2009 Cadillac STS vs. Its Competition

2009 Cadillac STS

With a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive and V-6 or V-8 engines, the 2009 Cadillac STS slots right alongside the mid-size luxury sedans from Germany and Japan, but it doesn’t have the presence or design detail of a BMW 5-Series or Mercedes E-Class inside.

The base V-6 STS has perkier performance than either the E350 or the BMW 528i, though the sweet turbocharged six 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 behind the wheel.

Yet another relatively new rival is the Jaguar XJ; with a standard V-8 engine and undeniable good looks, the XF starts at a lower price than the STS V-8.

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; it doesn’t feel tremendously sporty, but it’s quick and returns standout highway fuel economy in the mid-30s.

2009 Cadillac STS2009 Cadillac STSBrowse Used Listings2009 Jaguar XF Luxury2009 Jaguar XFBrowse Used Listings2008 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 4.2L quattro *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2008 Audi A6Browse Used Listings2008 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sports Wagon 535xiT AWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon 6.3L AMG RWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
7.6
The 2009 Cadillac STS isn’t a standout for looks, but you’ll appreciate the way it drives.
9.0
The 2009 Jaguar XF is an easy car to love. It performs as well as anything in the class--and has unexpected glamorous touches that will win over converts.
8.6
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.
8.0
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.
8.0
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
MSRP From    
$46,845$49,200$42,950$44,600$51,200
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class    
Mid-Size- TBD -MidsizeMid-SizeMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SC4-Door Sedan Luxury4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic CVTManualAutomatic w/OD