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Vehicle Comparison: 2013 Cadillac XTS vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Full-size luxury from the new standard of the world

The Cadillac XTS, available at Autoteam Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware, is a luxury sedan for a new age of luxury-car buyers who demand more than just a name. The new XTS is a brilliant combination of cutting edge technology, posh luxury and thrilling driving dynamics; when you compare it to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, it’s easy to see why the new Cadillac is taking the segment by storm and saving buyers money at the same time.
Value and Performance
The five-passenger 2013 Cadillac XTS starts at an MSRP of $44,075, far less than the $51,000 MSRP of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan. For this article, the comparison will be the popular XTS Luxury trim, with an MSRP of $48,690, still more than $2,300 less than the E-Class. Car and Driver found a lot to like in XTS: “It's substantial looking, it's filled with gadgets, it has a spacious back seat, and its trunk looks lonely and barren when devoid of golf clubs…In either front- or all-wheel drive form, the XTS has poise…the chassis offers control and confidence.”
The front-wheel drive 2013 XTS is powered by a direct-injected, 3.6-liter V6 that cranks out 304 hp and 264 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission with Tap-Shift manual control. The 3.5-liter V6 in the E-Class produces 302 hp. The XTS also comes standard with both state-of-the-art Magnetic Ride Control and a HiPer strut front suspension that makes even the nastiest roads more palatable and bests the AGILITY CONTROL suspension found on the E-Class. Both models are available with all-wheel drive, but again the XTS uses a more advanced Haldex system with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, while the E-Class settles for the dated 4MATIC system. The XTS also sits on 19-inch wheels, compared to the smaller, 17-inchers found on the Mercedes-Benz.
Comfort and Amenities
While the XTS already has many advantages over the E-Class, once you step inside the XTS really starts to triumph. Taller and longer, the XTS has more front head room and, most significantly, nearly five more inches of both front and rear legroom. Amenities abound in the XTS, the list of standard features include Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, remote vehicle start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a premium sound system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a pass-through rear seat. All those items are extra-cost options on the already more expensive E-Class. In fact, leather alone will cost you an extra $1,620. The XTS also offers the technologically advanced, award-winning CUE system, which combines the best of tablets and smartphones to provide a unique infotainment experience that you won’t find on any E-Class.
Safety and Warranty
Both sedans come well equipped with safety and security features, but only the XTS has earned both a “5-Star Overall” rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2013 “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Also, OnStar is standard in the XTS, with one year of the Directions and Connections plan that features Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Stolen Vehicle Assistance and the available RemoteLink mobile app that can start your car, unlock doors and so much more.
The XTS features a better warranty, too – a six-year/70,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty that provides two-years and 20,000 miles more coverage that Mercedes-Benz offers on the E-Class. In addition, Cadillac owners enjoy free Premium Care Maintenance, which covers routine oil changes, tire rotations and more, for four years or 50,000 miles. Mercedes-Benz does not offer anything comparable.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS proves you don’t need to pay more to get more. With its blend of style, technology and performance, the XTS is the new sheriff in town. Stop by today to learn more about the 2013 Cadillac XTS.


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