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2009 Cadillac DTS

The Cadillac DTS is a full-size luxury car with full-size American power and a warm, spacious interior. The DTS is front-wheel drive. 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.

2009 Trims and Styling

The Cadillac DTS is available with six-passenger or five-passenger seating. The DTS 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 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 includes all the content of the 6-Passenger package, plus tri-zone automatic climate control and a universal remote transmitter.

The Performance Package 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. Options include adaptive cruise control, DVD-based navigation, a power tilt/slide sunroof, Lane Departure Warning, and 17-inch chromed wheels.

Anti-lock brakes and Brake Assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with all-speed traction control come standard. Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert are available on select models.

The Cadillac DTS is a big car. DTS is almost four inches longer than a BMW 7 Series and 2.6 inches longer than the latest long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. Chrome trim accents the body-color door moldings, and a narrow LED high-mounted stop light runs nearly the entire width of the deck lid's crisply edged rear contour. Seventeen-inch machined aluminum wheels come standard, 18-inch wheels are available, and those wheels can be ordered chromed. The Platinum option is distinguished visually by 18-inch chrome wheels, chrome grille, chrome inserts on the exterior door handles, and a Platinum badge.

Interior Style and Features

The DTS cabin is roomy and luxurious. The trim used on base models is Dark Babinga wood, while Premium and Performance levels get Dark Burled Walnut. On five-passenger models, the center console between the bucket seats houses the shifter and storage bins. Facing the driver is an attractive four-spoke wood-and-leather steering wheel with a finely etched wreath-and-crest center badge. The 6-Passenger and 5-Passenger Luxury Collection version include a heated steering wheel on a tilting column; Premium Luxury and Performance add a telescoping function.

The Platinum option offers hand-cut-and-sewn leather on the instrument panel top pad, console and door trim. French seams highlight the door panel inserts. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped as well, and accented with the same light Ash bordered by chrome rings. A sunroof is standard, and a headrest-mounted rear DVD audio/video system is available.

Test Drive

Smooth and powerful, the Cadillac DTS glides over miles and miles of open road in supreme comfort. Maybe that's expected, but the DTS also handles surprisingly well for such a big car, making it a satisfying drive when it's time to turn the steering wheel.

The 275-horsepower version boasts 295 pound-feet of torque, while the 292-horsepower Performance engine offers 288 pound-feet of torque; the Performance-tuned engine gives up some torque for increased horsepower and the base engine actually supplies better off-the-line acceleration. Frigid days and scorchers are handled well by the DTS. The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system engages above 35 mph. A green light indicates that the system is turned on and working. To avoid nuisance alerts, the system is designed to not provide an alert if the turn signal is on or if the driver makes a sharp maneuver. The Side Blind Zone Alert system uses radar to sweep an 11-foot zone on either side of the vehicle; in other words, about one lane over. With the system engaged, an amber symbol lights up in the outside mirror whenever another vehicle enters this blind zone.

2009 DTS Conclusions

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. Forbes says "You feel like you are in command of the world and riding in style." The DTS delivers strong acceleration performance and handles quite well for a car of its size. It's a lot of car for your money.


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