Texas Jim Posted August 10, 2014 Report Share Posted August 10, 2014 Thought I would do a quick review of my 2011 DTS Platinum, just in case anyone is interested. Just got back from a 3700 mile trip to the East Coast... Ft. Worth TX to Charleston SC with a few side trips on the way back. Darling Wife's brother had a stroke and we needed to go to Charleston to see him. First, the DTS is a great road car. Personally I don't think there is a better one out there for the price. When you take into consideration the room it has, the comfortable ride, all the nice amenities like Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Notification, Air Conditioned seats, a NAV system that tells you that there is a traffic problem up ahead and offers to find you a way around it, the huge trunk that has room for Darling Wife's wheelchair AND all the "STUFF" we take with us and relatively good fuel economy, it is hard to beat. I bought it a little over three weeks ago. I had been looking for one for over a year and in this area, they sell as quick as they come on the market. My son found this one about 175 miles west of Ft. Worth. I called the dealer and we immediately got in the 2006 DTS Performance Sedan to go look at it. Traded the '06 Performance for the 2011 Platinum. For anyone that doesn't know, the Platinum replaced the Performance model. It has the Magnetic Ride and the higher HP engine and almost every option is standard on the Platinum. About the only real OPTION is Adaptive Cruise Control, which this one does not have... but since I very seldom use cruise, that's ok. Driving back from Abilene to Ft Worth, it seemed to want to run along at about 70/75 on the Interstate. That's kinda OK, but the two previous 2006 DTS's that I had always seemed to want to run faster than that... You had to be real careful not to be running way over the speed limit with them... Drove it around here on the freeways for a couple of weeks... ran it up (a good bit) past 75 several times... it would do it easily, but it still seemed like it was more comfortable running around 75. About 300 miles into our trip, most of the time at WELL OVER 75... we had to make a pit stop and get fuel. Back out on the Interstate and it seemed like I had a completely different car. Now it wanted to RUN.... it was now more like the other two... which was fine with me... LOL I assume the computers finally adjusted to my driving style. The 2011 is a good bit softer riding than the 2006 was and does not quite have the PLANTED TO THE ROAD feel that the '06 had. I am not totally sure I like the soft feel... I kinda prefer a little more firmness. The steering is also different... this one steers real easy, but it does not have the road FEEDBACK thru the steering wheel that I like. The steering is just a little bit NUMB... if you know what I mean. It is kinda hard to explain. The seats are very comfortable and you can drive all day... (which we did almost every day)... and still feel good at the end of the day. We covered 800 miles a day more than once while on the trip. This one also seems to be a fair amount quieter on the road than the '06 was. The fuel mileage varied from 20.5 to 22.5... but on one tank, where I drove closer to the speed limits, it was 24.9... LOL In summary, I like it very well... It is a great road car, very competent and will just eat up the miles, hour after hour, at any speed you want to run, in smooth quietness, while you listen to the XM radio and look at the scenery... Any questions... I will try to answer them. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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