2012 Cadillac XTS Luxury Sedan

Reviewed by Susan Frissell2013-xts-20_318

The is the first year of Cadillac’s all-new XTS luxury sedan competing with such favorites as the BMW 528, Lexus GS 350 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Other competitors include the Hyundai Equus, a very nice but underrated sedan, Acura RL and Audi A6.

Quite the competition, but Cadillac will pull it off. The XTS is a beautifully executed sedan, with a list of amenities a mile long. Just sitting inside the cockpit, in the presence of the XTS’ dashboard and IP is a treat.

As with most of GM’s vehicles, the XTS is available in several iterations: Luxury 4-door, FWD, and AWD, Premium 4-door FWD and AWD, and a Platinum version in both FWD and AWD. One can also opt for a Base 4-door FWD XTS to get into the family. And for livery drivers, Cadillac even offers a W20 Livery Package with front-wheel-drive. Pricing starts at $40,075 and runs upwards of $60,385. Our test XTS sedan topped out at $61,305, without additional options, yet plenty of standard features on this top-of-the-line Platinum collection version.

The XTS 5-passenger luxury sedan offers most every feature one could want in a vehicle in this category, including the debut of some of Cadillac’s most technologically advanced features, such as the CUE system (Cadillac User Experience). The XTS is the first Cadillac to offer the new CUE system, a comprehensive and intuitive system for information and media data control. CUE is capable of most high-tech maneuvers today, including Bluetooth operation, placing a call or selecting a song on c2013-xts-sedan-cue-image-swapommand wih CUE’s Natural Voice Recognition, and accessing all contacts and wirelessly stream music.

The Cadillac XTS’ interior is a sight to behold with its attractive and updated dashboard and instrument panel (IP). The ability of the ambient lighting to produce a very inviting cockpit makes this vehicle very luxurious and cozy. Cadillac’s 12.3-inch color screen allows for lighting and information to be displayed so most, if not all drivers can see it without squinting.

Seating is more than comfortable and accommodating, with plush full leather and power driver/passenger seating with 4-way lumbar support. All seats are heated and the XTS sports 10 airbags for over and above safety requirements. The uplevel wood trim in the XTS’ interior will creat deja vu for baby boomers, as it takes you back to the days of large, pillowy-riding GM sedans of the past.

Cadillac has surely positioned itself right smack in the middle of the luxury sedan category, where it’s always been but lost favor in years past. As difficult as it may be to compete with and keep up with all the great vehicles offered in today’s marketplace, Cadillac seems to be drawing in more eager consumers. We can see why.

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SPECS

MSRP: $60,385; total vehicle price $61,305

Engine: 3.6-liter, SIDI DOHC V-6 VVT, 304 hp.

Transmission: 6-speed automatic with OD

Wheelbase: 111.7 in.

Height: 59.5 in.

Width: 72.9 in.

Length: 202 in.

EPA Fuel Economy: 17/28 mpg.

Wheels: 19×8.5 aluminum

Tires: P45/45R19 all-season

Warranty: 48 months/50,000-miles

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