Cadillac Throwback: The 2002 Cadillac Seville Featured Power, Luxury, and a Smooth Ride
If you happen to pass a 2002 Cadillac Seville on your way to work, then you may not give the vehicle much thought and that’s kind of understandable; it’s not as powerful as the new 464 horsepower 2016 Cadillac ATS-V or as easy on the eyes as a classic 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood 60, but if you take just one ride in the 2002 Seville, then you’ll realize it offers one of the most comfortable, quiet, and smoothest rides possible from an automobile.
The 2002 Cadillac Seville SLS came equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 engine good for 275 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The STS trim also featured a 4.6-liter V8 engine, but it came with an upgraded 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The STS trim is also notable for being the first vehicle to feature MagneRide suspension, which was very high tech for its time. The 2002 Seville also featured a four-speed automatic transmission and was a front-wheel drive vehicle only.
Photos: 2002 Cadillac Seville STS
If you’ve never driven a Cadillac with a V8 engine before, then the best comparison to tapping the gas pedal on the SLS or STS for the first time would be like the sensation of being on the fastest roller coaster at the amusement park when it first rockets forward.
Fuel economy was respectable for this sedan, as it got an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The vehicle’s efficiency was also aided by 18.5 gallons of fuel tank capacity, which allowed it to travel a longer distance, without being required to stop for refueling.
The exterior of this sedan was very sleek and came in a number of color options, such as: Blue Onyx, Cashmere, Crimson Pearl, Dark Bronzemist Metallic, Graphite, Sable Black, Seqoia, Sterling, and White Diamond.
The interior of the 2002 SLS was also pretty comfortable and luxurious for its time, featuring heated driver and passenger seats made with leather, three-zone climate control, external temperature display, trip computer, and a folding arm rest with storage capacity.
Unfortunately, for Cadillac fans, the Seville’s classic body style was discontinued in 2004, but on the bright side, if power and performance is what you’re looking for in a luxury sedan, than look no further than the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, capable of 640 horsepower and a top speed of 200 mph, making it the most power vehicle in Cadillac’s 113-year history.