2013 Cadillac XTS AWD Platinum Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 Cadillac XTS - Road Test Specs

2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan

(3.6L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum 4dr sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$61,305
Options on test vehicleCrystal Red Tintcoat ($995)
As-tested MSRP$62,300
Assembly locationOshawa, Ontario, Canada
North American parts content (%)62


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,564/217
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)304 @ 6,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)264 @ 5,200
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.48; II = 2.87; III = 1.84; IV = 1.41; V = 1.00; VI = 0.74; R = 2.88
Final-drive ratio (x:1)2.77
Differential(s)Front: open, Center: electronically controlled clutch, Rear: electronically controlled clutch


Suspension, frontIndependent HiPer struts with dual lower ball joints, coil springs, driver-adjustable magnetorheological dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable magnetorheological dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic rack-and-pinion power steering with variable assist
Steering ratio (x:1)15.3
Tire make and modelBridgestone Potenza RE97AS
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire sizeP245/40R20 (95V) M+S front and rear
Wheel size20-by-8.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum with permanent plastic-chrome facings
Brakes, front13.6-inch one-piece ventilated steel discs with four-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear12.4-inch one-piece ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph (sec.)4.8
0-60 mph (sec.)7.3
0-75 mph (sec.)11.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.5 @ 89.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.0
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.2
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.1
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.7
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)11.4
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 89.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.9
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON61.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.80
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.79
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.7
@ Full throttle (dB)81.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.8
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,800

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsFairly dead below 3,500 rpm, then things heat up. Sounds mean up high without ever being over the top. Power braking to 2,100 rpm helped times, but with AWD there was never even a chirp from the tires. Shifts came at 6,700 rpm in Drive. Manual shifting is via steering wheel paddles, and these shifts were exceptionally fast, but times proved no quicker. Will hold gears to 7,000-rpm limiter. Blips throttle on downshifts.
Braking commentsSpongy, long-travel pedal. Not confidence-inspiring. Would pull hard enough to the right at the end of each stop that countersteering was needed. First stop was 129 feet. Second stop was shortest at 123 feet. Sixth and final stop was longest at 132 feet.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Front end plows like crazy and there's almost nothing to be done about it. Drop-throttle has almost zero effect. Overly light steering offers little to no feel. Slalom: Odd handling mix. Steering/turn-in is quick for such a big and heavy luxury car. Matters little, though, because the steering has so little actual feel. And the suspension and tires can't cash the checks the steering is trying to write. Tires have little grip and the suspension allows lots of body roll, even in Sport mode. What's more, the rear will start to come around (with ESC off) if you get too aggressive with steering inputs. Easy to fall behind with this car, and that's when the rear starts to step out. Slow-in/fast-out definitely works best.

Testing Conditions

Test date9/18/2012
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)80.69
Relative humidity (%)35.06
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.79
Wind (mph, direction)0.38, headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,958
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/26 highway/20 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.8 worst/19.4 best/18.0 average (over 674 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.0
Driving range (mi.)520

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionBose AM/FM/XM/HD radio, single CD, 14 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack, SD card, aux jack
Satellite radioStandard SiriusXM with 3-month trial subscription
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard with 8-inch display screen
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard, trial subscription
Parking aidsStandard parking sonar front and rear, back-up camera, rear cross-traffic detection
Blind-spot detectionStandard
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringStandard
Collision warning/avoidanceStandard
Night VisionNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,215
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,280
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58/42
Length (in.)202.0
Width (in.)72.9
Height (in.)59.4
Wheelbase (in.)111.7
Track, front (in.)62.3
Track, rear (in.)62.5
Turning circle (ft.)38.7
Legroom, front (in.)45.8
Legroom, rear (in.)40.0
Headroom, front (in.)40.1
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.3
Seating capacity5
Step-in height, measured (in.)16.1
Trunk volume (cu-ft)18.0
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)29.1
GVWR (lbs.)5,284
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)1,000


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance6 years/70,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles

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