2005 Cadillac DeVille

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Key Specs

of the 2005 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 2005 Cadillac DeVille

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

2005 Cadillac DeVille Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
A Protection Series sedan, offered in both standard and stretch versions, has joined the DeVille lineup for 2005. It's equipped with bullet-resistant glass and ballistic protection for the roof and rear seatback.

For all DeVille models, the standard OnStar communication system gains upgraded hands-free capability.

Two versions of Cadillac's Northstar V-8 engine are available in the DeVille, which is Cadillac's largest model and the last remaining one with front-wheel drive.

Cadillac last redesigned its full-size front-drive sedan for the 2000 model year, and another redesign is due for 2006. At that time, the DeVille name will be dropped in favor of DTS, currently the name of a trim level. Cadillac's optional Night Vision system, introduced with the 2000 redesign, is no longer available for factory ordering.


Exterior
The current DeVille is more rounded and bulky in appearance than models of the 1990s and before. Measuring 207 inches long overall, the four-door sedan rides a 115.3-inch wheelbase. GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard on the DTS trim level and optional on the base and DHS models. The extended-length Protection Series sedan is 215.2 inches long overall on a 123.6-inch wheelbase.

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. Rear legroom is ample even when the front seats are moved all the way back. The trunk ...
Vehicle Overview
A Protection Series sedan, offered in both standard and stretch versions, has joined the DeVille lineup for 2005. It's equipped with bullet-resistant glass and ballistic protection for the roof and rear seatback.

For all DeVille models, the standard OnStar communication system gains upgraded hands-free capability.

Two versions of Cadillac's Northstar V-8 engine are available in the DeVille, which is Cadillac's largest model and the last remaining one with front-wheel drive.

Cadillac last redesigned its full-size front-drive sedan for the 2000 model year, and another redesign is due for 2006. At that time, the DeVille name will be dropped in favor of DTS, currently the name of a trim level. Cadillac's optional Night Vision system, introduced with the 2000 redesign, is no longer available for factory ordering.


Exterior
The current DeVille is more rounded and bulky in appearance than models of the 1990s and before. Measuring 207 inches long overall, the four-door sedan rides a 115.3-inch wheelbase. GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard on the DTS trim level and optional on the base and DHS models. The extended-length Protection Series sedan is 215.2 inches long overall on a 123.6-inch wheelbase.

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. Rear legroom is ample even when the front seats are moved all the way back. The trunk holds 19.1 cubic feet of cargo and has a low liftover for easy loading.

Heated and cooled front seats and a heated steering wheel are standard in the DHS and DTS sedans and optional in the base DeVille. GM's OnStar communication system can be fitted with premium services. XM Satellite Radio and a navigation system are optional.


Under the Hood
Base, DHS and Protection Series versions are equipped with Cadillac's 275-horsepower, 4.6-liter Northstar V-8, while a 290-hp version of that engine is installed in the DTS. Both V-8s work 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 available.

Driving Impressions
The DeVille may be a Cadillac of the old school, but it is packed with modern technology. Strong Northstar V-8 performance blends with admirable transmission operation in the smooth-functioning powertrain. Downshifts are prompt and certain, yet smooth. 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 import brands. But the easygoing, genteel ride also isn't as woozy or floaty as Cadillacs of the past.

All seats are big, relatively soft and reasonably supportive, and the instruments in the DTS are very easy to read. Engine noise is blissfully subdued and muted, and other sounds are minimal.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The best car that i ever owned!

by M Brown from Manor Texas on September 19, 2018

It has power,comfort and drives like flying ! Keep the oil changed and you will have a car that will last you for 30 to 50 years! Read full review

(5.0)

Fantastic-comfortable-just a great car.

by Cad fan. from Superior wi on August 24, 2018

Good color and interior match. Lots of easy to use extras.good sounding music. Like all the lighting features and safety warnings. Quick response of engine in traffic. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 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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