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2007 Cadillac DTS

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2007 Cadillac DTS Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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 shoppers—those who aren't worried about being pigeonholed by their choices of vehicles—are most likely to appreciate the DTS's many available comforts and amenities.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's Significant About This Car?

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 the DTS

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.

2007 Cadillac DTS Details
2007 Cadillac DTS photo Interior

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
2007 Cadillac DTS photo

"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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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 Package—rated 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

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2007 Cadillac DTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 198 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

My review may be a little conservative.

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Size, Looks, Performance, ride and room."

Cons: "???????"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

The Beast Too

"Purchased this 2007 DTS in 2011 with 64k miles. I average 12k miles per year. Out of about 7 cars I've purchased in my life time this was the only one I purchased with a warranty. Good purchase. Had to use it 5 times and it saved me about $7k. I knew that Cadillacs had a rep for electrical problems from time to time. And because I purchased it used with 64k miles I thought it smart to get the warranty. But with it's problems I still like this automobile. But I had to get use to all the attention and compliments that come with it. Although I only paid $21k for it most think I paid 35k to 40k. I do have the Performance pkg which gives very good get up and go for all the weight."

The Beast Too

The '06 I owned was the most reliable car ever!!

By on Monday, March 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Used car price worth the money. Nice Ride. Quiet!"

Cons: "Expensive dealership maintenance."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Have owned '66, '94, '98, '02, '06, and presently drive an '09. All have been DeVille or DTS. Cadillacs are comfortable, smoothest ride, family safe, and reliable cars if you know the secret to economic maintenance. Cadillac Dealerships (CDs) are way way over rated and expensive. CD Oil change $120, Midas $29.99. CD struts $1300 each, On-line $120 and Midas installs for $80 each. Water pump CD $450, On-line $39.99 and Midas installs for $160. My experience shows a CD maintenance program (after the warranty) to cost $7000 before a forced trade or sale. Comfort: cadillac has soft, plush, luxury leather seats that wear easily and don't support the body for trips over 4 hours. Back and leg aches guaranteed after constant 4 hour drive. Leather needs to be cared for every month to avoid cracking. See used Cadillacs for yourself with over 40,000 miles. I recommend as family car. Safe and comfortable for around town and trips to see Grandma. Pleasure to drive."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

one of the better cars that i owned.

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "nice smooth ride.fun to drive."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"dealership is reliable and car service is excellent.Have taken my car in for service once and sometimes twice a year for nine years.nice smooth ride with plenty of pep."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Fit and Finish were very lax on this vehicle

By on Saturday, February 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,654

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "Fit and Finish"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Fit and Finish on this vehicle were not up to standard for a vehicle in this price range. Compared to my 2004 DTS it failed. Doors did not line up, spaces in inside post coverings etc. Otherwise I have found it very reliable."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

DTS~~North Star engine~~Premier Pkg~~can't be beat

By on Thursday, February 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "everything~"

Cons: "nothing!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have driven Cads as primary vehicle since 1976, Coupe DeVille, Eldorado (2) Sedan DeVilles (6) and two DTS...the '79 Eldorado had the 8-6-4 engine and all the later ones the fabulous 'NorthStar' which can't be beat, the 2011 we are now driving was the last DTS GM made and quite frankly am not impressed with the newer Caddies....we will drive this DTS as long as possible before trading...it has the 'Premier' pkg and as near as can tell the only thing missing is a chauffeur!!!...Love this car"

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

EXCELLENT RIDE

By on Monday, January 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "EASY TO DRIVE AND MY WIFE LOVES IT. RED COLOR"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I 0WN 4 CADILLACS AND THIS 2011 IS THE BEST EVER. TOTALLY SMOOTH AND GREAT TO DRIVE. A TRUE ROAD CAR."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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