The STS, an acronym for Seville Touring Sedan, is a popular luxury car that is sold by Cadillac. In 1992, the STS replaced the Cadillac Seville along with the less powerful SLS. Since the beginning, the STS has been Cadillac’s priciest sedan offering. Despite being fully loaded, the STS boasts a great price and great fuel efficiency, something that most consumers are looking for.
Until 2005 the STS was simply a trim line, but for the 2005 model year the Seville was retired for good and the STS was the new rear wheel drive sedan offered by Cadillac. The STS was based on the GM Sigma platform and while rear wheel drive is standard, there is an all wheel drive option. A 3.6 liter High Feature LY7 V6 engine capable of producing 255 horsepower or a 4.6 liter 320 horsepower Northstar V8 powered the 2005 model of the STS. An awesome feature that attracted many was the remote ignition that came standard with the luxurious STS.
The wheelbase of the STS is smaller in length than the Seville, but its interior space is used in such a way that it is much more comfortable for the driver as well as the passengers. Great options such as a Bose stereo system with MP3 capabilities in addition to a heads up display make riding in this luxury sedan even more comfortable. As comfortable and luxurious as the STS is, its base price is reasonable at just under $41,000 and can range as high as $52,000 for the all wheel drive V8 model. There have been reports that the STS will be renewed and updated for the 2008 model year.
The Cadillac STS doesn’t only boast great engine options; those engines are coupled with a five speed automatic transmission. Cadillac provides a warranty on the STS for four years or 50,000 miles, which is always reassuring. Safety is always on the minds of Cadillac engineers, and the STS features all of the safety features that you would expect. These include a tire pressure monitoring system, dual front airbags, front seat mounted side impact airbags, front and rear seat side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, rear park assist, and child safety seat anchors in the rear.
Cadillac has fitted the STS with an independent front and rear suspension, coil springs, and a stabilizer bar to provide a comfortable, yet safe ride. Standard features include items such as dual zone climate control, automatic climate control, OnStar telecommunications system, automatic headlights, remote unlocking capabilities, remote start, remote garage door opener capabilities, power windows, eight way adjustable seats, heated mirrors, and power tilt steering wheel. Other standard features include AM and FM stereo as well as a six disc dash mounted CD player, memory driver’s seat and outside mirrors, leather trimmed heated seats, and front and rear floor mats to aid in cleanliness and style.
Great options include things like adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, XM Satellite Radio, magnetic ride control suspension, rear spoiler, cast aluminum wheels, and a heavy duty cooling system. Other options include rain sensing windshield wipers, performance brakes, power moon room, and wood trim interior. All of these options add extra luxury to the STS, although the standard features are quite luxurious.
As if the STS wasn’t enough, Cadillac introduced the STS-V at the Detroit Auto Show in 2005. The STS-V boasts a supercharged 4.4 Northstar V8 engine that produces an astounding 469 horsepower as well as a wide variety of handling upgrades. Cadillac has reported that the STS-V can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds, which is very respectable for a luxury vehicle. Because of the added power, the STS-V features larger brakes, bigger wheels, better steering, and a stiffer suspension than the standard Cadillac STS. Cadillac first made the STS-V available in late 2005 and it sold for right around $80,000.
Overall, the STS is a great luxury vehicle that is a great pick for those that want to travel in style. Not only can the Cadillac STS really jump off the line, it provides comfort and luxury whether you are traveling across town or across the country. With a fuel capacity of 17 gallons and 18 miles to the gallon in the city and 26 miles to the gallon on the highway, this is a great pick of luxury cars no matter what its primary use would be for you.