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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
confounding... frustrating and unnecessarily complicated
several high-tech optional features
enough to please the most demanding technophile
Kelley Blue Book
The tech lovers at TheCarConnection.com voice their approval for the 2009 Cadillac STS, which offers plenty of great features throughout.
There is absolutely no shortage of high-tech "bells and whistles" on the 2009 Cadillac STS. Cars.com reports that power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a keyless access system, an eight-speaker CD stereo, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and sonar rear parking sensors are all standard on the base STS Cadillac. For a few dollars more, the buyer can add a moonroof and a navigation system, as well as heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel.
Unfortunately, these 2009 Cadillac STS features aren't always so simple. It is necessary to wade through several levels of menu choices on the navigation screen in order to program settings. Consumer Guide notes that the STS Cadillac has "relatively few buttons" since most audio (as well as the mirror and climate controls) are now incorporated into the navigation screen, but insists that this "complicate[s] their use." Edmunds, however, points out that while Cadillac STS "controls are straightforward and easy to use," the memory setting procedure for many of the cabin controls are "confounding...frustrating and unnecessarily complicated."
New for 2009 is the announcement that the eNav system is now standard equipment and part of OnStar Turn-by Turn Navigation. Consumer Guide reports that available options for the top trim include "rear radio controls, wireless cell phone link, head-up instrument display, heated washer nozzles, [and] automatic-dimming headlights." The favorite Cadillac STS feature of reviewers at Kelley Blue Book is the optional 15-speaker Bose 5.1 Surround Sound audio system, which "delivers great sound." The base 2009 Cadillac STS model comes with an eight-speaker system.
The 2009 Cadillac STS offers scads of great features, though controls aren’t as great as they could be.