Cadillac introduced the 2013 XTS at the Los Angeles auto show last fall, and now we’ve finally had an opportunity to drive the luxury sedan. The Cadillac XTS will be the company’s flagship vehicle for the next few years, and while our drive review gives a good sense of how well the car drives, we decided to take a look at how the 2013 XTS stacks up against its rivals.
|2013 Cadillac XTS||2013 Lincoln MKS||2012 Chrysler 300||2012 Hyundai Genesis||2012 Mercedes E-Class||2012 BMW 5 Series||2013 Lexus GS350|
|Curb Weight (lbs)||4006-4215||4126-4480||3999-4515||3824-4154||4059-4145||3814-4224||3795-3980|
|Cargo Vol. (cu. ft.)||18.0||19.2||16.3||15.9||15.9||14.0||14.3|
|Base Engine||3.6-liter V-6||3.7-liter V-6||3.6-liter V-6||3.8-liter V-6||3.5-liter V-6||Turbo 2.0L I-4||3.5-liter V-6|
|Transmission||6-speed auto||6-speed auto||8-speed auto||8-speed auto||7-speed auto||8-speed auto||6-speed auto|
|EPA mpg||17/28 FWD, 17/27 AWD||18/27 FWD, 18/26 AWD||19/31 RWD, 18/27 AWD||19/29||20/30 RWD, 19/28 AWD||23/24 RWD, 22/32 AWD||19/28 RWD, 19/26 AWD|
|Upgrade Engine||N/A||Twin-turbo 3.5L V-6||5.7-liter V-8||4.6-liter V-8||Twin-turbo 4.7L V-8||Turbo 3.0L I-6||N/A|
|Transmission||6-speed auto||5-speed auto||8-speed auto||7-speed auto||8-speed auto|
|EPA mpg||17/25||16/25 RWD, 15/23 AWD||17/26||16/26||20/29 RWD, 17/25 AWD|
Compared to similar sedans in its class, the Cadillac XTS proves to be about average. Its dimensions, horsepower figures, and fuel economy ratings all fall about in the middle of the class. Interestingly, the XTS is also one of just two vehicles that can be equipped with front-wheel drive. (For ease of comparison, the below table ignores any trims available with manual transmissions or diesel engines.)
|2013 Cadillac XTS||2011 Cadillac DTS||2011 Cadillac STS|
|Curb Weight (lbs)||4006-4215||4009||3973-4125|
|Cargo Vol. (cu. ft.)||18.0||18.8||13.8|
|Engine||3.6-liter V-6||4.6-liter V-8||3.6-liter V-6|
|Transmission||6-speed auto||4-speed auto||6-speed auto|
|EPA mpg||17/28 FWD, 17/27 AWD||15/23||18/27 RWD, 18/27 AWD|
We also decided to take a look back in time to see how the 2013 Cadillac XTS compares with its grandparents — the 2011 Cadillac DTS and STS. Yes, the DTS and STS sedans have essentially been replaced by the XTS. Although the new car drives, looks, and handles far better than its predecessors, it falls somewhere in between the DTS and STS dimensionally. It’s important to note, of course, that the new XTS produces more horsepower and torque from a smaller engine, and returns better fuel economy than the old Cadillac DTS. The STS used a very similar 3.6-liter V-6 to the one currently employed by the XTS.
Pricing for the 2013 Cadillac XTS starts at $44,995 (after destination). It’s on sale now.