By Tony West and Jamar Lee
The completely new 2013 Cadillac XTS is GM’s rookie of the year. Fully loaded the Platinum Package has a plethora of luxury, media, and sporty features perfect for the renaissance man, the macho man, the blue collar, the white collar, and even no shirt at all. Put simply, this whip is raw. The design of the XTS is sporty but the interior is large enough for five 6 foot guys to sit comfortably, 2 more if you count the trunk. The front legroom is an astonishing 45 inches, and the rear, 40 inches. Yet this RG3 cuts through the wind like a knife, stuntin with its chrome grill, 20” wheels, and dual exhaust. Inside and out, the 2013 Cadillac XTS is sick. Outside, the handles light up, and the interior has ambient lighting.
Sitting in the XTS is a leather-trimmed climate controlled mancave. Every aspect of my comfort is addressed with features like heated and ventilated seats in the front and back, tri zone climate control, the ultraview sunroof, heated steering wheel, the 4-way adjustable seats and steering column, and the 14-speaker Bose surround sound system. That’s all before I pull off.
One of a Kind Look with Custom Everything Else
The 2013 Cadillac XTS suits so many different car buyers because of its many options for optimal performance, safety, and comfort. With its luxurious safety features, the XTS is a pleasure to drive. The Heads Up Display has been a big hit with many car companies. Cadillac makes this HUD the best I’ve seen. The HUD in the XTS displays the speed, radar, media being used, and even collision warnings all in a small section of the windshield. So that’s less time I’m driving distracted. But if I wanted to be distracted in a great way, I just need to look down at my customizable dash that gives options for different layouts. The radar system is awesome!
I enjoy how the Cadillac XTS makes its tech features customizable, right down to the surround sound direction, forward collision alert, and the safety alert seat. The safety alert seat enhances the collision warning. When anything moves a certain distance to the car, the driver’s seat vibrates. While most of us aren’t used to our butts being played with, I’ll admit it definitely keeps me from causing a crash.
Performance, Safety, and MPG’s
Though the 2013 Caddy XTS is a full size sedan, it performs better than most luxury brands in its class. The 304 hp V6 is powerful yet light, giving it wonderful acceleration and even better fuel economy. The 19 gallon tank cost about $70 to fill in Chicago, where gas is one of the highest in the country. Sound expensive, my sister’s Nissan Altima cost $70 to fill. And my friend’s BMW 745 costs $90 bucks to fill up where gas is $1.00 less than Chicago. The XTS gets an impressive 17 city and 28 highway mpgs. Haldex all wheel drive, along with front Brembro Brakes and the HiPer Strut Suspension makes the Caddy feel like a spaceship on cruise, a jet engine at high speeds, and a tank in rough terrain. Regardless of where you’re riding, it’s all peaceful in the cabin; especially because of the Magnetic Ride Control. The XTS is the only luxury sedan with standard magnetic ride control. This reduces bumping and body roll, and has only came standard brands like Audi and Ferrari.
Safety in the XTS is also impressive. Along with automatic front and rear braking, rear cross traffic alert, and a back up camera, the XTS has a ton of airbags at every level and On star. If I get in an accident in the XTS, I’ll be warned and I’ll be protected many times over.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS has raised the bar for full size sedans. Most who saw it, said they would pay $60,000- no objection. For $60,000 you can afford an Audi S7 or A7, BMW 5 Series, a Lexus GS, or a Mercedes-Benz C-Class. I love all of these cars, but the Cadillac XTS has them all beat. None of these other $60,000 whips give you all that the XTS does, sport, performance, advanced tech, customizable luxury, a spacious interior, and most importantly good gas mileage. All this made in the USA!