1999 Cadillac Catera

  • 1999 Cadillac Catera Base Sedan

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1999 Cadillac Catera Review

A luxury car that won’t break the bank.

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The 1999 Cadillac Catera is a midsize rear-drive automobile. The Catera became the highest selling entry-level luxury sedan within a year of its introduction. It is a rebadged variant of the European Opel Omega MV6. Its V-6 engine works with a four-speed automatic transmission and rear drive. The vehicle is manufactured in Germany. Cadillac often touts the car as combining the best of American and German engineering. The Catera is competitively priced and a great bargain for anyone seeking a luxury car that is also fun to drive.

The Range

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

What's New

The 1999 Cadillac Catera steps into the 1999 model year with a darkened black chrome grille, improved power locks, a new emissions system, a new electrical system, four remote entry key fobs with memory settings, and a redesigned fuel cap. The vehicle’s instrument cluster also includes a new warning light to indicate a loose fuel cap.

The 1999 Cadillac Catera introduced a new Sport model midway through the 1999 model year. This model offers 17-inch wheels, an antitheft alarm system, eight-way power adjustable seats, driver’s seat memory settings, a garage door opener, and high-intensity headlamps.


The 1999 Cadillac Catera is a four-door sedan with a curb weight of 3770 pounds. It has a classy but uninspiring look, although the sport model looks to be a little more pleasing to the eyes. The Catera rides a 107.5-inch wheelbase with 16-inch tires. It is 194 inches long, 70 inches wide, and 56.4 inches tall. The vehicle has recirculating ball steering and full independent suspension. Alloy wheels, a full-size spare tire, power windows, and a rear window defogger are each included as standard equipment. Options include a power sun/moon roof, a rear power sunshade, heated seats, a Bose stereo system, and chrome plated aluminum wheels.


The 1999 Cadillac Catera has a very roomy interior that can accommodate five people. Front and rear headroom is close to 38 inches. Front legroom is an ample 42 inches, while rear leg room is a sufficient 37.5 inches. The dashboard layout is very attractive and ergonomically correct with large analog gauges and uncomplicated controls. The wood trim is done tastefully and kept to a minimum.

The 1999 Cadillac Catera comes standard with air-conditioning, separate driver/passenger climate controls, cruise control, tachometer, tilt steering, an AM/FM radio with cassette player, and a driver adjustable power seat. A standard model with cloth seating is available for buyers that don’t want leather seats. The vehicle’s cargo capacity is 14.5 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Cadillac Catera’s DOHC V-6 engine has plenty of pep with 200 hp. It can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in roughly 8.5 seconds. This weighty car could still benefit from more punch and an optional five-speed gearshift. The vehicle is great for either extended road trips or a night cruising around town. The traction control and rear drive make the car drivable in winter months. There is a good grip on wet road surfaces. The Catera provides a smooth ride, even on harsher road surfaces.


The 1999 Cadillac Catera comes standard with child safety door locks, an anti-lock braking system, traction control, and driver and passenger front airbags. There is no NHTSA crash test data available for the 1999 Catera.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac Catera: 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • German engineering
  • Great ride and handling
  • Very comfortable seats
  • Phenomenal audio system
  • Luxury

You Won't Like

  • Unreliable
  • Poor fuel efficiency
  • Tires may wear out quickly
  • Heavy vehicle
  • Poor cup holders

Sum Up

A luxury car that won’t break the bank.

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