Changes for the 2014 Cadillac XTS:
One year after its debut, the Cadillac XTS gets a new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine option good for 410 horsepower and all kinds of torque spread all across the rev range. New standard features include auto-dimming high-beam headlights, a new opaque sunroof shade, and electric steering for models with front-wheel drive. New options include Automatic Parking Assist, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and memory settings for the front passenger’s preferences.
Four trim levels are offered for the 2014 XTS, called “collections” in Cadillac parlance. Standard Collection equipment includes leather, dual-zone automatic climate control, a premium sound system, and 19-inch aluminum wheels.
Highlights of the Luxury Collection include heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a premium wheel finish. The Premium Collection adds triple-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker surround sound audio system, color reconfigurable gauges, a heads-up display, and more.
Platinum Collection models include a unique grille and 20-inch wheels to set them apart, while the cabin adds luxury in the form of premium leather, an extended leather treatment, upgraded headliner material, premium wood, and rear window sun shades.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 304-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard for the XTS, driving the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. A torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system is optional.
For 2014, a new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 debuts, producing 410 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 369 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,900 and 5,600 rpm. Whoosh! Who needs a V-8?
Fuel Economy Ratings:
As this vehicle summary is written, the EPA has provided fuel economy ratings only for the XTS with AWD. That’s because the front-wheel-drive models get electric steering for 2014, and need to be reassessed. For what its worth, the FWD models with the standard V-6 returned 21 mpg in combined driving last year.
Switching back to 2014, the XTS AWD is expected to get 20 mpg in combined driving with the standard V-6 while the new twin-turbo V-6 gets 19 mpg while burning premium unleaded.
In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 XTS receives a 5-star rating, the highest possible. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the XTS as this summary is published. Last year, the XTS received the top rating of “Good” in moderate overlap frontal-impact, side-impact, rear-impact, and roof crush strength tests.
The XTS is equipped with a standard Cadillac User Experience (CUE) system, a center touchscreen and touch-sensitive panel used to control primary vehicle functions. Designed to operate similar to a smartphone or a tablet, CUE employs gesture recognition technology and the ability to pinch or spread screens as desired.
OnStar telematics is standard, with a free one-year subscription to Automatic Crash Notification service. This system activates when the car’s airbags deploy, speeding rescuers to the scene of the collision.
Optional Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages contain numerous safety system upgrades.
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