3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Cadillac XTS

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MPG 17 City / 26 Highway
The big XTS has been surprise hit for Cadillac. Especially with the optional turbocharged motor, it's worth a look for buyers in the luxury market.


A little more than a decade ago, Cadillac took the plunge, radically reinventing its brand, styling and image. What came out of this revolution was a lineup of modern, distinctively styled vehicles for the next generation of professionals and executives.

In 2013, the full-size XTS replaced two formerly iconic models: the DTS (Deville) and STS (Seville).

What’s New for 2014

The second-year XTS offers an available turbocharged V6 producing a vertigo-inducing power. And there are some brains to go with that muscle: the 2014 XTS can park itself.


The XTS stays true to the brand’s trademark Art & Science design language. Sharply creased lines and bulging fenders hint at the big Cadillac's sporty potential.

The interior also hews to Cadillac's established leather-and-wood aesthetic. It feels polished and refined; optional LED accents and a Blu-Ray rear entertainment system add to the modern feel.

Under the Hood

A standard 3.6-liter V6 is naturally aspirated and produces 304 horsepower -- perhaps not quite enough for its 4,000-pound heft. And that's why Cadillac offers an optional twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that churns out a brawny 410 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission transfers power to all four wheels with both engines.


The XTS doesn't drive like the bloated Cadillacs of past decades. It handles very well for a car of its size, and accelerates with verve when buyers opt for the turbocharged motor.

Which Style To Buy?

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2014 Cadillac XTS Base

Recommended for: Buyers looking for good value without all the extras.

The Base XTS comes with a 3.6-liter V6 that sends 304 horsepower to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Magnetic Ride Control is standard, as are front Brembo brakes. Other standard features include dual-zone climate control; eight-way adjustable seats; keyless entry and push-button start; the CUE infotainment system with voice recognition; Bluetooth; and an eight-speaker BOSE sound system.

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2014 Cadillac XTS Luxury

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Recommended for: Buyers who want extra amenities, performance and traction.

The Luxury model includes upgraded CUE infotainment with an 8-inch touchscreen, haptic feedback and gesture recognition. Both front seats are ventilated, while the steering wheel can be heated. Buyers also have access to an available all-wheel drive system and an optional 3.6-liter turbocharged V6.

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2014 Cadillac XTS Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers who think true luxury is in the details.

The top-of-the-line Platinum adds premium-finished brake calipers, upgraded 20-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped console and illuminated sill plates.

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2014 Cadillac XTS Premium

Recommended for: Buyers who want the latest technology.

The Premium adds xenon headlights, an upgraded 14-speaker BOSE sound system, and a Driver Awareness Package with a Lane Departure Warning, Blind Side Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Safety Zone Alert, and a Forward Collision Alert.

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