Eldorado was the first large luxury car to tout the advantages of front-wheel drive since the late 1960s. Things haven't been the same since, and most of the Cadillac product line was now front-wheel drive, as were most cars in general.
The Eldorado featured a clean, readable dashboard and instrument panel, a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transaxle. There were many standard features befitting a personal luxury car, including a sophisticated computer-controlled suspension that used steering-wheel angle sensors, wheel-position sensors and accelerometers to vary shock absorber damping rates. The improved control provided a smoother ride and better traction under braking and cornering. On a more mundane note, a 3-channel garage door opener built into the overhead console was also available.
There was a convertible, but it was discontinued since the 1986 model year.
Audio was via a 6-speaker system from Delco Bose, with trunk-mounted compact disc changer optional.
Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]
1991[edit | edit source]
The 1991 Eldorado's engine was upgraded to a 4.9-liter V8 with 200 horsepower, which was carried over to 1992.
1992[edit | edit source]
The Eldorado's tenth and last generation began with this model year.
1993[edit | edit source]
A new optional 4.6-liter engine with 295 hp was released in 1993.
1994[edit | edit source]
As of 1994, there were two quite different variations on Cadillac's 2-door luxury car theme: the Eldorado and the Eldorado Touring Coupe. Although they shared most body, trim and major mechanical components, the Touring Coupe benefited from a 300-hp version of the 4.6-liter Northstar 32-valve dohc V8, which is 25 hp more than the base Eldorado.
Complementing the Touring Coupe's extra power were stiffer antiroll bars and tires with a higher speed rating, both of which gave a slightly firmer, more European ride.
With the DeVille coupe discontinued, the Eldorado becomes Cadillac's only 2-door coupe from this model year onwards.
Retail prices[edit | edit source]
|Model year||Trim level||List price||Destination charge||Effective date|
|1991||Base||$31,245||February 10, 1991|
|1991||Touring||$33,295||February 10, 1991|
|1992||Base||$32,470||October 13, 1991|
|1992||Touring||$34,970||October 13, 1991|
|1994||Limited Edition||$38,315||$625||January 1, 1994|
|1995||Base||$38,220||$635||August 1, 1994|
|1995||Touring||$41,535||$635||August 1, 1994|
|1996||Base||$39,595||$640||September 1, 1995|
|1996||Touring||$42,995||$640||September 1, 1995|
|1997||Base||$37,995||$665||July 27, 1997|
|1997||Touring||$41,395||$665||July 27, 1997|