Unchanged for 2009, the five-passenger Cadillac STS-V is a large high-performance luxury sedan available in one trim level that comes fully loaded. As the most powerful expression of Cadillac STS power and luxury, Cadillac STS-V performance is due to a supercharged 4.4L V8 engine pumping out 469 hp and 439 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with driver shift control. The rear-wheel drive sedan can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Inside, STS-V luxury is highlighted by special leather-trimmed upholstery and premium wood trim accents. Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, full-length head curtain airbags, OnStar and a rearview camera, as well as blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems. EPA-estimated fuel economy achieves 13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy.Read more Read less
For 2009, Cadillac's STS and STS-V get mostly superficial changes following the 2008 refresh. Exterior colors Radiant Silver, Black Ice, and Blue Diamond Tricoat replace Blue Chip, Radiant Bronze, Light Platinum, and Sunset Blue. A speed limit notification has been added to navigation radio, and a Bluetooth interface is now available on non-navigation-equipped STS models. The Platinum Edition receives an alcantara ultra-microfiber headliner.
Performance; smooth ride; available leading-edge technology features; optional all-wheel drive; safety features
The 2009 STS occupies a slot in between the CTS and DTS in Cadillac's lineup. In terms of performance and features, it is every bit a rival to the top sedans from Germany and Japan. With all-wheel drive, the STS makes a surprisingly good all-weather car, and with its front-wheel steer system, the AWD V8 model is especially safe and nimble. Inside, the STS has a look and feel that entirely justifies the price, plus convenience and safety features that compete with the best in its class.