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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
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 61 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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

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."

Very nice car.

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

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,"

3 people out of 3 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."

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
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

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!"

9 people out of 19 found this review helpful

love this car

By on Monday, November 09, 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"

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

XTS Platinum-best interior of any similarly priced

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

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

Our two boys waiting on their ride!

"I picked a used XTS Vsport Platinum and it has really knocked our socks off. The Platinum has fully leather wrapped seats(not just the seating surfaces), leather on the doors, and a leather cover dash with stitching. There is aluminum accents throughout complimenting the real wood. It is seriously art in motion on the inside. And it continues on the outside where it keeps heads turning. The ride could be a bit stiff on rough roads but the seats never let you down. The stock power output is great at 369 lb-ft, but the current ecu tune I have is pushing 525 lb-ft andbisbjust bonkers fast spinning the wheels slightly when punching it from 50-70 mph. When stock I saw a 2-way average of 32.2 mpg while using the cruise to stay at 65 mph. Truly impressive! I love CUE! It works great for me. I love all of the safety electronics and being able to turn off the audibles and send them only through the seat, buzzing each cheek of the side of the car that needs addressing. Backing up to an obstacle with light throttle will apply the brakes too! The adaptive cruise control works wonders when enter EZ-Pass express lanes and a Land Rover decides to slow and exit into the toll booths. The magnetic shocks are quite impressive. Along with hydraulic steering the shocks help hold the turn and give enough feedback that you know you shouldn't be turning like a 4,200 lbs it is."

8 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Our two boys waiting on their ride!

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