2008 Cadillac STS Interior
While reviewers note the interior revisions to the 2008 Cadillac STS, overall opinion shows that the upgrades lack the high-quality feel of competitors. With room for five, the STS is generally seen as "comfortable and lined with respectable materials, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired" and "falls short inside," says Cars.com.
Auto writers from Motor Trend agree, reporting that the "interior still suffers from hard black plastic." Edmunds calls the interior "snazzed up" with a "good fit and finish," yet echoes other reviewers by adding that there are "some low-grade plastic trim pieces that put the STS at a disadvantage against the top European and Japanese luxury sedans."
Most reviewers like the STS' seats, noting that they provide a good blend of sportiness without sacrificing comfort. Kelley Blue Book says, "The STS seats show 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 from Car and Driver agree, saying that the STS has "good seats" but they "lack adequate lateral support." Edmunds adds that the "[s]porty front seats might be too firm for some posteriors." Test drivers from Cars.com add, "The front seats have plenty of range for different-sized drivers, and the leather upholstery is both supportive and well-cushioned."
In terms of interior space, reviews are mixed. Consumer Guide says that the STS provides "[g]ood head and legroom, but some testers feel hemmed-in by the wide center console and high windowsills." But the reviewer adds, "With the front seats set far back, leg room is limited and toe space is tight," adding that this is "[d]isappointing for a car this large." Car and Driver has another complaint, noting, "Nobody thought to soften the edge of the center console, which still bruised our knees after just a few hours of driving." In contrast, Cars.com reports that rear-seat legroom is "ample and should someone up front need to scoot all the way back, the front seatbacks have cutouts to give your knees an inch or so more room."
Most reviewers find the dash and buttons on the STS, while revised from the previous model year, a bit daunting, also noting that overall appearance lacks a quality feel compared to its competition. Car and Driver reports that the dash buttons are "[h]ard-to-decipher," with Consumer Guide writers adding that while the controls "are easy to reach...some markings are confusing." Edmunds finds the controls "straightforward and easy to use, with the exception of the confounding memory-setting procedure for the driver seat, mirrors, radio and climate controls."
The overall appearance of the STS' interior receives notable criticism. Reviewers from Edmunds like the new instrument panel and gauges, calling them "cheery and considerably less cheap-looking than the dials they replace." Yet, Edmunds goes on to add that the "interior plastics are not quite up to the standards set by the top-ranked competition." Writers from Cars.com add that when the interior fit and finish is looked at closely "rough edges start to show." In sum, Kelley Blue Book finds the overall look "pleasing to the eye, but not ground-breaking by any means."
The Audio/Navigation Systems, which is a standard feature on the STS V6 Luxury, the V6 Luxury Performance, the V8 Luxury Performance and the V8 Premium Luxury Performance models, bundles a surround sound system with navigation and Bluetooth. Reviewers agree that the sound is very good. Kelley Blue Book calls the sound delivery "great" and Edmunds agrees, saying the stereo is "one of the best in its class."
The DVD-based navigation system has a lot of features but is simple to use. Consumer Guide likes that the system has "many audio functions, but doesn't complicate their use." Navigation is available on the V6 Luxury, V6 Luxury Performance, V8 Luxury, V8 Luxury Performance and V8 Premium Luxury Performance trim levels.
The 2008 Cadillac STS comes with 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which receives mixed reviews. Kelley Blue Book calls the trunk "massive," but Consumer Guide finds it "unexceptional," but adds that the "trunklid hinges don't intrude into the cargo area, and liftover is low. However, a small opening limits the size of items that can be loaded." Auto writers from Cars.com say that the STS' trunk volume is "at the low end for this segment."