2013 Cadillac XTS (above)
Joe Wiesenfelder: Winner
There’s much to like here: lots of space, a high-quality interior and what appears to be a smart new interface — though I insist that physical buttons and knobs needn’t be banished for touch-sensitive panels. True, the front-drive platform deviates from Cadillac’s rear-wheel-drive push, but frankly, few of the full-size rear-wheel-drive competitors are engaging to drive either.
Mike Hanley: Loser
Despite the XTS’ compelling technology, I’m underwhelmed by the design. Cadillac’s rear-wheel-drive CTS sedan has great proportions, but the brand’s creased styling looks wrong on the XTS, especially around its tall rear end. It makes me wonder what kind of design a rear-wheel-drive platform would have yielded.
Kelsey Mays: Loser
Like Mike said, the XTS’ proportions didn’t wow me. The face is too tall and the tail too stubby. The CTS remains the winner of Cadillac’s edgy styling; the XTS feels too bloated. The interior has Cadillac’s usual allure, though I agree with Joe’s touch-panel sentiments.
David Thomas: Winner
Strange, but I find this to be the most successful car Cadillac has put out in terms of its edgy styling, with the CTS coupe being close behind it. The CTS coupe isn’t practical, but the XTS is. The interior is also worlds better than what Cadillac — or Lincoln, or Acura, or Infiniti or Lexus — has been producing lately. That should make it a winner with buyers in this class.
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