Cushy luxury without the squishy ride; fresh technology gives the cabin a contemporary feel; reasonable starting price
Currently only available with a V6; no rear-wheel-drive model; CTS offers similar equipment in a more exciting package for less money
The Cadillac XTS adds a performance-oriented Vsport model to its lineup for the 2014 model year. Otherwise, it's largely unchanged.
The 2014 Cadillac XTS is a great car for shoppers interested in comfort and utility over driving enjoyment. Yes, the Vsport livens things up, but the XTS model's front-wheel-drive-based platform will never top rear-wheel-drive rivals for handling prowess. As for a trim level, we'd go with the Premium. The top-level Platinum model includes a steep price increase, considering the Premium boasts just about everything we could ever want.
The Cadillac XTS is available in five trim levels. Luxury-oriented models use base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum trims, while drivers interested in performance can choose the sporty XTS Vsport.
Even the base-level XTS ($45,600) is loaded with equipment. It includes Bluetooth, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power driver seat, leather upholstery, an 8-in color touchscreen with Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, heated mirrors, xenon headlights and Bluetooth. Of course, that's in addition to features you'd expect, such as power accessories and keyless entry.
Step up to the Luxury ($50,500) and you get heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, front and rear park assist, automatic wipers and a rearview camera. Luxury models also offer available all-wheel drive.
Next up is the Premium ($55,500), which includes tri-zone automatic climate control (the third zone is in back), a head-up display that's projected on the windshield, a navigation system with voice control, a Bose audio system and several safety features such as adaptive headlights, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning and blind spot warning. Once again, all-wheel drive is optional.
Topping the range is the Platinum ($62,800). It includes a power sunroof, 20-in wheels, a full leather interior and a power rear sunshade. Once again, all-wheel drive is available as an option.
For drivers interested in a sporty car, the XTS Vsport comes in two trim levels. The Premium model ($63,100) roughly mirrors the XTS Premium's equipment levels, while the Platinum ($70,100) is on par with the standard XTS Platinum. The difference is that Vsport models use a 410-hp turbocharged engine and include all-wheel drive as standard equipment. They also feature a few exterior revisions.
While the XTS doesn't offer many options, two crucial ones include automatic braking at low speeds and adaptive cruise control.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
Lincoln MKS -- Although it's less expensive than the XTS, the Lincoln MKS is, in many cases, a more obvious competitor to the XTS than European offerings such as the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Updated for 2013, the MKS offers comparable power from its EcoBoost V6 and interior styling that's consistent with the feeling of the XTS model's cabin.
BMW 5 Series -- While the BMW 528i sedan's turbocharged 4-cylinder produces less power than the XTS, its soft steering and suspension tuning make it surprisingly well-matched to the Caddy -- and so does its price tag.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a slightly more utilitarian 5-passenger sedan than the XTS. The Benz comes with time-tested technology and impressive durability, making it more of a blue-chip choice in contrast to the newly introduced Cadillac XTS.