3.6-liter V6
304 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
264 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/28 mpg (front-wheel drive), 17/27 mpg (AWD)

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2013 Cadillac XTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 53 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Real nice power & handling

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,600

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "The price was fine but really no extreme bargain;"

Cons: "Massaging seats would be nice. That maybe too muc"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my 6th Caddy and I waited until I drove it for 7 months or so before I offer this review. There is every bell and/or whistle on this car, maybe too many. I love the turning radius and the power that this vehicle has. Also, the handling is superior. I experience a few small blind spots cause my the rear headrests and side window supports. The "lane change" feature is really important since I'm nearly 70 and am not the driver I used to be. I am a big man and my only complaint is that the "cockpit" for the driver is too small especially in the leg/width area. Otherwise I give this vehicle an "A". My local dealer is tops!!!"

The car is a real eye turner in crystal red

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Overall great car"

Cons: "Tires are very soft by design and wore out at 30k"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car. I am 6'4" and. 325 lbs and this car is very roomy.. I looked at a few of the luxury foreign cars.. What a joke . All were more expensive and I could not fit in any of them . I bought the car right after it came out and did have a few fixes on the cue system including a recent upgrade.I am 70 years old and I think the cue system is cool. I have had no problem learning it or using the system. The crystal red paint is awesome . It's a real eye turner. The car is very comfortable and has a huge trunk . We Have been on several long trips with the car and it gets around 27 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg around town. Not too bad for the size and comfort."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best vehicles I've ever owned.

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Stylist, sleek, and fun car to drive"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i have purchased about 25 cars ( 5 being Cadillacs) in my lifetime and the XTS is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. It is everything you could request in a luxury car."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

comfort plus fun to drive

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"while this car is driven mainly by my wife we take it on long trips. It has everything we could ask for as far as performance,comfort and overall drivability."

17 people out of 29 found this review helpful

great vechile, loss of value in 1 month really bad

By on Sunday, March 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "drives and handles great."

Cons: "unbelieveable value loss in short time."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"i should have done better research on Cadillac before buying. tremendous loss of value in 2 months. buyer beware of this car. will never buy another Cadillac again."

20 people out of 33 found this review helpful

best car ever.

By on Thursday, March 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "value and luxury"

Cons: "none that I can think of."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I can't think of another car for $46,000 that gives you this much luxury and value. In 20,000 miles, I can honestly say I look forward to getting behind the wheel each day. Great styling - luxurious interior - library quiet ride. Lease is up shortly and i really rue the day I have to turn it in. I'm ready for another XTS or perhaps an SRX (only because of utility of SRX) Would recommend to everyone."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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