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A New Chief for the Crested Brand
Cadillac STS V8
By Alain Gayot

In short: A comfortable five-passenger luxury performance cruiser.

Consider the STS the flagship car for GM’s Cadillac division. Everything has been done to appeal to a younger clientele with this new model, and the sharp-edged look continues from other siblings in the new line. There is a V6-powered version, but we would advise you to try the V8 for a multitude of reasons. It is loaded with electronics without being totally confusing. A feature we really enjoyed was the automatically dimming brights upon encountering oncoming traffic at night.

With a lot of space for cruising comfort, Cadillac aficionados need not be disappointed. The cushy leather seats are there to support you on extended drives, albeit the driver’s seat could use a couple tweaks. With its Drivetrain Package, the car is sure-footed (17” aluminum wheels with P235/50R17 Michelin tires, StabiliTrak speed-sensitive steering, traction control and panic brake assist). Add a bunch of airbags, and you get a very safe ride. And yes, there is plenty of room in the trunk for whatever you need to haul around.

Read a review of the 2008 Cadillac STS V6

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile new vehicle warranty.

Price as tested: $58,785

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 4.6L Northstar V8 VVT engine, 320 horsepower

Transmission: Five-speed automatic with driver shift control

Safety: Driver/front passenger front & side impact air bags, head curtain side impact air bags, OnStar System

Top Speed: 155 mph

Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds

Braking: Four-wheel disc brakes with abs, panic-brake assist

Fuel Economy: 17 city/26 highway

Handling: All-speed traction control, seventeen-inch aluminum wheels, independent suspension with auto rear level

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Photography: Walter Mladina

(Updated 07/22/08 HC)

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