- Full-size luxury sedan
- Vsport models come with a 410-hp twin-turbo V-6
- Adds Apple CarPlay technology for 2016
The 2016 Cadillac XTS is the flagship sedan for the American luxury automaker and it gets several technology enhancements for the new model year, including Apple CarPlay integration and a newly available surround view camera system.
Styling on the XTS is very much in line with the more modern, angular feel that Cadillac has moved towards with the past few generations of its cars. There are prominent lines along the hood and sides that give the XTS more definition and prevent it from looking “slabby” from any angle. Vertically oriented LED daytime running lights are available to give the front more pop, especially at night. Standard exterior features include HID headlights, heated side mirrors, and 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch wheels are optional).
Under the hood, the XTS has a pair of engine options. Standard models feature a 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Vsport models up the performance ante, with a twin-turbocharged version of the same V-6 that makes 410-hp. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional on most basic models but standard on the Vsport. Brembo brakes are also standard up front for better stopping power.
The XTS is offered in four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum. Cadillac has revamped the technology in the XTS for 2016, changing up its CUE interface to make it more user friendly and more importantly, adding Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring with Android Auto to follow later in the year. A wireless charging pad is now standard, which works with a compatible phone/case; just place your device on the pad and it starts to charge automatically, no need to connect anything. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and powered front seats. The front seats can also add heat or ventilation, while the rear seats offer heat. A rear seat entertainment system, navigation, and a customizable 12.3-inch instrument display are optional.
Standard safety features include eight airbags, antilock brakes, rear parking sensors, electronic stability control, and five years of OnStar. A rearview camera is optional; Cadillac offers several driver aid packages for the XTS, which add different safety technology including front/rear automatic braking, lane keep assist, blind spot warnings with rear cross-traffic alerts, and a head-up display. Newly offered for 2016 is a surround view camera system, which uses cameras placed around the outside of the XTS to show a top-down, live view of the XTS to make parking and other tight maneuvers much easier.