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2011 Cadillac STS

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2011 Cadillac STS Review

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Once hailed as the savior of the Cadillac brand, the STS luxury sedan now seems to be overshadowed by the brilliant CTS Sedan, Coupe and Wagon, not to mention the impressive V-Series cars. Still, for those looking for luxury without hair-raising performance, the STS remains a crowd pleaser. Along with its slightly larger cousin, the DTS, the STS' mission is to continue satisfying the aging Cadillac faithful while still appealing to younger, first time buyers. Although it is available with all-wheel drive and a performance package suspension upgrade, the loss of the Northstar V8 engine this year will probably also cost the STS some potential buyers.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the crisp lines and modern styling of the CTS Sedan, but need just a bit more rear-seat passenger room, check out the STS.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for V8-inspired power or bold styling that stands out in a crowd, the STS probably won't impress you.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2011, the STS is no longer available with the Northstar V8 engine, leaving the 3.6-liter V6 as the sole power plant. All 2011 STS models are now covered by Cadillac's Premium Care Maintenance program.

Driving the STS

Driving Impressions With only its key fob in our pocket, the 2011 Cadillac STS sensed our presence and unlocked its doors for us. Once inside, a push of a button was all...

that was required to make the V6 engine roar to life. We found the STS' 3.6-liter V6 a strong yet quiet performer, free of vibration and roar even with the accelerator pushed to the floor. On the highway, we averaged close to 28 mpg, which is not bad for a 300-plus horsepower sedan. Our rear-wheel-drive STS was equipped with the performance package which includes Brembo brakes and 18-inch wheels. The standard STS suspension provided predictable handling with minimal body roll and, though the steering response was somewhat soft and slow to react, we still found it easy to maneuver the car in tight turns. Cadillac's StabiliTrak stability control proved admirable in keeping the STS from skidding off course.

Bose 5.1 Studio Surround Sound
The Bose 5.1 Studio Surround Sound option features 15 speakers placed strategically throughout the cabin, including on the tops of the seats and beneath the center console. It delivers great sound.

Supportive Seats
The STS seats show Cadillac has found a nice combination of comfort and support, and they do a good job of holding you in place without being too firm.

2011 Cadillac STS Details
Interior

The 2011 Cadillac STS has a pleasant interior that exhibits a high degree of fit and finish, but its overall design is a bit dated and hardly inspiring. Sparse applications of wood trim dot the STS' interior, which can be had in ebony, cashmere or light gray leather covering the seats, steering wheel and shift knob. Optional equipment, such as the four-color head-up display and Bose 5.1 Studio Surround Sound audio, help liven things up a bit. On Platinum models, suede-like Alcantara fabric replaces the standard cloth headliner, while hand-cut leather coverings adorn the door panels, dash and center console. Rear-seat legroom is better than in the CTS, but it's still not what owners of previous full-sized Cadillacs would call spacious. The large trunk, on the other hand, has ample space for luggage or golf bags.

Exterior

Although from a distance it looks somewhat like a slightly larger CTS Sedan, the STS nevertheless has a character all its own. The STS is some two inches wider than the CTS, and its rear doors are longer with more glass area. The signature Cadillac fender vent and vertical rear tail lights are evident, as is the wide egg-crate grille and stacked HID headlamps. Stylish multi-spoke alloy wheels give the STS a bit of a sporting attitude, as do the trunk-mounted spoiler and shark-fin roof antenna. The STS's tail lights and rear center-mounted stop light employ LEDs, which use less energy and last longer than conventional bulbs.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Cadillac STS has a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, OnStar, keyless start, auto-dimming mirror, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, Bose audio, navigation, front side-impact and front and rear head-curtain airbags, leather seats, cruise control, leather-wrapped power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and 17-inch painted aluminum wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options are generally arranged by trim level and packages and include onboard navigation, Head-Up Display (HUD), garage door opener, six-disc DVD changer, Bose 5.1 Studio Surround Sound system, HID headlamps, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, limited-slip rear axle, load-leveling suspension, heated rear seats, heated and cooling front seats, 18-inch wheels and tires, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert and a performance handling package. The Platinum Edition adds Alcantara headliner, unique 18-inch wheels, leather trim interior and Platinum badges. Stand-alone options include all-wheel-drive and a power moonroof.

Under the Hood

The 3.6-liter V6 engine is strong enough to satisfy most owners, and its advanced electronic features, such as the variable valve timing, help maximize fuel efficiency and power.

3.6-liter V6
302 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
272 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (RWD), 18/27 (AWD)

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2011 Cadillac STS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 262 Ratings for the 2005 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

One of the best I've owned.

By on Monday, October 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very comfortable quite automobile"

Cons: "Need AWD. Does not go in snow with rear wheel driv"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am 6'2'' and fit very comfortably in the drivers seat. Great highway vehicle! Rides smooth,steering firm, and very quite, especially with Michelen tires. Even 27 mpg with the 305 hp V6. Heated and cooled seats, dual air, and surperv Bose stereo system. Large enough trunk for four sets of golf clubs. Would buy another one if they still made the STS."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Excellent

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the best car I have ever owned. Sorry Cadillac quit making it. It has never given me any problems. It has a beautiful design inside and out. The only flaw in the car is the head room is limited for taller people. I can't sit up straight in the seat."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great driving car. I love it.

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,810

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is one of the best automobiles I have ever had. Have had lots of compliments on it. Too bad that auto manufacturer had choose not to make any more. I will probable keep this one for a few more years."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

My favorite Cadillac

By on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet and powerful."

Cons: "Don't have any."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have had nine Cadillacs and this 2008 STS is by far my favorite one. It runs flawlessly, presents pure luxury and in 32000 miles I have not had a repair bill. It has been garaged since new and the metallic red finish is perfect. With original chrome wheels, it still catches notice here on Palm Beach FL. I love this car. it was the best value for my money ever."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

This is my 3rd and most luxuries cad I have had.

By on Wednesday, June 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Its a looker"

Cons: "Big headrests. I am small"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car had adaptive cruise control, heads up, heated or cooled seats. 3 DVD players. Love the Bose radio touch screen. It has a beautiful blackberry sparkle paint job, and it really stands our with the stainless pillar posts."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

overall an excellent vehicle

By on Monday, April 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "lot of fun to drive, looks great, handles good."

Cons: "Shifter gate may need a new selenoid."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"handles well, very comfortable on long trips, enjoy the heated and cooled seats. Very good power (320 hp) with good gas mileage. 21 in town and 26 on highway. Not a lot of problems so far. Shifter gate will sometimes not allow the motor to shut off unless you hit park with a solid hit. May be the selenoid as I'm told. interior has held up well."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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