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2000 Cadillac Deville Review
An American luxury classic.
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The 2000 Cadillac Deville is a full-size sedan and the largest car in the Cadillac range. The first use of the Deville nameplate, which is French for ""of the town,"" was with the Cadillac Coupe de Ville in the 1949 Autorama. The prototype was even used by the GM President until 1957.
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Deville, Cadillac Deville DHS, Cadillac Deville DTS
The 2000 Cadillac Deville is part of a new generation and receives the first major redesign since 1994. The exterior is redesigned completely from the inside and outside. It features the latest generation of the StabiliTrak stability and traction control system by GM. The Northstar V-8 engines have also been revised for improved fuel economy and smoother operation.
The exterior is completely redesigned. It is more than two inches shorter and narrower than last year’s model. This gives it a cleaner and trimmer look. The wheelbase has increased by one and a half inches, and the chassis itself is much stiffer. This increases the car’s torsional rigidity, thereby improving its crashworthiness, harshness, noise, and vibration control.
The revised exterior has even improved the car’s handling dynamics. Overall, the car has a more contemporary look, and the smaller size makes it more appealing to younger buyers. The chrome exterior has been reduced as well, and the trademark whitewall tires will not be available.
The shorter length of the 2000 Cadillac Deville has been negated by its wider wheelbase, which means that the size of the car’s interior is more or less the same as that of the previous year’s. The rear seats offer lots of legroom even with the front seats pushed back to the maximum.
The trunk lid for the Cadillac Deville can swing all the way up to 90 degrees, and the 19 cubic feet of space is quite good for a car of its size. The wide and flat floor of the trunk is capable of holding up to four golf bags inside.
The 2000 Cadillac Deville base model and DHS comes with a split front bench as standard, while the DTS model gets front bucket seats along with a floor-mounted shift lever. The large rear roof pillars and the narrow rear window reduce the driver’s rear visibility.
Performance & Handling
All three models of the 2000 Cadillac Deville are fitted with the 4.6-liter, Northstar V-8 engine, but the rated horsepower vary with each model. The base model and DHS model are fitted with a version that delivers 275 horsepower, while the engine in the DTS model delivers 300 horsepower.
All models offer strong acceleration and reach the 60-mph mark from standstill within seven seconds, even though the power ratings of the engines vary. Power is abundant and ready to be tapped at all speeds.
The Deville is meant to appeal to both young and mature buyers, which is why this car has a dual personality. The DTS model is aimed at the youth with its impressive acceleration and superb handling, while the base model and DHS is designed to be smoother and more refined without the floating feeling present in older Cadillac models.
The 2000 Cadillac Deville comes with a number of impressive safety features, including a rather costly optional safety feature called Night Vision, which is based on military heat-sensing technology. It allows the driver to see three to five times beyond the reach of the car’s headlights. Standard safety features include front airbags for the passenger side and side-impact airbags up front. Side-impact bags are available for the rear seats as an option.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Improved engine
- Luxurious features
- Impressive performance
- Sleeker appearance
You Won't Like
- Outdated design
- Expensive maintenance
An American luxury classic.
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