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2014 Cadillac XTS

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2014 Cadillac XTS Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

Once proclaiming to be "The Standard of the World,” Cadillac has more recently been fighting to reach a new – younger – generation of buyers. The addition of the excellent ATS compact sedan has been a big step forward, and the XTS aims to do the same on the other end of Cadillac's lineup. As the luxury brand's newest flagship sedan, the 2014 Cadillac XTS possesses a good balance of exterior style, interior refinement and modern (though potentially confusing) technology. Smaller than the geriatric DTS it replaced, the chiseled XTS bridges the gap between midsize and full-size luxury sedans. Starting around $45,000, it faces a broad set of rivals, from the Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-Class to the more performance-oriented BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a mature, comfortable full-size sedan with the presence and prestige for which Cadillac is known, the XTS fits the bill in a contemporary suit. On the value side of the equation, the XTS undercuts most European and Japanese rivals while still offering plenty of standard features.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want your big cruiser to be engaging when the road twists, a more performance-oriented car like the rear-drive BMW 5-Series can scratch that itch. We must also mention the CUE infotainment system. Its complexity and lack of intuitiveness could be a deal-breaker, so we advise giving it a full test-drive, too.

What's New for 2014

The big news for the 2014 XTS is more power thanks to an optional twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The invigorated powerplant makes 410 horsepower and comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD). Also of note are automatic parking assist, an available rear-seat entertainment system, and electric power steering in front-wheel-drive models.

Driving the XTS
Driving Impressions

The Cadillac XTS offers a commendable balance between comfort and handling. The big sedan is especially competent when cruising over wide stretches of pavement, remaining poised even when the road...

... is scarred. The Cadillac's ability to soak up bumps is due in large part to its standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension, which adjusts to varying road conditions within milliseconds. The XTS's hydraulically-assisted steering system, used on all-wheel-drive models, is precise and responsive. Overall comfort is enhanced by a quiet cabin that is so well-insulated that we had to check the tachometer to make sure the engine was running. On that front, the standard engine is a 305-horsepower V6 with adequate but not exceptional performance. When the XTS was introduced for 2013, we pined for more horsepower. This year, Cadillac has delivered with a twin-turbo V6. That optional powerplant produces 410 horsepower and comes standard with AWD.

DRIVER AWARENESS PACKAGE
This system bundles advanced safety features that constantly monitor surroundings to prevent an accident. In addition to blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert, the system boasts Safety Alert Seat, which literally shakes the driver's seat as a warning to dangers such as drifting from a lane or crashing into an object.

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

2014 Cadillac XTS Details
2014 Cadillac XTS photo Interior

Step inside the 2014 Cadillac XTS and you will see a rich, impeccably assembled cabin. Comfortable, leather-trimmed seats are standard, and top-line models are further outfitted with leather-wrapped interior panels. The 3-passenger rear seat offers good legroom, and a massive, 18-cubic-foot trunk. Cadillac calculates that the XTS can swallow five or more suitcases. But not all is perfect inside the XTS. While the standard 8-inch touch-screen center controller is visually appealing and offers haptic feedback (in which the screen feels like it's touching you back), the standard CUE system is unintuitive. It requires a steep learning curve to operate what should be simple functions like audio and climate settings.

Exterior
2014 Cadillac XTS photo

The Cadillac XTS has the angular, wedge-like profile of its CTS and ATS sedan siblings, but in longer and larger form. Design highlights include windswept headlights and side creases. Befitting this large sedan are sizable wheels: 19 inches on most models and 20-inch versions on high-end trims. Twin exhaust outlets also lend a sporty feel. All-wheel-drive models have "XTS4" badging to indicate all wheels being driven. Less obvious, but helpful, is a capless fuel-filling system that means you'll never have to unscrew a cap before refueling.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even if you spend the least on a base model XTS, you'll be getting a lot for your money. Among the niceties are dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, rear parking assist, and an 8-speaker Bose sound system with CD/HD Radio, streaming Bluetooth audio and USB inputs. Stepping up trims brings features like a rearview camera, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 12.3-inch driver-information display, and the Driver Awareness Package. Safety features include 10 airbags, GM's OnStar communications service with automatic crash response, and Brembo performance brakes. Complimentary maintenance is standard for four years or 50,000 miles.

Optional Equipment

All-wheel drive is available on base V6 versions of the XTS (it's standard on turbocharged models). Other options vary by trim and include navigation, a 14-speaker Bose Studio Surround Sound audio system, a dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and a sunroof. The new Parking Assist feature included in higher trims enables the XTS to parallel park itself with minimal driver input. Added safety is available with the Driver Assist Package that includes adaptive cruise control and automatic braking in both forward and reverse if the system senses an impending collision.

Under the Hood

Two engine choices are available in the 2014 Cadillac XTS. Base models use a 3.6-liter, direct-injected V6 that produces 305 horsepower. Those seeking more oomph should look to the twin-turbocharged version of that engine, which boosts pony count appreciably to 410 horsepower. The base engine can be had with all-wheel drive instead of the standard front-wheel drive, while turbo models come exclusively with all-wheel-drive. The AWD in the XTS uses Haldex technology and a limited-slip differential to transfer power front to back and side to side. It's helpful in Snowbelt states where traction can be compromised. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The standard V6 runs on regular unleaded, while the turbo one requires premium fuel.


3.6-liter V6
305 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
264 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/28 mpg (front-wheel drive), 17/26 mpg (AWD)

3.6-liter turbocharged V6
410 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 1,900-5,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 mpg

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2014 Cadillac XTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 63 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Really Nice Car

By on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "comfortable to drive, nice smartphone app"

Cons: "Can't really complain about anything!"

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

"I have driven this car for 2 years now, no issues and great ride; Navigation and Rear Camera are great; Very comfortable seats; Good acceleration; Quiet. My plans are to buy either another XTS or the CT6 next year. I would recommend this car to a friend. This is really a smart choice and a good value."

Fantastic Quality and Value

By on Saturday, January 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 10.0
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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: "Every function."

Cons: "None."

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

"Rides quite, solid, with great control and good acceleration. Very roomy and comfortable. Dash arrangement is well planned and controls well placed. Great car. Far superior to my 2012 MB E class."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Very nice car.

By on Monday, January 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 8.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "everything so far"

Cons: "cue not working right, but having it fixed."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Our first Cadillac even if it is a 2013 we think it amazing, only driven it a few hundred miles so far, but id handles great, haven't had time to check out the gas millage, I bought this from an estate sale, The CUE is not working properly but the Dealer said to bring it in and they'll fix it, Taking a trip real soon, and will let you know more about it then,"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Love my car.

By on Thursday, December 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Smooth ride, elegant look and features"

Cons: "Loses value quickly"

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

"I really do love my 2014 XTS. The only problem I see with a Cadillac is that they lose their value so quickly. Other than that, I love the way it drives, looks, everything."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Great styling, great value, high quality

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,500

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Styling, value, technology, gas milage on regular"

Cons: "CUEe to you get used to it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned Audis, Mercedes in the past and wanted to try an American car for a change. After looking around and not liking the current E class styling (or the seats) I decided to buy the XTS. The styling is great and the interior is lovely. The technology package is great and will sync with more than one Apple device and you can select back and forth between the two when both are synced-try that with a Mercedes! The handling is superb with the magna ride shocks-just like the Corvette uses-and if you drop in sport mode the paddle shifters are very responsive with extremely quick shifts-even blips the throttle on downshift. I bought the car right, my lease buyout is what the car is worth and I think I will buy out and wait to see if the CT-6 is worth the trade. Great car, great value and all the technology is fantastic. The service experience at my Cadillac dealership far exceeds the crazy price of Mercedes service and everything-including oil changes- is included for 4 years or 50k miles. What a nice change. Way to go GM!"

11 people out of 23 found this review helpful

love this car

By on Monday, November 9, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "cue needs to be better"

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

"Took a while before I could master the cue. But otherwise excellent car.great ride, comfortable, great mpg handles well. Quality luxury car at a reasonable price"

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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