Wednesday, March 26, 2014
2014 Cadillac XTS VSport test drive review. This is what makes a Cadillac a Cadillac
In its base configuration, the XTS is a front-wheel-drive car. But the VSport is equipped with a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. You definitely want that. 410 is a lot of horsepower, and 396 pound-feet is a lot of torque. You don’t want to be fighting all that craziness exclusively through the front wheels. The torque-steer would rip your freakin’ arms off. With this setup, everything seems very balanced. Flogging this car is actually pleasurable.
I’m not even going to try and list every feature and option that this baby had, but there were a few that stood out. The head-up display projects the speedometer and other basic information on the windshield so you don’t have to pick it out on the instrument panel. Tri-zone climate controls ensure that everyone stays comfortable. There’s even a heated steering wheel! Keyless entry and pushbutton start means that you’ll never have to take the keys from your pocket. Capless fueling and rain-sensing wipers make things convenient. Darn near everything is automatic in it. All you have to do is get in and go.
The final price tag on our Crystal Red Tintcoat test car was $66,410. That’s a little out of my budget, but it’s supposed to be. Like the Cadillacs of old, not everyone can afford this car; and not everyone should be able to afford this car. Cadillacs are exclusive. They’re not for us ordinary schmucks. They’re for people who have arrived. I got to feel that way for a week behind the wheel of this 2014 XTS, and it gives me even more incentive to strive for better. This is the way Cadillacs used to be. This is the way they are supposed to be.
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