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2001 Cadillac Deville Review
Another timeless Cadillac.
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The 2001 Cadillac DeVille is a luxury sedan that was manufactured by General Motors under its Cadillac marquee. The first car to use the DeVille name was the 1949 Coupe De Ville, which was a trim level for a Series 62 coupe. The name is based on the French phrase ""de ville"" or ""de la ville,"" which means ""of the town."" The 2001 model is part of the eighth generation, and it began with a major redesign in 2000.
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac DeVille, Cadillac DeVille DHS, Cadillac DeVille STS
The 2001 Cadillac DeVille just underwent a major redesign last year, so the changes for this year are minimal. An optional tire pressure monitoring system is made available this year, and two paint schemes from last year are replaced by a single color. A new interior color scheme is also available. Moreover, the 2001 DeVille gets classified as a low-emission vehicle under the latest standards.
The 2001 Cadillac DeVille DHS and DTS get a new option called the Infotainment system, which offers voice-operated services like email downloading and navigation assistance. A docked cell phone can also be operated by voice. Other new optional features include voice memo recorder and an infrared port for connecting personal digital assistants.
The 2001 Cadillac DeVille is the largest car offered by Cadillac, with an overall length of 207 inches. This makes it as long as the Buick Park Avenue and a little shorter than the Chrysler LHS. The exterior of this generation is much more elegant, sporty, and aerodynamic than previous generations. The 2001 Cadillac DeVille uses LED taillights that were introduced for the first time last year. This car has a drag coefficient of 0.30, and breaks away from tradition by not offering whitewall tires.
The 2001 Cadillac DeVille's controls and gauges are mostly readable. The analog gauges on the DHS and DTS models are much better than the digital gauges on the base model. The optional Night Vision system projects small and fuzzy black-and-white images of objects down the road detected by a heat-sensing device. This feature does not interfere with normal visibility and can be switched off or dimmed.
The 2001 Cadillac DeVille is one of the few sedans that offers lots of space and comfort, but the passenger in the middle may feel a little cramped. The massaging seats and adaptive seats are interesting options, but they do not improve comfort by a huge margin. The rear seats offer lots of legroom and headroom and have a firm but comfortable cushion. The doors are wide enough for easy entry and exit. The trunk is large enough to fit four golf bags with ease and conveniently opens at bumper level.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Cadillac DeVille uses a 4.6-liter, Northstar V-8 engine, although the output differs with the model. The engine on the base model and DHS delivers 275 horsepower while the engine on the DTs model delivers 300 horsepower. The difference of 25 horsepower makes little difference. Acceleration is strong in all models. The four-speed automatic transmission offers quick and responsive shifts. As a luxury sedan, the DeVille offers a comfortable and smooth ride, although sharp bumps can be felt from time to time. The overall ride quality falls just a little short of the quality provided by luxury imports.
The 2001 Cadillac DeVille is equipped with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, OnStar assistance system, front head-and-torso side airbags, and a load-leveling suspension system. The car has undergone frontal impact collision tests by the NHTSA, and it received three out of five stars for driver safety and four stars for passenger safety. The car also underwent side-impact collision tests and received four-star ratings for driver and rear passenger safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Powerful engine
- Lots of luxury features
- Good build quality
- Easy entry and exit
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Low visibility at the rear
Another timeless Cadillac.
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