2007 Cadillac STS Interior
Edmunds liked the premium look of the Cadillac STS, which has "Plenty of handsomely stitched leather and fillets of wood trim fill the cabin." Most reviewers find the interior of the STS polished and luxurious, with a few criticisms of the design materials.
Some critics find that the Cadillac still lags luxury class competitors in interior quality. Consumer Guide notes the "quality of interior materials falls just short of import-brand standards." Kelley Blue Book felt the interior is "certainly pleasing to the eye, but not ground-breaking by any means."
The reviewers at Edmunds say the STS makes for a great road trip companion -- the seats are geared toward long hours and bumpy rides. "The heated and cooled seats are roomy yet supportive and the cabin is hushed at freeway velocities. Even the grooved concrete slabs of L.A.'s 405 freeway don't ruin the tranquility within the car." Heated seats are available on the V8 model. Edmunds also notes "Its sporty bucket seats might be too firm for some," while Kelley Blue Book feels "Cadillac has found a nice combination of comfort and support, and they do a good job of holding you in place without being too firm."
Reviewers think the front seats of the 2007 Cadillac STS deserve kudos. About.com's reviewer says "both the driver's seat and the driving position are first rate." Car and Driver says the front seats "are surprisingly well-bolstered and BMW-firm. No complaints." Yet, reviewers find the back seat less roomy and luxurious, as compared to other cars in its class. The thinks the back "doesn't provide enough leg or knee room," and MSN says the rear seat isn't as sumptuous as the class leaders."
The 2007 Cadillac STS V6 and V8 comes standard with front and rear-center armrests with dual cup holders, a climate control system, cruise control, power programmable door locks with rear child security feature and five-language information display. The standard features aren't without problems, however. The experts at Road and Track say there is a steep learning curve with a handful of the on-board gadgetry: "learning how to operate all of the systems is by no means second nature." MSN mirrors that sentiment with the sedan's audio system: "Some may consider the audio settings to be too complicated for easy driver use."
Stereo and Entertainment
The V6 and V8 come standard with AM/FM stereo with CD player, RDS, and Bose® 8-speaker system and a three-month trial of XM Satellite Radio.
The navigation system on the STS received mixed reviews. "Caddies have always been clustered with gadgets, and the STS is no exception," writes U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman. "I'd lump the 3-D and split-screen features on the optional navigation system, unnecessary complications." And while About.com says, "the navigation system is great -- I can't imagine buying a luxury car without one," other reviewers say the Cadillac's navigation system is too complicated and slow. The experts at CNET call the device's processing speed "sluggish," adding, "When zooming in and out, the map takes at least a couple of seconds to refresh, and most inputs are greeted with some kind of whirring or ticking sound as the unit thinks about its next screen."
Reviewers say the standout features on the STS include remote-start and an electronic ignition that only requires the key fob to be inside the car to turn it on -- "no need to fish for the remote and push the button. Very James Bond," says About.com.
Most reviewers give the Cadillac STS's cargo room positive remarks, although some think the trunk is smaller than one might expect. Trunk space totals 13.8 cubic feet, which Kelley Blue Book calls "massive." Alternatively, Edmunds points out that the trunk is smaller than one might expect for this class of car.