Suggestion No. 3 – 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport Premium
Finally we’ve come to the third, last and concluding sedan in this all-Caddy showdown and wouldn’t you know it, compared to its stable mates, the XTS is just as redundantly named as the beginning of this sentence was repetitive. In any event, here’s what you need to know about this large-and-in-charge car.
Since Cadillac hasn’t introduced a production version of its drop-dead gorgeous Elmiraj concept car just yet, the XTS serves as the brand’s flagship model in spite of its plebeian front-wheel-drive origins. Still, the car coddles passengers in sufficient luxury and it offers some impressive performance when properly equipped.
And that’s the catch. This car’s base engine is a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6. It gets the job done in this husky sedan but it pales in comparison to the optional twin-turbocharged engine (it’s essentially the same unit that’s available in the CTS). In this application it pumps out 410 hp with 369 lb-ft of twist, plenty of goodies even for the husky XTS. It’s matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
As for performance, the boosted XTS is like a sumo wrestler that can do wind sprints. This Detroit tugboat ought to blast from zero to 60 miles an hour in less than five seconds. How’s that for fast? Best of all it’s got a throaty growl so there’s some bark to match its bite.
Fuel economy is pretty impressive as well. The car ought to hit 16 miles per gallon on the urban cycle and 24 on the interstate. Combined it clocks in at 19 mpg.
Really the only downside to all of this performance (and straight-line fun) is cost. Base price for the XTS is just about $45,600 but if you opt for the force-fed engine you have to shell out at least 63 grand, and keep in mind, that’s with no extras.
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Fortunately the car is pretty lavish even in base form. The company’s CUE infotainment system is standard, as is an eight-speaker Bose sound system, dual-zone climate control and more.
That’s all fine and dandy, but one thing that ought to really take your breath away is the cabin. The XTS’s interior is beautifully done, trimmed with soft leather and other high-end materials. It’s really world class in there.