The 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport is yet another sign that Detroit's nascent luxury brand is very serious about challenging the best from Europe and Japan. It would have been easy for Cadillac to focus on the sportier members of its sedan line-up - the entry-level ATS and the mid-size CTS - and ignore the XTS as a placeholder model designed to keep fans of the automaker's old-school, floaty full-sizers in the family. With the introduction of the Vsport model it's clear that this is not the case, as the car packs a serious horsepower punch that's delivered with a surprising level of technological sophistication.
The 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport may represent the pinnacle of the big Caddy family, but is it enough to sway potential buyers of rivals like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, or Hyundai Genesis sedan? I spent a week - and almost 1,000 highway miles on the way to the New York Auto Show and back - with the car in an attempt to answer that very question