What's it like to lose the flagship sedan from your luxury lineup, without a ready replacement waiting in the wings? Just ask Cadillac, which has had to weather article after blog post bemoaning the fact that the premium brand doesn't have a full-size four-door capable of taking on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7 Series. The chatter only increased after the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS was brought in to pull double duty for the departed STS and DTS sedans. Clearly, this large car wasn't intended to match up against Europe's best - Cadillac said as much when it was introduced - but there remained doubters that the Detroit-based automaker would follow-up the XTS with a true class-competitive, world-beating sedan, and so the new Cadillac family member continued to take a beating in the press.
We were given the chance to spend some time behind the wheel of the 2013 Cadillac XTS, and rather than comparing it to Euro-hardware costing twice as much we kept our minds clear and attempted to evaluate the sedan based on what it is, instead of what it was never intended to be.