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2001 Cadillac Catera Review
A value bin Cadillac for everyone.
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The 2001 Cadillac Catera represents the smallest Cadillac ever designed, yet it still offers the same luxury and style as all the others. The Catera sold 25,411 units in its first year, which makes it more successful than any other launch of a luxury model in American history.
Drivers should be satisfied with the host of convenience features that contribute to making this a sweet car to drive. Whether cruising on the highway or taking relaxing Sunday drives, passengers enjoy a comfortable ride and plenty of room. The Catera also boasts a long list of safety features, which gives it even more appeal.
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Catera
The 2001 Cadillac Catera comes standard with the OnStar vehicle information, safety, and security service, a Solar Protect windshield, vented rear disc brakes, and projector beam headlamps.
The Catera has approximately a 192-inch length, a 70-inch width, a 56-inch height, and a 108-inch wheelbase. The design looks classy and attractive. A rear spoiler attached to the trunk gives it a sporty look, too. The 2001 Cadillac Catera features body-colored front and rear bumpers, a chrome grille, heated power body-colored door mirrors, and daytime running lights. A solar reflective windshield and tinted glass improve the cabin. It weighs 3770 pounds and sits on 16-inch alloy wheels.
The interior of the 2001 Cadillac Catera proves roomy enough to comfortably fit five passengers. In the front, it features heated, leather, eight-way power bucket seats with height-adjustable headrests, divided by a storage console that includes an emergency brake, a dual cup holder, a transmission shift handle, and an auxiliary power outlet. Logically arranged gauges for easy readability sit conveniently in the dash. In the rear, it uses a bench seat that includes a fold-down armrest in the center, height-adjustable headrests, and a split-folding seatback. The Catera features a Bose audio system with cassette player and eight speakers and a ventilation system with a recirculation setting and micro filter.
Performance & Handling
The Catera comes packed with a three-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It goes from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds and reaches a top speed of 125 mph. It mates with an electronically controlled, four-speed automatic transmission with three settings: normal, sport, and winter. This setup provides drivers with smooth acceleration and better control.
The 2001 Cadillac Catera uses an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This results in a smooth and stable ride. Steering feels superb, thanks to a speed-sensitive recirculating ball unit that Cadillac uses rather than rack and pinion steering.
The 2001 Cadillac Catera comes equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and traction control. Side-impact bars reduce the effect of a side collision. Driver, front-passenger, and front side-impact airbags provide extra safety. Front and rear seats have three-point, height-adjustable seat belts with pretensioners to restrain passengers in the event of an accident. Child safety locks come standard on the rear doors.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Roomy interior
- Easy to operate
- Good handling
You Won't Like
- Below average fuel economy
- Rear visibility
- Road noise
A value bin Cadillac for everyone.
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