The Cadillac Seville became a popular luxury sedan in the middle of the 1970s era. It provided the comfort that Caddy enthusiasts came to expect but in a smaller size. The Seville was a unique model in the evolution of the brand because of the less boat-like appearance. JD Power's Nada Guidelines other models would follow to capitalize on the niche group of consumers who were looking for something that offered all Caddilac's amenities minus the longer wheelbase. Cadillac produced the Seville line from 1975 through 2004 in a long and successful production run. For your enjoyment, we offer a list of the ten best Cadillac Seville models of all-time.
10. 1976 Cadillac Seville
The 1976 Cadillac Seville was the first model year of production. It was termed an "internationally-sized" Caddy, released for sale in the latter part of 1975, according to JD Power. The Seville was more like a smaller version of the Deville, nearly 1,000 pounds lighter with agile handling that made parking easier with the smaller size. Cadillac didn't skimp on the luxury features. All of the first 2,000 Sevilles made were the dame Georgian silver color with no variation in standard equipment.
9. 1998 Cadillac Seville STS
The Seville for 1998 offered a front-wheel-drive feature as well as a lengthened wheelbase. Drivers were thrilled with the new dual-zone climate control, cruise control, traction control, and self-leveling suspension. This model marked the beginning of a new generation in the Seville line, and it was an exciting time for Cadillac fans. New technology included a CD changer, OnStar, and a unique windshield wiper system that sensed rain was an available option. The STS trim came equipped with a 4.6-liter V-8 Northstar engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission delivering 300 horsepower.
8. 1978 Seville Elegante
The Elegante/Biarritz variant of the Seville was produced from 1978 through 1988, remaining a popular package for the model for a solid decade. According to Wikia.org, the 1979 edition made the optional package even more desirable by offering the initial black and silver two-tone exterior paint along with a new copper shade in two-tone. The matching leather interior was standard in these deluxe trims. Wire wheels added to the stylishness on the exterior with perforated styling for the leather seats. Through time, more color options became available.
7. 1979 Seville Gucci
Cadillac partnered with the designer fashion brand Gucci, to go in on a special edition of the Seville. The Gucci Seville went on sale in a choice of three colors that included medium brown, black, or white. The exterior received a revamp that included Gucci branded components such as the double G fabric patters with an interlocking G on the wheel covers, a Gucci hood ornament, and more.
6. Seville Convertible
There was a craze for a modified version of the Seville between 1976 and 1979. This modification resulted in a shortened version featuring a two-door vehicle with the back seat still intact. Other customized versions lengthened the wheelbase of a standard 4-door Seville. These were popular modes in the middle to the late 1970s, but they were not factory productions. Instead, the mods were made by custom coachbuilders, according to Wikia.org.
5. 1995 Cadillac Seville
Cars.com ranked the 1995 model year of the Seville as one of the most popular for its era. Their consumer reviews gave it a 4.8 out of 5-star rating that is close to perfection. Consumers ranked this car with a score of 4.8 on performance and reliability. It received a perfect 5 for interior design and as a value for the price.
4. 1997 Cadillac Seville
Similar high ratings issued for the 1995 model appeared again for the 1997 edition. While the 1995 model received a few lower numbers down to 3.8, all consumer reviews were at least 4.6 or higher for the later model year. These factors place it as the fourth-best model, according to Cars.com reviews.
3. 2000 Cadillac Seville
Cars.com reports that the Seville received a load of new features for the 2000 model year. Ratings went up to 4.8 out of 5 because of a safety feature provided by the front passenger airbag. Weight sensors determine if a deployment is necessary, protecting smaller adults and children from the danger of injury. The front end was redesigned, shortening the length by 6 inches under the DeVille of the same year. The interior featured pressure control that changed every few minutes to adapt to the position of the occupant for optimum comfort. A new navigation system with touch screen controls on the dashboard were other additions that made this model more attractive.
2. 2002 Cadillac Seville STS
The Cadillac Information Forum offers that the best model year for the Seville was the 2002 and 2004 editions. In 2002, Cadillac made some changes in the design of the head bolts. There had previously been issues with the gaskets, and this decreased the number of problems. The car retained all of its other attractive features, and the application of this fix made it even better.
1. 2004 Cadillac Seville STS
Consumers hose the 2004 Cadillac Seville STS as the top choice for the later models. The 2004 Seville STS was the most beautiful of all the Sevilles from the viewpoint of aesthetics. The previous corrections made to the head bolts in 2002 needed more work. Another redesign eliminated the issues with the gaskets.
The fix made the Seville STS model the most reliable of all other model years. The interior of this Caddy is luxurious and designed for the ultimate in driver and passenger comfort. It remains the number one choice when stacked up against all other Cadillac Seville models.
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