The Cadillac DTS is the model that many people think of when talking about Cadillac's. This is the best selling and the most commonly seen Cadillac on the roads. These feature heavy Cadillac's offers about every luxury option possible, but it will cost a pretty penny. The base model DTS starts off at $46,000 so adding on options will add up rather quickly. All the different DTS trims come with the same motor and all are front wheel drive. This full sized luxury sedan comes stock with a 4.6 liter V-8 that puts out 275 horsepower at 6,000 RPMs. The on Star service and 8 speaker surround system also come on the standard DTS. If you are interested in heated seats, Bluetooth capability or any other high end features you had better consult your checkbook.
This is one of the few vehicles on the market that can actually seat six passengers comfortably. There is no mistaking the signature smooth steering and feather-like suspension on this Cadillac classic. The DTS has been around for some time, but it is still one of the most luxurious and sought after models.
Engines: 4.6L V-8
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Models: Base, Luxury, Premium, Platinum
Changes for the 2010 model year consisted entirely of new paint options with minor revisions to the OnStar system the only changes for 2011. The DTS remains pricey considering its age and the competition and exists mostly in a holding pattern until it and the slightly smaller STS can be replaced with the new, flagship XTS premium sedan.
Although it was rather striking in its day, the DTS soldiers on wearing the first generation of Cadillac's Art and Science design cues. Updates are non-existent for 2011.
Power leather seats are standard across the DTS range with seat heaters optional. A premium stereo is also standard with an optional upgrade. Automatic climate control is standard, as is a power adjustable steering column. Navigation is optional.
Performance & Handling
The Cadillac DTS comes with only one engine, a 4.6-liter DOHC V-8, but it comes in two power levels. All but the Platinum trim offer 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with the Platinum trim offering 292 horsepower and 288 pound-feet. Both the four-speed transmission and suspension are tuned for comfort, not performance, and self-adjusting magnetic dampeners are optional for an even smoother ride.
OnStar Automatic Crash Response is standard on the DTS, as are electronic Stability and Traction Control. Lane Departure Warning and blind spot warning systems are optional on some models. Driver and passenger front and side airbags are also standard, along with side curtain and rear side airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Base, Luxury, Premium: 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Platinum: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway
- Acres of space
- V-8 power
- OnStar standard
- Big trunk
- Cushy ride
You Won't Like
- 4-speed automatic
- V-8 thirst
- Tired design
- Weight, lots of it
Does not a flagship make
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