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2009 Cadillac STS

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2009 Cadillac STS Review

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Cadillac's evolution from a builder of cushy luxo-barges to world-class touring sedans is complete, and nowhere is this transformation more evident than with the 2009 Cadillac STS. Along with the CTS, the STS has the mission of putting Cadillac back on the world's radar screen, and if ever there was a Cadillac that could lure younger buyers from their love affairs with Lexus and BMW, it's the STS. With a choice of V6 or V8 engines, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and enough sophisticated electronics to please the most demanding technophile, about the only thing lacking from this car is a manual transmission, a feature some enthusiasts may desire.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the edgy styling of the CTS and XLR cars, you'll no doubt like the 2009 Cadillac STS. It has room for five, a massive trunk and a long list of electronic features and gadgets.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2009 Cadillac STS' styling has been seen before, namely on the CTS sedan. It does not stand out like the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and buyers at this level often prefer a more distinctive vehicle.

What's New for 2009

Other than a new motor for the optional Active Steering feature, the STS remains relatively unchanged.

Driving the STS

Driving Impressions With key fob in pocket, our 2009 Cadillac STS knew of our presence, unlocking its doors in anticipation of the coming drive; the same fob permitted us to start the...

car with a push of a button. On the road, we found the STS' new 3.6-liter V6 to be quiet and free of vibration, even at full throttle. Power was readily available and fuel economy proved surprisingly good, especially on long highway trips, leaving us to wonder, "Why pay more for the V8?". The STS' rear-wheel-drive platform and sport-tuned suspension allowed little body roll and gave predictable handling. The STS tracked brilliantly in tight turns, though the steering response was somewhat soft and slow to react. StabiliTrak stability control proved admirable in keeping the STS from skidding off course.
Favorite Features

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.

2009 Cadillac STS Details
2009 Cadillac STS photo Interior

The 2009 Cadillac STS interior is certainly pleasing to the eye, but not ground-breaking by any means. The usual color choices of black, tan or gray are offset by the occasional use of nice wood trim. A sprayed-on urethane "skin" gives the dash and door panels a rich look mimicking real leather, but we do worry how well this material will hold up over time. Optional equipment, such as the four-color head-up display and Bose 5.1 Studio Surround Sound audio, help liven things up a bit. Premium Platinum models feature hand-cut leather on the dash, door panels and console, as well as an Alcantara headliner. Rear-seat legroom and headroom are plentiful, and the huge trunk with its low lift-over height allows for easy loading.

Exterior

The 2009 Cadillac STS sports many of the same styling cues as the newest CTS sedan, but a closer look reveals a bit more curvature in the design. The STS is two inches wider than its CTS sibling, giving it a more substantial look, and its C-pillar design is narrower at the top, with the rear doorframe clearly outlined. Cadillac's signature wide front grille is flanked by a set of stacked HID headlamps, while around back the signature Cadillac taillights are lit by two long rows of LEDs.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The V6-powered 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, 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. The V8 model features a memory package for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel, dual eight-way power seats, heated rear seats and 17-inch polished aluminum wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options are numerous, 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, power glass moonroof, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, limited-slip rear axle, rain-sensing wipers, 18-inch wheels and tires, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, adaptive cruise control and a performance handling package.

Under the Hood

The new 3.6-liter V6 engine is strong enough to satisfy most owners, while the V8 offers plenty of performance for the enthusiasts. It really comes down to how you like to drive and how much money you have to spend.

3.6-liter V6
302 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
272 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26

4.6-liter V8
320 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
315 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22

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2009 Cadillac STS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 252 Ratings for the 2005 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

love the look, is very fast and sporty

By on Monday, March 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I had a above average amount of electrical problems that cost me a lot to have repaired! The drivers seat was a repeat problem. Twice i had to have electrical parts replaced. Needed to replace the battery 3 times in 9 years. Power steering pump and line had to be replaced for $840.00 dollars. In my entire 65 years I never heard of a power steering pump failing. I will not spend money on a luxury car again. My previous middle of the road cars faired much better. I don't see this car as a good value at all. Car also goes through a quart of oil very quickly, about 800 to 1000 miles. My 9 year old Lexus does not go through any oil in 7500 miles and the color is golden when I change it. Caddy oil is black in 1000 miles. It is time to sell and get a $20,000.00 car, pay for repairs and have money left for a vacation."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Car I love driving it.

By on Monday, March 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Beautiful fun car."

Cons: "Concerned about future repairs."

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

"I love this car, it is fast, handles great, it's quiet and overall a real treat to drive. It is white and the paint job is spectacular. It seems to resist dings so the car at 6 years is almost spotless. Cons, the trunk is to small and there is very little interior storage space. Also maintenance is expensive and premium isn't required but the car seems tom run best on it. I have had a couple of expensive repairs FORTUNATELY they were covered by an extended warranty."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

so far so good ....

By on Thursday, March 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "used .. alot of car for the money ... fun to drive"

Cons: "none ..SO FAR ?"

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

"rides,handels and fast ... 2nd sts, like this better than the 2000 i owned .. this car had caddy heading in right direction ... no problem beleiving new cts or xts as good as any euro or oriental out there"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Beautiful, comfortable car great milage, handling

By on Friday, March 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Love my caddy, beautiful candy apple red color,stylish alloy wheels. Sound system and XM are awesome, make road trips fun."

Bought the car used. Resale value is good.

By on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Good engine, heated and air conditioned seats"

Cons: "Door too close to seat controls. No room, cramped"

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

"The car's engine, gas mileage, and overall handling is excellent. However, the interior feels small and cramped. There is no room in the glove compartment except for a registration form. Can't keep the car's book or anything else in there. The center panel isn't much bigger. It can hold 3 cds plus 4 napkins. The room between the inside door panel and the seat controls is too tight. I have to open the door for comfort in moving the seat. I am a small person weighing 110 pounds, so it is NOT me that is too big. I would not buy another car of this kind, because I think comfort in a car is my number one buying point. I will get my money back when I sell this car, because the car has value. My next car will be roomy with comfortable seats and room to BREATHE."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, luxurious, sexy, lots of techno gizmos"

Cons: "Blind spots, but not real bad"

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

"By far, the best car I have ever owned. I would give it a 10 but I had one transmission problem that the dealer handled quickly."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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