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The DTS (formerly known as the DeVille) continues for 2007 relatively unchanged. Designed to appease traditional Cadillac buyers who may be turned off by the company's newer products, the DTS maintains a firm foothold in the soft-riding, moderate-handling category. With its long hood, six-passenger seating and huge trunk, the DTS is equally as capable of accommodating a foursome's trip to the golf course as it is a family's weekend retreat. Although pricing is well into Lexus territory, Cadillac feels the long list of electronic goodies on the DTS, coupled with its famed Northstar V8 engine, should be sufficient to keep brand-loyal customers from jumping ship. Who knows; as aging baby-boomers look for more comfortable means of transport, the DTS just may win over an entirely new generation.
Drivers of any age who place comfort and luxury over sportiness and performance might be well-satisfied behind the wheel of a DTS, even if they couldn't quite bring themselves to buy one. Mature shoppersthose who aren't worried about being pigeonholed by their choices of vehiclesare most likely to appreciate the DTS's many available comforts and amenities.
Steer clear if you're embarrassed to be seen in a car that your parents or grandparents might drive, despite its alluring comforts. Although the ride is far better than in Cadillacs of the distant past, it's less direct and more isolated than many of today's motorists would prefer.
The DTS receives more standard equipment and a tidier list of options. New colors grace the exterior while the interior receives an analog clock and Cocoa hue.
Driving Impressions Smooth and silken throughout, the DTS suggests motoring from an earlier, more elegant era. Ride quality approaches genteel most of the time, but that translates to a reduced feeling of...precision and security when the pavement turns rough. Despite an indisputably soft suspension, the DTS is far less floaty than might be expected and body lean in corners is tolerable. The steering, however, delivers a noticeable disconnect between car and road. Expect utterly smooth response from the standard V8, with near-seamless shifts from the automatic transmission and virtually no delay in passing or merging with traffic. Except for a tiny vibration at idle, the DTS is ultra-quiet.
Northstar V8 Engine and Hydra-Matic
The Northstar V8 is well known for smooth running and energetic response to the gas pedal, helped by unobtrusive shifts from GM's Hydra-Matic transmission.
Optional Front Split Bench Seat
Even if many shoppers may not particularly want one, it's refreshing to know that a six-passenger sedan still exists on the market.
Dual-firmness seats have an additional inch of travel, while the instrument panel is lower and farther forward. Normally seating five passengers, the DTS promises abundant front-seat space that lets occupants stretch out on comfortable, well-cushioned upholstery. Backseat space is no less bountiful, but the hard center seatback curtails comfort. The glovebox is a long reach and items fall out easily. Analog gauges are easy to read, augmented by a small digital speedometer. Visibility is good, despite wide rear pillars and a high back shelf. Many controls and buttons are difficult to decipher, so owners must consult the manual.Exterior
"Cadillac-signature" styling ties the DTS to the DeVilles of the past, as well as to the company's present and future. Details were developed to fall into line with other current Cadillac models, such as the CTS and STS. Front-end sheet metal and the eggcrate grille, and the rear quarter and decklid, including the vertically-shaped LED taillamps, are new, and high-intensity discharge (HID) Xenon headlamps are now standard. Cadillac calls the DTS styling "more architectural" and "linear" and, according to the company, body gaps are tighter than ever, within one millimeter between hood and fender and less than two millimeters between taillamps and decklid.
Safety items top the list of standard features, including four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) and traction control, roof-rail side-curtain airbags and front-seat side-impact thorax airbags. A factory-installed Adaptive Remote Start system includes a personalization provision. The 17-inch tires are mounted to machined aluminum wheels, and leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, folding power mirrors, a CD player with MP3 capability and GM's OnStar assistance system are standard.
Although the DTS is offered in a single trim level, option groups can add extra features. Option Package 1SE includes the 300-horsepower high-output V8 engine, performance algorithm shifting, Magnetic Ride Control and 18-inch tires on machined aluminum wheels. Option Package 1SC includes front and rear parking assist sensors, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel and windshield-washer nozzles, brake assist and four-channel StabiliTrak stability-enhancement. Radar-based adaptive speed control provides audible and visual alerts. Additional options include a moonroof, DVD navigation system, power rear sunshade and color-keyed grille.
In standard form, the Northstar LD8 4.6-liter dual-overhead-cam V8 develops 275 horsepower and is matched with a Hydra-Matic four-speed transmission. A higher-output, higher-revving Northstar L37 V8 is available with the Performance Packagerated at 300 horsepower but yielding less torque than the LD8.
4.6-liter V8 LD8
275 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
295 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25
4.6-liter V8 High Output L37
300 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
288 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24
By George Wideman on Sunday, December 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Like a pretty woman that will not behave."
Cons: "Mechanical Physical problems rides rough and noisy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Been in the shop 16 times. I bought it new. I get angry when I see it sitting in my garage. I would rather have a Yugo."
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By mgoblue85 on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "V8, decent mpg, sporty appearance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The DTS has the performance package and it is super for highway or city driving. Love the throttle response, mpg, appearance and sporty stance."
15 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Chas on Sunday, September 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,700overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Large and comfortable. Very good gas mileage."
Cons: "No more big Cadillac Sedans are being manufactured"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I would purchase another DTS is a heartbeat. However, Cadillac discontinued manufacturing the DTS in 2011. Too bad. I have driven the smaller Cadillacs as rentals. They just don't compare to the DTS."
10 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By Ray on Sunday, August 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Beautiful, Comfortable, Great Ride, Trouble Free."
Cons: "No longer being made by GM."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is undoubtedly the best car I've ever owned. The engine is powerful, economical to drive (I'm getting 17 City/25 Hwy), and it's the most comfortable car I have ever driven or been in. It makes a wonderful trip and cruises quietly at high speeds on the open road. I have had no issues at all with this car, none, it's been trouble free except for one flat tire! I wish GM was still making this nice big car. I plan to keep this one forever since they're no longer making it."
6 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By cadnum4 on Thursday, August 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Great car. Only issue is front brakes seem too light for weight of car when driving down a very steep hill."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Jim on Saturday, July 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 163,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "People still compliment the car. It's black."
Cons: "It has 163,000 miles"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this black 2009 DTS Cadillac new, and it still looks and drives like new. I am thinking about keeping it another year."
10 people out of 18 found this review helpful