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2010 Cadillac DTS

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2010 Cadillac DTS Review

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The 2010 Cadillac DTS (formerly known as the DeVille) continues with relatively few changes. 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 priced 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. Yet, 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 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 New for 2010

The Cadillac DTS sees no major changes for 2010.

Driving the DTS

Driving Impressions Smooth and silken throughout, the 2010 Cadillac 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 driver 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.

2010 Cadillac DTS Details
Interior

Dual-firmness seats provide plenty 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. Rear-seat 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
2010 Cadillac DTS photo

"Cadillac-signature" styling ties the 2010 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. 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 2010 Cadillac DTS is offered in a single trim level, option groups can add extra features. The Performance Package includes the 292-horsepower high-output V8 engine, performance algorithm shifting, Magnetic Ride Control and 18-inch tires on machined aluminum wheels. Option Package Luxury I includes front and rear parking assist sensors, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, heated windshield-washer nozzles, brake assist and four-channel StabiliTrak stability control. 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 nearly 300 horsepower but yielding less torque than the LD8.

4.6-liter V8
275 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
295 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23

4.6-liter V8 High Output
292 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
288 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22

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2010 Cadillac DTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 206 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Most economical used car I've owned

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 131,000

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: "great value compared to comparable luxury vehicles"

Cons: "steering wheel doesn't adjust in/out"

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

"Bought used w/60k miles on it in 2010. Other than water pump going out 86,751 miles and dealer I bought it from charging about $7-800 for new water pump when they could have directed me to a Cadillac dealer for free replacement under warranty and one catalytic converter replacement at 134,600 miles, I've had fewoblems w/this vehicle. It has been a pleasure to own and drive. Strangers frequently compliment the blue ice color and finish. Paint job is excellent and has held up to automated car wash every 3-4 weeks. Chrome trim and black trim just now starting to show signs of age. New Michenlin Defender tires put on at 122,200 miles and they ride smooth as glass. MPG appears to have decreased from 24 hwy to about 22 since converter replacement."

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Comfort and ride in style

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "low maintenance costs, comfortable, easy to drive"

Cons: "needs usb ports"

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

"I bought this car as a 1 owner vehicle in Nov, 2010. Sure am glad I made that decision. Great driving car, very reliable, no major issues other than normal oil changes (all maintenance preformed at dealer). Replaced a sensor for one of the tires that measures air pressure, brakes all the way around and tires. I do a lot of highway driving, set the cruise at about 73 and no stress or worry. Handles the road very well, good, solid, comfortable ride without a lot of sway. A lot of big cars have the "floating" sensation, not the DTS. Reduced the road bumps to a minimum, does not beat you to death on a 500 mile trip. Personally, I think Cadillac made a huge mistake by discontinuing this model. If I wanted a mid-sized care I would buy a Lexus or BMW. Guess I will have to look at Mercedes now, not real happy about that."

5 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Problems form the date of purchase. Lost value

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Pretty. Rides well"

Cons: "Cup holder too close. Cheap plastic , and the gri"

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

"We purchased car to last thru retirement. This car went to rest before me. Dealerships said they did the work under warranty but never did. Hired a forensic expert and proved work never done. They then fixed it. Little things as well as big went wrong. My biggest complaint is that this car cost 60000 and within 3 mos had a value of 47000. If I had purchased the lexus ls 460 I looked at, there would be no trouble and the car would be worth around 20,000 without all the problems."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

great road car

By on Monday, June 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable and reliable"

Cons: "taxes"

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

"very comfortable, lots of power, good gas milage. easy to spend all day on the road and arrive refreshed!!!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Most comfortable riding auto for long trips(1440 m

By on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is the perfect auto for me since I travel to florida each winter..spending three days driving 1440 miles. My son does half of the driving. It has great stability,acceleration and braking. I will be buying another used DTS . Currently have 136000 miles with no major problems since I purchased it In 2009( it Is a 2006)."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Not the best.

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,701

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"With 42k miles, I had to replace the engine this month. The timing chain slipped and the engine was shot. Very disappointed."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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