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2009 Cadillac STS

The Cadillac STS represents an American challenge to the technology, quality and great driving attributes of the high-end imports. Available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, with engines ranging from a responsive and efficient V6 to a supercharged V8, the STS delivers a lot of luxury, technology and performance with a wide range of drivetrain and powerplant choices. STS safety technologies include Cadillac's Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert systems, plus a sophisticated StabiliTrak electronic stability control system that uses steering as well as brake and throttle control to avoid dangerous skids.

Interior Style

The interior of the STS is superb, with comfortable but supportive seats that are infinitely adjustable, ample storage space, and superior sound systems. Entertainment systems include 15-speaker Surround Sound.

The STS is unmistakably a Cadillac, but it's also a four-door performance sedan for people who like to drive. Rear-wheel drive provides the balance and control that serious enthusiasts demand, while all-wheel drive can be very beneficial in bad weather.

Trims and 2009 STS Options

The Cadillac STS comes with a choice of V6 or V8 engines. The high-performance STS-V comes with a supercharged V8. All-wheel drive is not available with the STS-V.

Standard STS features include leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose AM/FM/CD stereo, interior auto-dimming rearview mirror, and the usual lineup of power creature comforts and driver aids. OnStar telematics (with one year's service), StabiliTrak electronic stability control, automatic high-beam control (Intellibeam) for the headlights, and rear park assist are also standard.

The V6 Luxury Package adds two-position memory for seats, mirrors, climate and radio controls; Rainsense wipers; six-disc in-dash CD-changer; Sapele wood trim on the instrument panel, steering wheel, console and center stack; heated and ventilated front seats with four-way power lumbar; heated rear seats; heated steering wheel; tire pressure monitor, universal home remote; and a cargo net. The V6 Luxury Performance Package includes all of the above, plus a limited-slip rear differential, premium ZF steering gear, performance cooling package, rear spoiler, Brembo performance brakes, and P235/50R18 front tires and P255/45R18 rear tires on 18-inch polished aluminum wheels.

The V8 Premium Luxury Performance Package includes Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Head Up Display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Bose 5.1 Surround Sound with navigation, Xenon HID headlamps with washers, Intellibeam automatic high/low beam control with flash to pass feature, heated and ventilated front seats, premium ZF steering gear, performance cooling package, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, rear spoiler, limited-slip rear differential, P235/50R18 front tires, P255/45R18 rear tires, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, Brembo performance brakes, power glass sunroof, compact spare tire.

A Performance Handling Package is available that includes StabiliTrak with the high-performance Brembo brakes and chrome-plated wheels fitted with P255/45R18 summer tires. On AWD V8s, StabiliTrak includes active steering.

The STS-V comes with a higher level of standard equipment, including EZ Key with remote start, XM Satellite Radio, rear AV jacks, rear park assist, the Lane Departure Warning System, leather seats with suede inserts, and olive ash burl wood and aluminum interior accents. Safety features that come standard on all models include dual two-stage frontal airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and front-and-rear side-curtain airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard, along with StabiliTrak electronic stability control. Up front the STS has a boldly traditional eggcrate grille with Cadillac's trademark vertically stacked headlamps.

The Platinum Edition features 18-inch chrome-finish wheels, an even brighter chrome-finish grille, bright chrome inserts on the exterior door handles, and Tuscany full-leather seats.

2009 Interior of the Cadillac STS

Buttons in the steering wheel spokes provide redundant controls for audio and driver information functions. The available Bose 5.1 stereo incorporates Surround Sound with 15 speakers. OnStar features a fully integrated GPS navigation system called Turn-by-Turn Navigation. The steering wheel is heated. Chrome accents highlight the instrument panel and doors. Driving Impressions

On the road, the Cadillac STS delivers everything promised by its slick looks and advanced specifications. The V6 delivers 302 horsepower at 6300 rpm and 272 pound-feet of torque at 5200 rpm. The 3.6-liter V6 also features an isolated fuel-injector system, which helps reduce engine noise.

The STS-V's 4.4-liter supercharged V8 pumps out 469 horsepower, making it the most powerful production engine in Cadillac history. Biasing 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels gives the all-wheel-drive STS the sporty dynamics of rear-wheel drive while sending enough power to the front wheels to help in bad weather.

In addition to controlling brakes and reducing engine power, StabiliTrak with active steering can turn the front wheels to reduce skidding when rear wheels lose traction. The Lane Departure Warning system engages above 35 mph. The Side Blind Zone Alert system uses radar to sweep an 11-foot zone on either side of the vehicle; in other words, about one lane over. Recognizing that, Cadillac engineers designed the STS engines to generate lots of torque throughout the rev range for responsive performance at all engine speeds.

2009 Conclusions

The Cadillac STS offers a smooth and powerful driving experience with warm and luxurious accommodations. "With its edgy styling, powerful engines and high-tech safety options, the 2009 Cadillac STS is a strong player in an arena filled with talent." says Edmunds. The supercharged STS-V delivers serious performance but sacrifices some comfort and drivability. The STS V8 model with the Performance Package offers a nice balance.


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