5 out of 5 stars
First new Cadillac
by Luxury and powerful cars
from Rochester, NY
on Sat Dec 08 2012
I bought this XTS Cadillac Premium in November 2012 and so far I rode 1,000 miles.
The first impression is the amount of electronics in the vehicle. The new CUE system is very amazing. It takes some learning to be able to use it at its full capacity. It is very similar to iPad platform.
The vehicle riding and handling is one of the best I ever had. Before purchasing this car I was considering the Cadillac CTS-V Sedan what has a much more powerful engine.
The decision to purchase the XTS was based on its newer style and the CUE system. My vehicle has the changeable dashboard feature what is pretty awesome. You can change the gage layouts in four different types. You never get tired to look at them. If you do, just change to another one.
I just wish it had the CTS-V engine.
The value for the money is very attractive. The car has several amazing features that are hard to find in imported cars what you would pay much more.
The brake system is very powerful and uses Brembo brakes the same used at Ferraris.
The most impressive driving feature on this vehicle it is its suspension. It is controlled by magnectics and depending if you driving using full automatic or Manual mode the suspension stiffiness will switch from soft/comfortable to firm/sport. This makes a big difference when driving fast and going to sharp corners at high speed. Very similar experience I had with CTS-V on a test drive I did at Monticello, NY race track.
The V-6 VVT engine is very elastic and can move the car pretty fast. The fuel consumption is much better than my previous DTS Performance.
Another impressive feature is the crash avoidance system that alerts the driver of any unseen vehicles that are approaching from the back, sides or front and could hit your car.
So far it has been an excellent choice for me.
Warning, this car is not an old man's car anymore. It is very suitable for high level people that has passion for driving, vehicle technology and computers. If you don't fit this cathegory this car is not for you.
Also I considered a couple of Mercedes and BMW's before I purchased this vehicle. The XTS has better cost/benefit ratio.
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5 out of 5 stars
Excellent STS Replacement
by Cadillac Fan
from Piedmont Triad, North Carolina
on Fri Jan 11 2013
I've been an STS owner for years, but they're gone now. My last one was an '06 Luxury Performance V6, which was an excellent car, but that series lacked trunk space and interior storage. The new XTS, while it doesn't appear to be much larger, has an enormous trunk and much more rear legroom. It is extraordinary inside and out. It's back to FWD like the older STS, but you would never know it by the way it drives, and it should solve some of the winter traction problems I've had with the '06 RWD.
I love the CUE, especially the voice activated nav and phone. If you have used an Ipad (BTW, it comes with one), you will like interacting with CUE - no more buttons and knobs with tiny little letters you can't see without glasses!
The only cons I have are (1) the seats are fabulous, but it seems a little harder to get out of than the previous model (maybe that's just me, I'm getting older) and (2) there's a visual blemish in the padded dash - you can see the blow-out section for the passenger air bag, and it's visible in every XTS I've looked at. I'm surprised that Cadillac let that go to market - I'va already been to the dealer to request mine be replaced, but not until they fix the problem.
Plenty of power for a V6, smooth and quiet on the road, and handles like it's half its size. Stunning looks, great fit and finish (except for the dash, which I think Cadillac will soon fix). This is a model that, in my opinion, will again associate the word Cadillac with high quality.
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5 out of 5 stars
If you drive it, you will buy it.
on Sun Nov 17 2013
I was in the market for a new vehicle unexpectedly. I shopped every brand that had a full size luxury car (or midsize SUV). I drove Lexus and even gave Lincoln a fair shot. There is simply no comparison between the XTS and 95% of the cars on the market. Sure, you can get a car with more but you will pay upwards of 80k-100k. Cadillac finally made a luxury interior that none of their competitors can compete with. This vehicle is beautifully executed.
At 6'7" few cars are really comfortable for me, especially for long distances. The Cadillac XTS is the most comfortable car I have ever owned. I can sit with my legs fully extended and my knees are supported thanks to their new adjustable seat end. I am actually able to sit in the back seat and it is not a horrible trauma as riding in a back seat normally is for a person my size. This is dream car for traveling.
Cadillac has transformed their line of vehicles to be relevant with younger people. This is not a vehicle made for the assisted living crowd. (Although it comes in all their favorite colors) I met an elderly man who had an XTS at a gas station. He complained about the car for over five minutes. I can see why people who are not tech savvy would not appreciate the changes Cadillac made.
The XTS rides beautifully and really feels at home on the highway. As other reviewers have mentioned it is not the soft suspension of 1980s Cadillac. It is however a very luxurious ride far superior to any of the other car I test drove. There is more than ample power from the V6 engine. I am still surprised the vehicle can take corners as well as it does.
What I love:
The look of the car in dark colors
The ride & handling
Respectable MPG for a large car
CUE (Its really incredible if you give it a chance. They give you an Ipad with learning modules for gods sake. Its not at all difficult to use w/ one exception)
The technology - safety seat especially
What they need to work on:
Enhancing the cabin noise isolation
Assembling things in a way that will not produce rattles or noises in a couple years. (Mine has had a couple rattle issues that were fixed)
The trunk button on the FOB needs to be sunk down or require you hold it for 3-4 seconds. My trunk is constantly opening when I sit down w/ keys in my pocket.
***The speech recognition is not yet a perfected science in most devices. The speech function is pretty frustrating and I do not use it.
Many of the "professional" reviews of this vehicle are positive yet they still stick some jabs in at Cadillac calling this vehicle a "stop-gap", "car for seniors", and one moron called it a glorified Malibu. As is the case w/ our news outlets I don't think you can believe all the professional reviewers as they tend to bash cars for no reason other than they can.
This is an incredible automobile. Do yourself a favor and drive one- then make your own determination about Cadillac's progress. The XTS doesn't look "special" in some of the the photos. The lines and the shape of the car really don't translate well in some of the pictures. In certain colors the exterior does look a bit disappointing. However, in the Sapphire Blue or Black the car looks very sleek. Make sure you see the car in a dark color before you rule it out. It makes an amazing difference on this vehicle.
This is a true luxury car. They did a darn good job w/ this car. Check it out.
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5 out of 5 stars
from East Central illinois
on Wed Nov 27 2013
I've owned many luxury sedans in my lifetime, including Lincoln, Cadillac, Jaguar, and Mercedes. My preferences usually steered me away from Cadillac until recently. But the minute I saw the new XTS I was in love. This car is exquisitely designed, down to the finest details. It handles extremely well, and takes curves almost as well as a sports car. I recently took it on a long trip, and it was a joy to drive, with much less driver fatigue than usual. Very luxuriousand comfortable, lots of leg and head room, extremely quiet, fabulous sound system, and I could go
on. I never thought I'd say this, but this is my favorite car of any that I've owned, including the Mercedes E-Class. Overall this is an A+ rating!
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5 out of 5 stars
from DC Suburbs
on Sun Jan 05 2014
Just purchased my black XTS Sport. I was conflicted about buying a Cadillac since I have owned 4 Mercedes and most recently a BMW since late 1990's. Perception is that this car is for senior citizens and sightings confirm this. Very few young people drive this car, never seen one in fact except limo drivers. I am 57 and probably at the young end of typical purchaser universe. If Cadillac wants to attract a younger demographic they need to think hard about changing this image, car purchases at this price point are at least 50% ego / image driven. If people drive the XTS Sport they are likely to buy it. For me, after driving the new V Sport my impression of the car as a real contender has been cemented.
I agree with all of the comments herein about comfort. This point is incontrovertible: The XTS is a very comfortable car, luxurious with many thoughtful convenience features designed to make the driving experience pleasant and relaxing. My BMW was also comfortable and a nice car but was the most poorly designed over engineered vehicle I have ever owned. Silly control placement and interface and the iDrive is just an unnecessarily complex mess. . With the Caddy I can unlock the doors, open the trunk, go from park to reverse, navigate and customize things without uttering ?WTH? every two minutes or having to whip out the owner?s manual. The Cadillac is easy and intuitive and not fussy. It is a great relief to drive this car vs. the BMW.
Performance is not the reason one will buy the XTS V Sport but it does well enough. The twin turbo is a very, very nice power plant and you can get real fast real quick. It makes nice noises under acceleration and in sport mode the suspension hunkers down and stiffens up noticeably producing a firm feel and less body roll. I wish they would have a suspension only adjustment as the sport mode choice requires paddle shifting with some assistance (the car shifts for you or won?t shift based on speed and RPMs). Nonetheless, it is cumbersome to have to pay attention to the tach. Driving the car under normal conditions is so pleasant I find myself totally satisfied to just enjoy the ride and rarely push it. But, when you do it gets up and goes.
The interior is also top drawer. Very tasteful and elegant, well laid out with high quality materials. Fit and finish as good as any car I have owned. The car is roomy and unlike the DTS the back seats are very spacious with plenty of leg room. With four six footers in the family we appreciate this. The accent lighting at night, although nice, is white which was a mistake. I would recommend blue or dark orange as this would be more stylish. This accent looks like a door cracked open to a room with an incandescent light on.
The touch controls are temperamental and sometimes just do not respond but with practice they are OK. NOTE TO GM: This needs work. The CUE system gives you access to many cool things and the system is good and relatively easy to learn. The screen is bright and the user interface is sophisticated and powerful but not too complex. The icon based system navigation allows ease of use and the menus are customizable and comprehensive without being complex. The voice activated functionality is excellent. When giving complex vocal commands you will be amazed at the accuracy of the system.
I like the look of the car but, as with many others the color is important. I got Raven Black and although it looks like a limo the car is beautiful in this color and other dark choices. BTW - Is there anything wrong with looking like a limo? From certain angles the car looks much better than other angles. The full side view is least pleasing with the rear quarter view, showing the cars ample rear end, and very cool LED lights, being the best. From the front, especially with lights on the car is very impressive as the geometry of the grille and headlight assembly is optically very attractive.
Overall I am pleased with the XTS and despite comparisons with the 5 ser
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5 out of 5 stars
CUE System Fun To Use
from Hot springs, AR
on Sun Nov 11 2012
After delivery we went on a four day trip. The trip was great fun the car preformed perfectly. We drove 1483 miles without a single problem. We found the car to very comfortable to sit in for up to nine hours. The nav worked very well I have two issues ;
1. I don't like the black screen.
2. Average fuel usage not available.
It handled very well in the Sport Mode.
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5 out of 5 stars
Very Beautful Cad
from Hot Springs, AR
on Fri Nov 16 2012
The day following delivery we went on a 4day 1433 mile trip. All of the CUE systems worked perfectly with the weather a big help.
We are very pleased with the car.
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5 out of 5 stars
by Cadillac car lover
from Havertown pa
on Wed Oct 10 2012
This car makes driving fun again. The i-pad they give you makes learning the inside of vehicle very easy. Very roomy in back seats. Great ride and extremely comfortable. The car has live traffic commands in car. Highly recommend.
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5 out of 5 stars
Do Not settle for Less than the Best
from North Georgia Mouintains
on Thu Oct 31 2013
this is my sixth or seventh Cadillac and have always been very pleased with these vehicles. Why settle for less when you can have the best.
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5 out of 5 stars
Won me over again
from Baltimore, Maryland
on Sun Aug 04 2013
Great car so far. Haven't had it long enough to rate reliability. Because it is required in this rating and considering the warranty that it has I will give it a Blind 5.
I'm a Cadillac kind of guy thus I still like the exterior and size of the DTS which is no longer made. But the Interior and performance of this XTS is Awsume. The Leather is Far Superior to that of my Escalade which really had dampened my opinion of Cadillac all together. I must admit this XTS won me over again. In my youth my first car was a 1967 Coupe Deville, thus I have always required the big luxury ride with a powerful V8. gas mileage has never been an issue. This XTS has somehow managed to get the power and performance and Luxury ride I have always required with a V6. It's just unbelievable! The QUE controls is like operating a Space Ship, I'm still learning that and have a ways to go to get comfortable with what I'm doing. The XTS still gives that King of the Road feel and performance. I'm a Very happy Man!
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