1996 Cadillac Fleetwood

  • 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Base Sedan

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1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Review

Luxury sedan that is a few decades past its prime.

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The 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood has been around for over 70 years as a body style and model. Until 1984, it was a body style that available across the range of Cadillacs. Since then, it has been an independent model and has become the epitome of the oversized luxury sedan. It brings this long-running name to a close since the model will be discontinued after this year. It leaves production as one of the longest and heaviest production cars, and it alohas a powerful engine under the hood and a luxurious interior.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Fleetwood

What's New

The 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood is in its final year and as such, receives only three updates. The audio system is new, the center storage armrest is altered, and there is wiring put in place for Cadillac’s Dual Mode cellular phone.


The 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood is long, dated, and not all that attractive. The partially covered rear wheels are straight out of 1955, and the large grille takes over the front end. The availability of a vinyl roof shows just how out-of-touch Cadillac is since that option is outdated.


The 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood is absolutely cavernous, which is able to seat six adult passengers comfortably. The trunk is large enough to carry a few days’ worth of luggage for those six passengers. It comes with power everything including locks, windows, mirrors, driver’s seat, passenger’s seat, and antenna. Leather seats are an option as are heated front and rear seats and a power moonroof. There’s plenty of glass, but the pillars are incredibly thick and have the possibility of creating blind spots to the side and rear.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood performs admirably with the V-8, which puts out 260 horsepower. While it weighs over 4400 pounds empty and is almost 19 feet long, it cruises quite nicely on the highway. Unfortunately, it becomes a terribly awkward whale when trying to turn. The suspension is mushy, and the turning radius is marginally better than a dump truck. Even on the highway, changing lanes quickly creates body roll that must be paid attention to. Thankfully, the large anti-lock brakes that are standard equipment bring it to a stop in short order.


The 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood comes standard with a number of safety features, which include four-wheel antilock brakes, driver and passenger front airbags, traction control, and daytime running lights.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac Fleetwood: 15/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great passenger and cargo room
  • Reliable

You Won't Like

  • Exterior design is two decades out of date
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Mushy suspension
  • Too long for any sort of maneuverability

Sum Up

Luxury sedan that is a few decades past its prime.

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