2008 Cadillac DTS


$5,472 - $5,711

2008 Cadillac DTS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 Cadillac DTS was new.


Interior: 8.3

Auto writers generally praise the DTS interior for its good looks and elegant finish. The DTS can seat five comfortably, and six with a tighter fit.

Auto reviewers' agree that DTS interior is premium, designed for relaxed rides, offering six passenger seating unmatched by other competitors in this class. "The commodious interior is well-appointed, comfortable and quiet," says Forbes. "Road and wind noise are barely noticeable," adds Edmunds, "and the sheer volume of room in the cabin makes it a terrific long-distance highway cruiser." Edmunds notes that "there is plentiful room for all passengers and the trunk is huge."  U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls the DTS interior a "handsome blend of leather and wood, with soft surfaces all around that encourage you to sink into the seats and enjoy the ride." Consumer Guide adds that the DTS "is among the roomiest, most comfortable big sedans."


With comfort prevailing, the DTS offers ample seating for five, or six with an optional upgrade. Forbes notes that "more often than not the car just feels like a superb luxury tourer with a remarkably quiet cabin. For long-distance road trips, there are few better choices." Kelley Blue Book views the DTS as a six-passenger cruiser with a huge trunk, while MSN adds that the Cadillac is "quieter" and "updated," with "a posh-but-understated appearance - an almost European look.  Yet BusinessWeek disagrees somewhat, finding the interior "clean and tasteful, though not as tightly made as the ones in rival German and Japanese cars."

When looking at the seats in particular, Edmunds notes that "front-seat passengers are coddled in sumptuous leather seats", while Consumer Guide calls the bucket seats of the DTS "all-day comfortable." "Inside, the front is a veritable cockpit, with a dash and center control stack sloped up and away, making the interior feel spacious," says Cars.com. MSN chimes in, adding that "gauges can be easily read, controls are large and premium materials are used throughout."  However, the San Francisco Chronicle finds the cup holders "shallow."

MSN recognizes that the DTS "is one of the few cars on the market where you can get six seats. And of course, the back seat is a highlight."  The DTS V8, Luxury I and Luxury II trim levels have an optional seating package which provides a front bench with 40/20/40 flex seating that creates 6 passenger seating space.

The back seat of the DTS received mixed reviews from auto writers. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman notes that "the rear seat is lavish and large, with its own climate control and all the other doodads that help with kids: A center armrest with cupholders and storage, overhead lights for reading or game-playing at night, and sizable storage pockets." New Car Test Drive auto writers also note that the rear seat is "large enough for a couple of six-foot-plus males with a few extra pounds of girth, and fitting a smaller fifth passenger in between is no problem," also noting the "nicely raked" seats for long-range comfort. In contrast BusinessWeek finds the rear-seat controls "subpar" and the middle passengers space "cramped" with "limited leg room."

Interior Features

Auto reviewers find the DTS dash pleasing. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls the DTS dashboard "clean and thoughtful, with a digital radio system that keeps lots of functions well organized and reasonably intuitive." Forbes calls the interior "nicely designed," following a current styling trend with "large gauges and a tall center stack on the dashboard, with "well thought out" controls for the stereo. Edmunds concludes that "Those shopping the large luxury sedan segment will note that the DTS lags behind luxury stalwarts such as the Lexus LS and Mercedes S-Class in terms of interior materials quality ..."

The DTS comes standard with front bucket seats with leather seating surfaces, floor shift, 8-way power driver and passenger seat adjusters and power lumbar control, rear seat with center armrest and pass-through to trunk, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with Tilt-Wheel steering column.  It also has analog instrumentation including the Driver Information Center, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings, and AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player with 8 Bose Premium speakers and XM Satellite Radio with a 3 month no obligation trial. The DTS Luxury I, Luxury II and Performance trim levels also come with heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats.

The DTS comes standard with keyless entry with Adaptive Remote Start, a panic button and trunk release and door locks, which BusinessWeek says is "smart enough to tell if it's cold or hot outside and regulate air-conditioning accordingly."


The DTS has an optional Sun and Navigation Group package, which includes a power sunroof, AM/FM stereo with DVD-based navigation and a Universal Home Remote. "The optional navigation system adds a video display that incorporates stereo and climate-control functions," reports Forbes, and is a nod to Cadillac's international appeal because it adds maps for Korea and Taiwan and replaces Italian with Arabic. Edmunds calls the navigation option "easy-to-use."


The DTS is equipped with 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which reviewers agree is large. Edmunds auto writers pleasantly note that the trunk "can hold several large suitcases without a problem." Consumer Guide agrees about the trunk, adding that it "swallows four golf bags and more," yet finds other interior storage space limited. Cars.com notes that the Cadillac lid "opens to a fully vertical position, leaving a large opening for easy loading and unloading of large objects."

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