2010 Cadillac DTS

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Cadillac DTS. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    18-19 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    275-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Interior space
  • High-end luxury features

The Bad

  • Poor turning radius

Notable Features of the 2010 Cadillac DTS

  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Optional speed-limit adviser
  • Standard V-8 engine
  • Seats five or six
  • Available heated and cooled seats
  • Available extended-length DTS-L

2010 Cadillac DTS Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The DTS, formerly the DeVille, is a front-wheel-drive alternative in Cadillac's luxury sedan lineup. It competes with the Lincoln MKS, Volvo S80 and Chrysler 300C. The DTS can seat five or six.

New for 2009
The 2010 DTS has no significant changes versus the 2009 model.

Exterior
The DTS' styling is linear and straightforward. It's 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
  • Standard xenon headlights
  • New exterior colors: Vanilla Latte and Tuscan Bronze ChromaFlair
  • 17-inch wheels standard
  • Electronic stability system with brake assist standard
  • Optional Magnetic Ride Control
  • Available 18-inch wheels and sunroof


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 more than the MKS, S80 and 300C. 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, with a zone for rear passengers, is optional)
  • Optional heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats ...
Vehicle Overview
The DTS, formerly the DeVille, is a front-wheel-drive alternative in Cadillac's luxury sedan lineup. It competes with the Lincoln MKS, Volvo S80 and Chrysler 300C. The DTS can seat five or six.

New for 2009
The 2010 DTS has no significant changes versus the 2009 model.

Exterior
The DTS' styling is linear and straightforward. It's 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
  • Standard xenon headlights
  • New exterior colors: Vanilla Latte and Tuscan Bronze ChromaFlair
  • 17-inch wheels standard
  • Electronic stability system with brake assist standard
  • Optional Magnetic Ride Control
  • Available 18-inch wheels and sunroof


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 more than the MKS, S80 and 300C. 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, with a zone for rear passengers, is optional)
  • Optional heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel
  • Standard Remote Start system
  • Optional 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
  • Optional quicker-revving version makes 292 hp and 288 pounds-feet of torque


Safety
The DTS offers two optional safety systems in addition to the usual features.
  • Optional lane departure warning system uses a camera between the rearview mirror and windshield to warn drivers when they've strayed from their lane
  • Optional blind spot warning system senses when objects are in the driver's blind spot
  • Six standard airbags: side-impact, side curtain and dual front
  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system with brake assist
  • Standard traction control



Latest 2010 DTS Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

2 for 1 I own 2

by 2UNDR69 from Edmonton, Alberta on August 15, 2018

I have a 2010 and a 2008, both are super clean and low km, 140k and 150k, one for the summer and one for the winter, they should last me 10 or more years, best cars I have ever driven. Screen name is ... Read full review

(4.0)

Beautiful Cadillac

by Rudy M. from West Olive on July 15, 2018

This car is very comfortable with leg room to its soft leather seats. Very exceptional handling and has a very smooth suspension, its ride is one of the many features I love about this Cadillac DTS. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Cadillac DTS currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Cadillac DTS Base

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

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

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

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
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.

Manufacturer Warranty

Backed by Cadillac
Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper (2012-2017 models)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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