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STYLING | 7 out of 10
acknowledges tradition, yet remains fresh and modern
more-refined exterior styling
among the roomiest, most comfortable big sedans
The 2009 Cadillac DTS is the most traditional model in the Cadillac lineup, and you're as likely to see the big-and-boxy, front-wheel drive sedan as (sometimes bulletproof) transportation for VIPs as you are for ‘real’ households.
According to Edmunds the 2009 Cadillac DTS is “a traditional large America luxury sedan.” Car and Driver says 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.
Motor Trend observes the DTS “benefits from the use of more premium materials.” 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. 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.”
With conservative styling, the 2009 DTS remains Cadillac's traditional luxury car.