After stalking joggers in its Night Vision window and nearly leaving the pavement while doing so, I’m convinced that some technology is better left to the military. And I’m convinced that Cadillac’s DeVille doesn’t need the gimcrackery to woo the ever-elusive yuppie wallet.
At just 30 years old, though, I’m a little concerned that I’m attracted to the DeVille DTS. It’s strangely appealing, once you un-tick the Night Vision system from the options list. It’s gifted in ways that some people believe aren’t relevant anymore, attractive in a steamer-ship sort of way, and while it’s expensive – how does $53,285 sound? – it’s a well-executed version of the kind of car our parents aspired to before they retired and took up rock climbing.
The yuppie exodus from sedans into sport-utility vehicles has left roomy, lopey, immensely powerful sedans like the DeVille for dust. And yet, the shrinking market hasn’t really hurt the DeVille, which is still the best-selling luxury car, by their own reckoning. It’s Cadillac’s grandest barge, based on the same platform as the smaller Seville and Buick Park Avenue. (You might wonder how much difference exists between the DeVille and the look-alike Seville: while the DeVille is shorter and narrower than it was in the 1999 model year, its wheelbase is three inches longer than the Seville, and it offers about ten cubic feet more of space inside than its sibling.)
Available in standard, Deville High Luxury Sedan (DHS) and DeVille Touring Sedan (DTS) trim, the DeVille isn’t inexpensive by any means. The DTS bases at $44,700: with optional packages including a garage door opener, a CD changer, Night Vision, a sunroof, and chrome wheels, our sterling-silver DeVille tipped the scales at $53,285. Cadillac would have you think S-Class interior volumes at E-Class prices – no longer an impossible mental connection, we think.