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2013 Cadillac XTS

Thursday, April 4th 2013. | Cadillac

In a span of a decade, Cadillac has managed to transform its lineup from boring to bold—giving other luxury auto manufacturers, like Audi and Mercedes Benz, a run for its money. The 2013 Cadillac XTS is no exception. Introduced for the first time, the XTS is the Cadillac’s flagship luxury sedan that replaces the outgoing DTS and STS luxury autos. And with its high-tech features and superior performance, Cadillac definitely means business.

2013 Cadillac XTS side (gold)

The Cadillac XTS is a luxury sedan that’s both substance and style. It is equipped with a 3.6-L V6 engine that packs 304 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque in a six speed automatic transmission. While the base model is available in front wheel drive, there is also an all-wheel drive called the XTS4, which, in 7.3 seconds, can go from zero to 60 mph. In terms of fuel economy, the Cadillac XTS commands a respectable 17 mpg in the city and 28 mpg in the highway—with a combined rating of 21 mpg for the front-wheel and 20 mpg for the all-wheel version.

In the performance arena, the claim to fame of the Cadillac XTS is the Magnetic Ride Control that complements the HiPer Strut technology, which keeps the tires to the surface and helps in adjusting to the road. This allows the 2013 Cadillac XTS to go from refined to sporty—a definite plus for people who likes both.

2013 Cadillac XTS front (red)

While smaller than the outgoing luxury sedans, the XTS has surprisingly a lot of legroom both for the front and rear seats. With 18 cubic feet of capacity in the trunk, there’s more than enough space for some golf clubs and a suitcase. The XTS Platinum Collection trim level brings luxury to a whole new level, with Opus full-leather seats and the UltraView sunroof headliner frames.

Cadillac claims that its exterior was design with both form and function in mind—from the sculpted side mirror, to the stunning wheel design and the unique grille.

2013 Cadillac XTS front

Included in the 2013 Cadillac XTS is the all-new Cadillac User Experience, the CUE 7,—an infotainment system that enables up to 10 smartphones to connect their songs and contact through Bluetooth connectivity. It also has Natural Voice Recognition and Speak, allowing you to place a phone call easily. And with its easy swipe functionality, browsing through music isn’t difficult at all.

Cadillac puts a premium on safety—as the 2013 Cadillac XTS is equipped with Sensor Fusion, an advanced sensor and positioning system that makes this luxury sedan even safer than most. Other safety features are the Automatic Front Braking, the Radar technology, and Safety Alert Seat.

2013 Cadillac XTS back

The XTS comes with Adaptive Forward Lighting—sensors that determine the speed and steering of the car, allowing the headlamps to adjust to the path of travel. There are ten passenger air bags, including breakthrough front-passenger knee airbags. Other safety features include the blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, vibrating driver seat, and a forward collision alert.

Pricing for this luxury sedan starts at $44,075 and can reach around $64,360 depending on the additional upgrades.

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