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2010 Cadillac STS

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2010 Cadillac STS Review

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Cadillac's evolution from a builder of cushy luxo-barges to world-class touring sedans is now complete, and nowhere is this transformation more evident than with the 2010 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 SRX, you'll no doubt like the 2010 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 2010 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 2010

The Cadillac STS sees no major changes for 2010.

Driving the STS

Driving Impressions With key fob in pocket, our 2010 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' 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.

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.

2010 Cadillac STS Details
Interior

The 2010 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
2010 Cadillac STS photo

The 2010 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, 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. 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 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: 15/24 (RWD), 14/21 (AWD)

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2010 Cadillac STS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 280 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

Show room perfect

By on Monday, February 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,222

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

Pros: "It drives like a dream."

Cons: "insurance rates are high."

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

"I inherited this Cadillac from my aunt who passed away at age 100+ she bought this car in 2005 and died at 100 in 2013. Needless to say she put very few miles on it and used it for grocery shopping and doctor appointments..This car is perfect..like show room perfect. I put new tires on it since I didn't want to drive on 2005 tires. I also put in a new battery since that older one wasn't holding a charge since it wasn't driven. I now have a trickle charger holding the battery perfectly. I have a Jeep and don't need two cars. When I got the car the mileage was 17,000. In two years I've put on 7,200 miles on this car."

Just can't beat a cadi . . Literally.

By on Thursday, November 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

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

Pros: "Reliable, Gutsy, Classy, and Beautiful!"

Cons: "ECU had to be replaced"

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

2005 STS

"I have never owned a cadillac, but I purchase this car used, and I have been blown away on how quickly it won me over. The first thing I noticed is that no one passes me on the on-ramp. This 3.6 liter is always purring. It has all leather, heated seats, and a lot of options. This one has the 19" dubs. I wouldn't have ordered them, but my friends are fans. My cousin even called me a baller. This car gets me and my kids where we need to go, and people take notice of me in this car. I just love cruising in it. :)"

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

2005 STS

nice to drive leather seats and parking sensors

By on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,602

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "First owner to this Vehicle and has low Milage."

Cons: "I love this Vehicle."

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

"Features: CD Audio, Leather seats, Parking Sensors, AM/FM stereo, Bose Sounds system, Rear Defroster, AMS Breaks, Power seat (s), Alloy Seats, Alloy Wheels, Side airbags smart key and many more...My car is a Luxury car and looks very Luxury too."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Safe Car

By on Friday, September 04, 2015

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
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Safe,comfort, style, speed"

Cons: "Costs more to maintain"

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

Will send more pictures

"The car runs perfect and is very safe. I Just replaced front breaks and a coil and she purrs with speed, comfort and style with less than 55,000 miles. There is a little tear in the leather on passenger side seat but I have new leather to replace."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Will send more pictures

Great car, but the depreciation is awful.

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,210

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great buy as a used car."

Cons: "none at this time"

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

"Bought new at $55K, but now only worth $10K, while my '08 Chevy bought new for $51K and now has more miles is still at $20K. Both cars have been excellent performers in both city and highway. My wife and I prefer the Caddy in town, but the Chevy is more comfortable on long 2-5K mile highway trips. YMMV"

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Have had it since new - NEVER a problem!!!

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "RELIABLE, gets about 28 MPG on the Hwy."

Cons: "I could not find anything negative to say."

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

"I have owned many cars and this has to be one of the best, if not the best. Have driven it for 103000+ miles and outside of suggested regular maintenance I have not done anything to this car - OEM tires lasted almost 80000 miles and brakes almost 60000. I don't really want to let this car go."

13 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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