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Cadillac Luxury Cars Guide

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Cadillac ATS

Year: Starting at $33,095 MPG 20-30 The ATS is an important car for Cadillac—as you probably realize if you saw any of the elaborate series of adventure-driving commercials featuring the ATS on TV this summer. Cadillac is promoting this car in grand style, aiming it at people who would otherwise be looking at German performance cars. In fact, Cadillac has had BMW’s 3-series and other German sport sedans in its sights for years. With the ATS, which it tested at Germany’s Nürburgring racetrack, among other places, it may have hit the target. What’s most interesting about the ATS? It weighs less than 3,400 pounds, pretty slim for its size. It is a traditional rear-wheel-drive sport sedan, but all-wheel drive is also available. Cadillac makes much of the car’s fifty-fifty weight balance, ultra-efficient and driver-adjustable sport suspension, Brembo brakes, and long, sleek body on a 109.3-inch wheelbase. But what you’ll notice even before you take off are the interior elements. There’s carbon fiber, wood, and metal plate trim; a wraparound instrument panel with LED lighting on the gauges; and a full palette of color schemes. You can dress it up with Bose stereo, navigation, the Cadillac User Experience information and entertainment system with eight-inch touchscreen, and performance seats with power-adjustable bolsters. Safety options are the complete package, too: intelligent brake assist, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, a rear-vision camera, and side blind zone alert, among others. But what Cadillac wants you to take most to heart is a thrilling driving experience from the 272-horsepower four-cylinder turbo engine. …
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Cadillac CTS

Year: Starting at $38,905 MPG 18-27 The Cadillac CTS family of cars includes sedan, coupe, and wagon body styles and CTS and CTS-V versions. All this choice lets you decide where you fall on the spectrum of desire: are you shopping Cadillac because you’re looking for a traditional plush sedan, a testosterone-spouting luxury sports car, or a little of each? For starters, there’s the very competent “regular” CTS, powered by a pair of V-6 engine choices. The rear-wheel-drive CTS sedan and coupe ride on the same wheelbase, but the coupe is about two inches lower and two inches shorter, with a more steeply angled windshield. All three CTS body styles get the same 27 mpg on the highway. Get the Touring or Performance versions for more of a kick, or the Sport Wagon for more versatility. Then there’s the CTS-V, which famously set a speed record at the Nürburgring race circuit in Germany a few years back. It’s set up for performance with Brembo brakes, an airflow-improving grille, performance tires, a set of center-mounted, mouthy tailpipes, and, last but not least, a supercharged V-8 engine that puts out 556 horsepower—and helps limit fuel economy to a maximum of 19 mpg on the highway. …
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Cadillac Escalade

Year: Starting at $63,170 MPG 13-18 If you want to drive—and be seen in—a huge luxury vehicle that puts you up high, swathes you in comfort, and makes you feel special, the Cadillac Escalade just might be your vehicle of choice. The 2013 Escalade family is available in regular and extended lengths, rear- or all-wheel-drive versions, and in a death-by-chocolate Platinum edition. Every one of them is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine. And if you have a taste for irony, there’s the Escalade Hybrid. Its fuel economy is a fifty percent improvement on the standard model. The ESV is the extended-length version of this SUV, and it’s twenty-one inches longer than the standard model, which is already 202.5 inches long. An eight-inch flip-down screen will help amuse passengers in the third row of the ESV, or take out the third row altogether, fold down the second row, and amuse yourself with 137.4 cubic feet of cargo room. For 2013, the Escalade gets several new metallic paint choices, including Midnight Plum, which is coming later in the year. Even more decorative is the Platinum model, with decorative French seams on the instrument panel, center console, and door trim, plus wood inlays, aniline leather-trimmed seats, heated and cooled cup holders (!), a power lift gate, and a plethora of Cadillac wreath-and-crest logos. …
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Cadillac Escalade EXT

Year: Starting at $63,060 MPG 13-18 If you absolutely can’t make up your mind whether to get a luxury vehicle or a pickup truck, here’s your answer. The Cadillac Escalade EXT is fancy yet reasonably practical, with seating for five thanks to a rear bench seat. You wouldn’t get the Escalade EXT for serious ongoing hauling needs, since its truck bed is only five feet long, but it comes with GM’s clever Midgate system, also used on the Chevrolet Avalanche. The Midgate lets you fold the rear seats down and extend the pickup bed inside the cabin, giving you a much more useful eight-foot bed. You can also unlatch the rear window and store it inside a recess in the Midgate panel for open-air driving enjoyment. Features and goodies are extensive and include Bose audio, leather-trimmed heated and cooled front seats, and dual-zone climate control. There’s also a standard lockable tonneau cover—although you can take it off to increase storage versatility. Since this is, after all, a sport-utility vehicle turned into a pickup, it shares the same V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission as the other Escalades. The Escalade’s all-wheel drive and 7,600-pound towing capacity mean it’s more than just a good-looking luxury vehicle—it’s one you can actually get some utility from. …
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Cadillac SRX

Year: Starting at $37,155 MPG 17-24 As it made its place in the competitive world of crossover vehicles, Cadillac’s mid-size SRX has gone through several changes: from its origins as a rear-wheel-drive vehicle to its current front-/all-wheel-drive setup, from a seven-seat to a five-seat vehicle, and from a pair of V-6s, one of which was a turbo, to a single, higher-horsepower V-6 engine. For 2013, changes to the SRX are evolutionary. The front upper and lower grilles have been updated, and the interior gets upgraded technology. Among the safety improvements is the interesting Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates one of the driver’s seat bolsters when there’s a perceived danger such as too close proximity to an object such as a tree or another vehicle. There’s also adaptive cruise control and automatic braking, both of which rely on radar and sensors to the extent of actually putting on the brake for you if danger is imminent. The SRX also has Cadillac’s new Cue information and entertainment system, which triggered a redesign of the intstrument cluster and center stack, plus such luxury amenities as a rearview camera, heated front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel—you can get it heated as well—and a power sunroof. Performance and Premium versions get some new twenty-inch wheel designs. You can dress up the SRX’s interior with an all-black look to go with the French stitching and polished chrome, and there’s even sapele wood trim as an option. …
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Cadillac XTS

Year: Starting at $44,075 MPG 17-28 Cadillac’s desire to win shoppers over (or back) to its brand, away from German luxury sedans, is well known—and understandable. This new car should help with that. No, the all-new XTS is not a high-performance car—look to Cadillac’s other new model, the ATS, for that—but it still should appeal to many import buyers as well as to the older demographic that Cadillac has long attracted. Why? Because it is straight up hedonistic, with a gorgeously luxuriant interior and a smooth ride in the best large-sedan manner. The feeling starts with Cadillac’s new Cue information and entertainment system, making its debut on the 2013 XTS. Its eight-inch touchscreen incorporates the capacitive touch of an iPhone for a satisfyingly intuitive user experience. It continues with the Bose audio, leather trim choices all the way up to a buttery full leather interior depending on model, subtle accent lighting, and real wood trim. The XTS is a front-wheel drive car, in contrast to the ATS, and all-wheel drive is available. Its safety systems are as thoroughly indulgent as its luxury equipment. For example, there’s an optional Driver Assistance active safety package that incorporates active short-range radar and a smart camera above the inside mirror that shoots twelve high-definition photos per minute, all in the service of spotting and avoiding hazards. Performance purists may dislike the fact that the XTS has front-wheel drive, but this is probably not the product they’re looking for anyway. …
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