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Review | 28.02.2013 - 16:16

Review of the 2013 Cadillac XTS

This article provides some nice information about the new model from the famous American car brand.
2013 Cadillac XTS

Cadillac has been out of the race for the top-selling luxury car in America for decades. It has been outpaced by Lincoln, Lexus, as well as BMW and Audi from Germany. General Motors is trying to give the Cadillac its former glory back, intending to make it the best-selling luxury brand within a couple of years. They hope that the 2013 Cadillac XTS will be the first step towards achieving that goal. It's a very promising vehicle, that should provide GM with increased sales by a large amount during next year.

This 4-door luxury sedan comes with an all-wheel drive and has a 5-passenger capacity. Powered by a V6, 24-valve, direct fuel injection engine, the XTS will provide you with 304 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. On the outside, the most notable feature is the large metallic grille, giving it a somewhat more exciting look to the otherwise boring exterior, reminiscent of a box, both on the rear and the front end. One good thing is the arched roofline, providing for better aerodynamic performances.

Inside, it's fitted with a leather seats and heated steering wheel, and a center-stacked instrument panel with an 8-inch touchscreen, using proximity and gestural sensing, and the Bose Studio Surround Sound System, featuring 14-speakers, along with two personal speakers on top of the front seats.

When it comes to safety, the Cadillac XTS is equipped with 4-wheel antilock brakes, the StabilityTrak electronic stability control system, ten standard airbags, rear cross-traffic detection, front and rear radar and ultrasonic sensors, and automatic front braking. The safety-alert seat is another excellent feature, that increases passenger safety. It sends pulses through the sides that warn you when there is a potential hazard ahead of you.

One of the biggest drawbacks this sedan has is the poor fuel economy of only 20 mpg combined driving, but you can't expect much more from such a large, powerful car. It's pretty expensive, with a $44,000 base price, but it's money well spent for a car that has a roomy, luxurious and comfortable interior and provides a nice, stable handling and a lot of high-tech safety features.

By Jordan Perch, blogger about safe driving, DMV, buying/selling vehicles, auto insurance

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