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Expert's Rating


MPG 16 City / 25 Highway
  • Handles like a smaller car
  • Glass-smooth ride
  • Quiet, beautifully-crafted cabin
  • Advanced infotainment
  • Spacious rear seat
  • Acceleration is only average
Automotive Editor -
The Cadillac XTS has big shoes to fill -- and lots of competition.


For the 2013 model year, Cadillac released an all-new sedan that replaces a pair of its most iconic models: the STS, which is descended from the Seville, and the DTS, once known as the DeVille. The new sedan -- dubbed the XTS -- features aggressive styling, a potent V6 engine and an array of features worthy of Cadillac's name.

The 2013 XTS comes in four trim levels: Base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum. All feature a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that sends 304 horsepower to the front wheels through and a six-speed automatic transmission.

On all but the Base model, buyers can opt for an all-wheel-drive system. A front-wheel drive XTS gets 17 mpg city and 28 mpg highway; with the heavier all-wheel drive system, the XTS returns 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

Cadillac has stepped up its game in recent years, but it still has an uphill battle in the premium sedan marketplace.

Which Style To Buy?

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2013 Cadillac XTS Base

Recommended for: Buyers who want lots of premium features without breaking $50,000

The Base XTS includes: automatic level control; dual exhaust; 19-inch aluminum wheels with chrome inserts; HID headlights; remote start with climate control adjustment; the CUE infotainment system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 capabilities, eight Bose speakers, USB ports, an SD card reader, an auxiliary input and voice recognition; and leather upholstery.

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2013 Cadillac XTS Luxury

Recommended for: Buyers who live in areas with extreme weather

The XTS Luxury adds: optional all-wheel drive; fascia-integrated exhaust tips; upper and lower daytime running lights; illuminating door handles; heated power mirrors with memory; memory settings for the power driver’s seat; a backup camera; and ventilated front seats.

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2013 Cadillac XTS Premium

Recommended for: Buyers who demand the best audio possible and will pay extra to get it

The XTS Premium includes: 19-inch aluminum rims; Adaptive Forward Lighting to place the headlights in the perfect direction; a Driver Awareness System that uses a series of audible and visual alerts to inform the driver of potential danger; a navigation system embedded in the standard CUE infotainment system; a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system; three-zone automatic climate control; and a customizable 12.3-inch instrument cluster.

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2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers who want the best the XTS has to offer

The Platinum trim tops the retail XTS lineup with: painted brake calipers; 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels with chrome inserts; a premium-finish grille; an UltraView double-sized sunroof; a leather-wrapped console, dashboard top pad and door trim; a sueded microfiber headliner; and full-Opus leather upholstery with mini-perforated inserts.

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2013 Cadillac XTS B05 Armored

Recommended for: Government agencies that transport VIPs under the risk of attack.

Cadillac offers the B05 Armored XTS only to government agencies. As expected, it features an armored body to keep its occupants safe from an attack. Also included are 18-inch aluminum wheels; illuminated door handles; HID headlights; light-tinted windows; the CUE infotainment system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 capabilities and 10 speakers; Soleil Keisel perforated-leather seating; and a two-zone climate-control system.

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2013 Cadillac XTS B9Q Coachbuilder Hearse

Recommended for: Directors of funeral homes

The B9Q Coachbuilder Hearse model is a fleet vehicle for funeral homes. It features 18-inch polished-aluminum wheels; a reinforced body structure for a higher weight capacity; and heavy-duty steering, cooling and brakes. The interior is built to suit a customer's needs.

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2013 Cadillac XTS V4U Coachbuilder Limousine

Recommended for: Buyers who own limousine fleets

The V4U Coachbuilder Limousine has a reinforced body that can support a stretch of up to 70 inches. It features: lighted door handles; a higher GVW rating for additional weight; and a heavy-duty braking system, steering system and cooling system. This trim level is sold as an incomplete chassis, allowing buyers to specify finish details through certified Cadillac Master Coachbuilders.

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2013 Cadillac XTS W20 Livery Package

Recommended for: Buyers who operate a chauffeur or professional-driving service

The W20 Livery Package is another fleet model that includes: Magnetic Ride Control; a transmission oil cooler; 19-inch aluminum wheels with chrome inserts; HID xenon headlights; 18 cubic feet of trunk space; the CUE infotainment system with eight speakers; and three-passenger rear seating.

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2013 Cadillac XTS W30 Coachbuilder Extended

Recommended for: Limo companies looking for a luxury vehicle to stretch only slightly

The W30 Coachbuilder Extended is similar to the Coachbuilder Limousine, but has a 6,150 max GVW and reinforcements that allow up to seven inches of stretching. It includes: lighted door handles; 18-inch aluminum wheels; and a heavy-duty cooling, braking and steering system. Just like the Coachbuilder Limousine package, this trim’s interior is a blank slate that you can custom-build through Cadillac Master Coachbuilders.

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