The 2013 Cadillac XTS luxury sedan is a five passengers. There are 4 trim levels: base, Luxury Collection, Premium and Platinum Collection Collection. Standard equipment for the 2013 Cadillac XTS base includes 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, the xenon headlights, heated mirrors, the rear parking sensors, keyless ignition / entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats 10 position, a sliding and telescopic steering wheel, and leather / faux suede upholstery. The standard Electronic features include the Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a central 8-inch touch screen, OnStar and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with CD player, satellite radio, HD radio, iPod / USB connectivity and an auxiliary input.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS Luxury Collection adds a heated steering wheel, the driver memory functions, heated and ventilated front seats, interior ambient lighting, heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera and wipers with rain sensor. Premium Collection Package is based on these deals with adaptive headlights, a head-up display, tri-zone automatic climate control, an outlet of 110 volts, a navigation system, voice controls, Bose speaker system 14 audio surround sound and a set of safety features including blind spot detection, the lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and Forward Collision Alert.
Finally, the 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum Collection offers 20-inch wheels, unique exterior styling, a sun roof, power rear sunshade and additional leather interior cabin. Optional for Premium and Platinum is the driver assistance package, which includes the adaptive cruise control with automatic braking at low speed.
2013 Cadillac XTS Interior
The 2013 Cadillac XTS slots right between her DTS and STS predecessors, a little shorter than former and the little longer than the second. The 2013 Cadillac XTS is also shorter than the Lincoln MKS, however, offers more space for the front and rear legs and a larger trunk. With 18 cubic feet capacity, the trunk of the XTS offers plenty of space, although it is a bit narrow, so golf clubs will probably have to be creative beside other luggage.
Ample space is nothing new for a large Cadillac. But it is in the front instrument panel that distinguishes XTS. The system CUE infotainment – meaning Cadillac User Experience – integrates audio, telephone, optional OnStar navigation and functionality on a touchscreen 8 inches. Those familiar with the interfaces of smartphones and tablets will feel at home with CUE, since it uses similar touching, the swiping and pinching commands.
2013 Cadillac XTS Engine
The 2013 Cadillac XTS is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels is standard. All-wheel drive is also available and is specified by the XTS4 nickname. In testing, a Platinum XTS4 went from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds – adequately fast, but still a second or so behind similar power and luxury sedans price. Fuel economy is at an EPA-estimated 17 highway mpg city / 28 mpg and 21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, while models of all-wheel drive are rated at 17/26/20.
2013 Cadillac XTS Safety
The 2013 Cadillac XTS comes standard with the antilock disc brakes, stability control and traction control, front and therear side air-bags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Also standard is OnStar, which includes the automatic crash notification, roadside assistance to the letter, remote door unlock, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.
In braking tests, a 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum came to a stop from 60 mph in 123 feet, which is normal for the car of this class wearing all season tires. The optional safety features include the blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Warning, Forward Collision Alert, rear cross traffic alert and a driver’s seat vibration alerts the driver to an imminent collision each side of the 2013 Cadillac XTS.