: TireKicker 2011 DTS Review/ Eulogy - Spot on!



billdaman
02-27-11, 09:30 PM
Eras end. Driven by changing tastes and the aging of customers, Cadillac will stop making and selling the big DTS sedan (the modern-day version of the Sedan DeVille) at the end of the 2011 model year. It will be replaced by the XTS, a car that will almost certainly be targeted to the tastes of Baby Boom luxury car buyers...and thus, at Lexus, Audi and BMW.

It's easy for Boomers to ignore and even ridicule the DTS, a car you're most likely to find in retirement communities, parking lots of restaurants serving the Early Bird special dinners and the occasional rental fleet.

But it's also wrong.

At a base price of $46,680, Cadillac's biggest sedan is $3500 less than the BMW 335is coupe. Apples and oranges, you say? You're right. Let's put the DTS against the least-expensive big Bimmer, the 740i sedan.

The Cadillac is $24,000 less. It has more room, costs less to insure, maintain and license and the highway fuel economy difference (23 mpg for the Cadillac, 25 for the BMW) is negligible.

So what's it like to drive? I hadn't had the opportunity in 7 years (even GM's press fleet folks have been treating the DTS like a stepchild), so I rounded one up for a week. No, it's not meant for blasting through winding mountain roads (newsflash: neither is any Lexus save the IS-F).

What it is is quiet, smooth, responsive, and, given its size and lack of cutting-edge handling hardware, remarkably agile. The people who've eagerly shelled out $65K for Escalades but wouldn't give a DTS the time of day would think they're driving a sport sedan by comparison. They'd also find they and their passengers are as or more comfortable and they could make a nice dent in the power bill with the money they save on gasoline.

Something I learned programming popular music radio back in the day: There is such a thing as out-hipping yourself, walking away from things of value to a mass audience in the pursuit of image. A week in the DTS has me strongly suspecting that we'll miss it once it's gone.

Posted by Michael Hagerty, Founder/Editor at 7:54 PM
http://tirekicker.blogspot.com/

BlackRavenDTS
02-27-11, 09:48 PM
Thanks for posting this. It was a good review! :P

Superjim
02-27-11, 09:53 PM
Heck... I already miss it and it ain't even gone yet.. :(
But I do plan on trading my 2006 for a 2011 Platinum... and driving it for a really long time...

Texas Jim

Rusty058
02-27-11, 09:55 PM
Very interesting and very true.I feel like I need to head for the bar........

HartfordGuy
02-28-11, 07:09 AM
Nice review. Finally an unbiased, rational review.

I'm not ready for the retirement home yet. Although retirement sounds real nice. That would allow for more time behind the wheel of my coveted DTS. :)

BlackRavenDTS
02-28-11, 07:59 AM
Very interesting and very true.I feel like I need to head for the bar........

I can picture 24 DTS's pulling into a Bar parking lot. lol

Superjim
02-28-11, 10:26 AM
I can picture 24 DTS's pulling into a Bar parking lot. lol

Where are y'all meeting???
I will come and meet you... :) :)

Texas Jim

383 LT1 SS
02-28-11, 12:25 PM
The demise of the DTS mirrors when GM killed off the B bodies 15 years ago. I guess the days of a full size luxury sedan are about to fade away. I know that the DTS is a dinosaur in some circles but let me tell you it's a dinosaur that I will take any day of the week. I like a full size car that I can actually use the back seat. I like having a trunk that I can fit luggage and golf clubs in and have room to spare. I guess I am just a throw back like the rest of you.

383 LT1 SS

BlackRavenDTS
02-28-11, 10:01 PM
Where are y'all meeting???
I will come and meet you... :) :)

Texas Jim

The Travel company I work for it going to Ft. Worth sometime soon to put on a presentation of the destination we travel too. Too bad I wasn't selected to go with them. I would trail off and Gather some other DTS enthusiast. lol

Superjim
03-01-11, 12:34 AM
The Travel company I work for it going to Ft. Worth sometime soon to put on a presentation of the destination we travel too. Too bad I wasn't selected to go with them. I would trail off and Gather some other DTS enthusiast. lol

If you (or anyone else on the forum) ever get down this a way...be sure to PM me ahead of time if you want to meet up. :)
I will send you my cell number...

Texas Jim

billdaman
03-01-11, 01:10 PM
Where you at Jim? I will be in Ft Worth Mar 21-24, would love to see what you have done with the DTS!

Superjim
03-01-11, 01:40 PM
Where you at Jim? I will be in Ft Worth Mar 21-24, would love to see what you have done with the DTS!

I am in Fort Worth...
SW side of town... close to Hulen Mall... at Hulen and I-20...

PM sent...

Texas Jim

diggerdog
03-02-11, 04:21 PM
I too will be looking for a 2011 in a couple of years. I've only got 27,000 miles + on my 2006. diggerdog

Superjim
03-02-11, 05:56 PM
I too will be looking for a 2011 in a couple of years. I've only got 27,000 miles + on my 2006. diggerdog

I have over 94,000 on my 2006. :)
Will have over 110,000 by the time summer is over...if all goes according to plan.

I plan several long road trips this summer. :thumbsup:

Texas Jim

Jesda
03-03-11, 08:56 PM
http://jesda.com/2011/02/27/review-2008-cadillac-dts-platinum/

hueterm
03-03-11, 09:06 PM
^^^ The car in question is mine, by the way...I'm the one in the red sweater taking the pics and trying to call our friends from the Lounge via the OnStar, while the reviewer took us on a test drive.

I'll have to spend some time outside the Lounge now!

Southern
03-04-11, 03:51 PM
That TireKicker review will serve very nicely as the Obituary of a Fine Motorcar.