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2009 Cadillac DTS

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$3,486 — $13,570 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

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Interior space

The Bad

  • Poor turning radius
  • Unattractive styling

What to Know

about the 2009 Cadillac DTS
  • Optional blind spot radar
  • Optional speed limit adviser
  • Choice of two Northstar V-8s
  • Six standard airbags
  • Seating for five or six

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2009 Cadillac DTS Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

  • Eggcrate grille
  • 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...

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.

  • Eggcrate grille
  • 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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
23 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Very nice people will buy again

by Ed p from Rush ny on July 12, 2019

Very nice experience great memories very reliable car great warranty full service great selection full service shop experience technicians very help full definitely will return Read full review

(4.0)

This is my 7th DeVille. 68,75,78,86,88,02 & 09.

by Skeeter from Hopewell on February 6, 2019

I enjoy the comfort, ride and drive of all except the 86 Fleetwood. It has a weird ride. I only kept it less than a year. My 09 currently has 74,000 miles on it. I bought it in 16 with 39,000 miles on... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Cadillac DTS currently has 2 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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