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2008 Cadillac DTS

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$2,643 — $11,879 USED
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Sedan
5-6 Seats
18-19 MPG
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Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Interior space

The Bad

  • Pending further review

What to Know

about the 2008 Cadillac DTS
  • Optional blind spot radar
  • Optional lane departure alert system
  • New color options
  • Choice of two Northstar V-8s
  • Six standard airbags
  • Seating for five or six

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2008 Cadillac DTS Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
For 2006, a new front-wheel-drive sedan called the DTS replaced the long-lived DeVille in Cadillac’s lineup. The DTS had been the top-level model in the DeVille series. For about two decades, the DeVille has accounted for nearly half the sales in its segment. Competitors include the Audi A6 and Infiniti M35. For 2008, Cadillac introduced two new safety options for the DTS: Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert systems.

Six airbags are installed, and one of two Northstar V-8s powers the DTS.

Exterior
Styling of the DTS is “more architectural and linear,” said Gary Cowger, former president of General Motors North America, during its initial appearance. The new model’s styling evokes Cadillac’s STS sedan.

Led by an eggcrate grille with central wreath-and-crest badging and fresh front-end sheet metal, the DTS features vertical xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED taillamps.

New color options for 2008 include Crystal Red, Black Cherry, Double Espresso and Blue Diamond. Cadillac says there will be a limited edition Carbon Flash Metallic DTS, but it will not go on sale until the spring of 2008 and no details are available.

A four-channel StabiliTrak electronic stability system with brake assist is standard, and Magnetic Ride Control is optional. Seventeen-inch chrome wheels are standard, and 18-inch wheels are optional. Riding a 115.6-inch wheelbase, the DTS sedan is 207.6 inches long overall and 74.8 inches wide....

Vehicle Overview
For 2006, a new front-wheel-drive sedan called the DTS replaced the long-lived DeVille in Cadillac’s lineup. The DTS had been the top-level model in the DeVille series. For about two decades, the DeVille has accounted for nearly half the sales in its segment. Competitors include the Audi A6 and Infiniti M35. For 2008, Cadillac introduced two new safety options for the DTS: Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert systems.

Six airbags are installed, and one of two Northstar V-8s powers the DTS.

Exterior
Styling of the DTS is “more architectural and linear,” said Gary Cowger, former president of General Motors North America, during its initial appearance. The new model’s styling evokes Cadillac’s STS sedan.

Led by an eggcrate grille with central wreath-and-crest badging and fresh front-end sheet metal, the DTS features vertical xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED taillamps.

New color options for 2008 include Crystal Red, Black Cherry, Double Espresso and Blue Diamond. Cadillac says there will be a limited edition Carbon Flash Metallic DTS, but it will not go on sale until the spring of 2008 and no details are available.

A four-channel StabiliTrak electronic stability system with brake assist is standard, and Magnetic Ride Control is optional. Seventeen-inch chrome wheels are standard, and 18-inch wheels are optional. Riding a 115.6-inch wheelbase, the DTS sedan is 207.6 inches long overall and 74.8 inches wide.

The Platinum DTS edition, available in the fall of 2007, boasts 18-inch wheels, a 292-horsepower Northstar 4.6-liter V-8 engine and a standard sunroof and DVD navigational system.

Interior
The DTS can hold either five or six occupants, with a choice of front bucket seats or a front bench. Genuine burl wood trim is available.

Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, and a tri-zone system is optional. Available features include heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, Adaptive Remote Start (with a personalization provision), power folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and heated windshield-washer fluid. Front and rear ultrasonic parking assistance, IntelliBeam automatic high-beam headlights, an in-dash six-CD changer with MP3 capability and adaptive cruise control also are available. Additional features include XM Satellite Radio, a DVD-based navigation system and GM’s OnStar communication system.

Under the Hood
Cadillac’s 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 comes in a choice of two configurations in the DTS. The base V-8 produces 275 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque. Optional is a quicker-revving Northstar that makes 292 hp and 288 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines work with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
Two new optional safety systems were introduced for 2008. The Lane Departure Warning system uses a camera between the rearview mirror and windshield to detect and 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 spots.

Six standard airbags include side-impact, side curtain and a new dual-depth front passenger unit that deploys either shallow or deep depending on crash severity, seat belt usage and occupant position. All-disc antilock brakes are standard, as is an electronic stability system.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
37 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

I’ve been dealing short while ago this was the mos

by Jack’s DTS from Ferndale, WA. 98248 on August 30, 2019

I’ve been dealing short while ago this was the most reliable car I’ve owned in a long time however, it has begun to have electrical issues. First something started going haywire with the wiper system ... Read full review

(5.0)

comfortable cruiser

by Joey from NY from new York, ny on August 3, 2019

This car was designed for cruising, set the cruise and relax, drives straight as an arrow. It's like sitting on your living room easy chair. Plenty of power for quick acceleration. 29 mpg on the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Cadillac DTS currently has 3 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The DTS received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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