New for 2006, the Cadillac DTS is the new name for the Deville; the change is mostly to bring it in line with the company’s new policy of naming its car models by letters. As was with the DeVille, the DTS is the only remaining front-wheel-drive car in Cadillac’s fleet.

Where the DeVille was available in three trim lines, the DTS comes in a single line that is stepped up with available options. For 2006, there is an all-new interior, new front-end styling with Xenon headlamps, new rear styling with LED taillamps and third brakelight, six standard airbags including a dual-depth front passenger airbag, refined chassis tuning, a factory-installed remote start with personalization feature, and an in-dash, six-CD changer with MP3 player.

The DTS comes with a 275 hp Northstar V6 engine that can be optioned up to a version that makes 291 hp. A four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission is the sole choice.

Features on the DTS include dual-firmness seats, four-channel anti-lock brakes with traction control, StabiliTrak and brake assist, Magnetic Ride Control, 17-inch wheels, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, heated windshield washer nozzles, power folding outside mirrors, front and rear park assist, and OnStar.

In the face of its sportier siblings, the DTS may seem stodgy, but it’s still nimble, powerful, and extremely comfortable. Sure, it’s old school, but there’s nothing wrong with that; this Cadillac is still a pleasant way to get across town or across the country, especially with the optional larger engine. Still, if you’re not dead-set on owning a Caddy, the rest of the Big Three have some serious contenders. The Lincoln Town Car remains its perennial rival, but the DTS now has to face the Chrysler 300C as well, which is comfortable, cheaper, and rear-wheel-drive to boot.

Type 4-door, 5/6-passenger full-size sedan
Layout Front engine/front-wheel-drive
Engine 4.6-litre V8, DOHC, 32 valves
Horsepower 275 @ 5600 rpm
  291 @ 6000 rpm
Torque (lb-ft) 300 @ 4000 rpm
  285 @ 4400 rpm
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Tires 235/55R17 S-rated ALS
Curb weight 1818 kg (4009 lbs)
Wheelbase 2936 mm (115.6 in.)
Length 5274 mm (207.6 in.)
Width 1901 mm (74.8 in.)
Height 1464 mm (57.6 in.)
Cargo capacity 541 litres (19.1 cu. ft.)
Fuel consumption City: 13.3 L/100 km (21 mpg Imperial)
  Hwy:   8.2 L/100 km (34 mpg Imperial)
Fuel type Premium unleaded
Warranty 4 yrs/80,000 km
Powertrain warranty 4 yrs/80,000 km
Front airbags Standard
Side airbags Standard
Curtain airbags Standard
Anti-lock brakes Standard
Traction control Standard
Stability control Standard
Assembly location Detroit, Michigan

Trim Transmission MSRP* Destination**
1SB Automatic 4 Speed $52,680 $1,300
1SC Automatic 4 Speed $55,395 $1,300
1SD Automatic 4 Speed $61,035 $1,300
Performance Automatic 4 Speed $63,510 $1,300

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