2004 Cadillac DeVille

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Cadillac DeVille. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    275-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance, especially of DTS
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Instruments
  • Quietness
  • Ride comfort

The Bad

  • Visibility
  • Fuel economy in city
  • Resale value

Notable Features of the 2004 Cadillac DeVille

  • Northstar V-8 engines
  • 300-hp V-8 in DTS
  • Six-passenger capacity
  • Available heated and cooled seats
  • Available StabiliTrak stability control

2004 Cadillac DeVille Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
An armored edition that is available in both standard and stretch versions joins the Cadillac DeVille lineup for 2004. Heated and cooled front seats are now standard in the DHS and DTS sedans and optional in the base DeVille; a heated steering wheel is included. Cadillac’s adaptive seat feature has been dropped, and a manual parking-brake release is now used.

Cadillac redesigned its full-size front-wheel-drive sedan for the 2000 model year, softening its shape and making it the first car to offer Night Vision. Employing infrared, heat-sensing technology, Night Vision projects an image of the road into a head-up display ahead of the windshield. Thus, the driver can see three to five times farther than the headamps’ reach. Night Vision is newly optional for the base DeVille. Two versions of Cadillac’s Northstar V-8 engine are available.


Exterior
The DeVille is more rounded and bulky in appearance than models of the 1990s and before. The sedan is 207 inches long overall and rides a 115.3-inch wheelbase. GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard on the DTS sedan and optional on other trim levels.

Interior
A split, front bench seat is standard in the base and DHS models. The DTS comes only with front bucket seats and a floor-mounted shift lever. The backseat has ample legroom even when the front seats are moved all the way back. The trunk holds 19.1 cubic feet and has a low liftover for easy loading; its lid swings open 90 degrees....
Vehicle Overview
An armored edition that is available in both standard and stretch versions joins the Cadillac DeVille lineup for 2004. Heated and cooled front seats are now standard in the DHS and DTS sedans and optional in the base DeVille; a heated steering wheel is included. Cadillac’s adaptive seat feature has been dropped, and a manual parking-brake release is now used.

Cadillac redesigned its full-size front-wheel-drive sedan for the 2000 model year, softening its shape and making it the first car to offer Night Vision. Employing infrared, heat-sensing technology, Night Vision projects an image of the road into a head-up display ahead of the windshield. Thus, the driver can see three to five times farther than the headamps’ reach. Night Vision is newly optional for the base DeVille. Two versions of Cadillac’s Northstar V-8 engine are available.


Exterior
The DeVille is more rounded and bulky in appearance than models of the 1990s and before. The sedan is 207 inches long overall and rides a 115.3-inch wheelbase. GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard on the DTS sedan and optional on other trim levels.

Interior
A split, front bench seat is standard in the base and DHS models. The DTS comes only with front bucket seats and a floor-mounted shift lever. The backseat has ample legroom even when the front seats are moved all the way back. The trunk holds 19.1 cubic feet and has a low liftover for easy loading; its lid swings open 90 degrees.

GM’s standard OnStar communication system can be fitted with premium services. An XM Satellite Radio and a navigation system are offered as options.


Under the Hood
The base and DHS versions are equipped with Cadillac’s 275-horsepower, 4.6-liter Northstar V-8, while a 300-hp version of that engine is installed in the DTS. Both V-8s works with a four-speed-automatic transmission and can run on regular fuel, but Cadillac recommends premium gasoline for peak performance and fuel economy.

Safety
Side-impact airbags are standard for the front seats and optional for rear-seat positions. The front airbag on the passenger side also protects the middle passenger. An ultrasonic rear parking-assist system is optional.

Driving Impressions
The DeVille may be a Cadillac of the old school, but it comes packed with modern technology and gadgetry. Strong Northstar V-8 performance blends with admirable transmission operation in the smooth-functioning powertrain. Downshifts are prompt and certain yet smooth and nearly gentle. The DTS practically leaps ahead from a standstill and responds almost as effectively for passing and merging. At certain speeds, the response is a little less vigorous. The DeVille steers with a light touch and doesn’t feel as taut as some competitors, especially those in the ranks of some import brands. The easygoing, genteel ride isn’t as woozy or floaty as Cadillacs of the past.

The seats are big, relatively soft and reasonably supportive, and the instruments in the DTS are exceptionally easy to read. Engine noise is blissfully subdued and muted, and other sounds are minimal. Visibility is generally good; the back window is a tad squat, and massive rear roof pillars may limit the driver’s view for parking and lane changes.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

I am a nut for reliability, Caddie?

by Jud from Westville, NJ on July 29, 2018

I have a 2004 Caddie I bought for 3k with 80k on the clock. I have put 25k in 9 months and this thing is a rock. The car is so good I just bought an Escalade for my wife. Gm has come a long way. Read full review

(5.0)

Great car

by BarryB from Rockwall, TX on July 12, 2018

Low milage, lots of luxury, smooth ride, very dependable, it has all the bells and whistles, I am confident that you will love this car, it will last you and your family a long time. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Cadillac DeVille currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The DeVille received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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