2014 Cadillac XTS VSport Platinum Day 2

Saturday with the XTS was a breeze of course — the Cadillac is perfectly competent with plentiful, smooth power delivery and grace.  Crest Cadillac is my host for the weekend test drive; read about the pickup here.

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It is hard to photo well, but the tail light actually extends enough behind the rear to clearly form a tail fin reminiscent of the iconic 60s Cadillacs.


This photo captures the entry to the driver’s seat illumination at night in the Platinum version, which is Cadillac terminology for over-the-top luxury models.


I think these are the best rear-view mirrors I have seen on recent cars — they are perfectly shaped and sized and provide a huge view ports.  This has been a pet peeve of mine on some recent models who favor small horizontal rectangles for mirrors at the cost of being able to see clearly.   These work very well.


The Platinum has the full driver assist options, including augmented reality backup camera, front and rear proximity warning systems, automatic headlight dim control, lane change warning, and multiple-color, adjustable, customizable heads-up display.

What would I change about the XTS?

  • More advertising — Cadillac is doing a poor job of getting more info out about the XTS, and especially the new AWD XTS VSport and Platinum VSport Models.
  • The rear windows have roll-up shades, which makes the car cooler inside.  It also makes the windows a bit difficult to see through at night or in the evening.

What is my favorite feature?

  • The power plant: Twin-Turbo 3.6L DOHC VVT DI V6 with 410 hp with AWD

Tomorrow will start with an early breakfast run, then Church.  Stay Tuned for more real world impressions.



2 thoughts on “2014 Cadillac XTS VSport Platinum Day 2

  1. I don’t think they did a good job of getting the word out either. But will keep it close to my heart as it is one sweet ride. Best interior for the price and 32.2 mpg on multiple hour drives with Adaptive Cruise Control set at 65 mph….with AWD! I can’t say enough how nice it is to drive this can I bought used used XTS Vsport Platinum with 40,000+ miles on it. Not only does it drive nice but it turns heads at every corner.

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