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2006 Cadillac DTS

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$41,195

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

6

Seating capacity

207.6” x 57.6”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Performance potential
  • Interior space

The bad:

  • Pending further review

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2006 Cadillac DTS trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • New for 2006
  • Choice of two Northstar V-8s
  • Six standard airbags
  • Seating for five or six

2006 Cadillac DTS review: Our expert's take

By Royal Ford

As I was motivatin’ over the hill, I saw Maybelline in a Coup DeVille.

”Maybelline” Chuck Berry’s Maybelline is of a certain age now and her DeVille is history, replaced by the 2006 Cadillac DTS.

And unlike the scenario in the song, an old V-8 Ford would not catch this newest Cadillac — not with 275 horsepower echoing from a 4.6-liter V-8. The car also has electronic stability control to keep it straight and even an alarm that pings if a turn signal is left on too long.

The turn-signal warning is worth mentioning because it flies in the face of the company’s mission. Like all Cadillacs of recent vintage, the DTS is marketed to younger drivers, not older ones. Yet Cadillac does not want to leave Maybelline behind.

This is a hefty cruiser made for the highway, capable of running across Interstate 80 the way a German driver might hustle up the Autobahn in a 6 Series BMW or an S Class Mercedes-Benz. But at a price under $50,000 — even loaded with lots of luxury and refinement — it’s significantly less expensive than those Bahn-burners.

Smoothly powerful, its four-speed automatic transparent during operation, the DTS rolls the roads with the straight-ahead surge some Americans will relish, and it exhibits little of the boaty body roll during cornering that for years has come with large American steel.

It also has front-wheel drive, a bit odd for a big luxury vehicle and, surprisingly, not a major help on snowy roads. Instead of digging in to draw, as most FWD vehicles do, it seemed to become light up front. I found myself being a bit defensive, even in a couple of inches of snow. That lightness was also noticeable during subtle steering at highway speeds, yet in corners, the car became heavier and tighter.

Strange.

But most of the time, the DTS rode flat, solid, and steady. The Luxury II level I drove was roomy, powerful, and well-appointed.

The DTS starts out with dual-depth front-passenger air bags, head- and side-curtain air bags, antilock braking, adjustable front bucket seats (a rare bench is also available), three-zone climate control, and high-intensity discharge headlamps.

Bump up to the test model (about $3,000 above the base price of $42,000), and you get heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and electronic parking assist. Other model upgrades feature enhanced performance, seats that massage, upgraded Bose sound systems, and real wood trim.

The outside is more big Cadillac than the smaller, edgier models of the past couple of years, but still forward looking. Upright headlamps at each end of an egg-crate grille create a solid frontal stance, while a sharply defined, boxy trunk is a short chop of the endless rear decks of old.

Inside, the front is a veritable cockpit, with a dash and center control stack sloped up and away, making the interior feel spacious. In the back, a couple of large folks on either side would have plenty of room, while a smaller passenger would be comfortable in the center.

Cadillac has done a fine job of plucking performance, power, and even some styling from its other models, while retaining the luxury-cruiser look many older customers still covet. And thanks to that alarm, none of them will be leaving the turn signal on.

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THE BASICS

Base price/as tested: $43,695/$47,775

Fuel economy: 21.1 miles per gallon in Globe testing

Annual fuel cost: $1,463 (at $2.374 per gallon, regular, 13,000 miles per year)

THE EARLY LINE

It’s a Cadillac that has to maintain tradition, even as the company successfully adopts an edgier image.

THE SPECIFICS

Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive

Seating: 5 occupants

Horsepower: 275

Torque: 292 lb.-ft.

Overall length: 207.6 inches

Wheelbase: 115.6 inches

Height: 57.6 inches

Width: 74.8 inches

Curb weight: 4,009 lbs.

THE SKINNY

Nice touch: The upright, rectangular, retro clock at mid-dash. Amidst electronic wizardry, this timepiece will take you back in time.

Annoyance: I’m not sure they should not have kept rear-wheel drive for this model.

Watch for: Younger drivers being attracted to some expansive American luxury.

Royal Ford can be reached at ford@globe.com.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.3
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Most recent consumer reviews

2.0

northstar

sweet comfortable luxury car BUT when the northstar engine starts acting up you're in for a major headache .The cost f parts and repair is outrageous

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 1.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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1.0

2006 Northstar engine, why no recall ?

The 2006 Cadillac DTS was an engineering nightmare I presently own one and although it is the year 2022 this car is in perfect shape everything works but it has a rear main seal oil leak and I bought the car for $4,000 and the cost to repair this car was over 7,000 I don't understand why general motors would not repair an engineering mistake of such capacity that being said I will never buy another general motors product as long as I'm alive and I will not recommend them to any of my friends good luck hope you have a good life.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 1.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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1.0

Unbelievably xxxxty car

This vehicle gives you one problem after another one, it never ends. I barely drive it anywhere, and something constantly breaks in it. I have scion tc that had been wrecked twice and rebuild, and it never gives me any problem and this caddilac dts is a joke, I would never ever in my life buy it again, or would not take it if someone offered me a free one. Plus the parts cost is unreasonable. There is no reason for a bulb to cost 100 dollars, it's a bulb, not a piece of gold. I hate it with all my heart, will never give another chance to this car, it's ugly on the top, I regret the day we decided to buy it.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 2.0
  • Interior 2.0
  • Performance 1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Exterior 2.0
  • Reliability 1.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Transporting family
  • Does not recommend this car
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Safety

Based on the 2006 Cadillac DTS base trim.
Frontal driver
5
Frontal passenger
4
Nhtsa rollover rating
4
Side driver
4
Side rear passenger
4

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Cadillac
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
New: 4 years/50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper; CPO: One year/unlimited miles bumper-to-bumper
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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