2009 DTS New Car Test Drive
The Cadillac DTS is a full-size luxury car with full-size American power and a warm, spacious interior. It's big, powerful and luxurious.
Its V8 engine develops 275 horsepower, and a higher-output version is available that delivers 292 horsepower. Though its styling is restrained, the DTS is loaded with technology. Yet you don't have to study the owner's manual to make the DTS do its job. This is a rational luxury car, easy to operate in addition to being large and luxurious. We like that.
The DTS offers impeccable road manners, with crisp handling and good grip that inspires composure and driving enjoyment on winding roads. It handles surprisingly well given its size. It takes turns with poise and dignity, making it an enjoyable steed when the road goes curvy. The DTS is front-wheel drive.
The current DTS was launched as a 2006 model, sporting fresh body lines, a redesigned interior, upgraded running gear, and suspension refinements. It replaced the 57-year-old DeVille nameplate.
Changes for 2009 are minor. There are three new colors. The outside rear-view mirrors have new turn-signal LEDs and clearer Side Blind Zone Alert icons, there is a new 17-inch, nine-spoke alloy wheel with a ChromeTech finish (optional), the disc brake rotors have a treatment that inhibits rust so they look better, and there are a few other additions and detail improvements.
The Cadillac DTS is available with six-passenger or five-passenger seating. It comes in several models, all powered by Cadillac's 4.6-liter Northstar V8, which produces 275 horsepower, or 292 horsepower with certain option packages. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The DTS ($45,855) comes standard with leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic 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, Magnasteer power steering, cruise control, power windows, power programmable door locks with Pass-Key III Plus security, illuminated visor mirrors, remote starter, driver information center, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, rear seat pass-through, OnStar with one-year Directions & Connections service, automatic headlamps with wiper activation, fog lights, solar-control glass, self-leveling suspension, and P235/55R17 all-season tires on machined aluminum wheels.
The 6-Passenger Luxury Package ($3,000) adds park assist, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear outboard seats, heated power-adjustable mirrors with turn-signal indicators and driver's side auto-dimming, leather wrapped and heated steering wheel, and tilt steering column.
The 5-Passenger Luxury Package ($3,500) includes all the content of the 6-Passenger package, plus tri-zone automatic climate control and a universal remote transmitter.
The Premium Luxury Package ($5,230) includes the two previous packages, plus an upgraded stereo with a six-disc in-dash CD changer and eight Bose speakers, cargo net, IntelliBeam headlights, front four-way massaging power lumbar, power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory settings, trunk mat, rear illuminated vanity mirrors, genuine Dark Burled Walnut wood trim and 17-inch chromed aluminum wheels.
The Performance Package ($8,000) includes all but a few of the previous features, plus the higher-tuned 292-hp V8, performance algorithm shifting, Magnetic Ride Control, and P245/50 H-rated tires on 18-inch chromed aluminum wheels.
The Platinum option ($4,795) is available only with the Premium Luxury or Performance Collections, and adds a power sunroof, DVD navigation, and other conveniences and trim enhancements.
Options include adaptive cruise control ($1,695), DVD-based navigation ($1,945), a power tilt/slide sunroof ($1,200), Lane Departure Warning, and 17-inch chromed wheels ($825).
Safety features that come standard on all models include six air bags, including a dual-depth front-passenger air bag. Anti-lock brakes and Brake Assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with all-speed traction control come standard. Child-safe rear door locks and a tire pressure monitor come standard. Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert are available on select models.