2014 Cadillac XTS

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

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2014 Cadillac XTS V Sport Front Left Side View Lead
This 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport has guts. You and your passengers can feel it the moment you hit the gas and the twin-turbo V-6 unleashes its 410 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. There is a quiet, strong presence, an understated confidence. The torque peaks at 1900 rpm, providing punch for launches. Then the revs build, the six cylinders unlimber and you're cruising effortlessly at high freeway speeds. The XTS Vsport is certainly no DeVille.
It's one of the first models with the new performance designation for Cadillac, called Vsport. It's not as extreme as the V-series and its 556-hp supercharged V-8, but it's a considerable step up from the base cars.
This same aluminum block V-6 with variable valve timing is used in the base XTS models, where it pushes out 305 hp and 264 lb-ft in naturally aspirated guise. The Vsport's twin-turbo powerplant gets upgraded with a new direct-injection system, unique cylinder heads and a new cooling system.
In the 2014 CTS Vsport, the same engine is laid longitudinally, mated to an eight-speed automatic, and rated 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet. It's expected to be the spec in the upcoming ATS-v.
Unlike the CTS Vsport, the XTS Vsport is not an athletic car -- its sheer size and 4364-pound curb weight prohibit that -- but the engine transforms the normally buttoned-down sedan into a Q-ship. With standard all-wheel-drive, specially calibrated Magnetic Ride Control, and meatier steering the Vsport does have a mean streak.
Our tester was outfitted with the Platinum package, which sets off the husky proportions of the XTS. The Vsport trim adds a trendy blacked-out grille trimmed in chrome. Flashy vertical lights front and rear and 20-inch aluminum wheels with chrome inserts underscore the styling. It's serious jewelry.
We're struck by how imposing the XTS looks. Our sapphire-blue model can appear to be a shade of plum purple or nearly black depending on the lighting. The lines are long and strong, with one starting at the tip of the taillights and stretching into the front quarter panels. Note the chiseled crease in both doors below the beltline. Liberal strips of chrome accent the wedge-shaped silhouette. Yeah it's bling'd-out -- but it works. After all, the XTS is meant more for old money than nouveaux riches.
The cabin is quiet and posh with an ultra-modern digital cluster. Our tester was handsomely decked out in black and cream and set off by light pipes, which cast a soft glow in the evenings on the doors and dash. The formal setting is interrupted by purple stitching, an unconventional move for the staid brand.
We all know that Cadillac developed the XTS, which doesn't really fit into its rear-wheel-drive lineup of sporty ATS and CTS models, in order not to abandon customers of the old DTS, itself a successor the DeVille. Cadillac's typical buyers should beware: the Vsport has an energy they haven't seen in larger Caddys in generations. More power to them, and to Cadillac.

2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport

Base Price: $63,020
Price As Tested: $70,020
Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve twin-turbo V-6
Horsepower: 410 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 1900-5600 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: All-Wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 202 x 72.9 x 59.4
Headroom (F/R): 40.1/37.8
Legroom (F/R): 45.8/40.0
Cargo Capacity: 18.0 cu ft
Curb Weight: 4364 lb
EPA Rating: TBD
2014 Cadillac XTS Platinum Collection Rear View In Motion
2014 Cadillac XTS

New For 2014

A performance model called the XTS Vsport joins the lineup for 2014. It features a new twin-turbo V-6 that produces 410 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That extra muscle turns an already competent performer into something of a Q-ship.

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Cadillac XTS is a relatively new model that nevertheless feels like a blast from the past. It is a comfort-oriented full-size Cadillac in the tradition of the front-wheel-drive Devilles and Sevilles that crowded bingo-hall parking lots in the 1980s and 1990s. The XTS is, make no mistake, a much better car than those old boats -- it handles well, has plenty of power, and has one of Cadillac's best interiors to date. A new Vsport variant spices things up with a 410-hp, twin-turbo V-6 powering all four wheels. Still, those who prioritize performance over roominess and comfort should sooner consider the similarly priced, rear-wheel-drive CTS.

Overview

It's easy to forget how much the Cadillac brand has changed in the last decade. The Escalade, the CTS, the SRX, and the ATS are all relative newcomers. Only one model resembles the Cadillac of old, the 2014 Cadillac XTS. The moniker is, of course, different -- it follows the same foolish alphanumeric naming conventions as the rest of the lineup. But anyone who's owned a Seville or a Deville will immediately recognize the concept. The XTS is a front-wheel-drive sedan with lots of power, lots of features, and loads of interior space.

The 2014 Cadillac XTS does benefit from the rest of the brand's progress. The interior, for instance, is executed to a standard unimaginable in the old days. The top-of-the-line Platinum edition is truly lovely, featuring perforated leather and rich-looking wood trim. Cadillac's new and often confusing infotainment system, Cue, is standard -- something of a head-scratcher considering that traditional Cadillac buyers skew rather old.

The 2014 Cadillac XTS also drives much better than the luxury boats of old. Magnetorheological dampers and Brembo front brakes are standard. A new, go-fast version called the Vsport (not to be confused with Cadillac's V-series) features a muscular twin-turbo V-6 and all-wheel-drive.

Despite all of its good qualities, the XTS reminds us why Cadillac faltered in the 1980s and '90s. It relies heavily on the General Motors corporate parts bin and doesn't necessarily feel $20,000 better than the mechanically similar Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Impala. Its chunky, cab-forward styling and nose-heavy handling don't compare favorably with foreign competitors or, for that matter, with the Chrysler 300. It also has very quickly become a limousine-service mainstay thanks to its large back seat and gargantuan trunk. That no-doubt pads GM's bottom line in the short term but may not serve Cadillac's image in the long term.

That said, Cadillac now has several models meant to battle the imports and burnish the brand. The XTS need only appeal to the dwindling, yet still sizable, number of buyers who want an old-fashioned American luxury car.

You'll like:

  • Spacious, luxurious interior
  • Standard magnetorheological dampers and Brembo brakes
  • Muscular turbo V-6

You won't like:

  • Clumsy, cab-forward styling
  • Understeer
  • Confusing Cue infotainment system

Key Competitors

  • Acura RLX
  • Audi A6
  • Chrysler 300C
2014 Impala Production Line
Responding to strong demand for the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala, General Motors has decided to extend production on the consolidated line at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant to 2016. General Motors was previously set on ending production in June of 2014. Presently, Oshawa’s consolidated line manufactures the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and the aging, fleet-only Chevrolet Impala Limited, while the plant’s flexible assembly line builds the 2014 Buick Regal, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, the 2014 Cadillac XTS, and the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. This is welcome news for Unifor, the union previously known as the Canadian Auto Workers. “It is a testament to what we’ve been saying about this plant all along — that the skills and efficiency of the workers at the plant make it worth keeping open,” reads a statement from Unifor president Jerry Dias. The extension to 2016 represents a big win for the Canadian plant, who suffered a significant blow amidst last December’s announcement that production of the Chevrolet Camaro will change hands to Lansing, Michigan after 2015. This move will allow General Motors to consolidate vehicle assembly using its rear-wheel-drive Alpha architecture, which underpins the Cadillac ATS and new Cadillac CTS models. President of Unifor Local 222 union Ron Svajlenko was optimistic in remarks made to Automotive News: "The extension into 2016 gives our workforce some stability and again, we were going through a potential of layoffs and right now that's not the case, so that's very good news for us. As long as we continue to build vehicles out of that facility, we have the opportunity to remain in the hunt for any kind of long-term additional products that General Motors may need to build." Despite General Motors CEO Dan Akerson saying last year that Canada is “the most expensive place to build a car in the world right now,” it appears that the Oshawa plant’s reputation for high-quality manufacturing has kept it afloat. A statement from General Motors of Canada advised that “all scheduling adjustments are subject to market demand,” which is yet another silver lining for the consolidated line’s roughly 650 employees. If sales of the Equinox and Impala Limited remain high, it could very well allow the Oshawa plant to again dodge the dreaded guillotine come 2016.
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Cadillac introduced its "V" performance line in 2004 with the CTS-V sedan, and the brand is now planning to expand its Vsport sub-brand which debuted this year with the 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport sedan.
2014 Cadillac XTS Turbo Front Three Quarter In Motion
We already knew that the 2014 Cadillac XTS was getting a number of important updates, including an all-new, twin-turbocharged V-6 option. Now we know how much those updates will cost: according to the automaker, the base price for a 2014 Cadillac XTS is $45,525 (including destination), but the twin-turbocharged 2014 XTS Vsport model is priced from $63,020.

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2014 Cadillac XTS Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
Horsepower:
304 hp @ 6800rpm
Torque:
264 ft lb of torque @ 5200rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
70,000 miles / 72 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Roadside
70,000 miles / 72 months
Maintenance
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, through March 7, 2014. In the affected vehicles, a cavity plug on the brake booster pump connector may dislodge allowing corrosion of the brake booster pump relay connector.
Consequences
The corrosion of the brake booster pump relay connector may cause a resistive short and melt the connector, increasing the risk of a fire.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will apply sealant to the connector cavity plugs, re-route the vacuum pump vent hose and replace the front body wiring harnesses as needed, free of charge. The recall began on April 7, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339. GM's number for this recall is 14062.
Potential Units Affected
63,903
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
STEERING
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Impala vehicles. Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and the steering gear and/or the lower control arm and the lower ball joint to separate.
Consequences
If any of the components separate, the vehicle may have a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM began to notify owners on June 27, 2014, and dealers will inspect the fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14378.
Potential Units Affected
106
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
PARKING BRAKE
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to August 22, 2014, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, to September 2, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged.
Consequences
Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic parking brake software, free of charge. The recall began on October 28, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14471.
Potential Units Affected
205,309
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured April 11, 2013, to June 27, 2013, and 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured May 13, 2013, to November 5, 2013. The affected vehicles may have left the factory with the sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) set to "manufacturing mode."
Consequences
In manufacturing mode, the vehicle's air bags will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers are to reprogram the SDM to the correct mode, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14532.
Potential Units Affected
5
Notes
General Motors LLC


IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 Cadillac XTS

Depreciation
46.9%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$25,259
46.9%
Insurance
$9,630
17.9%
Fuel Cost
$10,979
20.4%
Financing
$4,827
9%
Maintenance
$2,223
4.1%
Repair Costs
$452
0.8%
State Fees
$529
1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $53,899 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent