The Cadillac DeVille is a mode that has in production since 1958 with the 1959 model year. This model was offered through 2005 when it was offered for the final year, having had a highly successful run as the top-selling model that was produced by Cadillac.
It began with the 1949 Coupe de Ville trim which served as the inspiration for the multiple generations of the vehicle that made Cadillac a major contender in the luxury auto industry.
Here are the top 20 best DeVille models of all time as ranked by consumers in its 45 years of producing some of the most beloved luxury cars of all time.
20. 2001 Cadillac DeVille
The 2001 edition of the DeVille was the least popular throughout its history but it still received a high rating of 3.9 out of a possible five. The rationale for the low rating was possible that consumers had grown accustomed to a plethora of new updates and the 2001 model could have seemed a bit lackluster, but there were still loyal to the brand that kept sales steady and profitable for Cadillac.
19. 2000 Cadillac DeVille
The 2000 models also received a 3.9 customer satisfaction rating, making it the 19th most popular. It was a great car that came out with a new technology called Night Vision. It operated from heat sensors and a camera mounted in the center of the grille, that sent back information that displayed images detected on a head-up display.
This was a big innovation that Cadillac enthusiasts loved. There were a few notable features as Cadillac maintained its habit of redesigning the DeVille, along with a shortening of the overall length by 3 inches for a more modern aesthetic.
They also offered a new lineup with the base Deville, along with two new options. The DTS was the touring sedan that offered an array of high tech and sportier features and the DHS was the full meal deal when it comes to luxury options, enhanced entertainment, and creature comforts.
18. 1999 Cadillac DeVille
In 1999, The DeVille received a 4.1 rating for its comfort and luxury features. This model maintained its 275 horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine that took premium gasoline. This was matched with a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive with a front-wheel-drive powertrain.
It came with an optional cold weather package featuring an engine block heater and a heated windshield. It was available in the 4-door Sedan model and the 2 door coupe for those who wanted a sportier aesthetic, also available in three trims with 23 exterior colors available.
17. 1994 Cadillac DeVille Concours
This variant of the 1994 DeVille recei high marks of 4.1 out of 5 for the host of safety features. The car came standard with ABS, traction control, ANS brakes, immobilizer, dual front impact airbags, remote keyless entry, rear child safety locks and power lock doors with an optional security system.
It was fully loaded and the infotainment for creature comforts featured a cassette player which was standard at the time, with an AM/FFM radio that could be upgraded to a CD player. It also featured a graphic equalizer, seek-scan, a power antenna, a primary monitor touchscreen, and an 11-speaker system that was upgradeable to a 22-speaker system.
16. 2003 Cadillac DeVille
The 2003 DeVille was most highly rated for its comfort, receiving a 4.6 with lower rating none of which dipped below the 4.0 mark for value for cost, reliability, aesthetics, and technology. This model remained among the best selling in the Cadillac lineup. The seating configurations allowed for seating for 5-6 with plenty of head and leg-room but 4 recalls decreased the confidence of the safety of this model year resulting in lower overall ratings of 4.1.
15. 2005 Cadillac DeVille
2005 was the last model year for the Cadillac DeVille, completing a successful 45 years of production. This model was rated with a 4.3 out of a possible five which shows us that there were still plenty of loyals out there, but it was time for the model to relinquish its reign to make room for a new and more modern model. There weren't a lot of changes made to 2005 but it maintained the features from its previous edition which were well-received.
14. 2002 Cadillac DeVille
The 2002 DeVille received a redesign that got a thumbs up from enthusiasts who gave it an overall rating of 4.4. They also liked Night Vision technology as an added safety feature.
This remained the best-selling luxury sedan in the United States market for 2002 and added a few nifty features including XM satellite radio towards the end of the model year, advanced DVD-based navigation system, and the addition of dual-stage airbags with express up adn down front windows.
2002 was available in the base model featuring a 275 horsepower engine or an upgrade to the DTS sedan with 300 horsepower and a sporty version, or the even more luxurious DHS model. This version also received a softer appearance with rounding off some of its exterior lines.
13. 1959 Cadillac DeVille
This was the first production year for the model and it was well-received by the public. It had the large tailfins with dual bullet taillights. it was available in a 4-door sedan with a choice of four or six windows in a hardtop, with luxury power seats. The two-speed window wipers were also a popular feature. There were more than 53,000 sold in its first year of retail sales.
12. 1960 Cadillac DeVille
The second-year model received numerous upgrades and a redesign. The fins were calmed down and not quite as high or sharp for the 1960 model year and the overall aesthetic was more restrained and a bit smoother.
Special script nameplates adorned the rear fenders adn the models came with power brakes, power steering, dual back-up lights, an automatic transmission, two-way power seats, power windows, and a vanity mirror. You also had your choice of Chadwick cloth. leather or Cambray cloth for the interior.
11. 1962 Cadillac DeVille
The 1962 DeVille was given a facelift with a thicker horizontal center bar, more delicate cross-hatching and a flatter grille. This changed the initial appearance giving it a more modern aesthetic. More chrome ws applied to the trim panel with a ribbed textured chrome. The rear taillights were inset in vertical nacelles and a host of standard equipment was added.
This included remote-controlled outside rearview mirror, a heater and defroster along with front cornering lamps, along with more insulation behind the firewall and on the floor to give it a quieter ride. There were a total of 71,883 units sold in this model year.
10. 1963 Cadillac DeVille
Once again, the design team at Cadillac granted a restyle for the 1963 model. they offered a bolder and lengthier appearance for the exterior with a redesign of the deck lids and hoods with a lower profile and an elimination of the side body sculpting with flush-fender dual headlights.
Options for the bucket seating included nylon, leather or wool upholstery fabrics along with genuine wood veneer facings for the seatbacks, doors and the dashboard. A record number of 143 interior options were available.
9. 1964 Cadillac DeVille
1964 received only minor changes including a new grille that extended to the body sides. The tailfins were still present and featured a fine blade design. There were some enhancements to performance including a larger V8 engine for a boost in power. This was the first year for the 429 cubic inch engine that offered 340 horsepower for enhanced performance. It was also the first year that Cadillac offered the DeVille in a convertible platform. This model year sold more than 110,000 units.
8. 1968 Cadillac DeVille
This model year brought changes in the grilles with the insertion of a finer mesh wtih an outer section that featured a step-down design. True to its tradition, Cadillac delivered an alteration for the rear-end styling with a new take on the deck lid and the elongation of the hood by 8.5 inches to accommodate a new hidden windshield wiper-washer which offered three speeds for greater versatility.
It was offered in a choice of 20 exterior paint colors and it also featured a new 472 cubic inch V8 engine rated at 375 horsepower. This was the last year that the DeVille would come with stacked dual headlights.
7. 1973 Cadillac DeVille
1973 was one of the better years for the Cadillac DeVille with a record sale of 216,243 units delivered to new owners. The car featured a new energy-absorbing bumper along with wider and more intricate grilles. There were a lot of stylistic changes made to this model wtih a flatter upper section housing, recessed license plates, rear side marker lamps and more.
The door panels featured larger and stronger pull-straps with soft pillow door treatments. A new option was an illuminated vanity mirror. This would be the last year that a true hardtop version would be offered.
6. 1996 Cadillac DeVille Concours Sedan
The 1996 Concours Sedan was one of the most popular models with a rating of 4.7 out of 5. This car featured a standard 4.6-liter V8 engine that took premium gasoline with an average combined mpg of 20-22.
It was mated with the same 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Drivers enjoyed the comfort and reliability of this model year, particularly the standard automatic temperature control, illuminated glove box, and driver/passenger vanity mirrors, power windows, trunk hatch, and auto-latch, remote keyless entry, rear air conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, and optional garage door transmitter.
A trailer towing package with a trailering harness, and engine oil cooler was also available for a nominal fee.
5. 1998 Cadillac DeVille Elegance 4-door Sedan
Tied with the 1996 DeVille Concours is the 1998 model year in the Elegance Sedan edition. It was equipped with the lower horsepower 275 hp 4.6-liter V8 with the same transmission and only available in one exterior color.
It offered the ultimate in comfort and luxury with standard leather upholstery and leatherette door panel trim, carpeted cargo space, power passenger seats, carpet on the lower door panels, 6-way power passenger seat, driver fore/aft adjustment front and rear center armrest with storage, 8 power driver seat adjustments, full carpet floor covering, reclining driver seat, heated front seats with height adjustment, and a leather steering wheel.
4. 1997 Cadillac DeVille
The 1997 model was available in the base sedan, the Concours and the Elegance variations. It was offered in 14 exterior colors and 7 interior color combinations. Some of the favored options for this edition were the comfort and convenience package that came with 4-way power lumbar support seats, and a memory package for an easier return to the original or programmed configuration for maximum lumbar support for different drivers.
You could also opt for a trailer towing package for hauling up to 3000 additional pounds with the special hits. It came with a trailer wiring harness and regular oil and HD radiator coolers to prevent overheating. This model received a high rating of 4.8 out of 5 for all of its bells and whistles.
3. 1995 Cadillac DeVille
The 1995 edition of the DeVille was tied with 1997 in popularity. It was offered in the base 4-door Sedan edition with 6 seats or the 5-seat Concours edition. The standard features were luxurious but there were some great upgrades available such as the switch in the infotainment system to a CD player which at the time was state-of-the-art. This model came with all the bells and whistles that one would expect in a luxury touring car.
2. 1992 Cadillac DeVille
1992 was most notable for its comfort ratings which were a perfect 5 from consumers. The overall score was 4.8 with high marks for having all of the bells and whistles you would appreciate in the ultimate luxury car. Although the gas mileage was just 20 mpg combined, it was considered reasonable by most.
It was the car of choice for taking a road trip with plenty of technology, a comfortable ride thanks to the new air shocks and nimble handling for driver enjoyment on longer trips. It was spacious and comfortable with an attractive interior and exterior aesthetic and there wasn't much that you couldn't love about the 1992 DeVille.
1. 1993 Cadillac DeVille
The 1993 DeVille received ratings of 4.9 with as close to perfection as you were going to come. Drivers gave this model a perfect 5 out of 5 for reliability, comfort, and value for the money. The next best score was handed down at 4.9 for performance and exterior styling with a 4.8 for interior design. This was truly the most popular model of all time as described by owners who couldn't say enough about their Caddy.
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