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2011 Cadillac DTS Review

The highly-ranked 2011 Cadillac DTS offers a spacious interior, a comfortable ride and a potent V8 engine, though it isn’t as sporty as other cars in the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, plush seats
  • Spacious interior and loads of cargo room
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Antiquated four-speed automatic transmission
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Interior quality doesn’t match top rivals’




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.7
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2011 Cadillac DTS Overview

Most reviewers agreed that the 2011 Cadillac DTS offers adequate power with its standard V8 engine, but many V8s and even some V6s perform better. With a wide turning circle and large size, the DTS will never be mistaken for a sports sedan, and auto critics thought the DTS was best served as a highway cruiser. The DTS has some of the lowest crash test scores in the class. Because of its large V8 engine and size, the DTS trails other used large luxury cars in terms of fuel economy, but also doesn’t need premium gas.

The DTS boasts a stylish, roomy interior and a massive trunk. When it was new, reviewers found that there was an abundance of head- and legroom in the DTS, but the interior wasn’t as refined as the competition. Still, test drivers thought that the seating was comfortable in all positions. Also, the DTS has an available front seat bench that brings the overall seating capacity to six. Interior features in the DTS were thought to be user-friendly, with easy-to-read gauges and large controls. The DTS comes with standard leather upholstery, an eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio, remote engine start and power front seats. Higher trims and options include a memory driver seat, an audio system with navigation and voice recognition and tri-zone automatic climate control.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering a DTS, you should give the 2011 Lincoln MKS a look. The MKS won high praise for its spacious cabin and trunk, luxurious interior and high-tech features, though it’s not known for its performance. The MKS features the highly-praised SYNC voice-controlled infotainment system and gets slightly better fuel economy than the DTS.

The highly-ranked 2011 Hyundai Genesis is a solid, fun-to-drive luxury car. The Genesis has better safety ratings, better performance and a nicer interior than the DTS. However, the Genesis only comes with rear-wheel drive.

Compare the DTS to the MKS and Genesis »


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