2011 Cadillac STS

Cadillac has always been known for its full sized cars. It has created a lot of legends under this segment, and has helped make Cadillac an automotive icon. Nowadays, the main contender for the full sized car market that is now having a diverse set of competitors is the 2011 Cadillac STS. A spiritual successor to the legendary Cadillac Seville (STS stands for Seville Touring Sedan), it is now the representative of Cadillac in the tight luxury full size sedan arms race.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: $47,280.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17 gallons (64 liters) MPG: 18 city / 27 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 196.7 in. (499.6 cm) Width: 72.6 in. (184 cm)
Height: 57.6 in. (146 cm) Wheel Base: 116.4 in. (295.6 cm)
Curb Weight: 3973 lbs (1802 kg) Max Towing Capacity: 1000 lbs (453.6 kgs)
Luggage Capacity: 13.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 24-Valve DOHC V6 Displacement: 3.6 liters cc
Horsepower: 302 HP Max RPM: 6300 RPM
Torque: 272 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Available Trims & Engine
Option:STS Luxury MSRP: $50,820; MPG: 18 city / 27 hwy
Option:STS Premium MSRP: $56,380; MPG: 18 city / 27 hwy

Exterior & Interior

For starters, the Cadillac STS has a defined identity when it comes to its exterior. A recipient of the “Art and Science” design ethos, it is very edgy and would incite thoughts of sportiness. The large grill, rectangular lights, and predominantly straight/polygonal lines are very Cadillac, hence endowing it with the necessary identity that is almost like a prerequisite to dominate this class. Some even find that the large chrome grille is a salute to the classic Cadillac cars that came before it. However, all these radical styling seemed to have substance, and hence, fans liked it for that.

Going into the interior, it had some mixed reviews. While the seats are firm, some find that it might be too firm, lacking the support needed to give a comfortable ride. In addition, while the front seats are very much great, the rear seats are often an object of scorn from people who owned this car. In short, some people find that the rear seats lack space for full sized people, a disappointing characteristic given the size of this car. Standard equipment include climate control, a Bose sound system, power front seats, and rear parking assist.

It is also praised for making controls simple. Another object for concern is the limited trunk space. With only 13.8 cubic feet of space, it is beaten soundly by its competition in this department. Standard safety equipment includes front and side air bags, anti-lock brakes, and traction and stability control. Optional safety equipment includes blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems.

Performance

While luxury cars are sometimes driven by chauffeurs, the Cadillac STS seem to be like the type of car that the owner would actually like to drive. For 2011, there is only one engine option available, a 3.6 liter V6 engine equipped with variable valve timing that is capable of producing 302 horsepower. It is mated with only one transmission, a 6 speed automatic gearbox with an option wherein the driver can shift manually if he/she desires. It is also equipped with a sport tuned suspension and strong brakes, endowing it with great handling characteristics. A lot would enjoy the superior balance of this car despite it having a steering system that some people find to be too light.

By the way…

Now, based on the aforementioned information given earlier, we would try to find the reasons why and why should you not own the Cadillac STS. First, the reasons why you should consider this car. The biggest thing working in its favor is that it is a true driver’s car. It is one of the best performing cars in its class, thanks to its combination of a sharp suspension, an adequate engine, and powerful brakes. This is a car that you’ll enjoy driving more than most full sized luxury sedans.

Another thing going for it is its looks. Cadillac in general has really got it right on the styling department, and the STS is a beneficiary. However, if there are things that are not working in the STS’s favor, it is the overall space. Lack of rear seat and trunk room could doom this car to failure. And some find the trim used for this car to be cheap compared to its competition.

All in all, the Cadillac STS is one soulful ride. It may not be the best there is, but it sure had soul. It has a personality of its own, and that should be enough for it to win some potential owners.

Overall Rating
76 out of 100

What others say:

“While it's supposed to be a size class larger than the CTS, the STS doesn't offer much more interior room than the entry-level Cadillac.”Car Connection

“Any STS corners with poise and modest body lean. Compared to midsize cars from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, however, the steering on this Cadillac feels somewhat vague and over assisted. Reassuring brakes provide short, straight stops.”Consumer Guide

“The ride is firm yet supple. Handling is taut and agile, and the cabin is quiet, but the rear seat is snug.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“The 2011 Cadillac STS is a well-rounded luxury sedan, but it's also showing its age. Most other luxury sedans are now better choices.”Edmunds

“If you're looking for V8-inspired power or bold styling that stands out in a crowd, the STS probably won't impress you.”KBB