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By Cars.com Staff
June 19, 2008
Vehicle Overview The DTS, formerly the DeVille, is a front-wheel-drive alternative in Cadillac's luxury sedan lineup. The DTS competes with the Lincoln MKS, Volvo S80 and Chrysler 300C. The DTS seats five or six.
What's New for 2009 The 2009 DTS has no significant changes versus the 2008 model.
Exterior The DTS' styling is linear and straightforward. It is 207.6 inches long (the roomier DTS-L is 215.6 inches long) and has a wheelbase of 115.6 inches, making it larger and longer than the Lincoln MKS, Volvo S80 and Chrysler 300C. The model's styling is similar to Cadillac's STS sedan.
Central wreath-and-crest badging and fresh front-end sheet metal
New turn signals and clearer blind zone alert icons
New roof-mounted antenna
New exterior colors: Radiant Silver, Gray Flannel and Ocean Pearl Tricoat
17-inch wheels standard
Electronic stability system with brake assist standard
Optional Magnetic Ride Control
18-inch wheels and sunroof standard with model upgrade
Interior The DTS can hold five or six occupants, with a choice of front bucket seats or a front bench. Total interior volume measures 132 cubic feet. That's about 6 cubic feet of interior volume more than the MKS and about 15 cubic feet more than the S80 and 300C. Total trunk volume in the DTS is 18.8 cubic feet. Interior features include:
Burl wood trim available
Speed limit adviser with speed alert feature on front driver console
XM Satellite Radio NavTraffic and OnStar available
Standard dual-zone automatic climate control (three-zone system is optional)
Heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel
Adaptive Remote Start (with a personalization provision)
Power folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and heated windshield-washer fluid
Under the Hood The DTS is available with a choice of Northstar 4.6-liter V-8 engines, both mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
Base V-8 produces 275 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque
Quicker-revving Northstar makes 292 hp and 288 pounds-feet of torque
Safety The DTS offers two optional safety systems in addition to the usual features.
Lane Departure Warning system uses a camera between the rearview mirror and windshield to warn drivers when they've strayed from their lane
The Side Blind Zone Alert uses radar to sense when objects are in the driver's blind spot
Six standard airbags: side-impact, side curtain and dual front airbags
Standard all-disc antilock brakes
Standard electronic stability system with brake assist