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2000 Cadillac Seville Review
Cadillac luxury with attitude.
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Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Seville SLS, Cadillac Seville STS
The 2000 Cadillac Seville gets an improved Northstar V-8 engine along with a new airbag suppression system for all models. The StabiliTrak, which is a stability control system by GM, is revised for this model year as well. The STS and SLS models get two, new optional features: an advanced navigation system and a new ultrasonic rear parking assist system. Two new exterior colors are also introduced for the 2000 Cadillac Seville.
The 2000 Cadillac Seville has an overall length of 201 inches, making the front-wheel version six inches shorter than the Cadillac DeVille. The car has been deliberately made into a smaller car because it is the key import for Cadillac, and most European garages would not be able to hold a car longer than the current Seville.
The SLS and STS models of the 2000 Cadillac Seville come with front bucket seats as standard. However, these seats can be fitted with the adaptive seating feature offered by Cadillac. This feature adds 10 air cells in key positions of the seat. These air cells change pressure in four-minute intervals for adapting the seat to the occupant and his or her posture while sitting. A navigation system with a five-inch color display on the dashboard is available as an option for the 2000 Cadillac Seville. Legroom and headroom are ample for the front seats but only adequate for the rear seats. The narrow door bottoms at the rear make entry and exit a little problematic.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Cadillac Seville features a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that has been revised to meet the low emission standards and achieve a lower noise and fuel consumption. The engine in the SLS is capable of delivering 275 horsepower, while the engine in the STS delivers 300 horsepower. Both engines deliver impressive performances. The engine in the SLS focuses more on delivering power at low speeds, while the engine in the STS focuses on high-end power. The transmission works smoothly and is responsive with both engines.
The SLS has a relatively soft suspension as compared to the STS, giving it a more luxurious and conventional ride. The STS, with its firm suspension and aggressive tires, makes the ride a little more exciting but fails to absorb as many bumps as the SLS. The 2000 Cadillac Seville offers just about adequate handling and steering as compared to its European rivals. The STS has a more athletic handling characteristic, but the steering wheel tugs at hard takeoffs, and the power steering tends to lag a little.
The 2000 Cadillac Seville comes with a new standard airbag suppression system that prevents the front passenger airbag from getting deployed if the seat is empty or occupied by a child who weighs less than 66 pounds. The car also gets an ultrasonic warning system that is activated when the reverse gear is engaged. This feature, however, is optional. It uses sensors located in the rear bumper to alert the driver with lights and chimes when the car is within five feet of an object at its rear. Standard safety features include side-impact airbags up front, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, and an anti-skid system.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Superb build and engineering
- Contemporary styling
- Smooth and refined engine
- Lots of features
You Won't Like
- Lack of resale value
- Costly maintenance and repair costs
Cadillac luxury with attitude.
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