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2011 Cadillac STS

The STS look bolder, with a larger shiny grille, chrome door handles and functional chrome front fender vents. The new STS has an improved interior with a new steering wheel and such items as supple leather, elegant wood and metal with a sporty metallic appearance.

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2011 cadillac sts

The revamped version of Cadillac’s sporty STS sedan comes closer to rear-wheel-drive rivals.


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The 3.6-liter V6 engine kicks out 302 horsepower. It provides nearly the acceleration of the STS 4.6-liter V8 engine, which produces 320 horsepower. The V6 provides 47 horsepower more than the older V6 engine of the same size largely because ithas variable intake and exhaust valve timing and direct fuel injection. The STS with the V6 engine does 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which makes it almost as fast as the STS V8. The V6 achieves 17mpg in the city and 26mpg on highways. Both STS V6 and V8 trim levels have standard rear-wheel drive along with optional all-wheel-drive.

A supercharged 469 horsepower V8 engine is offered in the limited-production STS-V. The V8 needs premium fuel and provides an estimated 15mpg in the city and 24mpg on the highway. All engines delivers power through a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift feature.

All Cadillac STS trim levels are well equipped with many comfort, convenience and safety features. Safety features includes front-seat side airbagsv standard stability and traction control systems and side-curtain airbags. Other options include a lane departure alert system and a Premium Luxury Collection package that has a navigation system and power sunroof.

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The Luxury Performance package contains heated/ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats and steering wheel, wider tires on larger 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, upscale Bose sound system and a discreet rear spoiler. A Premium Luxury option’s include a blind-spot alert system and head-up display system. The Performance Handling Package comes with 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels with extra-wide 45-series summer-only tires and Brembo brakes.

The cabin is quiet, upscale with supportive front seats, and there is good room for five adults. All cupholders are conveniently located, and the front ones have a sliding cover. Doors have storage pockets, and the console bin is deep. The large trunk has a low and wide opening.
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2011 Cadillac DTS

The latest Cadillac DTS remains true to its heritage while offering a level of sophistication that keeps it reasonably current, a traditional Cadillac for the traditional Cadillac buyer.

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2011 cadillac dts

The DTS lags behind in terms of top-quality materials, precision build quality, handling dynamics and, for many, a perceived level of prestige. it still offers very clean and luxurious styling.


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The Cadillac DTS luxury sedan is available in four trim levels, Base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum – although all are well equipped. The standard model comes with 17-inch wheels, front foglights, sepearte climate control for passenger and driver, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker stereo system, OnStar free for 12 months, remote engine start, and xenon headlights.

The Premium model adds style grille, power front seats with massagers built in, burled walnut accents in the interior, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a built-in navigation system, and telescopic steering. The Platinum model adds a more powerful engine, Magnetic Ride Control, 18-inch wheels, and a leather accented dash, and a faux-suede headliner, blind spot warning systems, and lane-departure systems.

Front suspension is an independent MacPherson strut design with sizable stabilizer bar, while the rear uses an independent multi-link design and stabilizer bar.

The base, 4.6-liter double overhead cam engine generates 275 horsepower at a lower, 5200 rpm now. Torque is a healthy 292 lb-ft at 4400 rpm for noticeably quick get up and go. But the uplevel V8 that comes with the performance package has more horsepower—291. Peak torque is 286 lb-ft at 4400 rpm and came on smartly—and always smoothly. Fuel economy isn’t great in this big-sedan segment, and the DTS is estimated to carry a rating of 17 miles a gallon in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway. This is a bit less than the 18/25 mpg of the LS 430.

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The Cadillac DTS has good room for three adults at the rear row to sit back there without them having to squeeze. The middle passenger, however, has a slight hump to contend with in the middle of the rear floor and also doesn’t have a height adjustable head restraint. The trunk opening is nice and wide, but the trunk seems a bit shallow and total cargo room is less than the 21 cubic feet in the Town Car.

The Cadillac DTS is loaded with the latest technology. This is a rational luxury car, easy to operate in addition to being large and luxurious. Other standard DTS safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, stability control, six airbags and improved structural reinforcements.


2011 Cadillac DTS Features

Trim: V8

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish
– Front and Rear Bumpers
– Front Air Dam

– Leather Seats
– Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats With Adjustable Seat Height and Headrests
– Theater Style Rear Seating
– Front Passenger Power Seat Adjusts 8 Ways Total
– Rear Bench Seat With Fold-Down Center Armrest
– Front Dual Power Lumbar Support
– Driver Power Seat Adjusts 8 Ways Total
– Rear Seat Pass-Through

– Compass
– Trip Computer With Average Fuel Consumption, Instantaneous Fuel Consumption, Miles To Empty and Stop Watch
– Digital Clock
– Clock
– Steering Wheel Mounted Controls
– Tire Pressure Monitor
– Exterior Temperature Gauge
– Cruise Control
– Oil Quality Service Indicator
– Tachometer
– Battery Gauge
– Voice Activated Controls For Phone

– Front Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
– Rear Armrest Storage
– Front Dual Door Mounted Storage
– Glovebox
– 2 Front and 2 Rear; 4 Cupholders Total
– Front Dual Seatback Storage Pockets
– Coinholder

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering
– Rear Carpeted Floor Mats
– Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Trunk
– Front Carpeted Floor Mats
– Leather Steering Wheel

Exterior Lighting
– Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlights
– Automatic Headlights With Automatic On and Dusk Sensor
– Windshield Wiper Activated Headlights
– Front Foglights
– Daytime Running Lights
– Cornering Lights
– Perimeter Lighting

– Crumple Zones
– Side Guard Door Beams
– Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor
– Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
– L A T C H
– Seatbelt Pretensioners
– Seatbelt Height Adjusters
– Trunk Anti-Trap Device
– Passenger Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– Front Side Airbags
– Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts
– Crash Sensor Sends GPS Signal
– Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags
– Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– OnStar(R) Telematics System With 12 Months Directions and Connections Plan. Includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist and Roadside Assistance
– Automatic Locking Retractors

Braking & Traction
– All-Speed Traction Control Controlled By ABS and Engine Management
– Electronic Brake Force Distribution
– Brake Assistance
– StabiliTrak(R) Vehicle Stability Control System
– Front Power Disc and Rear Power Disc Brakes
– 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes

– Magnasteer(R) Power Speed Sensitive Rack and Pinion Variable Assisted Steering
– Telescopic Steering Wheel
– Tilt Steering Wheel

Engines & Emissions
– Extended Service Interval For Platinum Tipped Spark Plugs
– 4.6-Liter, Northstar V8, 32-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine; Front Mounted With Horsepower Of 275@6000 and Torque Of 295@4400, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Heads
– Free Scheduled Maintenance For 48 Months or 50000 Miles
– Roadside Assistance Warranty For 100000-Miles, 60-Months

– Independent Front Suspension With Springs and Shock Absorbers
– Automatic Load-Leveling
– Front Stabilizer Bar
– Rear Stabilizer Bar
– Independent Rear Suspension With Springs and Shock Absorbers

Remote Controls & Remote Releases
– Panic Alarm
– Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob
– Remote Trunk Release Located Inside Vehicle and On Multi-Function Remote
– Remote Ignition
– Multi-Function Remote Operates Door Lock/Unlock, Illuminated Entry, Panic Alarm, Remote Ignition and Trunk

Anti-Theft & Locks
– OnStar(R) Stolen Vehicle Assistance With Vehicle Slowdown
– Selective Locking/Unlocking
– Vehicle Anti-Lockout
– Theftlock(R) Radio Anti-Theft
– Valet Lockout
– Break Resistant Security Glass
– Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors
– OnStar(R) Remote Ignition Block
– Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Alarm and PASS-Key(R) III+ Engine Immobilizer
– Programmable Power Door Locks

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
– Separate Driver/Front Passenger Climate Controls
– Automatic Climate Control

– Front Power Outlet
– Front Cigarette Lighter With Ashtray
– Front Power Outlet Integrated With Cigarette Lighter
– 150-Amp Alternator
– Battery Saver
– Battery
– Audio Pre-Wiring
– Delayed Power Retention Operates Audio and Power Windows For 10 Minutes

Interior Lighting
– Trunk Light
– Delayed Courtesy Lights
– Illuminated Entry
– Rear Reading Lights

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation
– AM/FM Radio With Seek, Scan, Speed Sensitive Volume and 8 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3 Player; XM(R) Satellite Radio (Includes 3 Months Of Service, Unavailable In Hawaii and Alaska)
– Pre-Programmed Equalizer
– OnStar(R) Hands-Free Calling With Telephone
– Radio Data System
– Telephone Antenna
– In-Glass Radio Antenna
– OnStar(R) Telematics System With 12 Months Directions and Connections Plan. Includes Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, Turn-By-Turn Navigation, Hands-Free Calling, Vehicle Diagnostics and Low Mileage Discount
– Vehicle Location System

– Adaptive Automatic Transmission
– Hydra-Matic 4-Speed Electronically Controlled Adaptive Automatic Transmission With Overdrive and Floor Mounted Shifter


2011 Cadillac DTS Specifications

Trim: V8

Standard Engine 4.6L V8
Standard Transmission 4 Speed Automatic
Cylinders 8
Horsepower @RPM 275@6000
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 15 / 23
Combined Fuel Economy 18
EPA Class Large
Number of Valves 32
Torque @RPM N/A
Fuel Type System Gas Engine / Sequential Electronic Fuel Injected, Sequential Port Fuel Injected Sequential, Multi-Port Fuel Injected
Turbo (Yes/No) No
Overdrive Transmission Yes
Battery Output N/A
Compression 10.0:1
Displacement 4565 / 279
Bore X Stroke 3.30×3.30
Cruising Range 324 miles
Final Drive Gear Ratio Opt N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 14.6
Final Drive Ratio No
Valves Configuration Dual Overhead Cam / Twin Overhead Cam
Supercharged No
Electric HorsePower RPM N/A
Electric Torque Feet Per Pound N/A (foot-lbs)
Electric Torque RPM N/A
Electric HorsePower BHP N/A

Interior Dimensions
Seating (Standard) 5
Seating (Optional) 6
Tow Capacity (Standard) 1000
Tow Capacity (Maximum) 1000
Headroom (Front) 39.2
Headroom (Row 2) 38.6
Hiproom (Front) 56.9
Hiproom (Row 2) 56.7
Legroom (Front) 42.5
Legroom (Row 2) 41.6
Shoulder Room (Front) 60.0
Shoulder Room (Row 2) 59.2
Seating (Maximum) 6
Headroom (Row 3) N/A
Hiproom (Row 3) N/A
Legroom (Row 3) N/A
Shoulder Room (Row 3) N/A

Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tires
Brakes (Front) Disc
Brakes (Rear) Disc
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Driveline (Opt) N/A
Steering Rack & Pinion
Steering Diameter Left 42.0
Steering Diameter Right 42.0
Suspension (Front) Independent
Suspension (Rear) Independent
Tire Type Passenger
Tire Width 235 mm
Tire Aspect Ratio 55
Tire Construction Radial
Tire wheel Diameter 17 in.

Capacity and Volume
Cargo Volume (EPA) 19 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (MFR) 19 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity 18.0
Passenger Volume (EPA) 113
Passenger Volume (MFR) 115.3 cu. ft.
Box/Cargo Height N/A
Box/Cargo Length N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wall) N/A
GVWR Standard N/A
GVWR Maximum N/A
Payload Standard N/A
Payload Maximum N/A

Exterior Dimensions and Weight
Curb Weight MT N/A
Curb Weight AT 4009
Ground Clearance 5.3
Height 57.6
Length 207.6
Top Type (Standard) Hard Fixed
Top Type (Optional) N/A
Track (Front) 62.5
Track (Rear) 61.7
Weight Distribution AT (Front) 61
Weight Distribution AT (Rear) 39
Weight Distribution MT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Rear) N/A
Wheelbase 115.6
Width 74.8
Doors (Standard) 4
Doors (Maximum) 4

Crash Test Ratings, Sales and Origin
Crash Test Rating Not Listed
Sales Volume N/A
Where Built U.S.A.

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2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

Cadillac continues to show that it can compete with Europe’s best. Its all-new CTS Sport Wagon ranks right up there

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2011 cadillac cts sport wagon

with the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3-Series wagon. I really like the way it looks — so different from its competitors. The angular rear lines are attractive and create a nice profile. The interior is equally nice; I thought


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the center console was integrated smartly into the dash. While passenger space is plentiful, headroom was tight in the rear seats for adults around 6 feet tall. On the road, I was able to achieve 18 mpg in mixed driving, but was slightly disappointed in the V6 engine’s power delivery. Overall, I was pleased with the CTS Sport Wagon, and pleased that Cadillac is delivering high-end products to the auto marketplace again.

–Joe Chulick

This is one hot wagon! If you want your utility vehicle to drive like a sports car, forget the crossovers. The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon is the way to go. The already handsome CTS form seems to look even better as a wagon, and its unique

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rear end sets the Sport Wagon apart from anything else on the road. Our tester was powered by GM’s excellent direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 engine, which puts out 304 horsepower. Other notable features included 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, sport suspension, steering-wheel shift controls and upgraded brakes. The suspension, steering and brakes all have the same excellent feel that the sedan has, despite the extra weight of the larger cargo area. In fact, the Sport Wagon feels more like a sport sedan than any crossover that I have ever driven.

–Mike Meredith

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2011 cadillac cts sport wagon

Cadillac shows that a wagon can be cool. Its all-new CTS Sport Wagon looks great, with sleek lines, sharp angles and big rear fender flares. Inside, it is stylish with quality materials. However, I found the front seats to be uncomfortable. The cargo area is well thought out, with movable tie-downs, an adjustable barrier between it and the passenger area, a ski pass-through and a cargo net. Rear seats are a bit cramped but usable; fold them down to create a surprisingly large flat surface for hauling larger items. Like the CTS sedan, the Sport Wagon has nice power with excellent handling. Fuel economy was not terribly impressive, though. With the performance of the CTS sedan and plenty of cargo-carrying ability, the CTS Sport Wagon makes a great alternative to the traditional SUV or sedan.

–Perry Stern


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2011 Cadillac CTS

With its supercharged, 556-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine, the 2009 CTS-V is the most powerful Cadillac ever. Also the quickest and

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2011 cadillac cts

fastest, it has a claimed 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a 193 mph top speed. Yet on the road or track this thoroughly American sport sedan is most impressive for the refined driving experience it provides, where the


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original CTS-V always felt like the hot rod it was.

Model Lineup

The original CTS launched as a 2003 model, and the first CTS-V was added to the lineup in 2004. Powered by a 400-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, the “V” was only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The CTS was fully redesigned for 2008, and the new CTS-V shares its platform and interior.

Exterior differences are subtle and few, with zero “boy racer” grafts. Its dual front grille with chrome mesh has double the surface of the V6-powered CTS, and a new aluminum hood needs only a discreet bulge to accommodate the slightly greater height of the supercharged V8 engine. The rocker panels are kicked out a touch, and a larger, upturned center-mounted

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stoplight at the edge of the trunk lid doubles as a spoiler, reducing lift at high speed.

The CTS-V runs on Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires but not the run-flat variety used on the Corvette ZR1. Their sizes are 255/40ZR-19 in front and a meaty 285/35ZR-19 in the rear. The Cadillac’s wheelbase is 113.4 inches — nearly identical to BMW’s 500-horsepower M5 (113.7 inches), and the cars are near matches in most dimensions. By comparison, the 400-horsepower BMW M3 has a 108.7-inch wheelbase and is smaller in every way.

Official pricing for the CTS-V will be announced closer to its market launch in October, but the target MSRP is $60,000, with a fully-optioned “V” priced in the mid-$60,000s. By comparison, the M5 checks in with an MSRP of $83,900, while the M3 lists for $53,800 — and both figures are quickly jacked onto a higher plane with a few options. With the CTS-V, you get a sport sedan that is about the same size as an M5, packs a greater punch and will sell for about the same money as the smaller and less powerful M3.

Under the Hood

The CTS-V’s engine is a 6.2-liter, all-aluminum small-block V8 fitted with a smaller-displacement version (1.9 liters vs. 2.3 liters) of the Corvette ZR1′s four-lobe, sixth-generation Eaton supercharger. It delivers 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The manual is coupled to a light, progressive dual-disc clutch similar to the ZR1′s, and the automatic has steering-wheel-mounted paddles for the manual mode.

Cadillac says with either transmission the CTS-V will get to 60 mph in a scant 3.9 seconds, and cover the quarter mile in 12 seconds flat. The car’s top speed is quoted at 175 mph for the automatic and about 193 mph with the manual gearbox.

This means the CTS-V’s unofficial lap of 7:59:38 around the famed Nürburgring track in Germany could probably be improved upon. John Heinricy, veteran racer and director of high-performance engineering at Cadillac, set that sub-eight-minute lap with a production-ready CTS-V equipped with the automatic. Set in Sport mode, Heinricy didn’t even bother using the shift paddles, since this setting already quickens upshifts.

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2011 cadillac cts

Inner Space

The CTS-V’s interior is dressed with attractive hand-stitched leather surfaces. These are produced by a small South Carolina-based supplier that also makes interior trim for high-end AMG specials from Mercedes-Benz. The only discordant notes are narrow trim strips (with sharp edges in some places), that meekly try to evoke carbon fiber but end up looking like plastic. Cadillac should simply emulate Porsche and offer the option of real carbon fiber or aluminum trim — the car fully deserves it.

Optional Recaro sport seats will likely be priced between $2,500 and $3,000, and they are worth the money. These perches are adjustable in 14 different ways, including lumbar support cushions in the backrest and side bolsters that can be inflated to the right firmness for ideal lateral support. The seat cushion can also be extended forward manually for better thigh support, which is lacking in the standard seats. On a track, hard braking will send you sliding forward in these, requiring bracing on the footrest. The better thigh support of the optional seats helps prevent this “submarining.”

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2011 cadillac cts

On the Road (and Track)

The new CTS-V is anything but crude and will take you to work, or to a track and back, in impressively quiet comfort — not bad for a sedan packing so much power. A significant chunk of this goodness can be attributed to the CTS-V’s standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension. This setup uses shock absorbers that can change their damping characteristics in microseconds, thanks to magnets that act on a fluid filled with minute iron particles.

The return drive was in a CTS-V equipped with the 6-speed manual, as well as the optional Recaro seats and suede-like microfiber trim on the steering wheel and shift lever. However pleasant the automatic, the manual version best exemplifies the new CTS-V’s highly appealing blend of sporting demeanor and refinement.

The engine is a gem, with a muted growl and seamlessly abundant supply of torque at your right foot’s command. The “V” turns into corners willingly, with a touch of understeer that easily disappears with a prod of the accelerator. Use more of it and you get controllable power oversteer on exit, if you wish.

The CTS-V is an even-tempered thoroughbred that never feels nervous or twitchy, and it let us work up to speed with confidence on an unfamiliar track. As I progressively went faster, the understeer, tire squeal, body roll and front dive under braking also grew. There should be a third setting for the CTS-V’s excellent suspension: Track.

Right for You?

In spite of its spectacular performance and track-friendly handling, the new CTS-V impresses at least as much when driven at a serene pace on public roads. Comparisons with premium German iron are not far-fetched in the least. The CTS-V can outrun many big ones for the price of their smaller siblings, with unprecedented grace, integration and refinement for an American sedan. It is truly world class, and leagues better than its hot-rod forebear.

A professional auto journalist for more than 25 years and the founding editor of Sympatico / MSN Autos, MarcLachapelle is a two-time winner of the Canadian Journalist of the Year award from the Automobile JournalistsAssociation of Canada, an accomplished photographer and licensed racer.

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