2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport - First Drive Review +VIDEO
2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport
2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport Review
By Larry Nutson
Senior Editor, New York Bureau
The Auto Channel
Cadillac’s XTS, first introduced as a 2013, now also has a new
Twin-Turbo 3.6L, 410HP V6 for 2014, the XTS Vsport.
The XTS replaced the DTS and STS and sits above the CTS in the
Cadillac family. It’s offered in a standard model and three optional
collections: Luxury, Premium and Platinum. The new 410HP Twin Turbo V6 is
offered in XTS Premium Vsport and XTS Platinum Vsport models only with
all-wheel-drive. The XTS’s standard 3.6L V-6 is rated at 305
horsepower. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions.
Additional features and equipment that is new for 2014 include
Automatic Parking Assist (FWD models), electric power steering (FWD
models), Intellibeam headlamps, an available rear-seat entertainment
system, front passenger seat memory feature and an opaque sunroof sunshade.
This was my first XTS drive; nothing like starting out
on top. Our drive route took us out of Manhattan’s Chelsea
neighborhood, up the west side, first northerly and then easterly to
connect on to Westchester’s Hutchinson River Parkway which continues
as the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut. All in all we drove about 92 miles
round trip. Now I mention these roads because they are some of the original
“highways” in the U.S., constructed in the late 1920s and
1930s, and are somewhat narrow combined with twists and turns that require
driver concentration and also enable assessment of a cars dynamic behavior.
In other words, we were not creeping around in stop and go traffic in
The 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport is equipped with GM’s HiPer Strut
front suspension, Magnetic Ride Control and Brembo disc brakes with
Steering and suspension characteristics have been
enhanced on the Vsport and it rides on 20inch Bridgestone tires. The
all-wheel-drive system uses Haldex technology with an electronic
limited-slip differential to transfer power front-to-back, and
side-to-side, along the rear axle. All of Cadillac’s performance
components are combined into one model.
The XTS Vsport also features a special grille and rear badging and
is priced at $63,020.
The engine uses a pair of smaller turbochargers and an integral
charge air cooler. The two turbochargers produce more than 12 psi of boost.
Peak torque is sustained over a broad range from 1,900 to 5,600 rpm. I
found the overall driving experience with this engine to be very confident
with plenty of power for accelerating, merging and passing. Zero to sixty
is under five seconds. Although the roads were fairly busy we did find a
few spots for some full throttle accelerations. EPA test fuel economy
mileage is rated at 19 mpg combined, with 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
I recently read in a study report that luxury car buyers place a
higher priority on performance over reduced fuel consumption. As I
mentioned earlier, I haven’t driven the standard 305HP XTS but after
driving an XTS Vsport with 105 more horsepower I know which engine I would
choose. My driving partner had driven the 305HP XTS and said it was lacking
a bit, which reinforced my thinking. Sales of the Twin-Turbo V6 could just
be greater than expected.
As for the rest of the car, every model of the XTS line
is well equipped. Depending on model, front and rear seats are heated,
front seats are ventilated, there’s a heated steering wheel, head-up
display, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, sunroof,
rain-sensing wipers, adaptive headlamps, power rear sunshade, a 14-speaker
Bose sound system, and lots of leather and wood trim.
A plethora of safety features are offered including lane
departure warning with its vibrating driver’s seat, blind spot
detection, front collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise
control and low-speed automatic braking.
Overall the XTS Vsport is fairly easy to manage for a
large car and very comfortably carries five. Since its introduction last
year the XTS has gotten high marks for luxury content, comfort,
spaciousness, as well as strong eye appeal. The same architecture underpins
GM’s Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Impala and each have their own
strong points. However, XTS customers will most likely be cross-shopping
the Chrysler 300C, Lincoln MKS, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or the
Audi A6. Each of these has their strengths and weaknesses, and cover a wide
Cadillac provides a comprehensive warranty and note that the
Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance covers routine maintenance services for 4
years or 50,000 miles.
If you are shopping luxury sedans and want to compare the XTS Vsport to all other luxury sedans you can do
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Cadillac Buyers GuideFor more 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport information directly
from "the horse's mouth" and the entire Cadillac model
range visit www.cadillac.com.
To be sure, the 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport does deliver a luxurious
© Larry Nutson