2010 Cadillac DTS Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2010 DTS comes in standard or long-wheelbase editions-the DTS-L stretches eight inches-and both offer vast interior room and flat, unsupportive seating. It's retro comfort-plenty of space in all directions, with no urge to pocket passengers in for a fun ride.

According to Car and Driver, the DTS is "big and roomy," and Edmunds says "the sheer volume of room in the cabin makes the DTS a fantastic long-distance highway cruiser." The base version offers front bucket seats-"bucket" is loosely defined here, just like the seat itself-and a floor-mounted shifter. This 2010 DTS can seat five full-size adults comfortably, with plenty of head- and legroom to spare. A six-seater version gets a front bench seat and a column-mounted shifter. It's one of the few cars left that offers six-passenger seating. The seats have "as much legroom in back as they do in front," Automedia observes, and "tons of front-seat space lets occupants stretch out." In the rear, they note, "backseat space is no less bountiful, but a hard seatback is less inviting for the center occupant." In both versions, the DTS' wide, flat seats are slippery and unsupportive, just a little less so in the five-seat edition. ConsumerGuide proclaims the car's "standard bucket seats are all-day comfortable," but the reviewer majority doesn't care for "unsupportive, couch-like bucket seats," as Car and Driver perceives them.

With a huge, quiet cabin and a vast trunk, the 2010 Cadillac DTS is a supreme cruiser that could use a little more support in its seats.

Trunk room is huge but on paper seems a bit small; at 18.8 cubic feet, it's a couple of cubes down on the 2010 Ford Taurus' massive 20-cubic-foot trunk. "The wide, easy-loading trunk holds plenty of luggage," Automedia asserts. "At nearly 19 cubic feet, the trunk has no problem accepting large suitcases or a foursome's golf bags," Edmunds says.

Quality is high, but not top-drawer. "Although generally good, the interior materials are not up to the high standards set by European or Japanese luxury marques," contends Edmunds. Noise is well damped, and Kelley Blue Book dubs the DTS "ultra-quiet," while Car and Driver gives kudos for the particularly "quiet cabin."

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