2008 Cadillac STS

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27 reviews
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Available Price Range $5,532-$17,108 Trims1 Combined MPG 16 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Cadillac STS

Our Take

For 2008, the Cadillac STS sedan has undergone one of the more dramatic restylings you're likely to see outside of a complete redesign. After a CTS sedan whose styling went a little too far, t... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Some low-rent controls
  • Confusing navigation system
  • Below-average reliability
  • Small trunk opening
  • V-8 model gets pricey with options
  • Small gas tank (STS-V)

Notable Features

  • Restyled for 2008
  • 302-hp V-6 or 320-hp V-8
  • 469-hp supercharged V-8 (STS-V)
  • RWD or AWD
  • Available lane-departure warning
  • Available blind-spot alert
  • 0-60 mph in under 5 sec. (STS-V)


Our Expert Reviews

With its exterior, feature and engine upgrades, the 2008 Cadillac STS may make some car buyers think this midsize sedan is one of the automaker's latest and greatest — something in the vein of the redesigned CTS sedan or Escalade SUV.That could have been the case, were it not for the interior. This is the Cadillac of three or four years ago: weighty doors and cushy leather, but too ... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

Based on 27 reviews

Excellent, but...

by Tony0625 from Upper Peninsula of Michigan on June 14, 2010

This is my second Cadillac, the first having been a 2001 Seville STS. Overall, I have been very satisfied with the car, with the exception of a couple of pretty small issues. I fault the selling deale... Read Full Review

1 Trim Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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