2006 Cadillac STS Review
Supercharged STS-V joins the line.
The Cadillac STS may not threaten BMW's grip on the fun-to-drive crown, but it's definitely arrived when put up against Audi, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, and the new V model is a credible thrust into BMW territory. People who enjoy getting where they're going as much if not more than being there but who pine for luxury touches and good ol' American V8 power need no longer compromise. Come on home.
New Car Test Drive correspondent Tom Lankard reported on the STS, with Greg Brown reporting on the STS-V.
Model Line Overview
|Model Lineup:||Cadillac STS V6 ($41,020); Cadillac STS V8 ($47,520); Cadillac STS-V ($74,270)|
|Engines:||4.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8|
|Safety Equipment (standard):||dual two-stage frontal airbags; front seat-mounted side-impact airbags; front and rear-seat side curtain airbags; antilock brakes; traction control; Stabilitrak electronic stability control; rear park assist; rear seat child safety seat anchors|
|Safety Equipment (optional):||tire pressure monitoring system|
|Basic Warranty:||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Assembled In:||Lansing, Michigan|
Specifications As Tested
|Model Tested (MSRP):||Cadillac STS V8 ($47,520)|
|Standard Equipment:||dual-zone, automatic climate control; auto headlamps; OnStar safety warning and communication system (one year service included); remote keyless unlock and start; programmable remote garage opener system; power windows; 8-way front seats; heated outside mirrors; power tilt and telescope steering wheel; memory for driver's seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel; AM/FM/CD stereo with dash-mounted 6-disc changer; leather-trimmed, heated/ventilated front seats and heated rear seats; front and rear floormats|
|Options As Tested (MSRP):||AM/FM stereo with 6CD/DVD changer and navigation system, XM Satellite Radio (3-month trial service included), HID headlamps with washers, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, wood/leather-rimmed steering wheel, power moonroof, tire pressure monitor, rear spoiler, polished cast aluminum wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, performance brakes, limited slip rear differential, Tuscany leather-trimmed seats, heavy-duty cooling system, variable assist/ratio steering ($13,115); all-wheel drive ($1900); adaptive cruise control with head-up instrument display ($2300)|
|Gas Guzzler Tax:||1000|
|Price as tested (MSRP)||65530|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm):||320 @ 6400|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||315 @ 4400|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||18/26|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||38.7/54.6/42.6|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||37.9/55.6/38.3|
|Suspension, f:||independent, coil springs, stabilizer bar|
|Suspension, r:||independent, multi-link, coil springs, magnetic ride control, pneumatic load-leveling, stabilizer bar|
|Tires:||P235/50WR18 front; P255/45WR18 rear|
|Brakes, f/r:||disc/disc with ABS, electronic stability control|
• For more information such as specs, prices, and photos of the 2006 Cadillac STS, click here: 2006 Cadillac STS.