The 2001 Cadillac Seville is a luxury sedan that has been in production since 1974. The car was first launched in 1975 in response to the growing sales of luxury imports from Europe, such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The car is named after the Spanish province of Seville, which is popular for its rich history and architecture. The Seville name was first used by Cadillac for the hardtop version of the 1956 Eldorado before it was used on the 1975 model. The 2001 Cadillac Seville is part of the fifth generation that began in 1998. This generation of the Seville is also the first Cadillac that was launched with a European type-approval number in Europe.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Seville SLS, Cadillac Seville STS
The 2001 Cadillac Seville STS gets a tire pressure monitoring system along with an Infotainment radio, 17-inch chrome wheels, hands-free integrated cell phone, and high-intensity discharge headlights. This model year also sees the availability of the OnStar safety, security, and information system as standard on the STS and optional on the SLS. Finally, two new packages for the SLS and three new packages for the STS are unveiled for this production year.
The 2001 Cadillac Seville is based on a new version of the K-body platform, which was also used by the Oldsmobile Aurora. The car has a wheelbase of 112.2 inches, and an overall length of 201 inches, which makes it shorter than the Cadillac DeVille and the previous generation of the Seville. The 2001 Cadillac Seville’s length is reduced because it is Cadillac’s key import. In fact, this Seville is the first Cadillac to be sold in other right-hand drive markets like Japan.
The 2001 Cadillac Seville comes with front bucket seats as standard, and can be fitted with the adaptive seating feature offered by Cadillac. With this system, 10 air cells located in the seat upholstery change in pressure in four-minute intervals for adapting the seat to the position of the occupant. The Seville has a modern dash with analog instrument dials and clearly marked and accessible controls. The car can be fitted with an optional navigation system that adds a five-inch color display to the dashboard. Touch-screen controls are also optional. The interior materials used in this sedan are actually among the best found in any American car, although the overall fit and finish does not quite compare with the luxury imports.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Cadillac Seville is fitted with a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine, but the rated output varies with the model. The engine present in the STS is rated to deliver 300 horsepower, while the engine in the SLS delivers 275 horsepower. Both engines get the same four-speed automatic transmission. Since both engines are almost the same, acceleration is strong for both the STS and SLS. However, the slight difference in horsepower ratings makes the STS suitable for fast and strong highway responses, and the SLS is suitable for city-going muscle power. The four-speed automatic transmission offers quick and smooth shifts with both engines. The Seville SLS offers a plush ride similar to its previous generations. The STS, on the other hand, gets a firmer suspension and aggressive tires, making the ride less smooth. The Seville is one of the few cars with front drive, but this makes it less agile than most of its competitors. The SLS handles only barely as well as its European competitors. The STS offers better handling, but it still does not match the best luxury sedan imports at present.
The 2001 Cadillac Seville comes with front side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control as standard safety features. There are no crash test results available for the car now.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac Seville: 15/25 mpg city/highway
- Well-crafted car
- Contemporary styling
- Smooth and refined V-8
- Lots of features inside the car
You Won't Like
- Poor resale value
- High repair costs
Shows why Cadillac is the American luxury standard.
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