When the 2013 Cadillac XTS goes on sale this summer, it will start at $44,995, including destination charges. That price makes the all-new large luxury sedan, which replaces the aging Cadillac DTS and STS, less expensive than many of its rivals.
In a press release, Cadillac says the XTS is equipped with a 3.6-liter direct injection V6 engine making 304 horsepower. That’s the only engine available on the XTS, but some of its rivals, like the Hyundai Genesis, BMW 5-Series, Infiniti M and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, have optional V8 engines making about 400 horsepower or more.
The XTS will have technology that is typical of cars in this price point, such as navigation with voice recognition, Bluetooth and an 8-inch touch screen. One feature that sets the XTS apart from its rivals is its standard iPad. When paired with the Cadillac User Experience (CUE), which is an infotainment system, the iPad doubles as the center stack. Cadillac doesn’t mention the type of iPad that comes with the XTS, but Kicking Tires says that “it's the latest generation with Wi-Fi, according to Cadillac spokeswoman Jordana Strosberg.”
The 2013 XTS’ safety features also distinguish it from its classmates. The XTS will debut with front and rear automatic brakes, which use radar sensors to automatically slow down the car and help prevent low-speed collisions. Another stand-out item is the Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates the left or right side of the driver’s seat cushion to warn the driver of potential accidents. Other optional safety features include lane departure warning, forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, which are common on other large luxury sedans.
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