2010 Cadillac DTS Safety

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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.

The 2010 Cadillac DTS reports slightly lower crash-test scores, but safety options are cutting-edge.

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."

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