The 2002 model year marks the 50th model year for the Cadillac Eldorado, and also its last model year. To commemorate this milestone, and swan song, for the full-size two door coupe, Cadillac released a special Collectors Series edition of the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado ETC model. The new special edition will be produced in three batches of 532 cars to mark the first year that the Cadillac Eldorado hit the streets. Other than the edition of this new model of the coupe, the other two models of the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado remain unchanged from the 2001 model year.
Body Styles: two-door coupe
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Eldorado ESC, Cadillac Eldorado ETC, Cadillac Eldorado ETC Collectors Series
The only change to the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado for its final year of production was the addition of the limited run Collectors Series ETC model. As well as having a limited number of cars produced in batches to commemorate the first year of production of the Cadillac Eldorado, the Collectors Series ETC model had design cues that also hearkened back to those days. They are only available in red or white, the initial two colors of the Cadillac Eldorado, have exhausts that are tuned to sound like the original versions, and have a plaque mounted on the dash that provides the sequence of production of each car. They also have 16-inch wheels and a unique crest and wreath.
From the outside, this large coupe has a formal persona with a profile that is marked with wide rear pillars and frameless windows. All models of the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado are unchanged from the previous year. In fact, the exterior style of the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado has remained the same since 1995 when front and rear bumpers and side cladding was updated and a new grille was introduced. Both models are virtually the same from the exterior, with the only differences being that the ETC model has a monochromatic exterior color and seven-spoke aluminum wheels. All models of the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado are the same size and are equipped with 16-inch wheels as standard.
The interior of the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado is lined with luxurious leather and wood trim. Designed to seat five passengers, with three across a bench seat in the rear, adults may find the space cramped. As well as limited space for three adults, some passengers may find climbing in and out of the rear seats difficult through the two front doors.
Both models of the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado are fully equipped with comfort and convenience standard features, including eight-way power front bucket seats, heated, power mirrors, heated driver seat, and dual-zone climate controls. Upgrading to the ETC models also includes 12-way power heated seats, an upgraded Bose audio system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a memory package. The OnStar communications system is standard for all models of the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Cadillac Eldorado is equipped with a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine. In ESC model, it produces 275 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, while in the ETC models, it produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. All models come with a four-speed automatic transmission only.
Both variants of the V-8 engine provide plenty of power to make the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado models quick. The automatic transmission is smooth and responsive making the ESC model better at around town driving and the ETC models ideal for the highway. Steering is adequate in the ESC and slightly better in the ETC, but can still feel heavy and uncommunicative. Both provide a smooth and comfortable ride, but the soft suspension of the ESC can lead to less precise handling than the firmer suspension of the ETC.
Standard safety equipment found in all models of the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and traction control. Stability control is standard for the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado ETC models, but is available as only an option for the ESC models. Side impact airbags are not available for any models of the 2002 Cadillac Eldorado.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac Eldorado: 16/25 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-8 engine
- Smooth and comfortable ride
- Plush interior
You Won't Like
- Rear visibility
- Entry and exit to the rear seating area
- Dated platform and exterior design
Final year of an all-American luxury V-8 coupe with a long legacy.
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