Cadillac XTS Review
The 2013 Cadillac XTS ranks 11 out of 14 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Cadillac XTS, as well as reliability and safety data.
Critics say that while the 2013 Cadillac XTS offers a spacious cabin that’s filled with top-notch materials, its charm may be limited by confusing tech features.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS comes with a V6 engine, which some auto reviewers say provides adequate power. However, others say that the XTS could use a little more passing power on the highway. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and most reviewers agree that it shifts smoothly. The EPA reports that the 2013 XTS gets 17/28 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to cars like the Infiniti M37, but not as good as the BMW 528i. Most test drivers say that the XTS offers a comfortable ride, and that it’s fairly composed on winding roads. Still, some test drivers point out that if you’re in the market for a sports sedan, the XTS probably isn’t the right choice.
Auto writers say that the XTS features a stylish cabin that’s built with upscale materials. Some also point out that the XTS features a spacious, comfortable interior and a sizeable trunk. Despite these attributes, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system draws complaints from some of the automotive press. Some reviewers point out that it doesn’t respond well to voice commands, while others note that its touch-sensitive controls don’t always work as well as they should. The 2013 XTS comes standard with push-button start, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control and an eight-speaker Bose stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Options and features on higher trims include a sunroof, navigation, a backup camera, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems.
- "Overall, I give the XTS a thumbs-up as a perfect car for those who like the brand and its newer models, but would rather drive something with a big back seat and trunk – one with more in common with luxurious Caddys from the past." -- AutoWeek
- "It's substantial looking, it's filled with gadgets, it has a spacious back seat, and its trunk looks lonely and barren when devoid of golf clubs." -- Car and Driver
- "Will the XTS appeal to Cadillac's fans of the fast and dangerous persuasion? No. But for its aging core of buyers, livery drivers, and others looking to cruise in quiet comfort, the XTS is tough to beat." -- Motor Trend
- "The 2013 Cadillac XTS is long and wide on the outside, roomy and comfortable on the inside and it struts its best stuff when cruising, particularly at speeds between 60 and 70 mph." -- Mother Proof
Other Cars to Consider
The Hyundai Genesis isn’t available with all-wheel drive, but reviewers love its powerful base engine and spacious interior. The Genesis also comes with a long list of standard features and has a significantly lower base price.
The base Audi A6 also costs less than the XTS, and reviewers love its attractive, high-quality interior. The A6 2.0T also uses less fuel than most cars in the class, while A6 3.0T models have a supercharged V6 engine that reviewers love.
Details: 2013 Cadillac XTS
The 2013 Cadillac XTS seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. A total of four trims are available: Standard, Luxury, Premium and Platinum. Each trim adds interior features or upgrades some interior materials. The XTS is an all-new model for 2013.
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