The Eldorado was a Cadillac classic for almost 59 years and is known as the longest running American personal luxury car. The name Eldorado is said to have several different origins, with one of the most well known being a reference to a legendary South American city that is filled with gold and riches. Whatever its origin, the Eldorado is somewhat of a legend in the automotive world, and for good reason.
The original Cadillac Eldorado was built for a car show and was shown to mark the anniversary of Cadillac. The first time the Eldorado name was used it was for a limited edition convertible in 1953. The Eldorado wasn’t at the very top of the line, but it was always amongst the most expensive and luxurious of the Cadillac vehicles.
The Cadillac Eldorado of the 1950s As mentioned briefly above, the first Eldorado was a limited edition convertible that was introduced in 1953. The 1950s Eldorado truly was limited, as there were only 532 units made. Cadillac offered the vehicle in four different colors, which were Aztec Red, Alpine White, Azure Blue, and Artisan Ochre, which is a yellow color. The Eldorado nameplate was seen in the center of the dash and the convertible top was either black or white. The 1953 Eldorado had a windshield that wrapped around and an overall style that would set trends in the world of convertible vehicles. The retail price on the 1953 very limited edition convertible was $7,750, almost twice as expensive as the Series 62 that shared the Eldorado’s engine.
In 1954 the Eldorado saw the end of what had been a unique sheet metal body, when it started using the body shell that was used by other Cadillac vehicles. Cadillac did away with the special sheet metal so that they could make the vehicle stand out with trim features, lowering the cost substantially. In 1955 more changes were made to the Eldorado, with a new rear fascia, and thinner tailfins. The year 1956 saw more changes, with the offering of a two door hard top coupe that was called the Eldorado Seville.
In 1957 Cadillac offered the Eldorado Brougham, which was a four door hard top vehicle that featured rear opening doors. The Brougham also featured a stainless steel roof, air suspension, dual headlights, powered seats, and came at a price tag of more than $13,000, which was a lot for the time. Cadillac offered the Eldorado Broughham for two years, selling just 704 units, as the price tag kept many away. The Cadillac Eldorado Brougham is one of the most rare and collectible vehicles today.
The Eldorado Brougham was seen again in 1959 as well as 1960, though it was a different car. These vehicles were assembled in Italy and featured narrow taillights with wide fins. While these Broughams are not seen all that much, they were not built as well as the first generation so they are not as widely collected or as valuable.
The Cadillac Eldorado of the 1960s The last Eldorado was seen in 1960 and was known as the Eldorado Seville. After 1960 the Eldorado convertible was simply a trim level of the basic Cadillac convertible. Although the Eldorado convertible was seen in the Cadillac lineup through the 1966 model year, its differences were not all that discernable from other trim lines.
The Eldorado saw a big change in 1967, and was marketed and built for the personal luxury car market. The new Eldorado was based on the E-body platform and was a front wheel drive vehicle. A Cadillac 429 V8 engine powered the new Eldorado and was coupled with a modified Turbo Hydramatic and torque converter. This Eldorado had hidden headlights, a long hood, and could accelerate from 0-60 in not quite nine seconds. In 1968 the engine was upgraded to a 7.7 liter 375 horsepower engine. In 1969 the Eldorado sported options such as a vinyl roof, or a powered sunroof.
The Cadillac Eldorado of the 1970s Starting with the 1970 model, the engine was upgraded to an 8.2 liter V8 engine that boasted a remarkable 400 horsepower and was exclusive to Eldorado until 1975. In 1971 a convertible model as well as fender skirts were added. Also, Cadillac offered a new hardtop, which was the opera window. The opera window was a fixed rear side window. The new changes proved popular, and the opera window was used time and again with the Eldorado as inspiration. In 1977 the Eldorado became General Motors largest car when they downsized all of their other rear wheel drive vehicles.
In 1979 a new Eldorado was offered by Cadillac, and featured a 5.7-liter and a 6.0-liter engine. The engine was apparently changed for better fuel efficiency. Cadillac also suited the Eldorado with an independent rear suspension, which gave more room in the rear seat as well as in the trunk. The 1979 model year also saw the return of the silver roof.
The 1980s For the 1981 model, Cadillac used a V8 6-4 variable displacement. This was the first time the Eldorado had an elaborate electronic monitoring system. Unfortunately for Cadillac, the displacement and electronic monitoring system didn’t work all that well. The model got a lot of customer complaints, but did not hurt the overall credibility of the Eldorado.
For the 1986 model year the Eldorado was downsized. Many reported that the new Eldorado seemed sort of squat and small, especially since it was competing against the Lincoln Mark VII. Consumers were not impressed with the new Eldorado, and Cadillac saw only one fifth of the sales it had seen in 1984. This same basic design was used through 1991, and sales never did increase.
The Cadillac Eldorado of the 1990s Finally Cadillac brought a new Eldorado onto the market in 1992. This Eldorado wasn’t all that much bigger, but the styling was genius. The window glass was frameless, unlike the disaster of the 1980s and the new NorthStar V8 powered the Eldorado. The Eldorado was still just two doors, and though sales were up from the 1980s they were not as high as the sales of the four-door Cadillac Seville. The Eldorado did not see any more major changes for the remainder of the 1990s aside from a few minor exterior and interior changes.
The Last Eldorado The last year of the Eldorado would be the 49th model year for the vehicle, in 2002. In 1992 the Eldorado ETC was introduced and was a very powerful front wheel drive vehicle that provided 300 horsepower. The last year had a limited edition run that was painted in the original red and white colors. Sadly, production of the Eldorado officially ended on April 22, 2003. Many still blame the downsizing of the 1980s for the steady decline of the Eldorado’s popularity and its eventual demise.
Cadillac has used the Fleetwood name for a very long time, dating back to 1927. The Fleetwood name was seen again in 1946 when Cadillac created the special edition Series 60 Special Fleetwood. The Fleetwood name was used yet again as a trim level for the Series 70 as well as the Sixty Special models. The name was seen again in the 1970s with the Fleetwood Limousine and the Fleetwood Brougham. The Fleetwood name and Cadillac have a very long and diverse history together, much of which was quite interesting and successful.
The First Generation Cadillac Fleetwood Cadillac offered the Fleetwood Limousine from 1977 until 1979, replacing the Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy Five. The Fleetwood limousine had four doors and was on a FR D-body platform. The Fleetwood Brougham was also produced for the same years this first generation and was offered as either a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan. Though the vehicle was much smaller than the limousine, it was based on the same D-body platform. Of course, the wheelbase of the Brougham was about 20 inches shorter than that of the limousine.
The Fleetwood Limousine was powered by a 7.0 liter V8 engine that offered 180 horsepower, while the smaller Brougham had two different engine offerings. The Brougham was offered with either a 105 horsepower 5.7-liter diesel V8 engine or a 195 horsepower 7.0-liter V8 engine.
The Second Generation Cadillac Fleetwood Cadillac manufactured the second generation of the Fleetwood from 1980 through 1986. During this generation there was a Fleetwood Brougham limousine, on the FR D-body, as well as a Fleetwood sedan and limousine. The Fleetwood Brougham replaced the Cadillac Brougham and was powered by a 6.0 liter V8 engine that was on a 121.5-inch wheelbase. The second generation of the Fleetwood sedan and limousine had several different engine offerings, including a 4.1-liter V6, 6.0 liter V8, a 4.1-liter V8, and a 5.7-liter diesel engine. The sedan had a wheelbase measuring 121.5 inches and the limousine wheelbase measured 134.4 inches in length.
The Third Generation Cadillac Fleetwood Cadillac produced the third generation of the Fleetwood from 1985 through 1988. Cadillac offered the Fleetwood in a 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 4-door limousine. This new Fleetwood was built on the FF C-body platform and wheelbases measured from 110 inches to 134 inches in length. These vehicles were front wheel drive and were offered with either a 4.3 liter V6 engine that offered 85 horsepower, or a 4.1 liter 125 horsepower V8 engine.
From 1987 through 1988 the Fleetwood Brougham became the Cadillac Brougham. There were little difference between the Fleetwood and the Deville at this point. This was truly a transition year for the Fleetwood, and for Cadillac as a whole, so the only offering for this model year was the 4.1-liter V8. It was replaced the following year with a 4.9-liter engine.
The Fourth Generation Cadillac Fleetwood The fourth generation of the Fleetwood is also the generation of the Sixty Special. The production of this fourth generation ran from 1989 through 1992 for the Fleetwood and until 1993 for the Sixty Special. The body styles offered this generation included the four-door sedan as well as the four-door coupe, both of which were on the FF C-body platform This generation was even more closely related to the Cadillac Deville, many considered the Fleetwood and the Sixty Special trim levels of the Deville. Though the Fleetwood and the Sixty Special were identical and similar to many other vehicles on the market, consumers still went for them as they retailed for right around $30,000, which was a steal in the luxury vehicle market. Engines used for this generation were numerous, including a 4.5 liter V8 producing 155 horsepower, a 4.5 liter 180 horsepower, and the 4.9 liter V8 that provided 200 horsepower.
The Fifth Generation Cadillac Fleetwood Cadillac produced the fifth generation of the Fleetwood from 1993 until 1996 and was offered as a four-door sedan. The Fleetwood was based on the FR B-body platform and was powered by one of two 5.7-liter V8 engines. The wheelbase on this generation measured 121.5 inches. This generation was one that switched the Fleetwood from the front wheel drive to the rear wheel drive D-body. The 1993 Fleetwood was the largest production luxury car offered in the United States at the time, appealing to those that were looking for luxury as well as space.
In 1994 the Fleetwood received an upgraded 5.7-liter engine that produced a remarkable 260 horsepower. Coupled with a great transmission, the Fleetwood proved to be a great vehicle for performance and luxury. This generation of the Fleetwood is widely collected because of the great styling, powerful engine, and fun transmission. This was the last generation of the Fleetwood, and arguably its best.
For a long time, the Deville was the flagship sedan for the Cadillac division of General Motors. The Deville had a great run, but was eventually replaced by the DTS for the 2006 model year. The Cadillac Deville was first seen with the 1949 Coupe Deville, but it wasn’t until 1965 that Deville became Cadillac’s flagship model. The Deville then fell between the Calais and the Fleetwood in the Cadillac lineup. Except for a brief period in which the Deville was downsized, the Deville was a very successful for Cadillac and General Motors.
While the Deville was popular in 1965, 1968 saw the first exterior changes to the vehicle. These changes were made so that the Deville would pass emissions and federal safety regulations. The Deville of this era was powered with a 7.7 liter V8 engine that produced 375 horsepower. The Deville was more visible when in 1971 a Coupe de Ville took third place in the Cannonball Run. The average speed was more than 80 miles per hour, which broke a record. From the late ‘70s to the early ‘80s the Deville was much like the Fleetwood, in fact, the only difference was trim, interior options, and equipment.
In 1985 the Deville went through its second downsizing and was placed on a front wheel drive platform. From 1986 through 1992, the Fleetwood became a package option on the Deville, which did not prove as popular as Cadillac had once hoped. Unfortunately, consumers had become accustomed to the Deville being a larger vehicle, and did not take to the smaller version of the once very popular vehicle. Cadillac was disappointed when Lincoln vehicles soon began to outsell the Deville.
In 1994, the Deville was placed on the K body platform, the same platform used by the Seville. Customers were relieved to see that the Deville was once again a full size vehicle and had a wheelbase that measured 113.8 inches. Either a Northstar V8 that produced 270 horsepower or a Northstar that provided less horsepower powered the Deville during this time. While Cadillac had once opted for a downsize of the Deville, a redesign in 1997 did not include downsizing. The new design features new headlights, a new grill, front side airbags, and OnStar telecommunications systems being the big additions. Other than those changes, the interior as well as the exterior remained largely unchanged.
The engines used on the Deville varied from year to year as well as from one trim level to another. The base model of the Deville used a 4.9-liter V8 engine that provided 200 horsepower from 1994 through 1995. The base model also used a 4.6-liter Northstar V8 engine that produced 275 horsepower from 1996 until 1999. The Concours trim level used a 4.6 liter 270 horsepower for the 1994 model year. Horsepower was increased for the following year to 275 horsepower, with the same engine. From 1996 trough 1999 a 4.6-liter L37 Northstar V8 engine that was capable of producing 300 horsepower was used.
The 2000 model was the last major redesign of the Deville and was the start of the last Deville generation. Cadillac gave the Deville a whole new look that was a lot more sporty than the previous generations. Not only were there exterior changes made, there were also interior changes made. Interior changes included new seats, a refreshed dashboard, new radio, and new door panels. Overall, this redesign breathed new life into the Cadillac Deville that it needed to get through the last generation with strong sales. This generation was powered by an assortment of engines such as the 4.6 liter Northstar V8 that produced 275 horsepower from 2000 until 2005, but also the 4.6 liter L37 Northstar V8 engine that produced a respectable 300 horsepower from the beginning until the end of the generation.
While 2005 was known as the last generation of the Deville, it was simply the name that changed on this popular Cadillac vehicle. Starting in the 2006 model year, the Deville became known as the Cadillac DTS, which is an acronym for Deville Touring Sedan. Acronyms have become quite popular with Cadillac, with nameplates such as the STS and the CTS. Although the Deville name is technically gone from the Cadillac lineup, the vehicle behind the name is still very much alive.
Manufactured from 1975 until 2004, the Cadillac Seville was a mid sized luxury sedan. The Seville is often thought of as a large Cadillac offering, but it was always second in the lineup after the Deville. The Seville was more performance oriented than the Cadillac Deville.
Cadillac Seville First Generation The first generation of the Cadillac Seville was seen from 1976 until 1979 and was first based on the GM X body platform, which was a rear wheel drive platform. This was the same platform that was used for the Chevy Nova. Cadillac added a more stylized body to the vehicle that made the Seville stand out, though the platform had been used before. The German Opel Diplomat was also an option, but Cadillac ultimately chose the X body platform because of budget concerns. In the beginning, the Seville was almost identical to the Nova, right down to the brakes and the lug nuts! It wasn’t until the 1977 model that Cadillac changed up the Seville so that it had different lugs as well as new rear brakes. Luckily for the Cadillac division of General Motors, the Seville was a hit with consumers despite its very expensive first model, costing almost $12,500!
This first generation of the Seville was powered by a 5.7 liter V8 engine that boasted a Bendix/Bosch electronically controlled fuel injection system. This type of fuel injection was attractive to consumers because it gave the Seville silky handling and performance. The engine was the source of 180 horsepower and could accelerate from 0 to 60 in 11.5 seconds. Cadillac added a 5.7 liter V8 engine in 1978 that was diesel powered, but it was never known as a reliable engine or one that could perform.
The Second Generation of the Cadillac Seville The second generation of the Cadillac Seville was produced from 1980 until 1985 and was a four-door sedan and was based on the FF K body, which was a smaller front wheel drive platform than was used in the previous generation. This generation sported the bustle-backed body that has been the subject of much controversy over the years. In addition to front wheel drive, the second generation of the Seville also boasted an independent rear suspension. Sales for the second generation seemed to be going well at first, but then when an attempt at the V8 6-4 variable displacement gasoline engine proved to be a disaster, sales plummeted. Engines for the second generation were a 6.0 liter Cadillac V8 that provided 145 horsepower, a 5.7 liter 105 horsepower Diesel V8, a 6.0 6-4 V8, a 4.1 Buick V7 that provided 125 horsepower, a 4.1 V8 engine, and a 4.1 135 horsepower V8 engine. Unfortunately, poor quality control and bad engines plagued this generation.
The Third Generation of the Cadillac Seville Cadillac manufactured the third generation of the Seville from 1986 until 1991, and although it was on the same platform as the second generation, it was more modern looking with rounded edges, yet still had that sharp Cadillac style. This generation of the Seville boasted a transverse mounted V8 engine. The resulting look of the vehicle wasn’t all that exciting, and many consumers were not impressed. Although the look wasn’t all that popular, the vehicle did boast almost 30 miles to the gallon in the way of fuel efficiency. This was also the first vehicle in the world that had a computer system that was able to manage all of the systems and engine. The bright dash displays also made the third generation of the Seville very unique to the car market. Despite some world firsts, the third generation wasn’t selling well, so Cadillac refreshed the Seville for the 1988 model. The third generation of the Seville saw four engine offerings which were a 4.1 V8 that produced 130 horsepower, the 155 horsepower 4.5 liter V8, the 180 horsepower 4.5 liter V8 engine, and a 4.9 liter V8 engine that produced 200 horsepower.
The Fourth Generation of the Cadillac Seville Cadillac produced the fourth generation of the Seville from 1992 until 1997 as a four door sedan, still based on the FF K-body platform. The fourth generation was styled much different than the previous generation, which was considered a huge disappointment in styling. This new look was an instant success with consumers as well as critics and was even named as Motor Trend magazines Car of the Year for the 1992 model year.
Another great change that this generation saw was the addition of the Northstar System, including a Northstar quad cam 32 valve V8 engine. The fourth generation also saw a new rear suspension system. The Seville was also changed into two sub models or trim levels, which were the SLS and the STS. The SLS was the Seville Luxury Sedan and was fitted with a 4.9 liter V8 at the beginning of the generation but was ultimately fitted with a 270 horsepower Northstar V8 in 1994. The STS was the Seville touring Sedan and was the more performance oriented sub model, featuring a 4.9 liter 295 horsepower V8 engine in 1993. Both the STS and the SLS had base model prices over $40,000.
The Fifth Generation of the Cadillac Seville The Cadillac Seville fifth generation was produced from 1998 until 2004 and was a four-door sedan. Again, the Seville was on the FF-K body and its main competitors were the BMW F-Series as well as the Mercedes Benz E-Class. The new Seville didn’t look all that different from the fourth generation, though the STS became known as the most powerful front wheel drive car available at the time, boasting more than 300 horsepower. The Seville models also sported a new adaptive suspension system during this generation. The fifth generation was the last of the Seville, as the Cadillac STS replaced it and production officially stopped on the Seville STS and the Seville SLS on December 5, 2003. A couple different engines powered this generation. Just one engine powered the STS, which was the 4.6-liter Northstar that produced 300 horsepower. The SLS was powered by just one engine, which was the 4.6-liter V8 that produced 275 horsepower.
Though the Seville is no longer produced today, it is the car that many people envision when they hear the term Cadillac. The Seville had a long, relatively successful run and can still be seen quite often today. Though the STS has replaced the Seville in the Cadillac lineup, Cadillac enthusiasts have not forgotten it.
Cadillac introduced the Allante in 1987 as its first step into the ultra luxury roadster market. The Allante was sold until 1993 and was considered to be the best competition for the Mercedes Benz 560SL. While the Allante was the Cadillac entering into the new market, the vehicle took some old things from older cars such as the Cadillac Eldorado engine and chassis and some components of the Buick Reatta, the Buick Riviera, as well as the Oldsmobile Toronado.
Interestingly, the Allante chassis was put together in Detroit, Michigan and then flown to Italy where the body was then mounted to the chassis! After this was completed the cars were put back on planes and shipped back to Michigan to be completed. Of course, being a luxury automobile made the Allante expensive, but the price tag rose because of the long assembly to about $54,000 the first year. This was the most expensive Cadillac ever. Because the Allante had to make two trips just to be put together there were only 21,000 units ever built.
The Allante was not an ill equipped vehicle by any stretch of the imagination. Cadillac originally fitted the Allante with a port fuel injected 4.1-liter V8 engine. The Allante also featured an independent strut suspension system in the front and the rear and the vehicle was standard with disc brakes on all four wheels. By the 1989 model Cadillac had increased power with a 4.5 liter B8 engine coupled with a four speed automatic transmission, which provided consumers with 200 horsepower. This same model year also was fitted with a speed dependent damping control system that would firm the suspension at 25 miles per hour and once more at 60 miles per hour.
After the changes in 1989, there were few changes that were seen in the Allante. The most noticeable changes were then seen in the Allante’s final year, 1993. The model was released for sale in 1992 but was a 1993 model and was equipped with a 4.6-liter Northstar dual overhead cam V8 engine. This engine provided the Allante with a respectable 295 horsepower and torque was rated at 290 foot-pound at 4400 rotations per minute. This engine was coupled with a four speed automatic transmission. Not only was the engine improved, the Allante featured a new rear suspension that was used in the Seville as well as the Eldorado. The new suspension was an improvement in the handling of the Allante, especially with the new powerful engine. Though the suspension was supposed to help with handling, the car lost points because its front wheel drive layout did not lend well to easy handling.
The 1993 Allante also boasted a road sensing suspension system, which was an active damper management system. Cadillac also upgraded the disc brakes and added features such as a variable assist power steering rack, single piece side windows, and a deep front spoiler. Cadillac was proud when the Allante was ranked above both a Jaguar convertible and the Mercedes Benz 300SL by Car and Driver. The Allante proved to be a popular choice for many consumers because it offered power, style, and was more affordable than either the comparable Jaguar and Mercedes competitors. When you consider that the Allante retailed for about $65,000 in 1993 and the Jaguar was almost $72,000 and the Mercedes was over $90,000, it’s easy to see why the Allante was the choice of many who were looking for a luxury roadster. While the Allante lasted just six model years, it is still recognized as one of the most luxurious Cadillac roadsters that one could buy.
Cadillac introduced the Catera for the 1997 model year and was thought of as little more than a rebagged 1993 Opel Omega MV6. The Catera was a compact automobile offering from Cadillac and was essentially an Opel Omega MV6, except it had a new front fascia, new mirrors, new headlights, and starting with the 2000 model year there were airbags added. The Catera is often identified as the Cadillac that Cindy Crawford was the spokeswoman for, as she was featured on the commercials. The Catera was the only Cadillac that was built outside of the United States at that time, so it was very notable.
The Catera was powered by a 3.0 liter V6 engine, coupled with a four speed automatic transmission that provided 200 horsepower. Many thought that the Catera was odd because it was a rear wheel drive vehicle, unlike all other Cadillacs. Skeptics criticized the car calling it less than a Cadillac, though Cadillac had a good marketing ploy for the car. The Catera was known as the “Caddy that Zigs” and was meant to attract a younger clientele. The reason for this is that the Catera was smaller, had less power and was more affordable than either the Seville or the Deville of the same era. Cadillac thought that the Catera would be a great way to get entry level buyers interested in Cadillacs, so as they aged and could afford more luxurious cars they would simply ugrade to a more luxurious Cadillac. Though the Catera was an outside of the box attempt at attracting younger buyers, it was thought to be serious competition for the Infiniti I30, the Lexus EX 300, the Mercedes Benz C-Class, and the BMW 328i.
Cadillac fitted the Catera with some great options that were also meant to entice the younger crowds. These features included item such as antilock brakes, dual front airbags, daytime running lights, and traction control. The Catera also offered a dust and pollen filter, power windows, a fold down rear seat, 16 inch alloy wheels, a tilt steering wheel, electrochromatic mirror, power seats, and programmable locks. For those that were looking for even more, there were also a theft deterrent system, radio controls located on the steering wheel, as well as automatic climate control. Luxurious options included leather upholstery, a powered sunroof, front and rear seat heaters, chrome wheels, and a Bose audio system.
In 2000 the Catera was the first Cadillac that met new low emissions standards and was equipped with side air bags as well. Cadillac also refreshed the whole styling of the Catera in 2000 for a hopeful boost in sales. The interior was refreshed along with a new rear spoiler, new headlights, a chrome grille, and 17 inch chrome wheels. In 2001 Cadillac made one change, replacing the solid brakes with vented ones.
The thought was a good one by Cadillac and while reviews were generally quite good, sales were not. Most Cadillac consumers simply expected more car for their money and the Catera was too small and just not as luxurious as people expected from the Cadillac name. While Cadillac initially thought that the Catera would do quite well it is considered to be a Cadillac failure. The Catera was replaced by the CTS in 2003, though it’s production stopped after 2001.
While the Catera was not all that successful, many critics thought it was nice to see Cadillac try something new. Cadillac stepped outside of its comfort zone for a few years and attempted to gain entry into a new market. Unfortunately, the American made Catera could not compete with other entry level cars available on the market at that time. Despite the fact that the Catera has not been made since 2001, you’ll still see quite a few of them on the road today. This proves that although they were not that popular, they have lived up to the reliability that Cadillac has become known for.
Once known as the Cadillac Series 62, the Cadillac Calais was an entry level vehicle. The new name, the Calais, was inspired by the French resort town of the same name. Cadillac offered the Calais in both two and four door hardtop variants in addition to the formal roof four door sedan. The formal roof four door sedan was a frameless version of the car, though it had pillars between the windows. The Calais was first seen in 1965 and was likened to the Cadillac Deville, though the Calais had no covertible offering.
While the Calais was often likened the the Deville, it was not as luxurious. The Calais sported features such as hand cranked windows, though there were powered options available. Eventually the Calais would offer items such as power windows and powered seats, but in the early years the Calais truly was an entry level vehicle with very few bells and whistles. Cadillac powered the Calais with a 7.0 liter V8 engine and had Cadillac features such as the headlight dimmer. Like the Series 62, the Calais was built on the General Motors C platform, which is shared with many other vehicles.
The Calais engine was upgraded in 1968 with a more powerful V8 engine and the vehicle was refreshed and lengthened in 1971. In 1975 Cadillac introduced the biggest Calais engine, the 500 inch V8, which only lasted a year as the Calais was discontinued after the 1976 model year. Not only was the Calais discontinued during this time, the somewhat similar but more luxurious Deville was also outed from the Cadillac lineup during this time.
While many contend that the Calais was a bare bones Cadillac, the Calais wasn’t without any features. Its standard offerings were power brakes, power steering, an automatic transmission, dual backup lights, windshield wipers, dual speed wipers, full wheel discs, remote controlled outside rear view window, an oil filter, five tubeless back tires, visor vanity mirror, a heater, defroster, lamps in the luggage, glove, and rear compartments, as well as front and rear safety belts. While the Calais was thought to be more simple than the Deville, it did feature a more stylized front grille and vertically mounted headlights, which the Series 62 did not. Some great options were an air conditioner, bucket seats with a console, leather upholstery, controlled differential, cruise control, door guards, tinted glass, a lisence plate frame, and a padded roof. You could also opt to buy features such as a power bucket seat, power door locks, power headlight control, radio with speakers, and a remote controlled trunk! Considering that the factory price was just over $5,000, many considered the Calias to be a true deal when you were in the market for a Cadillac!
The Cadillac Calais proved to be a great car for many people, though it was a somewhat simple Cadillac if you compare it to the Cadillacs of today. There are many Calais models still out there, many that are collected, because it was a bit different than other Cadillac offerings.
The Cadillac Series 62 vehicles are some of the most well known vehicles that Cadillac has ever produced. Many collectors have a great respect for the Series 62 models and they do tend to stand out in the minds of many Cadillac fans. The Series 62 replaced the mid sized Series 70 in 1941 and was produced until 1964. The Series 62 has undergone several name changes including the Series 6200 and the Cadillac Calais names.
This series of vehicles has also inspired the start of many other vehicles that started out simply as trim levels and became their own models. The Series 62 vehicles are a perfect representation of how vehicles tend to change over the years, depending upon what sells and what features are available. Cadillac started out with a relatively small engine that grew and grew and provided a respectable amount of power by the end.
The First Generation Cadillac Series 62 The first generation of the Cadillac Series 62 was produced from 1941 until 1942 and was offered as a two door club coupe, a four door sedan, and a four door convertible. This generation was powered by a 346 inch L-head V8 engine that provided 135 horsepower the first year and 150 horsepower by the end of the generation.
The Second Generation Cadillac Series 62 The second generation of the Series 62 was produced from 1946 until 1947 and was offered again in three body styles, which were the two door club coupe, the four door sedan, as well as the four door convertible. This generation was on the C body platform and had a wheelbase of 129 inches long. A Monobloc 346 inch V8 engine powered the Series 62 this generation. This was one of the first vechiles to enter production after the war, which made it quite notable at the time.
The Third Generation Cadillac Series 62 The third generation of the Series 62 was seen beginning in 1948 and lasting until 1953. Cadillac again offered the vehicle in three body styles, which were the same as before. The Series 62 was still on the C-body, but had been shortened to a wheelbase of 126 inches. In 1949 power was increased with a 331 inch engine that produced 160 horsepower. This generation saw a lot more in the way of trim levels and deluxe options. Cadillac refreshed the Series 62 in 1950, making the cars closer to the ground. The Series 62 also had longer hoods and sported one piece windshields. In 1952 Cadillac boasted that the Series 62 vehicles provided 190 horsepower, which was respectable for the time.
The Fourth Generation Cadillac Series 62 The fourth generation of the Series 62 was produced from 1954 until 1958 and was offered in the three standard body styles. Cadillac still built the vehicle on the C-body platform and powered it with either a 346 inch V8 or a 365 inch V8 and was again built on the 129 inch wheelbase. Related vehicles by this time were the Cadillac Eldorado, the Coupe de Ville, and the Sedan de Ville. The engine for this generation provided consumers with a respectable 230 horsepower, with an optional dual four barrel carb setup that would provide 270 horsepower. In 1956 the engine was upgraded to a 365 inch that provided the vehicle with 285 or 305 horsepower. By 1957 the horsepower rating was up to 325 and the car was much lower and sporting shark fins in the rear. By 1958, the Deville had become its own series.
The Fifth Generation Cadillac Series 62 The fifth generation of the Series 62 was produced from 1959 until 1964. This is the generation when there was a name change to the Series 6200. Despite the name change, the same three body styles were offered and the car was still based on the C-body platform, though the wheelbase had been stretched to 130 inches. This generation had larger tail fins than before as well as dual bullet tail lights that set it apart from other vehicles. The DeVilles were now known as the Series 6300 and both the 6200 and 6300 series vehicles were powered by a 390 inch engine that had an output of 325 horsepower.
As if the recent name change wasn’t enough, in 1960 Cadillac restyled the Series 6200 and it was changed again in 1961 to have a more boxy look that was quite popular. In 1964 the engine was upgraded again to a 429 inch engine that provided consumers with 340 horsepower.
In 1965 the Series 62 had morphed again into the Cadillac Calais, which proved to be a very simple Cadillac vehicle and one that would be compared to the De Ville all during its production. Despite the name changes, the Series 62 managed to thrive from 1941 until 1975 when the Calais was discontinued. This is a series of Cadillac vehicles that inspired many other models of vehicles that are still sold by Cadillac today.
The Cimarron was first offered by the Cadillac division of General Motors in 1981 for the 1982 model year. The Cimarron was a compact car and is known as one of the most unsuccessful Cadillac vehicles to date. Despite the poor sales of this vehicle, the Cimarron was offered to consumers through the 1988 model year, when it was finally pulled from the Cadillac lineup. Many car critics claim that poor sales can be attributed to the fact that Cadillac did not stick with what it knows best, larger sedans and luxury vehicles.
Cadillac built the Cimarron on the General Motors J platform. The Cimarron was a response to the idea that consumers were going to want a smaller car than they had in the past. While the Seville had answered the smaller car problem for Cadillac, they thought they were going to need something even smaller to compete in the market place. Cadillac watched as BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Audi had much success with compact vehicles, so they rushed the Cimarron, expecting it to do quite well against the stiff competition.
The J platform was a new platform and was used for the economy car. The Cimarron featured a MacPherson strut front suspension system as well as a torsion beam rear suspension. All of the cars that were built on the J platform had all of these components as well as the same engine in common. The Cimarron was a unibody vehicle that featured a lower front suspension, engine, and transmission. The Cimarron was refined further with hydraulic dampers, as well. With all of these things, it seemed as though the Cimarron was a shoe in for success.
When released the Cimarron was powered by a very standard I4 engine and a four speed manual transmission with an optional turbo hydramatic. The Cadillac Cimarron also featured top notch fabrics and was well crafted. Power steering as well as air conditioning were standard features which brought the base price of the Cimarron to over $12,000. This price tag was more than double that of the other J bodied vehicles on the market and this was something both Cadillac and consumers were a bit anxious about.
Cadillac had expected to sell over 75,000 models the first year, instead they sold just under 26,000. This was far less than anticipated. Some press critics loved the vehicles, but consumers just were not impressed by the Cimarron. Cadillac consumers citted that they simply were not in the market for a compact vehicle if they were looking at Cadillacs. Those that were in the know about platforms also realized that this car was on the same platform as popular vehicles such as the Chevy Cavalier, which they could buy for half as much. Another problem that many consumers had with the Cimarron was that it was powered by a four cylinder engine and Cadillac did not offer a V6 until 1985.
Unfortunately, Cadillac offered too little too late. By 1987 the V6 engine was standard, but by this point buyers were not interested in the Cimarron at all. Most people considered the vehicle to be overpriced compared to other similarly sized vehicles. By the end of 1988, Cadillac had pulled the plug on the Cimarron and returned to the vehicles that they knew best. Unfortunately, the Cimmaron wasn’t the last small car disaster that Cadillac experienced, as their next small car was the Catera. Both the Cimarron and the Catera are known as Cadillacs failures.
The Cadillac division of General Motors introduced the CTS in 2002 for the 2003 model. The CTS is built on the Sigma rear wheel drive platform. One notable feature of the CTS is its manual transmission, as it is the first Cadillac manual since 1988! The CTS replaced the Catera in the Cadillac lineup and soon was nominated for the North American Car of the Year. The CTS was one more vehicle that took on the acronym names that are very popular with Cadillac now. For example there is the STS, the XLR, the DTS, and the SRX.
For the first model year in 2003, the CTS was outfitted with a 3.2 liter V6 engine that could produce 220 horsepower. While this engine seemed more than enough, in 2004 Cadillac powered the CTS with a 3.6-liter V6 with variable valve timing that could produce 255 horsepower. The 3.2-liter V6 engine was kept in the base model until 2005 when a 2.8-liter dual overhead cam engine replaced the first engine used.
When the CTS first hit the market, it was offered with a 5L40-E automatic transmission or a 5 speed Getrag 260 manual transmission. In 2005, the Getrag 260 manual transmission was replaced with an Aisin AY-6 six-speed manual, which provided a better fit for the CTS.
The interior of the CTS features very little wood trim like many Cadillac vehicles do. The CTS is more of a serious vehicle and isn’t about warm trim features like wood. The instrument panel is very straightforward and easy to use and was last updated for the 2005 model year. While warmness isn’t abundant in the CTS, the vehicle does feature beautiful leather seats that are very comfortable for long days of driving and are of a quality that they will withstand much use. The CTS also offers plenty of cabin space, so that even the tallest drivers and passengers will feel comfortable driving or riding in this vehicle. The cabin room in the CTS is often a selling point for the vehicle because it offers more space than European competitors can. The back seat can comfortably seat two to three people, though there is not as much support in the back seats as there are in the front seats.
Great features such as the three spoke steering wheel with buttons and controls for the sound system and cruise control make driving this car a delight. The steering wheel is also padded for comfortable steering capabilities. The dash is designed in such a way that adjusting audio or climate control is very simple. There is also a navigation system that is optional that is also in a portion of the dash that juts out a bit more than the rest for easy and convenient access.
There are options for an awesome Bose audio system as well as XM Satellite Radio, which will give you premium sound as well as access to all of the sounds that you would most like to hear on your jaunts across town or across country. OnStar Telecommunications is also available on the CTS, which will enable you to get help should you need it while on the road. OnStar is a huge selling point for the CTS, as many purchase such vehicles when they travel long distances and such a system provides added security.
Cadillac also offers a CTS-V, which is a more sporty CTS. The CTS-V is powered by a 5.7 liter LS6 V8 engine that provides 400 horsepower. This powerful engine is coupled with a six speed manual transmission and has been available since the 2004 model year. The CTS-V is a vehicle that is suited for the luxury car consumer that wants a bit more performance for their dollar. The CTS-V will be updated for the 2007 model year. A Super V-series CTS is also planned for the 2007 model year, which will offer consumers a fantastic 505 horsepower.
Cadillac is reportedly planning on showing the 2008 CTS at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. The Cadillac CTS has been a success thus far and has many people excited to see the new CTS that will be unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. With good things being seen in the past by consumers, the CTS is bound to be a success.
The STS, an acronym for Seville Touring Sedan, is a popular luxury car that is sold by Cadillac. In 1992, the STS replaced the Cadillac Seville along with the less powerful SLS. Since the beginning, the STS has been Cadillac’s priciest sedan offering. Despite being fully loaded, the STS boasts a great price and great fuel efficiency, something that most consumers are looking for.
Until 2005 the STS was simply a trim line, but for the 2005 model year the Seville was retired for good and the STS was the new rear wheel drive sedan offered by Cadillac. The STS was based on the GM Sigma platform and while rear wheel drive is standard, there is an all wheel drive option. A 3.6 liter High Feature LY7 V6 engine capable of producing 255 horsepower or a 4.6 liter 320 horsepower Northstar V8 powered the 2005 model of the STS. An awesome feature that attracted many was the remote ignition that came standard with the luxurious STS.
The wheelbase of the STS is smaller in length than the Seville, but its interior space is used in such a way that it is much more comfortable for the driver as well as the passengers. Great options such as a Bose stereo system with MP3 capabilities in addition to a heads up display make riding in this luxury sedan even more comfortable. As comfortable and luxurious as the STS is, its base price is reasonable at just under $41,000 and can range as high as $52,000 for the all wheel drive V8 model. There have been reports that the STS will be renewed and updated for the 2008 model year.
The Cadillac STS doesn’t only boast great engine options; those engines are coupled with a five speed automatic transmission. Cadillac provides a warranty on the STS for four years or 50,000 miles, which is always reassuring. Safety is always on the minds of Cadillac engineers, and the STS features all of the safety features that you would expect. These include a tire pressure monitoring system, dual front airbags, front seat mounted side impact airbags, front and rear seat side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, rear park assist, and child safety seat anchors in the rear.
Cadillac has fitted the STS with an independent front and rear suspension, coil springs, and a stabilizer bar to provide a comfortable, yet safe ride. Standard features include items such as dual zone climate control, automatic climate control, OnStar telecommunications system, automatic headlights, remote unlocking capabilities, remote start, remote garage door opener capabilities, power windows, eight way adjustable seats, heated mirrors, and power tilt steering wheel. Other standard features include AM and FM stereo as well as a six disc dash mounted CD player, memory driver’s seat and outside mirrors, leather trimmed heated seats, and front and rear floor mats to aid in cleanliness and style.
Great options include things like adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, XM Satellite Radio, magnetic ride control suspension, rear spoiler, cast aluminum wheels, and a heavy duty cooling system. Other options include rain sensing windshield wipers, performance brakes, power moon room, and wood trim interior. All of these options add extra luxury to the STS, although the standard features are quite luxurious.
As if the STS wasn’t enough, Cadillac introduced the STS-V at the Detroit Auto Show in 2005. The STS-V boasts a supercharged 4.4 Northstar V8 engine that produces an astounding 469 horsepower as well as a wide variety of handling upgrades. Cadillac has reported that the STS-V can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds, which is very respectable for a luxury vehicle. Because of the added power, the STS-V features larger brakes, bigger wheels, better steering, and a stiffer suspension than the standard Cadillac STS. Cadillac first made the STS-V available in late 2005 and it sold for right around $80,000.
Overall, the STS is a great luxury vehicle that is a great pick for those that want to travel in style. Not only can the Cadillac STS really jump off the line, it provides comfort and luxury whether you are traveling across town or across the country. With a fuel capacity of 17 gallons and 18 miles to the gallon in the city and 26 miles to the gallon on the highway, this is a great pick of luxury cars no matter what its primary use would be for you.
Replacing the Cadillac Deville, the Cadillac DTS is considered the largest luxury car offering in the Cadillac lineup. The DTS name stands for Deville Touring Sedan and follows the new naming pattern used by Cadillac, such as the CTS and the STS. The DTS isn’t your typical car; in fact the DTS limousine was used for the inauguration of President Bush in 2005. This special edition of the DTS is reportedly armored and features state of the art communication and safety equipment. The actual production model of the DTS was first seen a month after the inauguration parade, in February 2005.
There are two DTS models, which are known as the Performance and Luxury models. The Luxury model retails at $41,990 and is powered by a 4.6 liter Northstar V8 engine that provides 275 horsepower. The Performance model retails at $50,490 and is powered by a 4.6 liter L37 Northstar V8 that is capable of producing an impressive 291 horsepower. Both models feature double dual overhead cams with four valves per cylinder and a four speed automatic transmission.
The DTS has a gasoline capacity of 18 gallons and gets as much as 25 miles to the gallon on the highway and 17 miles per gallon in the city. One of the most notable changes from the Deville to the new DTS was the fact that Cadillac did away with the ability to seat six passengers in the models that are non-limousines. Of course, the limousine models still area able to seat several people. The DTS features antilock break systems on the Luxury and the Performance models as well as electronic traction control that help with easy handling. Also owing to easy handling and a smooth ride is a multi-link rear suspension, which is stiffer and upgraded for the performance model.
Some of the great features Cadillac has equipped the DTS with are heated mirrors, day time running lights, wood trim, 17 inch rims on the Luxury model and 18 inch rims on the performance model, in addition to leather interior and remote engine start capabilities. Other great optional features include heated and cooled seats, a state of the art navigation system, and adaptive cruise control for those long trips. Cadillac has not overlooked any safety features, either. The DTS offers front and side as well as curtain airbags. OnStar telecommunications is also available, to aid in emergency situations.
The DTS is an attractive vehicle, though it is large, while many contend that the desire for large vehicles is dwindling. Of course, because the Cadillac DTS does offer luxury it appeals to the more refined large vehicle consumer that is looking for comfort, luxury features, as well as performance. It’s been reported that Cadillac is already working on a replacement of the DTS, which will likely offer a V12 for performance, and you can always count on Cadillac for the best luxury features one can buy. Drivers and passengers will enjoy a ride in the DTS as it provides a good deal of comfort, enough power to merge into traffic or get going on the highway, and all of the features and safety elements to make the trip truly enjoyable.
Though many were sad to see the Cadillac DeVille go, the DTS has been a great addition to the Cadillac lineup. The DTS is a great combination of all of the things that a Cadillac or upscale sedan consumer is looking for, and more. While Cadillac may be thinking of a replacement for the DTS, they have enough confidence in this vehicle to keep it in the lineup until at least 2010.
A sport utility vehicle, the Cadillac Escalade is sold by the Cadillac division of General Motors. The first Escalade was based largely on the GMC Yukon Denali, although it was redesigned in 2002. The Escalade is well known because it was Cadillac’s first entry into the growing SUV market segment. Cadillac introduced the Escalade in time for the 1999 model, filling the void in the Cadillac lineup left by the Fleetwood Brougham sedan three years earlier. Cadillac considered the new Lincoln Navigator to be their biggest competition on the market although today its competitors include the Mercedes-Benz G Class, the Lexus LX, the Infiniti QX56, and the Land Rover Range Rover.
The Cadillac Escalade was an instant success and has proven popular with families, after market tuners looking for a great vehicle to customize, and even the more refined clientele. Unfortunately, the Cadillac Escalade isn’t just popular with the consumer, it is also quite popular with the thieves, and has made the list of the most frequently stolen vehicles from the years 2001 until 2003.
The first Escalade, as mentioned above, was much like the GMC Yukon Denali. The Escalade shared the exterior panels and wheels of the Yukon Denali, although the center caps of the wheels were replaces with the Cadillac crests and the front exterior panels varied slightly. In addition to the outward look, the Escalade also used the same 255 horsepower 5.7-liter Vortec 5700 V8 engine, featuring all wheel drive. The similarities continued for 1999 and 2000, but the Escalade wasn’t offered during the 2001 model year.
The Cadillac Escalade was redone so that it was a new vehicle for the 2002 model year. The vehicle was now powered by a 5.3 liter V8, with four wheel drives as well as a 6.0-liter V8 engine available as an option. While the all-new 2002 model was definitely good, there were some changes made in 2003 that made it even better. Such changes included elements such as four-wheel stability control system and power adjustable pedals. In 2004 the Escalade was refined further with the addition of 20-inch chrome wheels, second row bucket seats, a tire pressure monitoring system, as well as XM Satellite Radio. Changes were made again in 2005 with the upgrade of the OnStar system as well as Cadillac doing away with the 5.3-liter engine. By the time the 2005 models hit the market, the Cadillac Escalade was more refined and powerful than ever, boasting a high output 6.0-liter engine that produced a magnificent 345 horsepower.
Changes are seen again for the 2007 Cadillac Escalade, as the vehicle will be put on a new platform, the GMT900. Cadillac will offer the regular Escalade body style, a stretched or longer version known as the ESV, and a pickup truck version known as the EXT. An all aluminum 6.2-liter V8 pushrod engine now powers the Escalade. The engine features variable valve timing and is notable as it is the first non-overhead cam engine that has been mass-produced. This new engine produces 403 horsepower and is coupled with a six speed automatic transmission. Missing from this model year of the Escalade is the rear independent suspension used in previous years, now there is a traditional five-link suspension used. All of these upgrades and changes bring the new base price of the Cadillac Escalade to $57,280. However, the rear wheel drive version, the ESV, and the EXT pickup that will be available in the late summer or early fall will be more costly. For those interested in speed, the Escalade, as big as it is, can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.8 seconds and gets 14 miles to the gallon in the city and 19 miles to the gallon on the highway.
The Cadillac Escalade has a wide appeal because it is available in three different body styles; it offers space, storage, as well as performance. The stylish and luxury qualities of the Escalade are attractive both to those that are looking to upgrade and those that are looking to make after market changes to the vehicle. Many times larger wheels, ground effects, and upgrades to the engine and transmission are made to the Escalade, though the vehicle is found to be highly efficient to those that attempt no modifications.
The Cadillac Escalade EXT hit dealerships in 2001 as an all wheel drive (awd) crew cab luxury truck. Essentially, it's a Chevrolet Avalanche with an Escalade facelift. This Cadillac takes on the likes of Lincoln's short-lived Blackwood luxury pickup truck. If you're looking for the combined practicality of a truck, the room of an SUV and the luxurious appointments of a Cadillac, look no further. This is an Escalade with a 5 foot 3 inch utility bed, lined with a cover that resists dents and scratches. Ride quality is very good with Cadillac's road sensing suspension and it's safe on the road with StabiliTrak and traction control.
The Cadillac Escalade ESV hit dealerships in 2003 as slightly stretched Escalade in all wheel drive (awd). The ESV offers the most passenger and cargo capacity available in a full-size luxury SUV. Ride quality is very good with Cadillac's road sensing suspension and it's safe on the road with StabiliTrak and traction control. If you like big vehicles, than look no further than the ESV. It's the biggest automobile Cadillac has to offer. It fits seven (7) passengers comfortably. With only the 6 liter engine as an option, there's plenty of passing power and it's not a bad handling vehicle either. Body is kept under check with continuous adjustments made by the standard Road Sensing Suspension (RSS).
A luxury crossover SUV introduced in 2004, the Cadillac SRX is a rear wheel drive vehicle. The SRX is based on the Cadillac Sigma platform and has a variety of engine and interior options. There is an SRX as well as an SRX-V model, although the SRX-V model was not produced after 2005. Cadillac does not intend to replace the SRX before 2008, and between now and then the company plans to release a sports package SRX as well as an upgrade and even restyling of the interior of the SRX, which will make this an even more luxurious and sporty crossover SUV. Equipped with just enough style, comfort, and power, this crossover sport utility vehicle appeals too many.
This luxury crossover SUV has two engine options, which are either a 4.6 liter 320 horsepower Northstar V8 engine or a 260 horsepower high feature V6 engine. Both engine options are coupled with a five speed automatic transmission with an option for all wheel drive on both, as well. Both the V8 and the V6 models offer all leather interior as well as curtain side airbags. The V8 offers a couple more features including heated front seats and beautiful wood trim inside, all of these features are available as options in the V6. Both models are available with optional navigation systems, DVD players, a sunroof, and foldable third row seating. Some other great features offered on the SRX that you may be interested in are one-touch power windows, heated mirrors, front driver and passenger climate control, CD player, as well as OnStar telecommunications systems.
If safety is your concern when looking at the Cadillac SRX, you will probably be impressed with how well this vehicle is equipped. Not only does the SRX have dual front and side airbags, there are also roof suspended curtain airbags to protect all of the passengers in the vehicle. The SRX also is fitted with traction control, anti lock brakes, LATCH child seat restraint system, child safety door and window locks, as well as an anti theft system.
The base price for the Cadillac SRX is just under $37,000 for the V6 and just under $45,000 for the V8, which are quite affordable prices considering these are luxury vehicles, which is the Cadillac standard. Not only is the SRX relatively affordable, it has also been recognized nationally as a great vehicle. The SRX won Car and Driver’s Five best Tricks Luxury SUV Award for 2004 and 2005. Cadillac was also quite proud to have the SRX nominated for the North American Truck of the Year Award for 2004.
The Cadillac SRX appeals to many consumers because it is sporty, attractive, yet it is practical. In a market where much of the competition is boxy and bland looking, the SRX brings some style. The SRX not only looks great, it functions well in any weather, including snow, so it can be driven in any climate. This crossover SUV is typically rear wheel drive, but you have the option to upgrade to all wheel drive, if desired.
If you’ve never owned an SUV or crossover SUV, the Cadillac SRX may be a great place to start because it is so well equipped. All of your instruments are mounted on or around the steering wheel so that they are easy to reach. The SRX is also great for families because it not only offers plenty of seating; it also has plenty of storage. If you don’t opt for the third row seating you will have even more storage room and even room for the family pets when you go on long trips. This vehicle is also very easy to drive and operate, with both engine offerings providing just enough power, as well as a smooth, quiet ride for all passengers.
The Cadillac SRX really does bring all of the best things about a Cadillac vehicle together in one place. A great engine, comfortable seating, luxurious interior, and all of the options you could ever want or afford in one great car! The SRX is just big enough, not too small, and provides just enough power to get across town as well as across country.
Cadillac offers a luxury roadster to its consumers, known as the XLR. The XLR was introduced by Cadillac at the 2003 Detroit Motor Show and production started the following year. Cadillac had shown the XLR previously, but it was known as the Evoq, though it was the same vehicle. This is the second roadster offered by Cadillac in recent history. The last being the Allante, which ceased production in 1993. The XLR has some stiff competition in the likes of the Mercedes Benz SL-Class, the Lexus SC, the BMW 6-Series, the Jaguar XK, and the Porsche 911. Despite all of the competition, the Cadillac was nominated for the 2004 North American Car of the Year.
The XLR is notable because all of its styling, inside and out, is unique to this vehicle. The suspension is also unique to the XLR and it is equipped with an attractive power retractable aluminum hardtop. Cadillac has built the XLR on the Y-body platform that is shared with the Corvette, though the Cadillac Northstar engine powers it. The Northstar engine is a 4.6-liter dual overhead cam V8 that provides a respectable 320 horsepower. This powerful engine is coupled with a five speed automatic transmission. The car gets about 17 miles to the gallon in the city and 25 miles to the gallon on the highway, which isn’t bad for such a powerful car.
With a 4.6 liter 320 horsepower engine, it would seem that this vehicle was produced just for performance, but that is not the case. Cadillac designed the XLR for both performance and luxury. The white on black instrument panel gives a very sporty yet luxurious look, though the vehicle lacks an analog clock. Luxury accommodations include interior wood trim, cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels, side airbags, heated and cooled seats, a navigation system, as well as an audio and DVD system. Also included are remote keyless entry, XM Satellite radio, and a dashboard screen that not only displays movies and such, but also allows for Internet access! With an 11.6 cubic foot trunk, you’ll have plenty of space for a weekend trip, although if you put the top down the trunk space will be less than half of that! The overall look and design is very edgy, almost modern looking, and many people refer to the XLR as the origami car because it really does look like it has been folded and manipulated to look the way it does!
Though Cadillac had big hopes for the XLR, it has not sold as well as they had planned. It could be the base price of $76,650 or it could be that there is simply a lot of competition for the XLR. In a year and a half, just over 3,700 XLR units were sold in the United States. The XLR is also for a more refined clientele, whereas the Corvette and similar cars are for those seeking speed and a sporty look. This refined clientele is quite limited, which could also account for slower than expected sales numbers.
While XLR sales have been slower than anticipated, Cadillac has created the XLR-V, which is a supercharged variant of the XLR. The first look at the powerful roadster was seen in early 2005, and was formally announced at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. The XLR-V was first offered in early 2006 in North America, and was the fastest mass produced vehicle that Cadillac has ever offered. The XLR-V is fitted with a supercharged NorthStar V8, which is SAE certified and produces 443 horsepower and 414 foot pound of torque. The XLR-V features a supercharger and four intercoolers that are built right into the intake manifold. The XLR-V also features a six speed automatic transmission, in addition to larger brakes, and larger wheels measuring 19 inches instead of the 18 inches used on the XLR.
It’s been reported that the powerful XLR-V can really move, accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds! If that isn’t enough to thrill you, Cadillac reports that the XLR-V can accelerate from 0 to 100 miles per hour in 11.3 seconds, can run a quarter miles in 13 seconds, and has a top speed of 155 miles per hour, definitely respectable times and speeds! The XLR-V is not for everyone, it is for those consumers that are looking for something extra special. Like the XLR this vehicle is meant to provide both luxury and performance and has the heated and cooled seats, DVD player, upgraded audio system, wood trim in the interior, large brakes, and more. Cadillac has not overlooked even the slightest detail on the XLR-V.