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The 2011 Cadillac STS ranks good in luxury large car rankings. This ranking is based on analysis of various published reviews and online data for Cadillac STS. There is no significant change in year 2011, the same 2010 model. However, there were some rumors that General Motors is changing their whole lineup and there would be no 2011 Cadillac STS. Now Cadillac STS is a carryover from 2010 and marketed on official Cadillac website. The 2011 Cadillac STS resembles like a heavy sedan that handles smoothly and the back seats are real comfort zone. The Cadillac STS offers a joyful ride, and its handling define its heavy built, but thanks to advance magnetic ride control. The Cadillac DTS resembles like STS, but Cadillac STS is more attractive and bold.

STS is the driver friendly car. However, Cadillac STS has some quality problems. Many reviewers complain about the bad interior quality. It is not the best value with optional V8, and some of the test drivers say that it doesn’t offer sufficient power to justify high price. The V8 engine is now discontinued for 2011, but there is news that it will be available in 2011. The best alternative would be BMW 5 Series because it is more performance oriented car. However, Cadillac STS unique design and look have no match. It is a perfect strong luxury large car with bold design to attract anyone at first glance.

Cadillac STS is pure American car, and European cars are leading the competition. The last redesigned for STS was in 2008, and it is almost the similar car, but with more added features. The Cadillac STS comes in three trims base model, luxury and the premium with option AWD.

Cadillac STS Price:

Average Paid: $44,022 – $64,234, MSRP: $47,280 – $56,380, Invoice: $44,680 – $53,279

Cadillac STS Ratings;

Cadillac STS Performance: 4.7 (Very Good)

Cadillac STS Exterior: 4.4 (Good)

Cadillac STS Interior: 4.0 (Good)

Cadillac STS Safety: 3.9 (Average)

Cadillac STS Reliability: 3.4 (Below Average)

Power & Performance

There is not much to complain about in 2011 Cadillac STS. Most of the reviewers enjoy driving the STS, and it produces enough acceleration to speed up heavy body. Buyers had the option of two powerful engines in 2010, but now there is no V8. However, thanks to its well tuned suspension, the V6 produces sufficient power to satisfy and match with the class. The fuel economy is about average the V6 records 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway and V8 shows 15 mpg city and 24 mpg highway (V8 available in 2010 model). Cadillac STS does not require premium fuel.

The Cadillac STS base model comes with 3.6 liter V6, which produces 302 horsepower and uses the variable valve timing system to maximize thrust. The V6 is powerful enough to satisfy the test drivers. However, if you need more powerful ride, then you can select 2010 V8 4.6 liter, which produces 320 horsepower. Now, V8 is discontinued because it was not worth investing.

All the trims come in six speed automatic transmission and the AWD is optional. The transmission can also be shifted manually, all standard in 2011. The Cadillac STS handles remarkably well, with an excellent suspension system that reviewers admire. The braking system is perfect for large STS body.

Interior & Exterior

There are much improved interior features in 2011 Cadillac STS and previous year complaints are overcome. Heated and ventilated front seats, which are very comfortable. Leather seating surfaces and LED lights are introduced in 2011 Cadillac STS. There is new surround sound system, keyless entry, OnStar, and automatic temperature control.

There are many other features like Bluetooth, CD Changer, driver seat memory, blind spot, lane departure warning system, and adaptive cruise control. Cadillac STS has all the latest cabin electronics that will attract modern buyers. The best choice would be the luxury model with AWD. However, the interior still lacks behind many other luxury cars in the class.

The trunk space is also not sufficient, which has 13.8 cubic feet of space. The exterior is quite impressive and there is no change 2011. The main features are 17 inch chrome wheels, automatic HID headlights and heated door mirrors. The premium model has more options like wooden trim, upgraded braking system, rear spoiler, auto high beam xenon headlights, headlight washers, adaptive suspension, and rain sensing wind shield wipers, sunroof and an attractive grille. There are much more to be expected during the year 2011 for STS.

Safety & Reliability

The 2011 Cadillac STS receives four stars out of five in safety tests except the side impact test, where it receives five out of five. There are many safety features like front side airbags, side curtain airbags, traction, antilock brakes, and antiskid control. There is also a blind spot warnings and lane departure warning system.

Cadillac STS comes with four years or 50,000 miles basic warranty, five years or 100,000 miles power terrain warranty and six years or 100,000 miles road assistance. In 2011, STS has improved the overall reliability score.


About the author: Ahmad Wali


Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter


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