2013 Cadillac XTS Overview
2013 Cadillac XTS Overview
Building out its luxury sedan fleet, Cadillac presented the automotive world with new models for the 2013 production year. The 2013 Cadillac XTS is a large, four-door sedan, offering seating for five, impressive exterior styling, and luxurious interior amenities. The all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS possesses some of the sport-inspired aesthetics of its brothers, the CTS and the CTS-V, but the XTS shouldn’t be considered a sport sedan. This model is designed for the individual who loves cruising over exhilarating, track-worthy performance.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS is offered in seven available trims. Each of the model options is built around a 3.6-liter V-6, capable of producing 304 horsepower, while still enjoying impressive overall fuel economy at an EPA estimated 17/28 mpg city/highway. With the Cadillac XTS introduced to the market as a brand-new model in 2013, there is room for a few improvements as the model evolves, but consumers will certainly want to take a look, and give this first offering a test drive.
New for 2013
The Cadillac XTS is an all-new model for 2013, joining the sedan line along with CTS, CTS-V and the all-new ATS.
The exterior of the 2013 Cadillac XTS flows. The front grill resounds Cadillac luxury, serving as an impossible-to-miss feature. Surrounding the grill are two contemporary, angled headlights, wrapping the front two corners of the car and providing impressive headlight technology. The robust body presents more car than windows and windshield; a look which has been increasingly implemented into production models from concepts of the early 21st century. The 19- and 20-inch wheel options are available as part of different trim packages, adding to the overall look and performance of the 2013 XTS. Cadillac offers seven exterior paint schemes for the first production year of the XTS. One impressive feature of the 2013 XTS is the Ultraview Sunroof, presenting a 48-inch rooftop window that spans both rows of seating.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Cadillac XTS is precisely what shoppers will expect when sitting down inside a new Cadillac sedan. Leather interior, ample space, luxurious surroundings and state-of-the-art automotive technology: it’s precisely what the XTS has to offer. The enjoyment of the interior is enhanced with the Cadillac CUE Infotainment system, which offers control over an impressive, 14-speaker Bose® Stereo Surround® audio system. For those who love weekend cruising, or long road trips, these interior features make the 2013 XTS a sound competitor in the full-size sedan class. Rear seating is capable of seating three across. Leg room remains ample for rear-seated passengers, who will enjoy the three-way climate control feature.
There are several premium features available as part of interior packages, including a heated steering wheel, heated and vented front seats, Opus leather, wood-grain trim, and the previously mentioned Ultraview Sunroof, surrounded by a microfiber headliner.
Addressing cargo, Cadillac serves up an impressively large, 18 cubic feet of trunk space, which can be extended with the 60/40 folding rear seats. This is as much cargo space as anyone would be able to find in a vehicle of this class.
As suspected, the 2013 Cadillac XTS passed its safety testing with flying colors. Cadillac is a safety innovator, offering new automotive technology to design schemes in order to enhance the overall driving experience with safety being considered priority. Standard front, rear and side airbags maximize cabin safety in the event of an accident. Cadillac has implemented Sensor Fusion to the 2013 XTS, which allows for driver alerts during all driving scenarios – this provides automatic front and rear braking. Other standard features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (Brembo on the front), adaptive front lighting (moving headlights), integrated turn signal side view mirrors, electronic stability and traction control, and peace of mind features such as child safety locks.
The driving experience of any new car is loaded with anticipation, and oftentimes, different responses from test drivers and the public consumers. The 2013 Cadillac XTS tested well among some stiff competition. Many test drivers expected the V-6 to be less-than-impressive in overall performance, but such sentiment was found to be without merit. Cadillac has put a strong engine into the XTS. Many have raved about the overall performance capability of the all-wheel-drive option.
The interior was immediately loved by test drivers, and has been a big selling point for the consuming public. The main criticism of the overall driving experience was nothing about the drive itself, rather the available technology. Many have complained of a stubborn voice activated search feature, which may evoke memories of bad fast-food ordering experiences. The 2013 XTS received high marks in the realm of handling and braking, due in part to the Brembo braking technology offered up front, as well as Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control. Overall, the first model bearing the XTS nameplate is considered a good buy.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Cadillac XTS
- Tesla Model S
- Audi A7
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Infiniti M
- Jaguar XF
The 2013 Cadillac CTS tops the charts when rating interior space and luxury features. It is a large, midsize luxury sedan that is available as a sedan, coupe, or wagon. The would-be owner has a large variety of choices when choosing a new CTS because of the different body style, engine, and trim options that can be combined to create a luxury sedan that fits any lifestyle.
The 2013 Cadillac CTS comes with a 3.0-liter or 3.6-liter V-6 which lets the driver put an emphasis on fuel economy or power. Despite the choice, the EPA-estimated fuel economy will hover around 21 mpg combined. In addition to performance, the CTS comes standard with a long list of luxury items that some manufacturers don’t even offer as an optional feature.
New for 2013
- The base trim was eliminated from the trim options
- Only the automatic transmission is offered now
- Some optional features are now standard
The new 2013 Cadillac CTS has evolved greatly but stayed true to the Cadillac look. It has changed it body style and design to be much more dramatic, including much sharper edges that have a much more aggressive look than before. The front and rear have V-shaped ends that include long and upswept head and tail lights, all brought together by blade-like fenders. The 2013 Cadillac CTS is an attractive vehicle that is modern and fierce.
The 2013 Cadillac CTS is available in three body styles and three trim levels. The body styles include the sedan, coupe, and wagon and the trim levels include the 3.0 Luxury, 3.6 Performance, and 3.6 Premium. 17-inch alloy wheels come standard but a CTS Touring package replaces those with 18-inch wheels and adds dual exhaust pipes, an increase in horsepower, the FE2 sport-tuned suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, and a new grille. The 3.6 Premium trim includes the Touring package as well as adding a panoramic sunroof. The Performance and Premium trims can be equipped with a different Performance package that adds larger 19-inch wheels with sport tires, an upgraded FE3 sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip rear differential and upgraded brakes. Recaro front sport seats are included with the CTS Touring package for the Premium trim level, which includes all the features described above.
Interior & Cargo
The interior is one of the most highly reviewed parts about the new CTS because of its never-ending supply of luxury features. Standard features include heated mirrors, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, heated power front seats, leather seating, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, interior accent lighting, Bluetooth, and a Bose audio system. The Touring package adds a suede steering wheel and unique trim. The 3.6 Performance adds an upgraded Bose audio system, digital music storage, and an iPod/USB interface. The 3.6 Premium adds rear parking sensors, a cabin deodorizer, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel with wood accents, a navigation system, and a pop-up touch screen interface. The trunk offers a decent amount of storage space at 13.6 cubic feet but its awkward shape makes bulky items difficult to fit.
Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, automatic headlights, automatic windshield wipers, traction control, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. OnStar is also included which offers many emergency and security services. It received the best rating possible of five stars in all government crash tests.
The 2013 Cadillac CTS takes on corners and turns with all the athleticism and agility that you would expect. Its sport-tuned suspension and tight steering ensure you feel in complete control of the car at all times. The CTS is fairly larger though so its girth does become noticeable during very tight turns or quick corners at higher rates of speed. The upgraded FE2 and FE3 sport suspensions are very firm but that is expected with sport-tuned, premium suspensions.
The 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 265 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque is standard on all 3.0 models. However the Touring package will bump those numbers up to 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque with the upgraded exhaust. The 3.6 models feature a 3.6-liter V-6 capable of 318 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is the only option for both models; however the standard rear-wheel-drive layout can be substituted for an all-wheel-drive system for the 3.6 models. Even though there is a major size difference between both engine options and there are two drivetrain layouts, the EPA-estimated fuel economy fluctuates between 21 and 22 mpg.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Cadillac CTS
- BMW 3-Series
- Lexus GS 350
- Chrysler 300
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class