The Cadillac DTS offers luxury and comfort in a full-size package. It comes loaded with safety features, with the option of the latest safety technology to warn the driver of hidden hazards. The DTS delivers strong acceleration performance and handles quite well for a car of its size. It's a lot of car for 50 grand.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Greg Brown filed this report from Southern California.
dual-stage front driver's airbag, dual-depth front passenger's airbag, driver's and front passenger's seat-mounted side airbags, roof rail side curtain airbags, ABS, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, tire-pressure monitoring system
Safety equipment (optional):
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Cadillac DTS ($46,280)
leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, eight-way power front bucket seats with four-way adjustable power lumbar support, eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with RDS and integrated antenna, XM Satellite Radio with three-month trial, power windows, power programmable door locks with Pass-Key III Plus security, Magnasteer power steering, cruise control, illuminated visor mirrors, remote starter, driver information center, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, rear seat pass-through, OnStar with one-year Directions and Connections service, automatic headlights with wiper activation, fog lights, solar-control glass, self-leveling suspension, and P235/55R17 all-season tires on machined aluminum wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Performance Collection version ($54,230) has 292-hp engine; performance algorithm shifting; Magnetic Ride Control; 18-inch wheels and H-rated tires; memory for seats and outside mirrors; ultrasonic parking assist; heated outboard seats front and rear, with cooling for driver and front-seat passenger; heated leather-wrapped steering wheel; heated windshield washer fluid; heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators; universal home remote; six-disc in-dash CD changer; eight-speaker Bose audio system; tri-zone climate control; four-way adjustable lumbar with massage for the front bucket seats; power tilt and telescoping steering column; wood accents on steering wheel; adjustable rear-seat headrests; power folding outside mirrors; IntelliBeam automatic headlamps; Rainsense wipers; cargo net; dark burl walnut interior trim
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
4.6-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
292 @ 6300
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
288 @ 4500
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
18.8 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson strut with L-shaped lower arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
independent, semi-trailing with coil springs, monotube shocks, anti-roll bar
disc/disc with ABS and Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of September 29, 2008.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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