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1996 Cadillac Deville Review
A legendary American flagship.
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The 1996 Cadillac DeVille returns this year with the exact same exterior as the 1995 model, but with many changes both under the hood and on the standard features list. True to form for the legendary luxury car manufacturer, the 1996 Cadillac DeVille is both luxurious and powerful. The standard features list is extended to include daytime running lights and more powerful engines on both models. The Concours model adds even more power and luxury, and includes automatic windshield wipers and 300 horsepower (hp).
Engines: 4.6-liter dual overhead cam V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac DeVille, Cadillac DeVille Concours
The addition of Cadillac’s Northstar V-8 engine is the most notable change for the 1996 Cadillac DeVille. The motor was used in the Cadillac DeVille Concours model the previous year, but now that it is a standard feature it increases horsepower by 38%. To differentiate the Concours model, Cadillac installs a 300-hp version of the engine in the upgraded model.
The 1996 Cadillac DeVille clearly follows the styling cues of the many Cadillac sedans that came before it. Perhaps most distinctive are the model’s long, thin taillights and its egg crate grille. The car shares its chassis with the Cadillac Seville, but is nearly three inches longer than its smaller sibling. The car comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels and tinted glass. Chrome wheels, a vinyl roof, and a camper/towing package are also available.
The interior standard features list for the 1995 Cadillac DeVille is extensive and luxurious in the Cadillac tradition. Included are keyless entry, a digital instrument panel, cruise control, a leather steering wheel, and air-conditioning. The Concours model adds leather seating, variable-effort steering, and automatic windshield wipers. Optional equipment includes an integrated voice-activated cell phone, a CD changer, a power moon roof, and heated front seats.
Performance & Handling
Performance is the big news of the year for the Cadillac DeVille, with all models receiving power upgrades to the standard Northstar V-8. Along with this new engine comes a new, four-speed automatic transmission with both models. Both the Integrated Chassis Control System and a new Road-Sensing Suspension also are incorporated for the first time. With the enhanced suspension, the Cadillac DeVille is surprisingly agile for its size.
The Cadillac DeVille comes standard with driver and passenger side airbags for all models, and the new daytime running lights make the already large cars even more visible. New safety features for the year include switches in the glove box that turn off the traction control system, and a valet lock out.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great power
- Very good handling for such a large vehicle
You Won't Like
- Only takes premium gas
- Northstar engines are mechanically complex
A legendary American flagship.
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