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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Good," front impact; "acceptable," side impact
Five stars for driver-side front impacts; four stars for all other tests; four stars for rollover protection
Safety items top the list of standard features
Kelley Blue Book
The 2010 Cadillac DTS has plenty of standard safety gear and options, but crash tests are a little low.
The DTS earns slightly subpar four-star crash ratings from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for front and passenger-side impacts and for rollover, with a five-star rating for driver-side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the DTS a "good" rating for its more stringent front-impact test, but only an "acceptable" rating for side impacts. The safety scores are somewhat lower than expected for a luxury full-size sedan.
Six airbags and a long list of safety systems are standard, including anti-lock brakes, as well as traction and stability control. Cars.com describes the airbags as the "new dual-depth" design that deploys "either shallow or deep depending on crash severity, seat belt usage and occupant position."
A lane-departure warning system and a blind-spot alert system are options, along with front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. The Cadillac DTS may also be equipped with a night-vision option installed to project "onto the lower section of the windshield using a 'heads-up' display"; Motor Trend considers it especially useful "in inclement weather, when visibility is sharply reduced."
The 2010 Cadillac DTS reports slightly lower crash-test scores, but safety options are cutting-edge.