Haute Auto Curator Kimatni Rawlins Test Drives and Reviews the 2013 Cadillac XTS

Haute Auto curator Kimatni Rawlins, founder of auto and lifestyle firm Automotive Rhythms, got an inside look at the 2013 Cadillac XTS and he’s sharing the wealth. In a detailed review, Rawlins gives readers the scoop from the innovative technology that Cadillac is implementing to the motor and driving details of the luxury sedan. Here’s a sneak peak:

“One of the sedan’s top innovations is CUE (Cadillac User Experience), which debuts on the 2013 XTS. The touchscreen multimedia interface incorporates OnStar with automatic crash response, navigation, weather reports, audio, Bluetooth, climate control and my favorite, Pandora Internet Radio. After syncing an iPhone 4 through Bluetooth I was able to listen to Pandora stations while operating it through CUE’s touch controls.

The XTS is either FWD or AWD with an eLSD (electronic Limited Slip Differential) to send traction to the wheel(s) that need it most. It’s not a full-time AWD drive system like Audi’s Quattro. Innovation comes back into play with standard front Brembo brakes, rear air springs, Magnetic Ride Control (assesses changing road conditions), Intelligent Brake Assist, StabiliTrak and Rear Park Assist. Bose, a perennial leader in home and car audio, offers two systems for the XTS.”


Kimatni Rawlins is the founder of Automotive Rhythms Communications, LLC (AR), a multi-national lifestyle firm that blends evaluations of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs, and bikes around music, fashion, travel and technology. www.automotiverhythms.com @ARtvKimatni