Latest ‘big’ Cadillac has most inviting interior ever, twin-turbo AWD performance for high-speed cruising, and the right stance.
It’s certainly not your Father’s Cadillac and, until next year and the LTS, it is the biggest, most luxurious Cadillac you can buy. The LTS (that’s what they call it now) will become the Flagship of the brand, going head to head with the biggest and best imports. A most heady challenge for sure.
You can order a new XTS with a grocery-getter 305-horsepower 3.6 V-6 and front or all-wheel-drive and it will fit right in, for all devout Seinfeld fans, at Phase III, Del Boca Vista in Florida! It’s the ideal five-adult transportation to Early Bird dining. Check the option boxes for the VSport Premium 410-horsepower twin-turbo and Haldex AWD and you get big Brembo disc brakes up front, Stabilitrak Stability Control, high-performance suspension, 20-inch wheels and enough technology to launch a satellite! As we all know, there is no free lunch and a loaded VSport XTS Premium, as featured here with the latest in driver assist packages, will set you back over $65,000. Our test car had an MSRP of $65,415.
whatever a couple of people need for an extensive trip.
proved to be a seriously seductive ride.
To appreciate the XTS VSport you have to know exactly what it is and what it isn’t. It is luxurious, it is relatively smooth riding, it is seriously powerful and a competent handling sedan. It is not a canyon carver or a fun-to-drive sport sedan that you can toss around twisties and, even with 410 horsepower under the hood, it’s not going to rock a performance enthusiast’s world. Cadillac offers the midsize Turbo ATS and twin-turbocharged CTS VSport for those who want to carve canyons. And spend less money doing it!
Lots of cars with drivers’ heads barely visible over steering wheels and Troopers hiding behind greenery was the order of the day. Before cruising we ran some undocumented stopwatch-timed 0 to 60 mph sprints averaging mid-5s and low-6s, not too shabby for a 4, 300-plus-pound luxury liner. We were not able to detect the dreaded turbo lag that for so many years took away from the appeal of turbocharged performance cars.
Del Boca Vista! However, as younger people relocate to “adult” communities, my guess
is that the XTS will be the new Cadillac of choice.
The fit and finish of our tester was superb and ride quality firm enough to make you forget about the living-roof-sofa ride of big Cadillacs past. There was no wind noise whatsoever, plus braking qualities usually associated with sportier cars and imperceptible automatic shifts. I’ve never liked the overly complicated CUE monitor system that incorporates HVAC, sounds system, navigation, etc. At best it’s just plain frustrating.
I’m not ready to move to Del Boca Vista yet, but I can see myself owning a VSport XTS. That is if I could also keep my C6 Corvette convertible. Actually what would be really cool is to have an XTS VSport and a new C7 Corvette sharing my garage. After parking next to one on the test drive and I immediately fantasized this dynamic duo behind my garage door. I gotta work on that!