POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 4:35pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 12:23pm
For the folks at Cadillac, it’s been a long hard road back to credibility, much less to reclaiming the title, “The Standard of the World” without inducing roll on the floor laughter.
The real breakthrough came with the CTS, which was a true BMW 3-Series competitor. Now we finally have a replacement for the land yachts of old, the new XTS is here.
And unlike the old DeVilles, Eldorados and Broughams, you can forget the Dramamine. The new XTS, particularly in all-wheel-drive like our test car, not only won’t make you seasick, it will make you reconsider your Lexus obsession.
And make no mistake, by the 1980’s, big Caddys were truly dreadful. Big, heavy, thirsty, softly-spring behemouths with nice enough leather, but fake burl-wood that looked more like melanoma.
They were big enough to land F-18’s on the hood, and when you stepped on the gas to release the Kraaken, driving was about as much fun as root canal.
The new XTS will erase all that with splendid quality, a classy, but overly electronic interior, and enough power to take it to 60 in 6 seconds, but still return 26 miles per gallon on the highway.
That power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 with 304 horsepower. But weighing in at only about 4000 pounds, that’s plenty. Top speed is about 130 miles per hour.
Based on the same platform as the Buick LaCrosse, another splendid machinie, it casts a much smaller shadow than the old big Caddy’s, which needed their own zip codes.
The only huge thing here is the trunk which is of Carlsbad proportions, and the interior, which is limo roomy.
The new electronic infotainment system called CUE has gotten raves from everyone in my business. But let me be the Baby Ruth in the punch bowl. I literally could not figure out how to store radio presets.
Even after consulting the owner’s manual, I could not make it happen. I’ve said it before…could we please have some knobs and buttons, please?
But that aside, the car is a delight to drive, and darned attractive to boot. They even have little tiny vestigial fins on the back.
And here’s the payoff. Base price on the 2-wheel-drive version is $45,000. Our full zoot Premium edition with all the bells and whistles was just over $60K.
If you want this degree of luxury and performance coupled with a look that is still imposing, I’m not sure where you can get it for this price.