The 2008 Cadillac DTS serves as the current name for the Cadillac DeVille, an iconic American luxury car that has been around since World War II. The Cadillac DTS remains essentially unchanged for 2008; the only notable improvement is the addition of standard stability control.
The DTS attempts to uphold the traditional standards of American luxury while adding some of the power and sophistication of recent German and Japanese offerings. It seems to succeed at this, although it does not reach the levels of elegance seen in the Lexus LS or Mercedes-Benz S-Series. Still, for those who simply want a large luxury sedan with a smooth ride and a lot of extras, the 2008 Cadillac DTS delivers. Drivers who want more performance and a sophisticated look should turn to German and Japanese offerings, particularly the Mercedes-Benz S-Series.
The DTS comes in five different models but offers little to choose from. The different trim and options packages each contain the same 4.6-liter, V-8 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Body Styles: luxury sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac DTS, Cadillac DTS Luxury I, Cadillac DTS Luxury II, Cadillac DTS Luxury III, Cadillac DTS Performance
Stability control now comes standard on all five DTS models. All other changes are cosmetic. 2008 marks the premiere of another trim level, although it seems to provide little innovation.
Other than the egg-crate grille, the DTS’ body looks fairly conventional when compared to similar British, Japanese, and German offerings. It offers little of the style, flair, and sophistication that the rest of the segment displays. As always, Cadillac concentrates on the interior and the mechanics under the hood, rather than the body.
The best thing about the 2008 DTS is its interior, which feels both spacious and luxurious. It provides room for six passengers with 19 cubic feet of space in the trunk—plenty of room for the golf clubs.
The base model’s cabin impresses consumers with its standard dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, OnStar, CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, and power front bucket seats. Naturally, everything on the base remains available in the other models. With all that luxury in the base you have to wonder why anybody would pay extra for the Luxury or Performance packages.
The Luxury I package features heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. Luxury II models include triple-zone climate control. The Luxury III has a rear power sunshade, a Bose stereo system, power lumbar support for the outer seats, massaging front seats, and driver-seat memory. The Performance offers everything that the Luxury III boasts.
Performance & Handling
This year’s DTS features a 275-hp, 4.6-liter V-8, so it moves faster than most expect. It goes from zero to 60 mph in seven seconds flat. The Performance model offers a slightly more powerful version of the same engine, but 292 horsepower does not seem worth the extra money. The four-speed automatic transmission shifts fast. The Performance features a calibrated, programmable transmission. Adaptive cruise control remains available as an option on all models.
The DTS comes loaded with both standard and optional safety features. Stability control is standard on all models. Other standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, OnStar telecommunications, traction control, remote start, front-seat side airbags, and full-length curtain airbags.
Safety options available in all models include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, and lane-departure warning. The Performance model features a firmer suspension and magnetic ride control.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac DTS: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Cadillac DTS Luxury I, Luxury II, Luxury III: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Cadillac DTS Performance: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Luxurious interior
- Many standard options
- Loads of space for passengers and luggage
- Powerful and responsive engine
- Standard stability and traction control
- Plentiful safety features
- Leather interior and extremely comfortable seats
- Smooth driving
You Won't Like
- Boring, conventional body
- Lack of engine and transmission options
- No all-wheel drive
For people who value safety, luxury, and comfort over performance.
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