The Fleetwood was the largest and most traditional car in the Cadillac lineup. With its separate frame, rear-wheel drive and capacious seating, this was the kind of vehicle that the traditional Cadillac owner has used to define the large American luxury car.
With a basic chassis that dates back at least a few generations, the Fleetwood saw continuous improvement in quality, ride and handling over the years. Main competition came from arch rival Lincoln Town Car.
When it launched in late 1992, the Fleetwood became America's biggest 4-door sedan in both length and width combined, even after it was discontinued in 1996.
Original rear-wheel drive full-size sedans were known as the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, or simply just Brougham. A 5.7-liter V8 engine was introduced this model year.
When the Brougham was renamed to Fleetwood in 1993, its pushrod engine was made of cast iron, and in its latest incarnation made 260 hp and 335 ft.-lb. of torque while still propelling two tons to 60 mph in just over 8 seconds.
There were two models, the Fleetwood and the more richly appointed Brougham. Both had ABS as standard equipment.
The suspension had an electronically controlled self-leveling feature to accommodate large loads in the rear seat and trunk.
Among the comfort and convenience features, an antilockout system made it nearly impossible to lock the doors if the key is in the ignition switch. A 3-channel garage door opener, powered by the car's electrical system, was built into the overhead console. A power drain monitor was included to turn off any light left on inadvertently after 10 minutes to prevent discharging the battery. This system was also used to roll up the windows, close the sunroof and/or listen to the radio for 10 minutes after the engine has been shut off and the key removed.
As of 1995, traction control could now be used to turned off when conditions warrant with a switch found in the glovebox.
|Model year||List price||Effective date|
|1991||$30,225||February 10, 1991|
|1992||$31,740||October 13, 1991|
As of mid-1994:
- $35,595 (1995 Cadillac Fleetwood)
- $37,845 (1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham; optional)
As of October 1, 1995:
- $36,995 (1996 Cadillac Fleetwood)