The 2002 Cadillac Deville is one of the best-selling luxury sedans in the U.S. market. The Cadillac Deville is the flagship sedan for the company, and has a long history dating back over 50 years. The sleeker shape launched in 2000, as well as the multitude of standard and optional features and technologies, keeps the sedan up to date, while maintaining the classic Cadillac style.
Since a new generation was launched for the 2000 model year, most of the changes seen with the 2002 models are minor refinements, as well as the addition of further standard and optional features. The three models of the 2002 Cadillac Deville are powered by two different V-8 engines. The models are comprised of the base model and the luxury DHS, which have the same 4.6-liter, V-8 engine, while the sporty, top of the line DTS model has a tuned version of this engine.
Body Styles: four-door sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Deville, Cadillac Deville DHS, Cadillac Deville DTS
For the 2002 model year, modifications to the Cadillac Deville include improving the ride through the use of new struts and valve timing, leather seating becomes standard for all models, dual-stage airbags are now standard, and a new Cadillac crest is used. A voice-recognition navigation system is now available as an option, as is an upgraded Bose audio system with satellite radio capabilities.
When the latest generation of the Cadillac Deville was launched in 2000, the exterior was sleeker than the previous generations, but it’s still a large car. It still has the same general shape as its predecessors, and the only change to this classic car is the fact that Cadillac has created a new wreath and crest badge. The newer shape does make the 2002 look slightly smaller than previous versions due to the fact that there are no longer tail fins, although the layout of the rear LED taillights does give the impression of a tail fin. 16-inch wheels are standard for the base and DHS model, while the DTS model is equipped with 17-inch wheels.
The interior of the 2002 Cadillac Deville is spacious and can seat five or six passengers comfortably, based on the model. The base and DHS models of the 2002 Cadillac Deville are equipped with two three-passenger benches, while the sporty DTS model has two bucket seats in the front. There is plenty of head and legroom in the front and back, and even the tallest of passengers will find that they have plenty of space, even if seated in the back and the front seats are moved all the way back.
The 2002 Cadillac Deville is known for its comfort and convenience. All leather upholstery, 10-way adjustable power front seats, dual-zone climate controls, and power accessories are standard for all models. For the luxurious DHS model, the rear seats are also heated and include power lumbar support adjustments as found in the front seats, as well as the climate control system is a triple zone one.
Performance & Handling
The base and DHS models of the 2002 Cadillac Deville are equipped with the 4.6-liter, Northstar V-8 engine that provides 275 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The 4.6-liter, V-8 engine in the DTS model of the 2002 Cadillac Deville has been tuned so that it has a power output of 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission in all three models is a four-speed automatic transmission.
Even though the 2002 Cadillac Deville is a large and heavy car, both V-8 engines provide more than enough power to get the sedan to speed quickly and quietly. Retuning of the engines has lead to a decrease in emissions as well as a change in fuel type from premium to regular. The steering and handling is much improved on other Cadillac models of the past, though the driver may still feel some disconnect from the road.
Standard safety equipment in all three models of the 2002 Cadillac Deville includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, a stability and traction control system, a road-leveling suspension, and front side airbags. Rear side airbags, a rear obstacle warning system and the OnStar communication system are optional on all models, while the night vision system is optional for the DHS and DTS models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac Deville: 16/25 mpg city/highway
- Smooth, comfortable and quiet ride
- Powerful engines
- Roomy and luxurious interior cabin
You Won't Like
- Conservative style and image
- Rear visibility for some drivers
Plenty of room in a handsome sedan packed with modern technology and gadgetry.
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