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2007 Cadillac STS-V

  • 2007 Cadillac STS-V Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      469/439
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $75,010
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2007 Cadillac STS-V Review

Serious challenger to German rivals that previously dominated this segment.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2007 Cadillac STS-V competes rather well in a coveted class that includes highly sought-after rides. Surviving, no less thriving, in a segment that includes storied rivals from makers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz isn’t easy, yet the STS-V recommends itself to buyers. With a powerful supercharged engine, the handling of a smaller vehicle, a large and finely appointed cabin, and every feature a buyer could want, the STS-V provides a serious option for luxury performance buyers.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with manual-shift control
Models: Cadillac STS-V

What's New

The Cadillac STS-V receives very few changes for 2007. A ""sunroof delete"" option makes for change by subtraction. The vehicle also gets General Motors' five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty like most of the GM stable.

Exterior

The 2007 Cadillac STS-V serves as the ultra-high-performance version of the STS luxury sport sedan. It offers one fully loaded trim level. Nearly every option for the regular STS comes standard on the STS-V, including xenon HID headlights. As with all of Cadillac’s ""V"" series cars, it includes a load of standard performance hardware, including oversized Brembo disc brakes, aerodynamic 18-inch wheels in front and 19-inchers in back, enhancements, a performance-tuned suspension, quicker steering, and a limited-slip differential. Cadillac offers no option packages for this model and only three standalone options: an engine block heater, ""Thunder Gray"" paint, and sunroof.

Interior

The same as with the exterior, everything that can be crammed into the STS comes standard on the STS-V, including a navigation system, rear park assist, a 15-speaker Bose audio system with satellite radio and a six-disc CD/DVD changer, keyless entry/start, heated seats in the front and rear, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and eight-way power front seats.

The cabin of the STS-V indicates its full-size luxury car nature. It feels spacious, comfortable, and luxurious. The build quality seems solid, and the model offers plenty of features. The seats feel rather firm. Though this might not sit well with some buyers, it isn’t such a bad idea given how this car moves. Aside form some materials that don’t measure up to the opulent interior of in-class rivals, the STS-V offers a fine luxury cabin that adds to its impressive performance.

Performance & Handling

The STS-V features a supercharged, 4.4-liter V-8 that produces an impressive 469 hp and 439 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission that features manual-shift control. This powertrain setup remains the only option. The STS-V has been tested in the zero-to-60-mph sprint and turns in a time of 5.1 seconds. It runs the quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds. These numbers more closely resemble those of an exotic sports car than a large luxury sedan. Braking performance is also outstanding, with a stop from 60 mph measuring just 122 feet. This all gives the STS-V the performance of a vaunted German sport sedan, but in a big luxury car package.

The 2007 Cadillac STS-V handles like a smaller sport sedan. This surprisingly nimble car suffers from minimal body roll and handles twists and turns like a sports car. The STS-V manages any driving situation that most drivers can handle and offers abilities that help it exceed the skill of many drivers. Despite this surprising performance bent, the STS-V still offers a smooth, luxury ride worthy of the Cadillac name.

Safety

The 2007 Cadillac STS-V shares standard safety equipment with the STS model. These features include stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, a tire-pressure monitor, and a full complement of airbags. The airbags include front-seat side and full-length side curtain airbags.

The STS-V has not been specifically tested for safety, but its similarity to the STS in this respect makes them practically the same vehicle. In IIHS crash testing, the STS earns mostly the highest rating of ?good, \? but receives the rating of ?poor? for overall rear-end collision safety. It earns an ?acceptable? rating for head and neck safety in all forms of crashes. In NHTSA testing, the STS receives either four out of five stars or five out of five stars for all of the different tests. Results from both government safety testing groups indicate that the STS achieves above-average protection of vehicle occupants.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac STS-V: 12/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Supercharged driving fun from supercharged V-8
  • Great handling for its size
  • Standard STS luxury features

You Won't Like

  • Small trunk
  • Only one transmission option
  • Some inferior cabin materials

Sum Up

Serious challenger to German rivals that previously dominated this segment.

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