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TheCarConnection.com drove the Cadillac STS and STS-V to bring you this hands-on road test. Editors compared the STS and STS-V with other full-size luxury sedans to help you narrow your shopping list. High Gear Media researchers have also compiled a companion review of opinions from other respected auto Web sites, to give you the best information possible.
- Magnetic Ride Control's ride and handling
- V-6 is powerful and saves fuel
- Top-notch performance from the STS-V
- Cutting-edge technology features and options
- Plain, unadorned dash
- Some lower-budget interior finishes
- Backseats aren't large enough
The 2010 Cadillac STS and its performance sibling, the STS-V, are the GM brand's full-size sports sedan-not to be confused with the large, front-drive DTS luxury sedan that's underpinned many a presidential limousine. The STS and STS-V compete against the likes of the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and like them, it comes as a rear-driver with an option for all-wheel drive and a massively powerful V-8 engine. Unchanged in 2010 save for new paint colors, the STS returns with a base price just under $47,000 and a choice of V-6 or V-8 power, while the STS-V carries over its $75,00 sticker and everything else intact.
In 2008, Cadillac gave the STS and STS-V a mild restyling with a new nose and a wider grille. It's still clearly related to the original Seville STS that ushered in Cadillac's latest design themes, dubbed Art & Science at one time and ensconced at the crisp, folded end of the luxury spectrum. The unique blend of angular panels and smooth, continuous sheetmetal is teamed with elegantly minimal chrome details, which is why the STS sedans continue to look contemporary, even if they're no longer cutting-edge. The interiors are much softer and more luxurious-Cadillac's been paying attention to the lessons of German sedans with this soberly styled cabin. The layout, with some screen-driven controls and quite a few small buttons, can be confusing, and the materials haven't been upgraded to the extent seen in the latest edition of the smaller Cadillac CTS, though.