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The Cadillac DTS is a full-size luxury sedan that has been in production since 2006. The car replaced the previous Cadillac DeVille and its name actually stands for DeVille Touring Sedan. Though it officially made its debut at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show, Cadillac actually unveiled the DTS for the first time in a very special way. The car was initially teased when it was used as the presidential limo during the second inauguration of George W. Bush back in 2005.

At one point the Cadillac DTS was the best-selling model in the full-size luxury sedan segment and with a pricetag of $46,280, it’s easy to see why. The DTS competes with the similarly priced Lincoln Town Car and the Chrysler 300, but in terms of size and performance the DTS can even be seen in the same light as the much more expensive Lexus LS, BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. However, the DTS falls short in comparison to virtually all of its rivals due to its less-than-premium front-wheel drive layout.

Relatively unique in this segment is the car’s six-seater capacity. The standard 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.

The Cadillac DTS is the largest sedan sold by Cadillac, or all of General Motors for that matter, so it’s not surprising that it weighs in at almost 4,000 pounds. Two different trims are offered, the regular “Luxury” trim, which sports a 275 horsepower 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 engine, or the “Performance Package” trim, which comes with a 292 horsepower version of the same engine. These then divulge into the standard wheelbase and DTS-L long-wheelbase models, the latter coming with an extra 8 inches.  A special DTS “Platinum” edition is also offered with unique interior trim, badging and other luxury features.

The only transmission option is an outdated four-speed automatic, which sees the DTS limp along with lower fuel economy as a result: the standard version gets 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, while the long-wheelbase version gets 12 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway.

Going into the future, Cadillac is planning to phase out the DTS and the smaller rear-wheel drive STS, instead replacing them with the single XTS all-wheel drive flagship sedan. Previewed in concept form at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the new XTS is slated to enter production in early 2012 and is likely to be offered with a hybrid option.

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