I've been driving this magnificent "de-contented" XTS for 1 year and 3 months now after relinquishing an equally powered LLT 3.6L 2011 Camaro for a need of more room.
This car is fantastic. In taking the XTS and Lacrosse and giving Chevy a version GM created essentially a Blue Collar worker who just won the Lottery. I mean that. The Drivability of this car is pretty fantastic.
As mentioned before I came from a smaller, RWD coupe that handled damn nice and could seriously get up and go for a V6 weighing almost 3800lbs in the Camaro. That car was clocked in at about 5.6secs on a good day. Catch it in the right shift and U could take down V8 powered Chargers. No $h!. My Impala is fully loaded with everything except the 20 Inch wheels. I opted for the 245/45/19s. In fact this is the gist:
Blue Ray Metallic
Comfort And Convenience Package
Provides an extra measure of premium refinement , including:
Ventilated driver and front passenger seats
Heated steering wheel
Power tilt and telescoping steering column
Memory settings for the driver seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel
Universal Home Remote
Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
Outside heated power-adjustable mirrors with turn signal indicators, ground illumination and driver-side auto-dimming feature
Premium carpeted front and rear floor mats
Carpeted trunk mat
power, tilt-sliding sunroof with additional skylight fixed glass and power sunshade.
Chevrolet MyLink® Radio With Navigation, AM/FM Stereo And CD
Heated and Cooled Seats
Heated Steering Wheel
The only thing I didn't get was 20inch wheels, Bose® premium surround sound 11-speaker system and Adaptive Cruise
I compared the XTS to the Impala directly and felt that they were different vehicles bottom line.. and one ride in either one will see what I'm saying.
The Cadillac has a more sporty feel about it ironically. It handles better.. it even feels faster off the cuff.. The materials inside the cabin are evidently better.. and by that I mean the Impala has the material quality that my CTS has.. which was born in 2008 in reality (despite being a 2012).. while the XTS takes it to the next level. Essentially it is easy to see that GM spent good money on the Impala... and even more on the Cadillac.. which is obvious, and redundant for me to say.
I have to say that the Impala comes off as more of a surprise to most people who see it. Examples are:
"WOW.. that's the new Impala??? Damn!!! NOTHING like the last one.. NOTHING like it at"
Its weird. A year later I'm still getting this and people in much more expensive cars constantly are in Ahhh of what Chevy/GM did with this vehicle. I had a chick in her 30s.. while I was at the grocery store getting ready to take stuff outta my cart and put in the trunk actually say to me;
"Do U mind if I see if I can fit in that trunk???"
I allowed her. She did. I got her phone number and we had drinks and stuff True Story. :gitfunky:
versus The XTS:
"Nice.. very nice.. Of course.. tho.. Its a Cadillac. truly a beautiful vehicle."
Vehicle noises. Would U believe that the Impala's engine note is more subdued than the XTS's. I $h! U not... The Impala is seemingly quieter at WOT. The Impala is supposedly faster (0-60 6.0 (Impala) vs 0-60 6.1 (XTS)but that's negligible. The XTS is technically heavier so I'll give it a pass. The truth is I think that now that the Impala is broken in it will crack the 5.7sec number.
It may be even faster as of YESTERDAY (11/05/14) because I decided to take her up to the local garage and swop the mufflers I had on my Camaro RS 3.6L and put them on the Impala. Yes.. when I traded in my Camaro I made them take the flowmaster Super 44s off and put the OE ones back on as part of the deal. Yesterday I had some down time and decided to show up to the garage with Flowmasters in truck and have them do a swap.
Sound: They gave it a throatier sound definitely.. but not loud like the Camaro was. WHY??? Well because on the Impala and many other GM products they put a Resonator on that acts as a primary muffler. This buffs out even more sound, but like the mufflers create more back pressure
This is seat of the pants obviously, but there is noticeable.. and I mean noticeable pull with the Flow Masters on the car. Seriously. The sound is throatier and the set-up makes the car actually feel more like a V8. The pull actually reminds me of the pull my '05 Cadillac STS 4.6L had. That car was rated at 320HP and 315lbs of torque. That car was 200lbs heavier.
The thing is that tomorrow I told them I'd be back up to get the Resonator taken off and replaced with a straight pipe. The sound should be more solid and the back pressure coming from the resonator will be gone.
Fuel economy. I average about 23MPG combined with about 70% Stop and go in the City areas. On the road/highway I am hitting 28-32MPG regularly and keep in mind I'm a heavy foot. Fill Up around here is about $54 at the moment with gas at $2.89 and a 18.5 gallon tank.
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