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Hi
I currently have a 2010 DTS. Just wondering how significant is the difference in ride and handling quailty. I have the std suspension not magnetic.

Thanks in advance

Roger
 

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About the same as your DTS, providing you get 19 inch wheels NOT 20 inch, which are worse!
I am same age, and changed the tires before I was satisfied!
There's a hell of a learning curve to the XTS, so you might (?) want to stay with the DTS.
 

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A1M82ZZ said:
Hi I currently have a 2010 DTS. Just wondering how significant is the difference in ride and handling quailty. I have the std suspension not magnetic. Thanks in advance Roger
Having had DTS loaners when my STS was in the shop, I believe the XTS is a huge improvement in the way it handles. Cornering is much better, the ride is stiffer, and there are many other improvements as well. I enjoyed the DTS float, but the XTS is much more fun to drive, and must less "floaty". Just my opinion. But, if you like the older American car experience, you would want to test drive an XTS to make sure it suits your tastes.
 

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Very different. The XTS has sport suspension when compared to the DTS.
Caddy tuned the XTS suspension for sport so be aware that the anti-sway and higher stance will whip your neck from side to side. Test drive the XTS (as noted above).
Another thing to note is you cannot see the hood; so it will feel very different. (as above - learning curve!)

If you are looking for a touring ride appropriate for long highway trips, check out the Chevy Impala.
 

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I had a 2006 DTS and upgraded to a XTS Premium AWD. I have to say I like the XTS much better for the ride. I do have 19 inch wheels. The XTS is a lot quieter in the cabin. It has so many more features. Don't be afraid of the CUE. It is easy to learn, especially if you have used an iPad. In my opinion I would not go back. I love my XTS.
 

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hherbson, Yes I do and I also realize that people read thru old postings when they search for topics of their interest. That is why I added my comment. Thanks for the comment though, as it is a good reminder to check post date.
 

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I own a 2006 DTS with the performance suspension, magnetic ride, and now picking up a 2013 XTS. The ride on the DTS is a bit softer but the XTS handling is far better.
 

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Perhaps the 20 inch wheels are worse for you (and some others).
On my 2014 (AWD) VSport Premium I find them to be better than the 19 inch wheels I had on my preceding 2013 (2WD) XTS Premium.
Of course it's subjective, just my 2 cents. Whats worse for you does not necessarily apply to anyone else.
 

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I much prefer the ride quality of the XTS over the DTS. The steering feels more controlled and the suspension more refined. As for the 20" wheels, I read the negative owner comments here as I did my pre-purchase research. Some of it was valid, some not, -for me.

The 20" wheels have an inherent manufacturing flaw. If the chrome spoke inserts contact the painted aluminum rims, a chemical reaction (galvanic corrosion) takes place between dissimilar metals. The nominal gap between them should be .050" when measured at the outermost edge. Otherwise, a spidery-looking stain will form as the metal etches. Two of my wheels exhibit this problem, and two are fine. My dealer has offered to replace both under warranty.

The ride quality is excellent and road noise is minimal --on smooth highways. This is true for most tires. Due to the low profile OEM tires, a pothole strike can be catastrophic at speed. The wheels are prone to yielding depending on the severity of the impact. If you drive on roads where potholes are common, this is an issue to consider. In this case, the smaller diameter wheels with higher profile tires are a safer bet.

One of the most highly recommended tires here are the P7+ and I'll migrate to those when my current tires (OEM) are replaced unless something better comes along. Positive reviews by satisfied customers are important to my decision making process when buying products that I can't always test before buying.

Enjoy your new car!

CC
 
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