Consumer Reports not impressed by the 2013 Dodge Dart, Lincoln MKS, Cadillac XTS

Article by Christian A., on November 22, 2012

Testers for Consumer Reports magazine were not impressed by several models that they recently examined. The 2013 Dodge Dart was described as "underpowered” while they claimed to be “underwhelmed” by General Motors Co's 2013 Cadillac XTS and Ford Motor Co's 2013 Lincoln MKS. The testers recommended Toyota Motor Corp's redesigned Lexus ES sedan but they clarified that the 2013 model doesn’t have the same ride and interior refinement as the previous ES.

The 2013 Dart sedan is the first jointly developed model from Fiat SpA and Chrysler. The 2013 Dart sedan considers the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus as its rivals.

Consumer Reports praised the "solid feel, handling and ride" of the Dart but it said that the compact sedan can’t be comparable yet to the best models in the class. Consumer Reports gave the Cadillac model a higher ranking than the Lincoln but still, none of them earned its recommendation.

The reviews, which will be read in the January issue, described Cadillac's new CUE infotainment system as "convoluted and frustrating." It also criticized the Lincoln model's "cramped driving position, ungainly handling, uncomposed ride, and limited visibility."

Cadillac revealed the 2013 XTS, its latest addition to the Cadillac luxury sedan range. Arriving in US and Canadian showrooms in spring 2012, it is Cadillac’s most technically innovative production car to date.

Bigger than the CTS, the new XTS offers the classic Cadillac room, sophistication, and drama, but with completely new and technologically advanced approaches focused on the next generation of luxury car owners and passengers. This also marks the introduction of CUE, a fully complete in-car experience that combines discerning design with first-in-industry information and media control and command features.

Besides connectivity and the CUE interface, other modern technologies have been integrated into the new XTS. Not only will it be the first and only luxury sedan that comes standard with Magnetic Ride Control, a suspension that has the world’s quickest response, but it will also have available state-of-the-art technologies enhancing vision and safety surrounding the driver.

Set right above the CTS family’s centrepiece in Cadillac's new line, the new XTS has a 3.60-litre direct injection engine and advanced all-wheel drive, indicating a focus change to greater efficiency in how a spacious luxury sedan performs.

The Cadillac CUE’s user interface can be customised to a great extent, exemplifying the XTS' mix of advance engineering and creative styling. The Cadillac User Experience, or CUE, is centered around a standard eight-inch (203 mm) display in the centre console, with the faceplate below the steering wheel control panel and screen. Boasting several firsts in the industry, CUE includes touch control with proximity sensors, as well as gesture and natural voice recognition.

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