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    Re: XTS test drive: My thoughts

    52K for FWD and a V6 is a bit steep. The interior is very well executed, but feels cramped, esp for headroom, and I'm only 5'7". Having seen the XTS in person, I'll pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 77CDV
    52K for FWD and a V6 is a bit steep. The interior is very well executed, but feels cramped, esp for headroom, and I'm only 5'7". Having seen the XTS in person, I'll pass.
    Cramped ? The cars interior is huge. Unless you, well.

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    Re: XTS test drive: My thoughts

    Finally got to test drive an XTS (Luxury level) at my local dealership. It is one of the quietest, smoothest, and technologically-advanced cars I've ever driven. The interior feels a bit small, but probably because Cadillac put all the space into the giant trunk!

    If the car on the lot had come with a V8, I would have bought it on the spot. Unfortunately, while the drive was very smooth (I never even felt the shifting), very quiet, and predictable, the performance was anemic. Since the Premium and Platinum trims don't improve upon the engine, this is the end of the road for me with the XTS, sadly.

    This car is so extraordinary on the inside that it just begs to be paired with a V8 (or at least a more powerful V6). I really like both the exterior and interior styling, even though the car looked smaller in person than I'd expected. There are some amazing features on this car that Cadillac can be proud of, but I just can't get past the engine. Oh, well.

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    Re: XTS test drive: My thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by DG2 View Post
    Cramped ? The cars interior is huge. Unless you, well.
    The interior is definitely not huge. Are you sure you're talking about the XTS?? There's more room in the trunk than in the front seat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blastphemy

    The interior is definitely not huge. Are you sure you're talking about the XTS?? There's more room in the trunk than in the front seat!
    I have been driving my 2005 STS for 7 years and when I got into the XTS it was extremely roomy. I thought the back seat was extremely roomy as well and much more room the my STS. I am 5'11 and 200lbs and one of the best features for me in the XTS was the roominess of the interior.

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    Of course the quality of the interior
    Is off the charts and almost makes you want to forget about the GM staple V6. I know GM has a brand new V8 being built in Buffalo coming out really soon. I read somewhere that the new C7 Corvette gets this baby first then Cadillac. I also know that the next CTS will have twin turbo V6 so I am sure the XTS will have more options in the engine department soon

    On the positive side the 306hp V6 in XTS is tried, proven design. ▄ber reliability hmmmm

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    Re: XTS test drive: My thoughts

    The interior is the best feature. A luxury car should have power. An answer to the Ecoboost 3.5 V6 on the Lincoln MKS would be a nice option.

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    Re: XTS test drive: My thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by SDCaddyLacky View Post
    In person, the XTS looked really small for some reason. It has a low stance, and the front end dips down to far the ground. I didn't realize the XTS was bigger than the CTS by a foot, I could hardly tell the difference. All that added length is in the doors.Well I thought I saw and felt the "basketball" texture surface material on the dash.
    The XTS is GM's tallest (non-limo) sedan since the 50's. The odd proportions: tall, short hood and trunk, looong greenhouse and relatively narrow body, throws off your perceptions.The cursed pebbley vinyl is on the steering wheel hub and possibly elsewhere. I hate it.Since they reengineered and enlarged the LaCrosse greenhouse for more rear headroom, there's no excuse for it to still be tight. That's very disappointing, especially since they are marketing it to the livery/limo trade. I think GM has long tried to push tall people into the Tahoe, the fools.

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    Re: XTS test drive: My thoughts

    It depends on what you're used to. My Deville has wide seat bolsters, several inches of space to the door, and no console in the way. The XTS is about 2" narrower inside, but the higher beltline and console are bound to make it feel cramped in comparison.


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    Re: XTS test drive: My thoughts

    No front bench available on the XTS??
    That's one of the high points for me on the Deville and DTS line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco
    No front bench available on the XTS??
    That's one of the high points for me on the Deville and DTS line.
    Front bench? No such thing anymore.

    It was a bitch fitting 3 across the front of my Town Car. I don't allow a front passenger in the center anymore, don't want my life in danger.

    No way I'd ever want a person in the narrower XTS.

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    Re: XTS test drive: My thoughts

    Didn't the Avalon have a front bench option at one point?
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    Re: XTS test drive: My thoughts

    Speaking relative to the DTS, the driver's seat is the same, bench or bucket. What you gain with the bench seat is wiggle room for your legs (having just done 1500 miles in 2 days, there were times I was tempted to throw my right leg over the console just to change position) and you get a center arm rest that is just that (in the bucket version just the tip of my elbow rests on the console rest while I'm holding the wheel). If the XTS has as narrow a footwell as the CTS, I can see where a bench seat and the added wiggle room would be MUCH appreciated on long trips.
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    Re: XTS test drive: My thoughts

    Plus, the bench in the DTS eliminates the seat/console creak gremlin/design flaw.

    Although, the non-flared console does give pretty wide knee room. Given how the XTS console flares out, that concerns me (looks like it could be very narrow, like my Riv...).
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