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2000 Cadillac Catera Review
Fails to impress.
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The 2000 Cadillac Catera is a midsize luxury car that represents a rebadged version of the Opel Omega. It sells in the U.S. market as Cadillac’s entry-level model. The Catera debuted in 1997 and a Sport model launched in 1999.
The Catera initially received high praise, but reliability and performance issues soon became apparent, making the 2000 Cadillac Catera face a lot of criticism.
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Catera, Cadillac Catera Sport
The 2000 Cadillac Catera gets some slightly successful styling enhancements for its front and rear, along with a small interior revision. Side airbags now come standard for both models, and the Sport package continues for this year as well.
The Catera has a new electronic drive-by-wire throttle control system, as well as a revised torque converter to improve its performance. The suspension also gets revised for better control and less body roll, while the steering gets tightened for improved road feel.
With so many changes, some people forget about the two new color options available for the 2000 Cadillac Catera.
The main exterior changes for the 2000 Cadillac Catera apply to the front, with a new fascia, a smaller grille, and a new hood and headlights. The car’s rear improves as well with a new fascia and new, separated taillights instead of a continuous bar.
The Catera Sport gets 17-inch wheels, while the base model uses 16-inch wheels. The overall length of the 2000 Cadillac Catera measures 192 inches, making it a good 16 inches longer than the BMW 3 Series sedan, but nine inches shorter than the Cadillac Seville.
The 2000 Cadillac Catera’s dashboard deserves special mention for the simple and effective way in which the controls present themselves. All the controls seem easy to understand, access, and operate. The center console gets a second power outlet too, and the power window controls finally shift from the center console to the more conventional positions on the doors.
The front seats in the 2000 Cadillac Catera offer ample headroom and legroom, although hip and elbow room seems a little tight. The seats themselves feel quite soft and comfortable. The bench at the rear offers lots of headroom and legroom, but it is not wide enough to accommodate three adults comfortably. This results from the larger-than-usual drivetrain shaft that runs through the middle of the rear bench.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Cadillac Catera contains a three-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 200 horsepower. The Saturn LS and LW and the Saab 9-5 also use this engine. It mates with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The V-6 engine offers just enough acceleration. The automatic transmission generally feels quite responsive and smooth, but sometimes the car has to be kicked down some gears for passing other cars quickly, and the Catera does not do that.
The Catera delivers a noteworthy ride, but the retightened suspension makes the car bumpier than before. Despite the bad news, the revised suspension may give the Catera the straight-line stability it needs to control its cornering behavior.
The 2000 Cadillac Catera comes with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, and side-impact airbags for the front seat as standard safety features. Crash test results remain unavailable for the Catera.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Spacious interior
- Comfortable seats
- Lively engine
- Lots of fun to drive
You Won't Like
- Reliability issues
- Lack of manual transmission
- High price tag
Fails to impress.
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