2013 Cadillac XTS

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$11,324–$30,212 Inventory Prices

Key Specs

of the 2013 Cadillac XTS base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    17-21 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    304-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Spacious interior
  • High-quality materials
  • Show-stopping tech
  • Impressive handling

The Bad

  • No rear-drive version
  • Touch-panel replaces buttons
  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Styling not a standout
2013 Cadillac XTS exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2013 Cadillac XTS

  • All-new full-size sedan
  • Replaces DTS and STS
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Debuts CUE interface

2013 Cadillac XTS Road Test

David Thomas

The Cadillac renaissance of the past decade has focused on turning the brand's cars into rear-drive, performance-oriented coupes, sedans and even a station wagon. But what about the Cadillacs that earlier generations grew up with — those elegant, large sedans, even front-wheel-drive ones, that drove comfortably and had lots of room?

My parents and grandparents had a few of those types of Cadillacs and loved them because they drove like tanks — in a good way. Not every buyer wants to tackle the Autobahn; some people just want to get to work or the mall feeling safe and comfortable.

For those buyers, Cadillac couldn't have built a better tank for today than the all-new XTS.

Though it isn't incredibly fast, the 2013 Cadillac XTS rides well, handles better than a sedan of its girth should and has a state-of-the-art multimedia system.

If you're looking to peel out from stoplights or tollbooths in your luxury sedan, the XTS is not for you. In fact, the 304-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 under the hood produces just enough power to keep the very large and heavy sedan moving at acceptable speeds in most situations. This lackluster power was a negative for most of our editors, but no one thought it necessarily made the XTS uncompetitive. Plus, it's really hard to peel out from a stop with front-wheel drive. (That said, don't try it in the available all-wheel-drive XTS, either. You'll be disappointed and look downright foolish as the ... Read more

2013 XTS Video

After nearly a year without a full-size luxury sedan, Cadillac gets a new flagship called the XTS. The 2013 Cadillac XTS has a well-appointed interior with a new intuitive and functional multimedia system called CUE.

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Latest Reviews


Sharp Luxury Car

by allikat82 from Countryside, IL on January 30, 2018

The car had plenty of room for comfort. The styling was luxurious. The ride was smooth and quiet. I would love to own this car. Read full review


One of a kind!!!

by Bo from N.C. on January 24, 2018

It is the only one for sale nationwide. The exterior of the car is sleek and stylish with presidential flair. Plus it is a smooth ride with lots of bells and whistles! I have fallen in love with this ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2013 Cadillac XTS currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Cadillac XTS Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

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