2006 STS New Car Test Drive
When the Cadillac STS was redesigned and introduced as an all-new model last year, Cadillac delivered on the promise of the original Seville Touring Sedan: a car that people who like to drive will want to drive. For 2006, the game gets even faster with a new STS-V model that adds supercharged velocity to the grand touring.
The STS models benefit from GM's newest V6 and V8 engines, which boast the latest in computerized engine management and variable valve timing. The result is smooth, efficient power. The STS also offers a choice of equally smooth suspensions, from the standard suspension designed for smooth, comfortable commuting to an active suspension that instantly adjusts to any driving situation, whether cruising through a sea of potholes or swiftly motoring around a sweeping turn.
What really sets this latest generation of luxury models apart, however, is that the STS has returned to rear-wheel drive, an essential element for truly spirited driving. All-wheel drive is also available for handling stability in inclement weather.
STS is blessed with Cadillac's best interior ever, with comfortable but supportive seats that are infinitely adjustable, ample storage space, and superior sound systems. Most important, state-of-the-art occupant safety is standard.
Cadillac's top management rolled the dice when it empowered its stylists and engineers to create the all-new STS. But they were right insisting it be designed and outfitted from the tires up with one goal in sight: a car meant to bring as much joy and pleasure to the driver as it does comfort and convenience to the passengers. The STS has shown there's plenty of life in the wreath and crest, while the new STS-V shows that a domestic sedan can run alongside the world's best.
The Cadillac STS comes with a choice of V6 ($41,020) or a V8 ($47,520) engines. They come with a five-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive ($1900) is available for either model. The STS-V ($74,270) comes with a supercharged V8 and a six-speed automatic; all-wheel drive isn't available.
STS comes standard with leather trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose AM/FM/CD stereo, the usual lineup of power creature comforts and driver aids, OnStar telematics (with one year's service), Stabilitrak electronic stability control, automatic headlamp high-beam control, and rear park assist.
The popular V6 Luxury Package ($2640) includes a Memory Package with dual eight-way power and heated front seats, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel with radio and climate control settings; four-way power front lumbar seat adjusters; an eight-speaker stereo with six-disc CD changer; rain-sensing wipers; polished aluminum wheels and memory for driver's seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel settings; offered as an add-on to this package are satellite radio, programmable garage door opener and eucalyptus wood interior trim ($730).
The V6 Luxury Performance Package ($8,285) adds 15-speaker surround-sound Bose stereo with in-dash six-disc CD changer, DVD-based navigation, Bluetooth phone interface, heated rear seats and ventilated/heated front seats, Eucalyptus wood trim, leather-wrapped wood-accented heated steering wheel, tilt/slide power sunroof, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with OnStar controls, outside automatic recirculating air quality sensor, tire pressure monitoring system, universal home remote, decklid spoiler, and performance brakes; a heavy-duty cooling package ($150) can be added to this. Stand-alone options include a performance handling package ($795), Bose surround-sound stereo ($2,590), premium leather seats ($1,200), 18-inch polished aluminum wheels ($800), power moonroof ($1,200) and an engine-block heater ($100). Two of the nine exterior paints, Infrared and Diamond White, cost extra ($995).
The V8 Luxury Package ($4,445) includes the Memory Package, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, heated front and rear seats, four-way power lumbar adjusters, Bose surround-sound stereo and navigation system, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, universal home remote, and Eucalyptus wood trim. The V8 Luxury Performance Package ($10,740) adds an outside automatic recirculating air quality sensor, ventilated front seats, leather-wrapped wood-accented steering wheel, power sunroof, tire pressure monitoring system, more extensive Eucalyptus wood trim, Intellibeam Xenon headlamps and washers, a decklid spoiler, and performance brakes. The Premium Lux Performance Package ($12,790) adds premium Tuscany all-leather seating to the Luxury Performance Package list.
Adaptive cruise control ($2,300) is available for both models. A Performance Handling Package ($795) with special springs and shocks is available with rear-wheel drive but not all-wheel drive.
The STS-V comes with a higher level of standard equipment, including EZ Key with remote start, XM Satellite Radio, rear AV jacks, and rear obstacle detection, hand-wrapped leather surfaces with suede seat inserts, Olive Ash Burl wood and aluminum interior accents, rear climate system controls, and V-Series badging. Special paint and a sunroof are the only options.
Safety features that come standard on all models include dual two-stage frontal airbags, front seat mounted side airbags and front-and-rear side curtain airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard. Tire-pressure monitors are available only with the option packages.