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Features Comparison: Cadillac STS vs. Cadillac CTS

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Model Year 2011 2011 2011 2015 2015 2015
Model STS STS STS CTS CTS CTS
Trim Luxury Sport Luxury Premium Base Luxury Performance
Engines (show)  
3.6L V6
DOHC-4v
302 hp@6300
252 lb-ft@5200
     
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
272 hp@5500
295 lb-ft@1700
     
3.6L V6
DOHC-4v
321 hp@6800
275 lb-ft@4800
       
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic
8-speed manually-shiftable automatic        
Drivetrains (show)  
RWD
AWD  
Tires (show)  
235/50VR17 tires        
255/45VR17 tires        
235/50R17 tires        
235/50WR18 tires        
255/45WR18 tires        
255/45ZR18 tires          
245/45HR17 tires      
235/55HR17 tires        
245/40HR18 tires        
255/35VR19 tires          
Audio Systems (show)  
Bose, 8 speakers (with subwoofer)        
Bose, 300W, 15 speakers (with subwoofer)        
Bose, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)        
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)      
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.          
Active noise reductionCancels out interior noise by playing the opposite noise through the vehicle's speakers.      
Adaptive cruise control, all-speedAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Can bring vehicle to a complete stop then accelerate back up to set speed. Replaces regular adaptive cruise control, and includes its value.          
Cruise control  
Heated steering wheel    
Parking guidance system - activeParks the vehicle with minimal input from the driver.          
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (remote start, locks, lights, and/or HVAC) from a telephone or computer. Usually requires a monthly fee, though often as part of a package of telematics services.      
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.
Sunshade, rear, powerGreatly reduces the amount of sunlight entering the rear window. Includes the value of manual rear shade.          
Sunshades, second rowGreatly reduce the amount of sunlight entering the rear side windows. Retract into rear doors.          
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual          
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power  
Universal garage door openerHomelink.  
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.    
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.          
Automatic braking, low-speedAutomatically brakes car to avoid low-speed collisions.          
Backup collision interventionAutomatically applies the brakes if you're about to back into something.          
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.    
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.        
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Knee airbag, driver      
Knee airbag, passenger      
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.    
Lane keeping assist systemProactively helps keep the car centered inside a detected lane via steering assistance.        
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.          
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.
Performance braking system (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.          
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.        
Rear side airbagsTorso-level second row airbags, usually contained in the rear door. Some also protect the head, but not as well as side curtain airbags.      
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.        
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire      
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Tires, run-flatCan be driven deflated for about 50 miles. Usually harm ride quality. Cars with these often have no spare tire.      
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Vehicle health reportsPeriodically uploads and emails a vehicle diagnostic check.      
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo net  
Console with shifter
Rear seat pass-throughUsually concealed behind a stowed armrest. Enables long items like skis to be carried without folding the rear seat.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
4G LTE connectivityHigher speed Internet connection. Monthly fee after trial period.      
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.      
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic air recirculationAutomatically recirculates interior air when pollution is detected in outside air.      
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.      
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.      
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.  
CD changer, in-dashIncludes CD player.        
CD player      
CD player, remoteCD player located beyond easy reach of the driver.      
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
DVD-Audio-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVD-Audio discs.            
DVD-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVDs on a front-row screen. Inoperative when the vehicle is moving. No value because of incomplete data.        
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.      
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.      
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.  
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.        
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.        
Rear air vents with automatic controlsMaintains set temperature in rear passenger area by providing heated or cooled air through vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Replaces and includes value of rear air vents with manual controls.          
Rear air vents with manual controlsFan speed and/or temperature can be manually set for vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Includes value of rear vents.      
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear seat audio controlsAudio controls for rear seat passengers, usually to control output through headphone jacks.        
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.      
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.      
Surround sound  
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.
Traffic informationInformation about traffic conditions. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.      
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.      
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.    
Voice control for audio system            
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.      
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.  
Wi-Fi hotspotProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Includes internal modem, usually requires car-specific broadband service with monthly fee.      
Wireless charging stationWirelessly charger for phones and audio players.      
Exterior (show)  
Active grille shuttersClose grille openings when not needed to reduce aerodynamic drag.      
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.
Laminated rear side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.          
Paint, special black      
Paint, special blue      
Paint, special brown      
Paint, special purple      
Paint, special red
Paint, special silver      
Paint, special white
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.        
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.          
Special exterior trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Sunroof        
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Approach detectionPerimeter lighting automatically activated by approaching keyfob.      
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.  
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.    
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.  
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.      
Head-up display (HUD)Projects various instrument readouts onto the windshield. Image actually appears to be floating over the nose of the car. Enables driver to keep eyes on the road.      
Headlight washers        
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.        
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster displayThe information displayed by the instruments can be customized. Color display(s) of at least 20 square inches.          
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.  
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Speed limit informationDisplays the current speed limit. Included with nav on an increasing number of cars. No feature value here because incomplete info on availability.      
Steering-linked headlightsHeadlights swivel when steering wheel is turned.        
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.    
Powertrain (show)  
Additional engine coolingNo value because no way to compare across models.          
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.
Limited-slip rear differentialWhen one rear wheel spins, the differential locks up, sending power to the wheel with better traction.          
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.      
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets  
Front sport buckets          
Second-row 3-person bench    
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench        
Aluminum trimReal aluminum trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console. Deleted by wood trim even if they appear together.      
Carbon fiber trimWon't be listed in conjunction with wood or aluminum trim even if they are available together.          
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated front seats    
Door sill trim plates  
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.        
Heated front seats    
Heated second row seats      
Illuminated door sill trim plates          
Leather door panel trim          
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.      
Leather upholstery, extended coverageLeather beyond the seating surfaces, door panels, and IP top. No additional value over leather upholstery because no way to standardize across all models.        
Leather-wrapped steering wheel    
Manual thigh support adjuster, driver seatManually adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.          
Manual thigh support adjuster, passenger seatManually adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.          
Memory system, driver seat  
Metal pedals          
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.    
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.    
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.          
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable lower back support.          
Power recliner, driver seat
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power seatback bolsters, driver seatPower adjustable bolsters on the seatback, to provide lateral support in hard turns.          
Power seatback bolsters, passenger seatPower adjustable bolsters on the seatback, to provide lateral support in hard turns.          
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Special interior trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Synthetic leather seating surfacesA.k.a vinyl, leatherette, MB-Tex, NuLuxe.          
Synthetic suede headlinerUsually also includes synthetic suede on the pillars.          
Upgraded leather upholsteryNo additional value over leather upholstery because no way to standardize across all models.        
Upholstered instrument panel    
Wood trimReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.  
Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheelReal wood comprises part of the steering wheel rim.      
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Adaptive dampers - electricalShocks that electrically adjust their firmness based on sensor readings of the road surface. The driver might also be able to select a \"sport\" setting.          
Alloy wheels          
Alloy wheels, optional designSame value as regular alloy wheels because no way to compare across models.          
Auto-leveling rear shocksRear shock absorbers that automatically level the rear ride height.        
Chrome-plated alloy wheelsAlloy wheels plated with chrome. Some use a more durable, alternative process (PVD, Superchrome). Replace and include value of regular alloy wheels.          
Machined alloy wheelsOuter surface of alloy wheels machines to yield a bright finish. Replace and include value of reqular alloy wheels.            
Polished alloy wheelsAlloy wheels highly polished to yield an ultra-bright finish. Replace and include value of regular alloy wheels.    
Power steering coolerOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.          

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Option Package Contents

Navigation system

Features
Navigation system
Surround sound
DVD-compatible player
Rear seat audio controls
Voice control for nav and audio
Bose, 300W, 15 speakers (with subwoofer)

Driver Awareness Package

Features
Head-up display (HUD)
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system

Luxury Level Two Package

Features
Xenon HID headlights
Headlight washers
Auto-dimming headlights

Performance Handling Package

Features
Chrome-plated alloy wheels
255/45ZR18 tires

Driver Awareness Package

Features
Head-up display (HUD)
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system

Platinum Edition

Features
Upgraded leather upholstery
Leather upholstery, extended coverage
Special exterior trim
Special interior trim
Synthetic suede headliner
Leather door panel trim
Upholstered instrument panel

CUE and Navigation

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
Speed limit information
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)

CUE and Navigation

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
Speed limit information
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)

Driver Assist Package

Features
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed
Backup collision intervention

Advanced Security Package

Features
Alarm
Wheel locks
Laminated rear side windows

20-way performance front seats

Features
Leather upholstery, extended coverage
Manual thigh support adjuster, driver seat
Power seatback bolsters, driver seat
Manual thigh support adjuster, passenger seat
Power seatback bolsters, passenger seat
Front sport buckets

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