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STYLING | 7 out of 10
The interior is perhaps the CTS' greatest improvement
acknowledges tradition, yet remains fresh and modern
among the roomiest, most comfortable big sedans
The 2008 Cadillac DTS is a front-drive, full-size luxury sedan of the old-school variety. It remains the most traditional model in the Cadillac lineup, and you're as likely to see it used as an airport car, a bulletproof sedan, or transportation for the Pope or the President as you are to see it driven on the road by civilians. It's also commonly used as the basis for hearses.
The 2008 Cadillac DTS remains “a traditional large America luxury sedan,” Edmunds says. According to Car and Driver, the DTS “wears a subdued version of Cadillac's edgy new styling,” and Motor Trend agrees the DTS wears “a light dose of new-wave Caddy styling,” while Cars.com thinks “the new model's styling evokes Cadillac's STS sedan.” Kelley Blue Book says its styling "ties it to the DeVilles of the past." Automedia reports “vertical headlights and taillamps, accompanied by an egg-crate-pattern grille” are part of the heritage cues, while the “more architectural, linear” appearance also sees improvements, such as LED taillamps. Buyers can opt for a tradition, stand-up wreath-and-crest hood ornament, they add.
Edmunds praises its "more-refined exterior styling" and a "greatly improved interior design and quality" that has "more curves in the right places." Large gauges and a tall center stack on the dashboard with a touch-screen video display are the hallmarks of the dash, along with lots of wood veneer. Motor Trend observes the DTS “benefits from the use of more premium materials.” Automedia says, “Even if the DTS lacks a vibrant personality, it exudes a certain luxurious yet homespun appeal.” Edmunds concludes, “Overall, the cabin is handsome and most controls are simple to use -- no small feat given the large number of high-tech features.”
The 2008 Cadillac DTS remains a traditional luxury car, with a few concessions to modern style.