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2013 Cadillac XTS Review

Reviewers liked the 2013 Cadillac XTS’ comfortable cabin, but some thought its tech features are frustrating to use and wished the XTS’ V6 had a bit more power.

Pros & Cons

  • Large trunk
  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Confusing, slow infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2013 Cadillac XTS Overview

Though some test drivers said the 2013 XTS’ V6 delivers sufficient acceleration, other wished it provided more power. The Cadillac XTS comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available. According to the EPA, the 2013 Cadillac XTS gets 17/28 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for a six-cylinder luxury car. Though automotive journalists said the XTS’ suspension is oriented toward comfort and not performance, they noted that the XTS still offers composed handling for a large sedan. The XTS’ strong brakes and well-weighted steering also appealed to several critics.

Reviewers stated that the 2013 Cadillac XTS has attractive interior styling and first-rate materials. It also has one of the largest trunks in the class, and critics reported that there’s no shortage of head- or legroom in the front and back seats. Standard features in the 2013 Cadillac XTS include leather upholstery, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, rear parking sensors and Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, which uses a touch-screen display and touch-sensitive audio and climate controls. Available features include adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a sunroof, navigation, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system and a rearview camera. A few test drivers reported that the CUE infotainment system is user-friendly, though others noted that it can take time to master all of the controls, and complained that the touch-sensitive audio and climate controls sometimes respond slowly.

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Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers liked the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class’ opulent, spacious interior and powerful standard V6. The 2013 E-Class was named our 2013 Best Luxury Full-Size Car for Families when it was new.

The 2013 Jaguar XF has a very roomy trunk, and critics were pleased with the power provided by its available supercharged V6. Test drivers also wrote that the XF has sharper handling than many rivals.

Compare the XTS, E-Class and XF »

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