Premium large car; Built in USA
  • 4-door sedan
  • longitudinal front-engine/rear-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $1,300 – $2,300*


1990 Cadillac Brougham


1990 Cadillac Brougham


1990 Cadillac Brougham


1991 Cadillac Brougham


1992 Cadillac Brougham

Pros:
  • Acceleration (5.7-liter)
  • Antilock brakes
  • Passenger and cargo room
  • Quietness
Cons:
  • Acceleration (5.0-liter V8)
  • Transmission-repair record
  • Fuel economy
  • Size and weight
  • Rear visibility

Despite their traditional virtues, these old-timers are undeniably overweight and clumsy compared to most other luxury sedans, including Cadillac’s own DeVille/Fleetwood, the Lincoln Continental, and the Chrysler Imperial and New Yorker Fifth Avenue. Even so, these big rear-drive Caddies still have legions of fans, many of whom wouldn’t want anything else on the market.

Overview

At 221 inches overall, the 4-door Brougham sedan ranked as the longest car built in the United States–an inch longer than the Lincoln Town Car, which was redesigned for 1990. That year, a fuel-injected 5.7-liter V8 became available, rated at 175 horsepower, as an alternative to the standard carbureted 5.0-liter engine. Antilock braking also arrived for 1990, as standard equipment. Broughams earned revised exterior styling, though the changes were not dramatic. New standard features included an electronic instrument cluster, rear-window defogger, and black walnut burl interior trim.

Yearly Updates

1991 Brougham
A more powerful standard V8 that added fuel injection went into this season’s Broughams. Meanwhile, the optional 5.7-liter V8, which was attracting plenty of buyers, gained 10 horsepower. A new electronically controlled variable-assist power-steering system increased steering effort gradually above 20 miles per hour. Broughams also got firmer springs and new deflected-disc shock absorbers.
1992 Brougham
Towing capacity grew by a ton this year, to a whopping 7000 pounds. The optional towing package included the 5.7-liter V8, a 3.73:1 axle ratio (versus standard 3.08:1 ratio), higher-rate springs, limited-slip differential, heavy-duty rear drum brakes, and an auxiliary engine-oil cooler. A new full-size sedan, named Fleetwood, replaced the Brougham for 1993.

Engines

longitudinal front-engine/rear-wheel drive

A carbureted, Oldsmobile-built 5.0-liter V8 was the standard engine from 1986 to 1990. For 1990, a fuel-injected 5.7 liter V8 became available, but only with a Coachbuilder or Trailer Towing package. A year later, that engine jumped from 175 to 185 horsepower, and could be ordered for any Brougham. A Chevrolet-designed, fuel-injected 5.0-liter V8 became standard for ’91, developing 30 more horsepower than the prior carbureted engine.

ohv V81
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 5.0/307
Engine HP 140
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 255
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

17/24

ohv V81
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 5.0/305
Engine HP 170
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 300
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

17/25

ohv V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 5.7/350
Engine HP 175-185
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 295-300
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

16/25n2

14.8

1. Carbureted engine; available for last time in 1990. 2. Initial 5.7-liter V-8 was rated only 14/21 mpg.

Road Test

Though hardly a fireball when pushing hard on the gas pedal, the early 5.0-liter engine proved to be adequate for most Brougham buyers. Installing the 5.7-liter V8, though, gave the Brougham honest ability to keep up with traffic. Despite pushing nearly 4300 pounds, that engine delivers brisk acceleration. Cadillac estimated that a Brougham accelerated to 60 mph in 10.5 seconds with the 5.7-liter, versus a lethargic 14.3 seconds with the standard V8. Performance would be better if the transmission would kick down to passing gear more quickly. The 5.7-liter engine gets less fuel mileage than the base V8s, which are no misers either.

Brougham buyers get a bountiful interior and scads of trunk space. Other bonuses include quiet, smooth running and a soft ride, but a Brougham clearly lacks the roadability of European luxury cars. Steering feel is very light, which can be a major blessing when trying to park this big Brougham. Although it firms up at higher speeds, the steering still feels vague, though the variable-assist system introduced for 1991 was an improvement.

By the end of its run, the Brougham’s suspension wasn’t as soft as in prior years, but it’s still far from firm. You can expect wallowing on wavy or bumpy pavement, and plenty of body lean in turns. You also get a surprising amount of wind noise.

Standard antilock brakes are a big plus, but a spongy brake pedal makes it hard to modulate braking pressure. Visibility is hindered by beefy rear pillars and wide side pillars. Door openings are tall and wide, making it easy to get in and out. Passenger space is bountiful for six adults, except for a surprisingly limited amount of front leg room for tall drivers. On the down side, soft seats provide little comfort on long trips. The dashboard comes out of the past, limited to a horizontal speedometer and a fuel gauge. Various controls are scattered about, making some of them (including the dash-mounted wiper switch) difficult to operate while driving.

Ratings

Model Tested: 1992 Cadillac Brougham 5.7-liter

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 5
50%
Fuel Economy - 3
30%
Ride Quality - 6
60%
Steering/Handling - 4
40%
Quietness - 6
60%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 5
50%
Room/Comfort Front - 6
60%
Room/Comfort Rear - 6
60%
Cargo Room - 4
40%

Other

Value - 5
50%

Total: 50

Specifications

4-door sedan
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
121.5 221.0 76.5 57.4
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
19.6 25.0 6
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
39.0 38.1 42.0 41.2
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 1992 Brougham 4-door sedan

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Front Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Rear Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision 91
Injury 62
Theft 531

Trouble Spots

Automatic transmission
Description: A buzzing noise on cars equipped with the 4L60 transmission can be repaired by reducing the pressure regulator. (1990-92)
Engine noise
Description: Piston slap may occur on 5.7-liter engines. (1990-92)
Engine noise
Description: Crunching or popping noises when the steering wheel is turned may be coming from two different sources. One is corrected by applying grease to the steering stops and knuckles, and the other requires enlarging the frame holes for the steering gear bolts. (1992)
Hard starting
Description: Hard cold starting and engine knock may be a problem unless a new PROM has been installed in the computer. (1991-92)
Hard starting
Description: Hesitation, power loss, hard cold starting, and rough idle could be caused by a deteriorated fuel-pump coupler hose causing low fuel pressure. (1991-92)
Steering problems
Description: The steering wheel may not return at low speeds, and is caused by the off-center mass of the aV. (1992)

Recall History

1990
Description: Gross vehicle weight ratings and tire information may be incorrect on labels.
1990-91
Description: Stopping-distance requirements may not be met with certain inoperative power braking assist units. The original rear-wheel brake cylinder must be replaced with a larger one.

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Pricing

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