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2009 Cadillac DTS

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$3,756 — $12,804 USED
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Sedan
5-6 Seats
18-19 MPG
(Combined)
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
2009 Cadillac DTS exterior side view

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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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
  • S...
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
21 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)

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(5.0)

Amazing Gas Mileage For A Large Luxury Sedan

by Rod from San Antonio on January 8, 2019

These large comfortable Cadillac DTS sedans are no longer made so if you're looking for a seriously comfortable car don't wait. My Wife has a 2011 DTS Platinum in Red and since we don't drive much ... Read full review

(5.0)

A Great and Stylish 2009 DTS

by Ted in Gig Harbor from Gig Harbor, WA on November 9, 2018

This Cadillac from 2009 has all of the bells and whistles you would expect, and the low milage for a 10 year old car makes this a great deal. Nicely appointed interior, all of the controls are well ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Cadillac DTS currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Cadillac DTS 1SA

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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