2001 Cadillac Catera

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2001 Cadillac Catera

Available in 1 styles:  2001 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan shown
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Kelley Blue Book Retail
$1,900

Est. MPG

17 city / 24 hwy


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Vehicle Overview
The Catera is Cadillac’s entry-level model and is built by Opel, General Motors’ German subsidiary. It is Cadillac’s only model with rear-wheel drive and the only one that does not have a V-8 engine.

Like all Cadillacs, the Catera comes standard with GM’s OnStar satellite-based communication system that includes emergency services and help with finding destinations. Two premium services will be added later in the model year: “personal calling,” which allows hands-free, voice-activated calls from the car without an additional cellular phone contract, and “virtual advisor,” another voice-activated system that provides Internet-based information such as news headlines, sports scores, stock quotes and weather conditions.

A redesigned Catera is due for the 2003 model year, and GM’s current plans are to build it in the United States.

Exterior
At 192 inches, the Catera is about 16 inches longer than a BMW 3 Series sedan and 9 inches shorter than a Cadillac Seville. The base model has 16-inch wheels and tires, and the Catera Sport rides on 17-inch wheels and tires.



Interior
The Catera’s dashboard places most controls where they’re easy to see and operate, except for a confusing array of switches for lights and the climate system.

The four outboard seating positions have ample room for adults, but pity the person who has to sit in the middle rear position and straddle the large driveshaft tunnel. Trunk volume is listed at 14.5 cubic feet, and the rear seatbacks fold for additional cargo room. The spare tire mounts on the left side of the trunk, reducing available space.



Under the Hood
Versions of the Catera’s 3.0-liter V-6 engine are found in the Saab 9-5 and Saturn LS and LW. The 200-horsepower engine requires premium gas and hitches to a four-speed automatic transmission. Antilock brakes, traction control and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard.



Driving Impressions
Bland styling and the stodgy image of the Cadillac brand probably turn off some prospective buyers, but the Catera’s European heritage shows through in its athletic handling and spirited performance. The larger tires and firmer suspension on the Sport model give it ride and handling that is far different than a typical Cadillac.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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