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2008 Cadillac STS vs. Its Competition

 
2008 Cadillac STS 4-door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SC Open Doors
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With V-6 and V-8 engines and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, the 2008 Cadillac STS is quite competitive versus the mid-size luxury sedans from Germany and Japan, but it arguably doesn't look or feel as up-to-date as the 5-Series or E-Class inside.

In terms of performance, the base STS has perkier performance than either the E350 or the BMW 528i, though the sweet engine in the new 535i may have it beat.

The E-Class more closely fits a definition of traditional luxury, with a classy appearance, while the 5-Series and M35/M45 feel sportier from behind the wheel.

The Infiniti M models have a surprisingly roomy interior--including a spacious backseat, which is somewhat hard to find in this class--but the ride isn't as settled and road noise can be an issue.

And if you're especially green, you might want to consider the E320 Bluetec diesel, which returns standout highway fuel economy in the mid-30s.

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The STS is middle-of-the-pack in many respects, but it stands out as Cadillac’s technology flagship.
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The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
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The 5-Series sedans and wagons aren't the most practical or the best values in their class, but they're very enjoyable to drive.
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If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
MSRP From   
$43,775$42,950$44,600$51,200
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Mid-SizeMidsizeMid-SizeMid-Size
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SB4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan Luxury 3.5L RWD
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomatic CVTManualAutomatic w/OD
 
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