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PERFORMANCE | 6 out of 10
a noticeable disconnect between driver and road
Kelley Blue Book
The eight-cylinder, front-wheel-drive 2008 Cadillac DTS delivers sufficient horsepower to move its considerable bulk around with extreme comfort and ease.
The 2008 Cadillac DTS is equipped with one of two 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 engine options. The base and luxury Cadillac DTS models are powered by a 275-horsepower engine that Kelley Blue Book describes as having an "utterly smooth response." By way of comparison, the Performance model engine has a whopping 292 horsepower. Many reviewers, including those at MyRide.com, note that given the "identical displacement" of this 2008 Cadillac, they find "negligible differences in [real world] power ratings." Car and Driver calls the power “adequate.” Edmunds reports, “Either way, the lone transmission is a four-speed automatic, which is calibrated for quicker response in the Performance model.” With the latter, “we've timed a DTS Performance to 60 mph in 7 seconds flat.” Motor Trend calls the transmission “effective, but somewhat old news in this world of five, six, and even seven-speeders.”
Fuel economy is rated by the EPA at 15/23 mpg for the standard version, and 15/22 mpg for the Performance model.
Kelley Blue Book notices that with an "indisputably soft suspension, the DTS is far less floaty than might be expected." That smooth ride is the hallmark of any Cadillac. The DTS does not satisfy everyone, though. Reviewers at MyRide.com describe the 2008 Cadillac DTS as having a "cushiony ride without much wallow." ConsumerGuide Auto details all 2008 Cadillac DTS Trims as handling "competently," though noting that the luxury sedan "is compromised by its size and heft." They add it "comfortably smothers most bumps," though it "allows some float and wander over large pavement humps."
Car and Driver is also less than impressed with the handling. They chide the Cadillac DTS for a "vague steering feel."
The 2008 Cadillac DTS delivers adequate power with the cushioned ride that most longtime fans have come to expect.