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2011 Cadillac DTS

  • 2011 Cadillac DTS Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      275/295
    • ENGINE
      4.6L V8
    • MSRP
      $46,680
  • 2011 Cadillac DTS Luxury Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      275/295
    • ENGINE
      4.6L V8
    • MSRP
      $51,925
  • 2011 Cadillac DTS Platinum Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      292/288
    • ENGINE
      4.6L V8
    • MSRP
      $59,875
  • 2011 Cadillac DTS Premium Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      275/295
    • ENGINE
      4.6L V8
    • MSRP
      $54,825
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2011 Cadillac DTS Review

Does not a flagship make

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The six-passenger 2011 Cadillac DTS is a full-size luxury sedan with an optional front bench seat manufactured at three trim levels: Base, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum. Powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 engine coupled to a four-speed automatic, the Cadillac DTS is badly in need of an upgraded transmission.

While the Cadillac DTS has a well-appointed interior and superb features, it continues to fall behind in terms of styling and overall performance, although the trunk is spacious. The DTS sports an exceptional suspension for a soft, comfortable ride. Stymied by its weight, the DTS gets only a measly 15 mpg city / 23 mpg highway, according to EPA ratings. Cadillac's outstanding safety systems are standard on the DTS.

New for 2011

For 2011, the Cadillac DTS carries over largely unchanged.

Essentials

Engine: 4.6L V-8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: Base Sedan, Luxury Sedan, Premium Sedan, Platinum Sedan

On the Outside

Although it was rather striking in its day, the Cadillac DTS updates are non-existent for 2011.

From the Inside

Standard on the Cadillac DTS are power leather seats, a premium stereo, and automatic climate control. Seat heaters, a power-adjustable steering column, and navigation are optional.

Driving Performance

While the Cadillac DTS comes with only one engine, a 4.6-liter DOHC V-8, it comes in two power levels. All trims except the Platinum trim generate 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and the Platinum trim puts out 292 horsepower and 288 pound-feet. The four-speed transmission and suspension are tuned for comfort, not performance, and self-adjusting magnetic dampeners are available for an even more comfortable ride.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Cadillac 2011 is excellent and includes OnStar Automatic Crash Response, electronic stability and traction control, driver and passenger front and side airbags, and side curtain and rear side airbags. Lane Departure Warning and blind spot warning systems are optional on some trims.

Gas Mileage

Base, Luxury, Premium: 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Platinum: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Roomy interior
  • High powered V-8 engine
  • Standard OnStar
  • Huge trunk
  • Smooth, comfortable ride

Minuses

  • Four-speed automatic transmission
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Outdated design
  • heavy weight

Rating

Does not a flagship make

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