2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport

Written by Benjamin Hunter. Posted in Cars

The Cadillac XTS is offered in four trim levels: Base, Luxury and the more powerful Vsport Premium and Vsport Platinum. The 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport new flagship series has a boat load of technology and sharply cut design. The price for the Vsport starts at $62,095, and the Platinum model reaches $70,090 without destination charges.

Under the hood

The Base and Luxury trims have standard front-wheel-drive, while the Premium and Platinum got all-wheel-drive. The 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport is not pretending to be a sharply tuned sport sedan, given its more comfort-oriented mission. However, it is surprisingly athletic and does not let down in terms of acceleration and power. The base 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine is smooth and predictable, with its six-speed automatic transmission. The Vsport Premium and Platinum cars have a twin-Power V-6, a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter engine, that delivers an impressive 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This powerful engine makes its peak torque from 1,900 rpm to 5,600 rpm.

Handling

Even if it is a large sedan, the 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport is a bit heavy, weighing a couple hundred pounds more than the front-wheel-drive trims. You can feel this from the start, and when breaking the standard Brembo front brakes hard there’s some noticeable nosedive, despite its HyperStrut curved design. However, the weight is almost unnoticeable in the corners, which is surprising considering the XTS’s size. The car doesn’t throw its weight around, loading and unloading in a confident way. While it handles confidently, the suspension is orientated towards smoothness rather than towards sportiness. The electronically controlled MagneRide struts reduce harshness and road noise without affecting the vehicle’s responsiveness. The 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport Premium and Platinum have a fuel economy of 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.

Exterior

On the outside, the boxed-out front and rear appearance combined with the softly arched roofline results in a really good-looking car. The main differentiating factor between the Premium and Platinum trims is that the Platinum has a completely metallic grille, while the Premiums are blacked out in between. There is not much evidence of the Art & Science design theme that we’ve been seeing in Cadillac models for years. The 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport has a swoopier look and softer details overall.

Interior

The Cadillac’s cabin is luxurious and full-size. The interior trims and instrument panel are different than anything seen on a GM vehicle. The combination of metallic trim pieces and smooth contouring are impressive, while controls and dash are designed to appeal younger buyers. Premium and Platinum models have an 8-inch fully capacitive touchscreen, part of CUE — Cadillac User Experience — with an interface that allows drivers to configure its content. Standard safety features include Safety Alert Seat, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and blind spot alert.

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