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1999 Cadillac Deville Review
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The 1999 Cadillac DeVille is the zippiest and best handling luxury sedan on the market. The DeVille is an incredibly well-built automobile. It has forever been one of the best-selling luxury sedans in the United States. This car also carries a stigma with it. For starters, this is a huge vehicle. The DeVille looks entirely too large and cumbersome for some buyers. It also has a reputation of being a grandpa car. Sales numbers do in fact indicate that it is generally seniors, well into their 60s or 70s, that buy the DeVille. The Cadillac brand had to shed a reputation in recent years. Its cars tend to attract traditional buyers who have been buying Cadillacs for years. While it's good that Cadillac stays true to tradition and satisfies its traditional buyer, this strategy also alienates baby boomers and an even younger demographic. These groups simply wish to avoid something they feel their parents or grandparents would drive.
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac DeVille, Cadillac DeVille d’Elegance, Cadillac DeVille Concours
The 1999 Cadillac DeVille comes in three new exterior paint colors, which are Parisian Blue, Sterling Silver, and Cashmere. The Cappuccino Cream interior shade has been replaced by an Oatmeal shade. Cadillac was a big proponent of luxury and added another level of comfort with the optional massaging lumbar seats. Anyone that has ever wanted a back rub during a long drive will love this new feature. New to the standard equipment list for 1999 is an inside rearview mirror with compass and an anti-theft system. The DeVille’s 50th anniversary is also being commemorated in 1999 through the release of approximately 2000 specially-badged Golden Anniversary Edition. The anniversary DeVille is painted White Diamond color with gold trimmings.
The 1999 Cadillac DeVille's exterior was last redesigned in 1997 when the half-moon rear wheel wells were scrapped and the front styling was redesigned. Other notable characteristics of the Cadillac DeVille is the vehicle’s egg crate grill, slab sided flanks, and long, narrow horizontal taillights. The DeVille rides a 114-inch wheelbase with 16-inch tires. The Concours model has alloy wheels. The Cadillac DeVille is 210 inches long, 56 inches tall, and 76.5 inches wide. The DeVille has rack and pinion steering and full independent suspension.
The 1999 Cadillac DeVille d’Elegance model was recently introduced to offset the departure of Cadillac’s Fleetwood. This model has chrome wheels, gold trimming, and a windshield wiper system that activates when it detects rain.
The 1999 Cadillac DeVille was the recipient of some very necessary interior upgrades in 1997. The digital display gauges, trip computer, and Rubik’s Cube-like climate controls were replaced with analog gauges, a center console with fresh Lexus-like audio and climate controls, a driver info center, and dual cup holders. The switch cluster on the driver’s armrest was also completely removed in favor of more logically placed and much simpler power window and power mirror switches. Seat controls are now located in the door panel.
The 1999 Cadillac DeVille base and d’Elegance models can seat up to six people, whereas the Concours can accommodate just five. The base and d’Elegance models have bench seating up front, while the Concours model has bucket seats in the front. Each model has rear bench seats with a center armrest. Leather and heated front seats are optional for the base model but come standard with the d’Elegance and Concours. A CD player comes standard with the d’Elegance and Concours models, and the aforementioned massaging lumbar seats are also available for these two models.
The 1999 Cadillac DeVille comes with standard features such as air-conditioning, tilt steering, power adjustable driver and passenger seats, and separate driver/passenger climate controls.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Cadillac DeVille provides a very nice ride. The 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 engine accelerates smoothly and efficiently, as it can go from zero to 60 mph in just seven seconds. Braking is stellar with power four-wheel discs and anti-lock support. Handling is fantastic and further augmented by the optional StabiliTrak, which helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle regardless of driving conditions or road surfaces.
The 1999 Cadillac DeVille comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock braking, an anti-theft system, daytime running lights, driver and passenger front airbags, and traction control. The DeVille was rated with four stars across the board in NHTSA crash test results.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Smooth ride
- Nice audio system
- Northstar V-8 engine
You Won't Like
- Too much tech gimmickry
- Poor rear visibility
- Difficult to park
- Luxury is costly
- Potential for costly repairs
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