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1997 Cadillac Deville Review
Big and powerful American luxury.
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While the Cadillac Fleetwood gets discontinued in 1997, the Deville steps in with more power and style than before. As a large sedan, the 1997 Cadillac Deville offers plenty of safety and good handling. A quiet and quick ride, the Cadillac flaunts a conservative design without sacrificing speed and power under the hood. The Deville provides luxury without overstatement.
Engines: 275-hp 4.6-liter V-8, 300-hp 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Deville, Cadillac Deville D'elegance, Cadillac Deville Concours
Cadillac gives the Deville a major reworking for 1997. This includes updated interior and exterior styling and additional paint options. All models now include side-impact airbags for additional safety. The Cadillac Councours now comes with an Integrated Chassis Control System, which enhances stability that helps smooth out the ride on rougher pavements. The D'elegance starts new for this year.
Cadillac offers over 20 color options for the Deville. Standard exterior features include 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, and power heated mirrors. This sedan looks large with a wheelbase of 113.8 inches. The height reaches 56.4 inches, and length totals 209.7 inches. The 1997 Cadillac Deville includes classic Cadillac features such as the grille and horizontal lamps. Exterior options include a towing package, chrome wheels, and special factory paint.
The interior trim comes in ?Harmony Gray.? Standard features for all models of the 1997 Cadillac Deville include air-conditioning, automatic climate control for the passenger and driver, airbags, and power windows. Seating uses cloth in the base model, but leather trim remains available as an option. The AM/FM/cassette audio system can also be replaced with a CD changer. OnStar and cellular phones provide options for all models. Other interior options include heated front seats, a power driver's seat, and a garage door opener. Overall, the Deville offers the luxury expected from a Cadillac.
Performance & Handling
For 1997, Cadillac gives its Deville a more powerful engine, and this seems evident in overall speed and performance. The 1997 Cadillac Deville Concours features a 300-hp engine for a little extra oomph. The Concours also features Rainsense, a sensor that controls the windshield wipers based on the rate of rainfall. Cruise control, power brakes and steering, and traction control make for a comfortable ride. With the optional towing package, the Deville can tow up to 1000 pounds. Despite the large size of this sedan, it proves quite sporty under the hood and on the road.
The 1997 Cadillac Deville comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and traction control for improved safety and handling. Also, the 1997 Deville model features front-passenger and driver airbags and front side airbags. For crash testing, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the frontal collision safety with four out of five stars for the passenger and driver side impacts. The NHTSA also rates the front side-impact and rear side-impact four out of five stars for safety. Overall, the Cadillac Deville offers as much safety as luxury.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac Deville D'elegance: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Cadillac Deville Concours: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- Interior design and space
- Powerful engine
- Decent fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Low seating
- Large boat-like design
- Lack of interior color options
Big and powerful American luxury.
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