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Cadillac DTS – Can it Tow a Camper?

The DTS is not designed to tow anything. It has a capacity of 1000 lbs which is not enough to tow a camping trailer.

Cadillac DTS – Towing Capacity

The DTS is known to be able to have a maximum towing capacity of 1000 lbs, which would mean that the DTS is capable of towing an ultra-lightweight class trailer behind it. An ultra-lightweight class trailer usually measures 4-5 feet in length and width with a height of 6 feet. A small generator is among one of the few objects that can be towed by the DTS.

Cadillac DTS Engine

The following two engine options are available for the DTS:

  • 4.6 L Northstar LD8 V8: This is the engine available in the standard DTS. This eight-cylinder piston engine was designed to produce more torque than its high-performance counterpart, the L37. The LD8 can generate 275 hp @ 5600 rpm with 295 lb-ft torque @ 4000 rpm. It runs on Regular gasoline yielding an average fuel economy of 18 mpg.

  • 4.6 L Northstar L37 V8: This is the engine that is included in the performance trim for the DTS. It was tuned for responsiveness and to produce high power. The L37 produces 292 hp @ 6300 with a torque of 288 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm. The LD8 also has an average fuel economy of 18 mpg.

For towing, torque is more useful than power. So for this instance, the 4.6L Northstar LD8 V8 engine would be considered as the superior option for towing compared to its high-performance counterpart, the 4.6L Northstar L37 V8. The LD8 is better for towing as it has a torque of 295 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm which is 7 lb-ft higher than the L37 which has a torque of 288 lb-ft @ 4500 lb-ft.

The Cadillac DTS is a four-door luxury sedan manufactured by General Motors under the brand name of Cadillac. DTS stands for DeVille Touring Sedan. The DTS succeeded the Cadillac DeVille as the largest luxury car in 2006 however was eventually discontinued in 2011. The initial version of the Cadillac DTS was revealed at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show.

Is Towing on the Cadillac DTS Recommended?

While it may be possible to tow up to 1000 lbs with the Cadillac DTS by installing a third-party towing kit, it is not advisable because the DTS was not constructed with towing in mind.

You would be able to deal with occasional towing with the DTS, but repeated towing with the DTS will generate sustained wear and tear on the transmission and inevitably lead to transmission loss because pulling heavy loads is incredibly stressful on the transmission. Another argument on why towing on the DTS should be discouraged is that the vehicle’s frame, like the engine, is not built to withstand the stresses of regular towing, which is likely to result in long-term damage to the vehicle’s frame.

The Cadillac DTS will tow loads weighing up to 1000 lbs. However, just because the vehicle is capable of towing up to does not mean it is recommended. Towing with the DTS should be done with caution because it was not built with towing in mind. Frequent towing may be harmful to the transmission and the vehicle’s frame over time.