What Cadillacs Are Front Wheel Drive?

by JoAnn Joubert

Cadillac is a vehicle marque owned by General Motors, and is one of the oldest car brands in the world. Upon being established, Cadillac presented itself as producing the premier luxury car in America, often competing with other renowned brands such as BMW and Mercedes. Several of Cadillac's vehicles over the company's history have offered front wheel drive, and some of models as of 2010 were still supporting this system.

Cadillac Allante

The Cadillac Allante was introduced in 1987 and discontinued in 1993. Although this was a popular vehicle that was able to compete with the Mercedes Benz 560SL, as it was considered a luxury vehicle with a price tag to prove it. There were only 21,000 units built. When first introduced, the Cadillac Allante boasted a port-fuel-injected 4.1-liter V-8 engine with an independent strut suspension system. In addition, all four wheels came standard with disc brakes. Over time, the Cadillac Allante gained a larger engine and numerous technological advances, yet the front-whee-drive system made the vehicle difficult for maneuvering and handling.

Cadillac BLS

The Cadillac BLS, built from 2007 to 2009, drove on a front-wheel-drive platform with a choice of one of two 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engines along with a five-speed automatic transmission. An upgraded 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine was also available. With stability features standard, along with 16-inch alloy wheels, the BLS offered a dynamic look of a Cadillac with sound performance.

Cadillac DeVille

The Cadillac DeVille sedan came with front-wheel-drive along with either a 275 or 290 horsepower Northstar V8 engine. In 2005, the Cadillac DeVille came equipped with XM Satellite Radio and a navigation system, with a price of $16,000 in 2005. This model Cadillac began in 1989, and was always a vehicle equipped with front wheel drive.

Cadillac DTS

The elegant 2010 Cadillac DTS offers the front-wheel-driving experience. Equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 engine, the DTS offers a luxurious experience with amenities such as OnStar, remote vehicle start, full leather interior and an available entertainment system. All features of the 2010 DTS could be upgraded as well to enhance the luxury sedan experience.

Cadillac Seville

The Cadillac Seville was on the market from 1975 until 2004. A midsize luxury sedan with front wheel drive, the Cadillac Seville was considered secondary to the Cadillac Deville. The fifth generation of the Seville, produced from 1998 until 2004, competed with the BMW F-Series and the Mercedes Benz E-Class vehicles. While the body style had not changed much over its life span, the Cadillac Seville did become known as the most powerful front-wheel-drive vehicle available during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

About the Author

JoAnn Joubert started writing in 2005, specializing in the areas of equestrian sports, cars and business. She authored a textbook on the creative industries and was awarded for her work on U.S. presidential nomination reform. Joubert holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Louisiana.