The Cadillac Eldorado is a luxury car that has been in production since 1954. In fact, it is the longest running American luxury coupe since it was the only one sold after 1999. The car has been at the top or near to top of Cadillac’s lineup ever since it was introduced in 1954. The name of the car is based on the Spanish word ""El Dorado,"" which refers to a South American city of legend that was made of gold. True to the nature of its name, the Eldorado remained one of the costliest cars ever manufactured by Cadillac and one of the most luxurious cars produced in America.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Eldorado ESC, Cadillac Eldorado ETC
The 2001 Cadillac Eldorado gets three minor changes for this production year. The first change is the addition of a new sequoia exterior color and a new dark gray color scheme for the interior. It also discontinued the Bose sound system on both models.
The 2001 Cadillac Eldorado keeps its traditional and formal look with wide roof pillars at the rear. The ETC can be differentiated from the ESC by its monochromatic treatment and seven-spoke aluminum wheels. The car has a wheelbase of 108 inches, and uses frameless window glass for a distinct look. The last significant change in the Eldorado’s exterior styling can be traced back to 1995, when it got updated side cladding and front and rear bumpers, and a new front grille.
Both models of the 2001 Cadillac Eldorado get a stylish, yet functional, dashboard. However, the level of detail and overall quality is lesser than that found in imported luxury coupes. The ETC model gets a slightly more stylish dashboard with well-placed controls. The front seats offer lots of legroom, headroom, and shoulder room, although the heavy and wide doors tend to be too awkward to handle properly. Moreover, the thick roof pillars at the rear reduce the overall visibility by a large margin. The rear seats are roomy enough for two adults, but entry and exit is difficult for the rear bench. Unfortunately, this problem persists for most other four-passenger coupes.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Cadillac Eldorado uses the 4.6-liter, Northstar V-8 engine. The rated horsepower is different for the engine in the ESC models ETC models, even though both of them are mostly the same. The engine in the ETC model delivers 300 horsepower, while the engine in the ESC model can deliver 275 horsepower. Both engines use a four-speed automatic transmission.
The 2001 Cadillac Eldorado gives a difference of 25 horsepower between both engines, which does not translate to a significant difference in the acceleration. Both models offer quick and powerful acceleration. The automatic transmission does its job well, providing quick and responsive gear changes. The ETC uses a firmer suspension and larger tires, which makes it less responsive at city-going speeds than the ESC. In fact, the ETC model is more tuned for highway rides. The ESC offers a soft suspension, but it tends to get too soft at times. On the other hand, the firm suspension of the ETC provides better controls, although most of bumps on roads are felt in the cabin. Similarly, the ESC handles adequately, but lacks the energy present in the ETC, which steers more precisely as well.
The 2001 Cadillac Eldorado gets traction control, OnStar security, an assistance system from GM, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard. However, the car is the only one produced by Cadillac that does not offer front side airbags. There are no crash test results available.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac Eldorado: 15/25 mpg city/highway
- Powerful engine
- Smooth performance
- Distinctive exterior
You Won't Like
- Bulky size
- Poor rear visibility
- Problematic entry and exit
The road to El Dorado is paved with style.
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