2002 Eldorado New Car Test Drive
Cadillac's Eldorado is brilliantly fast, lavishly comfortable, and positively abuzz with gee-whiz electronic technology. It's also a two-door coupe, giving it all the personal style that the word implies. In fact, the Eldorado is the best-selling luxury prestige coupe in America.
Cadillac builds the Eldorado in two trim levels. Eldorado Sport Coupe, or ESC, is more conservatively styled and softly tuned. It lists for $41,865. The performance-oriented Eldorado Touring Coupe, or ETC, retails for $45,000.
Both models share Cadillac's 4.6-liter, twin-cam Northstar V8, which was significantly re-engineered in model-year 2000 for lower emissions, quieter operation, and the ability to run on regular fuel. However, the ETC is tuned for more power. Both come with a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.
The ESC's engine produces 275 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 300 pounds-feet of torque at 4000. The engine in the ETC is tuned for a more aggressive character, it produces 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 295 pounds-feet at 4400 rpm.
ESC comes with all the luxury you'd expect of a Cadillac, including leather upholstery, heated mirrors, power seats with four-way lumbar support, traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Michelin Symmetry P225/60R16 mud & snow tires, and OnStar global positioning and communication.
ETC adds StabiliTrak stability control, a Bose sound system, Goodyear Eagle LS P235/60HR16 tires, and Rainsense automatic windshield wipers.