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2019 Cadillac XTS...my Last Rental

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Through the last few years, and many automotive ventures, I've had the pleasure of living with endless long term rental vehicles for thousands of miles each.

Typically, this has meant anywhere from 3000-6500 miles a piece, before swapping or exchanging for the next. Road warrior, randoms.

I'm changing roles tomorrow, and will now be driving manufacturer demo's for long term. My "last rental finale?"...

2019 Cadillac XTS. Picked up yesterday.

After putting 3,900 miles on a 2019 Ram 1500 Classic (LOVED it), Enterprise asked me if I'd do them a favor and take one of their leftover XTS's on my one way "get rid of it" trip.

Interesting car...for sure...I had a 2018 Impala Premier back in January 2018, which was good. So, how fitting, my rental finale be a Cadillac.

Ask away...if anyone cares😀 I'll chart out what I've driven over the next post.

 

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Missed 2 more I had in the summer...

2017 Ford Taurus Limited. Great old car. Feature packed, Limited with everything including auto high beams. Ford 3.5L always feels crisper with the FWD 6-speed than a GM 3.6L/6-speed car, and mileage was good. Weird seats, and wide car, but worked well. Kept it for a while. Same weird "doesn't beep or do anything blind spot" like GM, but cross traffic worked well. But, for a $40k sedan...skip them. A crossover is more comfortable, more functional, and doesn't hurt my legs. Hence why this and the Impala are extinct. 

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD 2.4L. Kept this one for a while. Not much power, but efficient enough. Not high in features, basically base with AWD, but a great size, smoothness, seats, etc. Felt quicker than the Terrain, and much better tuning/etc, and day to day useful, quiet, etc. Kept it a while.

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Wow, great and interesting reviews.  Thank you

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I'm hoping for an XTS when I pick up my rental on Thursday. I want the biggest, roomiest, luxury vehicle I can rent without going to an SUV. 

Either that or a 300C

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3 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I'm hoping for an XTS when I pick up my rental on Thursday. I want the biggest, roomiest, luxury vehicle I can rent without going to an SUV. 

Either that or a 300C

Get the 300C if you can.  The XTS is a little small (inside) by comparison.

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10 hours ago, riviera74 said:

Get the 300C if you can.  The XTS is a little small (inside) by comparison.

It'll all depend on what is available. 

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On 5/6/2019 at 9:38 AM, ccap41 said:

Do you wish you could blow up the XTS and replace it with a CTS? 

Not really. I appreciate the CTS RWD Alpha dynamics, but also more liked the smoother, quieter, polished feel of the XTS.

Where the ATS/CTS can be brash and crashy (goal GM wanted to fix in the CT5), the XTS is just smooth. And, unlike those 2, it actually has functional legroom inside. That said, never got comfortable in the driver's position (I have a tough time with cars, period, when they're low and have weird seating), and the infotainment was annoying enough.

CT5 looks to be a good combo. RWD, more legroom than the current siblings, smoother (they say), and a volume knob. The lack of a radio volume knob alone actually did drive me nuts.

 

And now, the NEW one...

Loaded 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring in Wilderness Green with Java Brown leather.

GREAT. Old platform, but Carplay works better than most other brands I've had, the packaging is great, and the 2.5i is super smooth and takes off well. Moreso, the more I drive it, I've never noticed "CVT" as it does the simulated steps and doesn't rev out high. Just smooth. Love EyeSight, etc. supremely well integrated and enjoyable daily.

2020 seats and such are better shaped and bolstered, in the new platform. But this gen is still terrific. And who knew...I went from a Hemi and a GM 3.6L to a Subie 2.5L...and am enjoying the refinement.

Perfectly refreshing, functional, and luxurious after the sorted mix above😀

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Oh, and I started using the XTS self parking the next day...interesting.

No other feature, yet it does this. GM bizarro feature mix. A base Mazda has blind spot and can stop, steer, and radar cruise itself...your $52k+ Cadillac has none of that, yet, will self parallel park.

 

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12 hours ago, caddycruiser said:

will self parallel park

That's not parallel parking but it is parking itself and that is really cool. 

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12 hours ago, ccap41 said:

That's not parallel parking but it is parking itself and that is really cool. 

It does that as well. Parallel or perpendicular, just click what you want it to look for. I used both, but could only video the perpendicular in a quiet parking lot.

But again. $52k+ and no other feature except that. No blind spot, no collision warning, no auto braking, no adaptive cruise...base models of some basic brands have had this for years. Cadillac. Weird, like the rest of GM.

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The selection of sedans was poor. I ended up in an Acadia Denali. Android auto in GMs is still rubbish.

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10 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

The selection of sedans was poor. I ended up in an Acadia Denali. Android auto in GMs is still rubbish.

At least it's comfortable, with seat height. But yes, in infotainment world, GM's are not the best. I've found the more recent gens with CarPlay/Android are better than the messes the previous MyLink systems were (our last Terrain & Traverse, etc.) but nothing special.

Simplicity and functionality with connectivity, and not confused, is key. Add CarPlay to Cadillac CUE...and try to adjust your audio vs. voice volume levels without wanting to punch the head unit and give up...haha.

I need to do a review soon of each automaker's implementation of CarPlay/Android Auto. Again, driving so many brands for thousands of miles a piece...the integration of each is...very different. And noticeable day to day. Software, design, etc.

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Wow!  Some great write ups!  Have to go back and re read some again. !

on that 2019 Silverado. I know the 5.3/6 speed gets maligned a lot.  I’d be curious to see what you think of the new 4 cylinder if you ever get a chance to drive it. I thought it was not bad  

I just dun got back from driving a ct6 again (for my mom this time). I like your perspective on the XTS it makes me think I should take one for a spin. I’ve never driven an XTS yet. Yes it’s GM stupid that it would have power folding mirrors but not blind spot detection. That is classic GM!

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1 hour ago, regfootball said:

Wow!  Some great write ups!  Have to go back and re read some again. !

on that 2019 Silverado. I know the 5.3/6 speed gets maligned a lot.  I’d be curious to see what you think of the new 4 cylinder if you ever get a chance to drive it. I thought it was not bad  

I just dun got back from driving a ct6 again (for my mom this time). I like your perspective on the XTS it makes me think I should take one for a spin. I’ve never driven an XTS yet. Yes it’s GM stupid that it would have power folding mirrors but not blind spot detection. That is classic GM!

The only way to ever have factual unbiased data on cars...long term living with brands and models of every kind.

Years ago, when I had a 2012 Regal GS, I considered a 2013/2014 ATS. No room, flat hard seats (in comparison to the Regal GS), a back seat that wasn't usable, and brash harsh Alpha platform "it's so crisp". If you like the idea of a bigger car, a smoother car, and interesting but not great features, maybe a used XTS vs. a loaded Impala could work.

Big 'ole cars...livery service, or just wafting along. I think I got 30-31 mpg average cruising from Philly to NJJ/NY last weekend, fairly easily. The 3.6L was subdued, mixed with classic GM FWD "is it a rubber band in there?" gooey feel.

When GM (or Ford for that matter) do blind spot, they may as well just skip it. Both suffer from the tiniest barely visible light amber tiny symbols far out on the mirror and no audible, etc. alert. GM can't seem to just add all the front end sensing equipment that's standard on a $20k Corolla or Mazda 3, but even something...anything...would help.

A week into the 2019 Outback now. Super functional, proper sized, comfortable, and performs well, CarPlay integration and almost self driving safety tech, all included.

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On 5/5/2019 at 10:56 AM, caddycruiser said:

 

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 Luxury II. LOVED IT SO MUCH. Leased mom one for a reason. Perfect size. Perfect drive. Perfect package. Old platform, that feels better baked, refined, powerful, and economical than other "newer things". Did 5,900 miles and wouldn't give it back. Never got tired of it. 2017 pre-Carplay, but great UConnect. The 3.6L that can feel doggy in the LX cars, is perfect here, quick, sharp, and crisp. Ideal modes, Eco for transmission and Sport for steering. Just too perfect, every day. I'd take one...any day. Filled the tank in Rochester, NY. Drove to Punxsutawney, PA & around town. Drove back to NYC...one tank...549 miles of range...unstoppable, in silent, crisp, comfortable trekking. Buy one. Skip the Hemi, no need, and just heavier. 

Nice to hear you liked the Grand Cherokee Limited...I love my '14.  Bought mine as a CPO in March '17 w/ 25k to replace my '00 GC (which I put 170k miles on).   It's up to 42k miles now, been great around town and on cross country road trips..love driving it. 

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On 5/11/2019 at 8:39 PM, Robert Hall said:

Nice to hear you liked the Grand Cherokee Limited...I love my '14.  Bought mine as a CPO in March '17 w/ 25k to replace my '00 GC (which I put 170k miles on).   It's up to 42k miles now, been great around town and on cross country road trips..love driving it. 

Favorite package and drive day to day. Right size, right look, right comfort, right power...and 2016+ have further refined and updated steering systems, etc. 549 miles on a tank, and that crisp 8 speed with a Pentastar that rips...perfect.

Still nothing has lived up to them, in all my drives. Even equally enjoyed a well used 38k mile 2016 GC Laredo 4x2 with ZERO options back in 2017. No camera, no remote start, tiny radio, yet drove the same, and averaged 27.5 mpg.

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