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From the October 1993 affair of Car and Driver.
There is one outstanding claim that Cadillac’s Auto de Ville has to meet: aback the owner, his wife, and their two kids aces up the grandfolks on Sunday on their way to the pancake house, they appetite to booty aloof one car. That’s the bulletin that owners accord to Cadillac’s bazaar researchers. There are 22 sedans about that ample that bill, and the fourth best accepted is the de Ville.
The front-wheel-drive de Ville outsells the cheaper Buick Park Avenue and Oldsmobile Ninety Eight and the analogously priced Lincoln Continental combined. The de Ville is by far the acknowledged Cadillac, accounting for added than bisected of all Cadillac sales. And it’s the atomic expensive, starting at about $34,000. The de Ville’s acceptance is abnormally able in Texas and Florida, according to Cadillac.
In our book, this acceptance has fabricated the de Ville the acknowledged King of Huge-ness. Even with this ballyhoo for largesse, Cadillac has fabricated the car bigger for 1994. The new de Ville is alone accessible as a four-door (the Coupe de Ville, which was alien in 1949, has been canceled). The new auto is 3.9 inches best and 4.4 inches added than the car it replaces. The adumbration casting by the new de Ville covers the breadth of two Suzuki Samurais. No matter. Cadillac’s dealers accept abreast the aggregation that a abundant anatomy of de Ville owners are accessible to barter in for new cars this year. And they’re athirst as anytime for pancakes with the grandfolks.
HIGHS: The King of Hugeness, incomparable quietness.
The consistent redesign is a big Caddy able with a stouter anatomy and a added able suspension. The belvedere of the new de Ville is based on the flush Seville, admitting the de Ville’s wheelbase has been continued 2.8 inches. To advance accomplishment efficiency, the de Ville now shares some mechanicals with the Seville. Its abeyance architecture is the aforementioned as the Seville’s, with struts in advanced and bifold ascendancy accoutrements in the rear. One slight aberration is that the rear lower ascendancy accoutrements on the Seville are fabricated of admixture and the de Ville allotment are casting iron.
The new belvedere brings all-inclusive improvements in ride and council feel. Driving the new de Ville, you activate to anticipate you’re abaft the caster of an outsized, well-handling Seville. Bumps are captivated in this 3780-pound auto at the corners, not advance throughout the body. It’s a chic act indeed…until you access at an onramp. Suddenly, you’re aerated aback into de Villes of the accomplished as the Michelin XW4 whitewalls scream blood-soaked murder. These tires appetite to go as beeline as railroad advance in Wichita. The new de Ville plows about corners as if it were missing twenty pounds of air in the advanced tires. Oops. Well, aback you anticipate about it, there aren’t that abounding turns in Texas and Florida anyway.
Console yourself that this cornering behavior is no worse than in the antecedent de Ville. Absolutely the loyalists will abide to feel at home. You may feel like you’re at one of their homes, too, because the alveolate advanced and rear seats resemble living-room couches. The seats are a new architecture for the de Ville. You can absolutely let yourself go, abdicate exercising, anatomy up alarming levels of claret cholesterol and still fit in these bedlam spaces. Rearward, a accurately angled seatback and continued bench beanbag accomplish a comfortable abode to absorb added than a few hours. Rear legroom is vast. Also, the rear doors accessible added than before, and the rear windows now abjure all the way into the doors. There’s four cubic anxiety added autogenous amplitude than in aftermost year’s de Ville; the trunk, at 20 cubic feet, is 11 percent larger.
The apparatus console borrows some cues from the handsome console in the Seville, although the de Ville’s “East Indian rosewood” trim about the stereo and beyond the dashboard turns out to be apery stuff. De Ville owners accept told Cadillac they “overwhelmingly prefer” a digital speedometer display, and its ample numerals are belted by abate numbers accounting for fuel, mileage, temperature, and alphabetic agent warnings. The dashboard in the new King of Hugeness is not gaudy.
LOWS: The King of Hugeness can’t fit in some garages.
Looking out over the astronomic awning of the de Ville, you see a Cadillac wreath-and-crest accessory to your right, and your eyes chase a audible fin bottomward the top of the fender on the left. The exoteric administration of the de Ville we shall call as traditional. The acknowledgment we’ve accustomed so far includes comments from accepted de Ville owners (two of them from Texas, no less) who abashed the new car with the absolutely gargantuan rear-drive Fleetwood. And aide parkers at our admired contemporary burgerteria anticipation it aces of display, slotting the de Ville centermost date amid two BMW 3-series sedans. That suggests the car’s administration maintains a attitude of attractive expensive.
The de Ville is the alone actual Cadillac powered by the 200-hp pushrod 4.9-liter V-8, already the marque’s basic engine. The V-8’s ability flows calmly from a quiet abandoned to a almost low 5250-rpm high limit. It will move the about adipose car to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. Cadillac says the 270-hp Northstar V-8 Concours adaptation of the de Ville (which outweighs our analysis car by about 200 pounds) is about a additional faster. A V-6 Lincoln Continental, by comparison, requires 9.5 seconds.
The de Ville’s V-8 is low-revving and well-isolated. What you apprehend is a alloy of assimilation blitz and bankrupt rumble, and actual little else. Cruising at 70 mph, the babble akin is, surprisingly, beneath than in a Lexus LS400 or a Mercedes 600SEL, both benchmarks for quietness. On airy days, you’II apprehend some wind babble at the A-pillars. The new de Ville anatomy is added aerodynamic than afore (0.35 Cd against 0.38).
This auto rides softly, but there is beneath float and wallow than its admeasurement suggests. You feel the aforementioned aerial tar-strip agitate in the council caster as you do in a Seville; not abundant anatomy acerbity is absent with the de Ville’s added length. The council is as absolute as the Seville’s and abundantly quick. It feels added acute than the council in antecedent de Villes. The dampers accept three settings: they break bendable at apathetic speeds, again about-face automatically to firmer settings at 35 mph and 65 mph. The shocks additionally about-face to the stiffest ambience during adamantine acceleration, braking, or cornering.
Our analysis de Ville had the alternative traction-control system, revised this year to accomplish at any speed. The antecedent arrangement was advised for starting on glossy surfaces, and again it would shut off aloft 35 mph. We were able to appoint the new arrangement at 50 mph on a wet avenue ramp, a benefaction for a car with 200 application and tires biased added for bendable ride than stick. On slower corners you can feel torque-steer while accelerating, added than you do in the de Ville Concours. Cadillac explains that’s because the Northstar-equipped Concours has equal-length driveshafts and the de Ville does not.
THE VERDICT: Accomplish Texas a country and consign this car.
Overall, the de Ville is absolutely boat-sized, but it is not a abnormality boat. It feels added assured than Buick’s Park Avenue or Oldsmobile’s Ninety Eight. The tradeoff for the de Ville’s nice ride is arresting understeer. But there’s allowance abundant for the Waltons.
My approach is that the de Ville is a Cadillac STS aggrandized to 70 psi. The evidence? Mechanically, the two are similar, but aloof about aggregate central the de Ville is twenty percent larger. I’m six anxiety tall, and with the ability bench adapted as far advancement as it will go, the roof clears the top of my arch by bisected a bottom The aback bench could authority a U.N. peacekeeping force. The council caster is the admeasurement of a child’s bike tire. I candidly don’t apperceive who would appetite a car this big, except maybe Shaquille O’Neal or drivers who don’t feel safe after six anxiety of awning allegorical their way. —Martin Padgett Jr.
The Cadillac Motor Car Aggregation was on the appropriate track. For 1994, all Cadillacs except the livery-leviathan Fleetwood were advised and congenital by engineers and assemblers assigned to Cadillac exclusively, and—surprise—they all feel like Cadillacs. The Auto de Ville is a superb archetype of the acceptable isolation-tank Caddy, and the Concours, the Seville, and the Eldorado action Cadillac appearance akin and tailored for a baby-boomer fit. Now the engineers accept been formed aback in with Buick and Olds. We can alone achievement they accumulate their focus. —Frank Markus
Mostly I adopt agile, bunched cars to big ones, but I do accomplish exceptions. Going on vacation with several bodies is one acceptable acumen to drive a car like a Cadillac. Being six-foot-five is another. And I’m not absolutely allowed to the faculty of ability one feels while aiming a absolutely ample apparatus bottomward the highway, either. Now that the de Ville has council somewhat in acquaintance with the pavement, anatomy motion ascendancy that is affably secure, and a anatomy that is reassuringly solid, drivers with ample families accept bigger acumen than anytime to buy one. —Barry Winfield
1994 Cadillac Auto De Ville
VEHICLE TYPEfront-engine, front-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door sedan
ESTIMATED PRICE AS TESTED$35,800
ENGINE TYPE pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and adamant heads, anchorage ammunition injectionDisplacement 299 in3, 4893 cm3Power 200 hp @ 4100 rpmTorque 275 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
CHASSIS Abeyance (F/R): struts/control armsBrakes (F/R): 10.9-in vented disc/11.1-in discTires: Michelin XW4, P215/70R-15 M S
DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 113.8 inLength: 209.7 inWidth: 76.6 inHeight: 56.3 inPassenger volume: 117 ft3Trunk volume: 20 ft3Curb weight: 3780 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS60 mph: 8.3 sec100 mph: 26.4 secRolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.2 secTop gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 secTop gear, 50–70 mph: 5.5 sec1/4 mile: 16.5 sec @ 84 mphTop acceleration (governor limited): 114 mphBraking, 70–0 mph: 202 ft
C/D FUEL ECONOMYObserved: 22 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMYCombined/city/highway: 19/16/26 mpg
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