2011 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, and offers the security and peace of mind expected from a Cadillac.
Though its styling is restrained, the DTS is loaded with technology. Fortunately, 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.
Underway, the DTS has impeccable road manners. It handles surprisingly well given its size. Crisp handling and good grip inspire driving enjoyment with composure on winding roads. It takes turns with poise and dignity, making it an enjoyable steed when the road goes curvy. And, of course, it glides with ease over long straight roads.
The front-wheel-drive DTS comes with a 4.6-liter V8 engine that develops 275 horsepower. A high-output version that makes 292 horsepower is optional.
Changes for 2010 are limited to two new colors: Vanilla Latte and Tuscan Bronze ChromaFlair. The current-generation 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.
The Cadillac DTS is available with six-passenger or five-passenger seating. It comes in one model, but with numerous option packages, so it can be outfitted to suit just about any potential buyer.
The DTS ($46,280) 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 and Connections service, automatic headlamps with wiper activation, fog lights, solar-control glass, and P235/55R17 all-season tires on machined aluminum wheels.
Option packages: The Luxury Collection ($5,245) includes tri-zone climate control, memory for driver's seat and outside mirrors, heated power mirrors, sunroof, front and rear park assist, heated rear outboard seats, heated and cooled front seats, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, chrome alloy wheels, universal garage-door opener, Bose premium eight-speaker audio system with six-disc player, and some additional convenience and trim items.
The Premium Collection ($8,145) adds Intellibeam headlamps, Bose Surround Sound audio, DVD-based navigation with voice recognition, XM NavTraffic, power rear lumbar adjusters, dual front lumbar massage seats, leather-wrapped and wood heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping, Chrome-Tech alloy wheels, Dark Burl Walnut interior trim, and additional features.
The Platinum Collection ($13,195) adds Side Blind-Spot Alert, leather console, Light Ash interior trim, footwell lighting, Lane Departure Warning system, unique chrome alloy wheels, performance suspension, numerous additional trim and convenience features, and the 292-horsepower version of the 4.6-liter V8.
Stand-alone options include adaptive cruise control ($1,695), heated and cooled front seats ($1,425), and the Driver Awareness Package ($695), which includes Side Blind-Spot Alert and Lane Departure Warning.
Safety features that come standard on all models include six airbags, including a dual-depth front-passenger airbag and side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with all-speed traction control, child-safe rear door locks and a tire-pressure monitor. Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert are available on select models.