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    Cadillac Tony is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Edmunds Inside Line: XTS First Drive

    Overall a very positive article. Some highlights include:

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmunds Inside Line

    -The ample space, ground-breaking tech and solid road manners of the XTS put Cadillac back on the large luxury sedan map.

    -Make no mistake, the 2013 Cadillac XTS is a big car. It's nearly 17 feet long, more than 6 feet wide and nearly 5 feet tall. But indulge this big boy's abilities on a twisty road and you'll be amazed by his moves.

    And big guys who can really dance are always fun.

    Still, it's the XTS's capacity to shrink itself around its driver that makes it feel so capable. Largely, this competence is a product of the sedan's magnetic-ride dampers, honest steering and precise throttle control, which yield road manners far closer to its V-based brethren than to the DTS and STS cars that it replaces.

    -Cadillac spent considerable energy styling the XTS interior — a fact that isn't fully appreciated until one experiences the top-level materials. Details like the microfiber suede headliner, tasteful wood trim and leather seat inserts give the XTS the feel of a much more expensive car.

    -At 111.7 inches the XTS's wheelbase isn't as long as the standard-wheelbase versions of the Audi A8 (117.8 inches) or BMW 7 Series (120.9 inches), but it exceeds those cars' front and rear legroom and its 18-cubic-foot trunk makes their cargo areas look laughably small by comparison. We adjusted the driver seat for our driving position, then planted our 5-foot, 9-inch frame in the backseat and found nearly a full foot between our knees and the seatback. Only the mutants will need more room.

    -The 2013 Cadillac XTS's extensive tech puts it at the leading edge of automotive features, functionality and interface design. And from behind the wheel it's as competent, capable and comfortable as it needs to be.
    Read the entire article here: http://www.insideline.com/cadillac/x...rst-drive.html

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    I thought the article was very well written and positive. Most importantly they did a good job of describing what the XTS is , a big well built , highly refined American sedan with technology and interior quality not matched by any make.

    Good stuff.

    PS- GM , get that V8 in the car ASAP !!

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    Re: Edmunds Inside Line: XTS First Drive

    Thanks for posting Tony. Eagerly awaiting mine

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    Re: Edmunds Inside Line: XTS First Drive

    I see a LOT of DeVilles on the streets and this car is going to satisfy that type of buyer. I'm anxious to get some seat time myself...
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    Re: Edmunds Inside Line: XTS First Drive

    gminsidernews.com has a whole series of links to "first drive" articles in various publications and they all seem to be gushing over the car. LeftLaneNews in particular, even though it included photos of the car in an almost hideous fire-engine red, was very impressed with the car.

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    Re: Edmunds Inside Line: XTS First Drive

    Yeah, that red is terrible. Whose brilliant idea was it to get rid of Crimson Pearl?
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    Re: Edmunds Inside Line: XTS First Drive

    The red looks better in GM's own photos, but we all know how true to life those are. This car would look good in the Black Cherry of a few years ago, or Mulberry or metallic Burgundy.

    The Autoblog author was less impressed with the drivetrain, and he had the guts to engage with some GMI commenters, including me, but probably regrets doing so.

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    Re: Edmunds Inside Line: XTS First Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by TulsaVic View Post
    LeftLaneNews in particular, even though it included photos of the car in an almost hideous fire-engine red, was very impressed with the car.
    Indeed. I am a Mac user, LeftLaneNews is a sister website to Macnn.com so I usually stop by to get some reviews and a bunch of very nice pictures. I agree on the color, fire-engine red doesn't make any favour to this car.

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