Big Caddy XTS 2013 replaces DTS 2012

Starting with Malibu-sized bones means that the XTS isn’t very wide, but the 111.7-inch wheelbase does provide a livery-ready backseat with good legroom. Livery customers also will like the deep 18.0 cubic-foot trunk and the $44,995 base price.

Big Caddy XTS 2013 replaces DTS 2012

Buyers who equate power with cylinder count might scoff at the XTS’s V-6. Every XTS will feature Cadillac’s direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 with 304 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy comes in at 17 mpg city and 28 highway (17/27 highway for all-wheel-drive versions). 

Power is adequate, although finding the power requires sweeping the tachometer past 4000 rpm—torque peaks at 5200 rpm. Customers raised on big displacement likely will never work their engines that hard. 

The automatic travels fluidly through its six gears and never draws attention to itself. There’s no sport program for the gearbox, but there is a manual mode, complete with paddle shifters on the back of the steering wheel should you decide to pretend you bought a CTS-V.

Some Things Haven’t Changed

Big American luxury has changed. It’s not very big anymore, there’s no V-8, and it doesn’t float or conceal the road. But while there might not be a “Body by Fisher” badge on the XTS, it does keep a few old traditions alive. 
It’s substantial looking, it’s filled with gadgets, it has a spacious back seat, and its trunk looks lonely and barren when devoid of golf clubs. 

Unlike the upcoming ATS and the CTS, the XTS doesn’t go directly after the European competition. 
Its handling and interior execution move it closer to the European brands, but it’s not aimed directly at the big German sedans. 

A RWD car already tapped to supplant the XTS at the top of Caddy’s lineup is due in 2014 and may offer an optional V-8; this model will more directly target those cars. In the meantime, the XTS seems content to be the last, big American luxury car. 


Author: AL
Source: Autolatest

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