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2011 Cadillac DTS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Cadillac DTS was new.


Interior: 8.4

A large, spacious interior with ample head and legroom front and rear means that you’ll likely be comfortable in the 2011 Cadillac DTS regardless of where you sit. Reviewers note that while the gauges of the DTS are clearly legible and easy to use, some of the switchgear is less clearly marked, or difficult to read in daylight. Still, despite the roomy cabin and large trunk, the use of some cheaper plastic materials mean that the interior of the Cadillac DTS isn't quite as refined as cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Infiniti M.

Inside, dual zone climate control, leather-appointed seats, auto-dimming mirror and an eight-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with XM Radio all come as standard equipment on the base model. Upgrading to the Luxury trim adds more of the creature comforts that shoppers will likely expect, including wood trim and a touchscreen navigation system. DTS Luxury models are also available with safety tech such as optional blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems, which will likely make piloting the big Caddy a little bit easier.

  • "Wind noise is modest at any speed, but coarse-surface tire thrum is a bit high by premium-class standards. The engine growls pleasantly while accelerating, especially in the Platinum model. It's subdued otherwise." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Even though the DTS is roughly 18 inches shorter than some of its ancestors, its passenger cabin still feels remarkably spacious." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior is clean and tasteful, though not as tightly made as the ones in rival German and Japanese cars." -- BusinessWeek 
  • "The commodious interior is well-appointed, comfortable and quiet." -- Forbes 


Huge, well-padded bucket seats are up front in the 2011 Cadillac DTS. However, if you need a little extra space an optional front bench seat will bring the seating capacity up to six. Still, the six-seater version of the DTS has never been crash tested, so safety conscious buyers should take note. While the rear seats are large, some reviewers note that the passengers in the back do not have as many climate and entertainment options as are available in much of the competition. Still, reviewers report that head and legroom is ample, regardless of where you’re seated. One reviewer notes some issues with right and rearward visibility, which may make it worth considering upper trim levels with standard rear park assist and optional blind-spot monitoring.

  • "DTS is among the roomiest and most comfortable of big sedans, though its available bench seat may squeeze a middle rider. Standard bucket seats are all-day comfortable. Ample seat and steering wheel adjustments cater to most any driver. Some testers laud the front seat's massage feature, while others find it annoying and its activation switch hard to reach in any case. Driver visibility is a bit restricted to right rear and directly aft." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "While front bucket seats are standard, the available 40/20/40-split front bench makes this one of the few modern sedans that offers seating for six. No matter which configuration you choose, you'll find comfortable seats and abundant head- and legroom for both front and rear seat passengers.” -- Edmunds 
  • "The DTS is slightly shorter than some of the older Caddy models that it takes after. However, the interior still feels incredibly large and spacious. The available front bench seat makes this car one of the only luxury sedans that seats six. You will find more than enough room in the interior of this car, no matter which trim level you decide to buy.” -- Automobile.com 

Interior Features

Interior features in the DTS are thought to be user-friendly, with easy-to-read gauges and large controls. While interior materials are generally of high quality, one reviewer notes the use of some cheaper plastic surfaces.

  • "Clear gauges are easy to read. Minor controls are mostly handy, but some switch icons are not obvious and others are too small and hard to read in daylight. Refreshingly, the climate controls are independent of the optional navigation system, which absorbs but doesn't complicate audio functions." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "In general terms, the cabin offers conservative yet stylish good looks and straightforward, intuitive controls. But while most interior materials are generally good, there are still a few cheaper plastics seen here and there." -- Edmunds 
  • "A nicely designed interior follows current styling trends with large gauges and a tall center stack on the dashboard. The standard controls for stereo, heating and A/C are well thought out and intuitive." -- Forbes 


The DTS’s 19 cubic feet of space is one of the largest cargo holds you can find without buying a wagon or an SUV. Reviewers note, however, that interior storage for small items is limited.

  • "The trunk swallows four golf bags and more through a large, bumper-level opening. The center pass-through opening is too small to be of real use. Folding rear seat backs would be more useful. Interior storage space is limited." -- Consumer Guide  
  • "The huge trunk offers nearly 19 cubic feet of cargo room. A pass-through opening in the middle of the rear seat makes it possible to carry long narrow items such as skis with the trunk lid closed." -- Edmunds 
  • "The Caddy has a huge 19 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk. You can even put the middle seat down and put long items like fishing poles inside of it." -- Automobile.com 

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