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The 2013 Cadillac XTS

304 horsepower
The XTS wrings 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque out of a direct-injected V-6.  (GM)
Acceleration lag
The six-speed automatic transmission gets in the way of the otherwise smooth and competent engine, and the gap between when you push on the gas and get any meaningful downshift and acceleration is immense.  (GM)
Pleasant interior
The interior is well isolated from the noises of the world outside and is a pleasant place to spend some time. Space is plentiful throughout, particularly in the back seat where this Cadillac far outpaces competitors.  (GM)
Navigation system
The XTS comes with CUE (Cadillac User Experience), which integrates the navigation, stereo, climate and Pandora streaming radio systems. The navigation system is represented inside the speedometer. (Mike Appleton / GM)
Solid interior
The perforated leather of the interior was butter-smooth, the cabin’s construction felt solid and the trunk could hold the entire cast of “Downton Abbey.”  (GM)
Exterior shell
Cadillac created a handsome exterior shell. The front is dominated by a wide and proud chrome grille and headlights that sweep back onto the front quarter panels.  (Mike Appleton / GM)
Comfort and silence
The XTS shuttles its charges in appropriate comfort and silence during freeway jaunts and around town errands. The ride quality is nicely regulated by an advanced suspension system called Magnetic Ride Control. Borrowed from Corvettes and Cadillac’s V-series cars, the system reads road conditions by the millisecond, and adapts accordingly.  (GM)