• (4.8) 16 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,081–$16,497
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 275-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2009 Cadillac DTS

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Cadillac DTS

What We Don't Like

  • Poor turning radius
  • Unattractive styling

Notable Features

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

2009 Cadillac DTS Reviews

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

4.8

Average based on 16 reviews

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Great vehicle for highway travel

by Cheryl from Columbus OH on September 20, 2017

This car drives so easily it feels like you are floating down the highway in total comfort. The reliability of this vehicle is outstanding. There is plenty of leg room for tall persons.

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8 Trims Available

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2009 Cadillac DTS Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Cadillac DTS 1SA

Moderate overlap front
G
Side
A

IIHS Ratings

Based on Cadillac DTS 1SA

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
A
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
A
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
M
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Cadillac DTS 1SA

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Cadillac DTS 1SA

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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