The XTS fills a big hole for Cadillac. With the DTS retired, this front- or all-wheel-drive sedan is now the largest and most luxurious sedan the brand offers. The car’s elegant cabin “convincingly blends modernity and tradition” and features a new touch-screen, all-in-one system for navigation, entertainment, and climate control. Only one drivetrain is available now, but “we’re sure drivers will be content” with what the 304 hp engine can deliver.
The XTS is “technologically gee-whizzed to the gills.” When the car detects potentially unseen hazards, the driver’s seat even vibrates to convey its concern. Fortunately, most of the gadgetry can be quieted if a driver finds it annoying. Still, Cadillac better hope that this car isn’t too edgy for its traditional customers, because it’s definitely not sporty enough to attract drivers of BMWs or Audis.
The XTS rates as “a bit of a head-scratcher.” Some features are world-class, including the magnetically enhanced suspension, which delivers a magnificent ride. But Cadillac “cheaped out” on the cushy but unsupportive seats and by limiting drivetrain options. After three years without unveiling any new vehicles, the brand “desperately needs” a big rear-wheel-drive flagship. For now, this is just “a very good stopgap.”