2017 Cadillac XTS Driving Impressions

The 3.6-liter V6 is perfectly serviceable. It starts very smoothly and idles quietly. It accelerates to sixty in a reasonably quick 6.8 seconds and keeps on going to 136 miles per hour before being limited electronically. But with less torque than some rivals, it can feel labored when pulling away from a stoplight with five occupants.

The V-Sport has deep thrust, with its twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 making 410 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque, available over an impressive range from 1900 rpm to 5600 rpm.

The XTS has taut dynamics with an absorbent ride that’s relatively firm. It’s well composed and well isolated, riding on magnetic dampers and air springs.

The steering response is exceptionally crisp, almost nimble. With the deft damping of MagneRide, the magnetic shocks, it doesn’t feel like it weighs two tons. It loads and unloads in corners with confidence, stays flat, rarely flustered. Cornering was the same with the 19-inch and 20-inch wheels.

The 6-speed automatic is smooth and predictable, but rivals have eight speeds. The standard Brembo brakes are so strong they dive the nose of the XTS, on front dampers just soft enough to allow a comfortable ride.

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