The 2014 Cadillac XTS isn’t just larger than the luxury brand’s ATS and CTS sport sedans; it follows a different set of priorities—appealing to those who might just prefer to rock the Hush Puppies instead of flaunt the Fratelli Rossettis. And if you’re looking for comfort and technology as much as performance, the XTS is a nice fit.
Taking aim at the meat of the luxury market—”large luxury,” as they call it—there’s the softer, smoother Cadillac XTS. It has the boxed-out look of the other models, yet smoothly styled sides and a softly arched roofline. It’s a truly good-looking car on the outside, although you might see some semblance to the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Impala it’s related to. From the inside out is probably the way that Cadillac would want you to see the XTS, as its instrument panel and interior trims showcase the latest from GM, with a swoopier look, softer details, and plenty of smooth contouring inside, contrasting with beveled, tightly-fitted metallic trim pieces.
The 2014 Cadillac XTS is not trying to be a sharply tuned sport sedan; yet given its more comfort-oriented mission, it’s surprisingly athletic. The base 304-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 is smooth and predictable with the six-speed automatic, although it’s a little lacking right from a standing start; step up to the new Twin-Power V-6—a twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter, making 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and you probably won’t be left wanting. This engine makes its peak torque from 1,900 rpm on up, so expect a V-8-like kick.