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2013 Cadillac XTS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Cadillac XTS was new.


Interior: 7.5

Test drivers agree that the 2013 Cadillac XTS features an attractive and modern cabin design that’s built with premium materials. The XTS also excels with comfortable seats and a large trunk, but some critics think that its electronic features could be easier to use.

  • "The interior is quite nice as well, though in this particular example it is sort of a mustard color that some people might need to get used to. Plenty of room though." -- AutoWeek 
  • "Clean, original, and elegant, this is arguably the best interior Cadillac has ever done." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Inside, the XTS sports one of the nicest interiors GM has ever made. Design-wise, everything is well-thought-out and executed -- meaning the interior matches the expectations the big, bold body promises." -- Motor Trend 
  • "And, it has to be said, Cadillac's new interior design language, as advanced by the XTS, rocks pretty hard. The XTS cabin is smartly organized and geometrically satisfying, sewed tight in stitched leather (real or faux, depending on trim level), alloy trim and optional wood." -- The Wall Street Journal 


Most reviewers say that the 2013 XTS has comfortable and supportive front seats, as well as a spacious back seat with plenty of head- and legroom. The 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.

  • "The seats were supportive, forgiving, and once I played with the lumbar adjustment, seriously comfortable. The telescoping wheel made finding the perfect driving position very easy." -- AutoWeek 
  • "The front seats are plush, but the headrests smack the back of your head like a homeroom bully." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The seats and dash are wrapped in high quality leather with purple(!) stitching, and though a bit flat, the seats are comfortable on long drives. Speaking of seats, the Caddy is capable of comfortably shuttling four full-size men to lunch, five in a pinch, though it'll be cozy." -- Motor Trend 
  • "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 

Interior Features

The 2013 Cadillac XTS comes with push-button start, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control and Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, which includes an eight-speaker Bose stereo, satellite and HD Radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, voice recognition, an SD card slot and a USB port. Options and features available in higher trims include a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 14-speaker surround-sound stereo and a backup camera. Available safety and driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control and rear cross-path detection, as well as forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

While one test driver writes that CUE responds quickly and is easy to use, other reviewers had more difficulty with Cadillac’s new infotainment system. One test driver writes that he had trouble getting the XTS’ touch-sensitive controls to work, while another writes that the voice recognition software worked poorly in her test car. However, one critic says that he’s sure CUE would become easier to use with practice, though it initially requires too much attention to make audio and climate adjustments.

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  • "The combination of buttons and touchscreen strikes a good balance to me, but I thought it took a little too much eyes-off-the-road focus to adjust things like climate and the radio stations. With practice I'm sure it'd be fine." -- AutoWeek
  • "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 
  • "Caress though I might the new capacitive (touch-sensitive), Apple-y switchgear, I cannot make it yield to me. A barely-there brush, a back-arching touch.... Nothing. Come on, I just wanna turn up the volume. No? Well, can I get a little cabin heat going? Let's slow jam." -- The Wall Street Journal 
  • "The voice control system was like talking to my dear departed grandmother who couldn't hear a thing. You know, you say ‘Directions to Nordstrom’ and she says, ‘Huh? A detective? A storm?’ or something even more off-base." -- Mother Proof


With 18 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2013 XTS has a larger trunk than most cars in the class, and reviewers are pleased with the room provided. If you need more space, the XTS also comes with 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a lockable rear pass-through for longer items.

  • "Livery customers also will like the deep 18.0 cubic-foot trunk. ..." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The trunk is a vast 18 cubic feet. ..." -- The Wall Street Journal 
  • "There's 18 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, which is near the top of what you can get without opting for a SUV or minivan." -- Mother Proof

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