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Pros: The 2014 Cadillac XTS delivers remarkable handling for a large sedan. Credit goes to GM's Magnetic Ride Control suspension, which continually adjusts to road and driving conditions to maximize ride quality and grip. Meanwhile, the lavish interior features plenty of refined materials. It's a Cadillac, after all!

Cons: Technology is good, but do potential XTS customers really care? The new infotainment system called CUE (Cadillac User Experience) has a slick touchscreen interface with motion recognition and voice command, but it's generally slow to respond. Designers need to keep working on it.

2014 Cadillac XTS Price: The front-wheel-drive XTS comes in four trim levels including base ($50,990), Luxury ($54,700), Premium ($59,450), and Platinum ($67,910). With all-wheel drive, there are five models to choose from: Luxury ($56,550), Premium ($61,470), Premium Vsport twin-turbo ($67,625), Platinum ($69,940), and Platinum Vsport twin-turbo ($75,795). These prices include freight and delivery charges.

Cadillac XTS 2014
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2014 Cadillac XTS Fuel Economy: A naturally aspirated Cadillac XTS will burn around 10L/100km during combined city-highway driving. A twin-turbocharged variant will slightly exceed 11L/100km on average.

Improvements and Changes: For its second year on the market, the 2014 Cadillac XTS gains a twin-turbocharged V6 (optional) as well as some advanced technologies like Automatic Parking Assist, automatic headlights, rear-seat entertainment, and a front passenger seat with memory.

2014 Cadillac XTS Powertrain: Aimed at younger buyers, this full-size luxury sedan offers two compelling V6 options starting with a more fuel-efficient 304-horsepower unit. As mentioned, the alternative is a twin-turbocharged version producing 410 horsepower. Both use direct injection and transfer power to the driving wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Cargo Capacity: In true Cadillac fashion, the 2014 XTS boasts a massive trunk that can swallow up to 509 litres worth of luggage.

Safety: ABS, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control all come standard. Options include Forward Collision Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, plus the Safety Alert Seat which generates vibrations on the left or right side of the driver’s seat to signal which side a vehicle is approaching.

Comparing the 2014 Cadillac XTS: You should check out other great sedans such as the Acura RLX, Audi A6/A8, BMW 5 Series/7 Series, Hyundai Equus, Infiniti Q70, Lexus LS, Lincoln MKS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class/S-Class, and Volvo S80.