The Cadillac STS is perhaps in its final years in 2010 and 2011, pending the release in 2012 of the new Cadillac XTS large car that will replace the STS and the DTS. As sometimes seems the case, the current Cadillac STS has evolved into a very interesting, if mostly overlooked sedan. It does not sell nearly as well as the CTS — and it costs a step function more than the CTS is not small reason — but also offers a higher level of standard features and options than the CTS offers. The STS starts at $46,845; the CTS at $35,165.
New for 2010: Two exterior colors: Vanilla Latte and Tuscan Bronze ChromaFlair
Originally I felt the STS did not sell as well as the CTS due to the more muted appearance of the STS design. Updated in 2005, the new Rear-wheel drive STS is on the same Sigma platform as the 1st Generation CTS was. It is also made at the excellent Lansing Grand River Factory alongside the CTS.
If you compare the 2005 STS (image 2) with the 2010 STS (image 1) you can see that Cadillac has improved the front-end grill and spoiler treatment nicely over the years. The STS still has what I think is a crucial flaw — a very plain hood line — as flat as sales for the STS have been.
What features can you get on the STS that you can’t get on the CTS? (What do you get for the more money? More features):
- 320 hp Northstar V8 provides more power than the 304 hp VVT DI V6 in the CTS (also available in the STS)
- Lane Departure Warning System
- Side Blind Zone Warning
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Heads-up Display
- Magnetic Ride Control — STS V8 Performance Model
- Heated Steering wheel
- More rear leg room — 35.9 inches in the CTS compared to 38.3 inches in the STS, so 2.4″ extra room in the STS.
Notably, once you get a fully-equipped STS Performance Sedan out the door it rings up at US$68,785. That is more than even the CTS-V, which starts at $62,020 — another sign of what a tremendous performance value the CTS-V is.
The STS is available in V6 or V8, Rear wheel drive or All wheel drive. A certified pre-owned STS is a terrific value in the current market place. Because they did not sell very well, and are not nearly as well known as the CTS, one can often find unbelievable bargains on lightly used examples.