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2017 Cadillac XTS Introduction

The Cadillac XTS is the former flagship, that title now being bestowed upon the uber-Cadillac CT6 introduced for 2016.

The Cadillac XTS remains handsome and well-mannered, even the V-Sport model, with its 410-horsepower twin-turbo V6 with all-wheel drive. This is the only XTS we’d buy. The others models work best in fleet service.

The XTS is a five-seat sedan that’s almost the size of a short-wheelbase BMW 7 Series or Audi S8. Rivals include the Lincoln Continental, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6. The XTS beats them in features and interior space.

The athletic XTS has a softly arched roofline and a smooth profile. It uses a smooth and predictable 3.6-liter V6 making 305 horsepower that gets an EPA-rated 22 Combined city and highway miles per gallon with front-wheel drive and its 6-speed automatic.

The XTS gets very good ratings in crash testing, all 5s with a 4 in rollover. It hasn’t done the small-overlap test yet, the simulated hitting of a telephone pole or the corner of something; that’s the one most cars have been failing.

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