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in Luxury Large Cars

MSRP: $44,600 - $69,095
Invoice: $42,147 - $64,604
MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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Cadillac XTS Interior

Test drivers agree that the 2014 Cadillac XTS has a well-built cabin that’s quiet and luxurious, and they appreciate its large trunk and very comfortable, spacious seats. The XTS has a number of high-tech features, though reviewers think certain components, such as the CUE infotainment system, can be difficult to use.

  • "The cabin is quiet and posh with an ultra-modern digital cluster. Our tester was handsomely decked out in black and cream and set off by light pipes, which cast a soft glow in the evenings on the doors and dash. The formal setting is interrupted by purple stitching, an unconventional move for the staid brand." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Indeed, the XTS's spaceship-like cockpit and touch-sensitive control panel could be a turnoff for those who yearn for the days of simple knobs and buttons. But if you're looking for a new twist on this classic formula, few cars can compare." -- Edmunds
  • "Step inside the 2014 Cadillac XTS and you will see a rich, impeccably assembled cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cockpit is very nicely appointed, wind noise and road noise are nearly nonexistent, and really, it's a fine place to pass the time." -- Autoblog

Seating

The 2014 Cadillac XTS seats five and comes with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Optional features include heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Reviewers think the front and rear seats are very comfortable and offer plenty of head- and legroom.

  • "The Cadillac XTS gives you the kind of passenger volume you expect from a nearly 17-foot-long luxury sedan. Rear riders in particular will appreciate their ample accommodations." -- Edmunds
  • "The 3-passenger rear seat offers good legroom. …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats are incredibly comfortable. …" -- Autoblog
  • "Perforated leather upholstery, front seats with thigh bolsters and an abundance of head- and legroom in both the front and rear seats create the luxurious comfort expected from a Cadillac." -- Mother Proof (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Cadillac XTS comes with push-button start, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, satellite and HD Radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system. Available features include a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 14-speaker surround sound audio system, a dual-screen rear-seat Blu-Ray player and a backup camera. Also available are adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and automatic parking assistance, which can help the driver steer the car into a parallel parking space.

Some reviewers say the CUE infotainment system is intuitive, but others think it complicates the audio and climate controls. Several critics write that the touch-sensitive buttons beneath the touch screen are difficult to operate while driving.

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  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There are also auxiliary touch-sensitive buttons beneath the touchscreen, however, and they're a mixed bag. These buttons help control the stereo and climate systems, and they can be a challenge to use if you're trying to drive at the same time." -- Edmunds
  • "… the reconfigurable LCD display looks great, and the CUE system, while remaining frustrating and not incredibly intuitive to use, still offers a whole raft of technology and functionality right at your fingertips." -- Autoblog
  • "Clearly modeled after Apple's iPad-one of which, in fact, will be given to buyers-CUE is graced with quick responses and a logical menu setup that makes it a lot less obtuse than the conceptually similar MyFord Touch system." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Cadillac XTS has standard split-folding rear seats and 18 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than what most luxury large cars offer. Critics appreciate the large trunk, and they think the small storage spaces around the cabin are useful.

  • "Livery customers also will like the deep 18.0 cubic-foot trunk. ..." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "The trunk is a vast 18 cubic feet. ..." -- The Wall Street Journal (2013)
  • "There are a few clever storage cubbies including a compartment to the left of the steering wheel that's perfect for a cellphone and wallet." -- Mother Proof (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/19/14

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