1998 Cadillac Catera

  • 1998 Cadillac Catera Base Sedan

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      3.0L V6
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1998 Cadillac Catera Review

Competes with German counterparts.

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The 1998 Cadillac Catera is a German engineered sedan and has an attractive late 1990s body design. It carries itself with a smooth ride and provides responsive steering and handling. It does come with a few down sides; it's proven to be unreliable for some previous drivers and does not supply enough power to satisfy them.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Catera

What's New

The 1998 Cadillac Catera is a new and improved audio system and a rear power sunshade. It also gets slower inflating, second-generation airbags installed, which were introduced later in the 1998 model year.


The 1998 Cadillac Catera gets fog lights that accompany the headlamps to supply better visibility. Daytime running lights are also installed. The exterior rearview mirrors are heated power mirrors and the rear window is also equipped with a defroster. These features enhance visibility by preventing frost and fog from building on the glass. Furthermore, its wheels are made out of alloy and are 16 inches in diameter.


The 1998 Cadillac Catera has front bucket seats that are upholstered with cloth. The steering wheel is trimmed with leather and audio controls are mounted onto it to ensure the driver won't take their eyes off the road. The steering wheel is also tilt adjustable, and the audio system has a cassette player that is CD compatible with eight speakers. Moreover, the driver’s seat is power adjustable for extra comfort, and the interior rearview mirror is a day-night mirror that provides the best view in dim or bright light conditions.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Cadillac Catera has a smoother and softer ride even on harsh pavement. The wet weather grip is better than average, but it's designed not to accelerate beyond 125 mph. Although it stays competitive in its performance when compared to other similar vehicles in its class, it still lacks the option of a manual transmission that some competitor’s models have.


The 1998 Cadillac Catera's headlamps turn on automatically, so the driver isn't provided with any lapses in visibility at dusk or dawn. It's also accompanied by fog lights for driving in low visibility weather. The entry is illuminated to avoid stumbling when entering the vehicle, and driver and front passenger airbags are available for protection in case of a collision. Later in the 1998 model year, second-generation airbags were used that inflate slower and are safer for children and smaller adults.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac Catera: 18/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Leather trim
  • Audio system with eight speakers

You Won't Like

  • Undependable

Sum Up

Competes with German counterparts.

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