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2007 Cadillac XLR

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2007 Cadillac XLR Review

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Cadillac's only convertible may have gotten off to a slow start, but as high scores in customer satisfaction begin to emerge, the XLR appears to have found an audience. Of course, the premium convertible market is a small slice of the pie and with new competitors emerging (like the new Jaguar XK8) the XLR will have to fight for every sale. Not that this Caddy drop-top doesn't have the goods to play ball. With a potent V8 engine, a Corvette-derived chassis and a retractable hardtop as slick as it is practical, the XLR is certainly a contender. About the only thing we can see holding back sales might be the high price tag some may feel the XLR has yet to earn.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love the feel of the wind in your hair, but only once in a while, the XLR's retractable hardtop should suit you just fine. Edgy styling stands out from the crowd, a bonus for those who like to be noticed.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need room for more than two, you're better off shopping the Mercedes-Benz CLK. Luggage room is greatly reduced with the top down, and the XLR's interior is somewhat reserved, lacking the polish found in Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz cars.

What's Significant About This Car?

There are two new Limited Edition trims: Platinum and Passion Red. On the technical front, a new six-speed automatic replaces last year's five-speed, while the seventh-generation OnStar service is added to the standard-equipment list.

Driving the XLR

Driving Impressions The XLR's powerful NorthStar V8 jumps to life with the muffled burble that only a V8 can produce. Slip the transmission into gear and the XLR pulls away from stop...

signs with relentless authority. The XLR accelerates smoothly, with a nice, linear progression that continues to build well past any legal speed limit. There seems to be an inexhaustible supply of low-end torque, always on tap when you need to pass, merge or dart across a busy intersection. At high speeds, the XLR feels absolutely in its element, returning a marvelously level and controlled ride. Credit the XLR's Magnetic Ride Control Suspension, which adjusts the shock absorber settings at a rate of one thousand times per second and delivers an exemplary combination of ride comfort and handling response.

Retractable Hardtop Roof
The XLR's retractable hardtop roof tucks away in just seconds.

Keyless Entry
With the XLR's keyless entry and start, all you have to do is have the remote key fob in or near the car and it will unlock its doors and allow you to start the engine with a button.

2007 Cadillac XLR Details
Interior

The XLR's interior is neatly arranged, with a carefully placed combination of real wood, leather and brushed aluminum. You sit low in this car, with the doors feeling like huge protective walls. Storage space is reserved to a small storage console between the seats, the glovebox and two flip-out map pockets in the doors. The XLR's seats are supportive, with a multitude of possible positions. Mounting the transmission in the rear provides abundant room in the foot-well areas, an uncommon feature in a rear-wheel-drive roadster of this size.

Exterior
2007 Cadillac XLR photo

The XLR is molded in the new Cadillac aesthetic and makes a bold and provocative statement about the future of automotive design. With its long hood and short deck, the XLR retains the traditional roadster formula wrapped in a modern shell. The true design masterpiece is the folding hard top which, with the push a button, begins a mechanical ballet almost as enjoyable to stare at as the car itself. The process is quick. The trunk lid positions itself high in the air, while the two-piece hard top collapses like a clam shell. The folded top is then remanded to the trunk, where it promptly consumes most of the usable luggage space.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The XLR has a retractable power hardtop roof, a 4.6-liter Northstar V8 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, side-impact airbags, Bose speakers, Magnetic Ride Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Head-Up Display, heating/cooling seats, DVD navigation/entertainment touch screen and keyless entry and start.

Optional Equipment

The only options are the Platinum and Passion Red editions.

Under the Hood

The XLR offers only one powerplant: Cadillac's famed 4.6-liter Northstar V8. This thoroughly modern engine includes such state-of-the-art features as continuously variable value timing, variable intake and exhaust cam phasers and low-restriction intake and exhaust manifolds for better engine breathing. The Northstar V8 makes the XLR plenty quick and returns surprisingly good fuel economy. The enthusiast in us just wishes it was available with a manual transmission option.

4.6-liter V8
320 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
310 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/27

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2007 Cadillac XLR Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 81 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.8/10

Fantastic fun car to drive and own, very happy

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and will put a smile of your face."

Cons: "Trunk space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

It's a Caddy, and it does not get any more fun for the pricing

"This is a very fun car to drive and own. I have had a number of the Chev version, and they are also very cool to drive. But this car looks every bit a cool and there are very few out there. Only about 15K ever built. This is the luxury version of that other model. What else it's a Caddy. All the bells and whistles with a great ride and performance. So well balanced, with the rear transmission, I have not been able to break the rear end loose yet. Very fun, I do not believe you will be disappointed except in maybe the trunk space. Not much. oh well, Have fun life is short"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

It's a Caddy, and it does not get any more fun for the pricing

A Total Chic Magnet

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "looks, potent power train, hardtop-convertible"

Cons: "top down-little trunk space-interior materials"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Guys, if you are looking for one of the hottest, radical looking cars and fastest cars around...one that will attract attention...especially from the women, slip on a pair of Ray Bans, slide into this ride and be prepared for action! The car is fast, sometimes too fast for your own good if you are not an experienced driver. It handles extremely well and competently. Raising or lowering the top in 30 seconds is a show that people love to watch! This car is a Corvette in a tuxedo. It has all the performance of a Corvette with an overabundance of style and class. You will not need a chiropractor after driving this car for extended distances like you would with a Corvette. It has the usual and creative creature comforts that you would expect from a Cadillac. Three of my favorites are the adaptive headlights and adaptive cruise control along with the heads up display. The Bose sound system, teamed with XM radio is wonderfully tuned to the acoustics of the interior. This car has all the muscle power you will need and shifts flawlessly. Trust me, I know..I also drive a 1970 GTO. My only disappointment is that Cadillac did not use more refined materials in the interior. The interior design is not what you would ordinarily expect from the Cadillac stable. This car's electrical system needs to be monitored. If you do not plan on driving it for a week, definitely put the car on a battery tender to keep the battery fully charged. Voltage drops play havoc with the complex sensors and computers in this car. At 17,000 miles I have had zero service issues beyond the usual scheduled maintenance items. All in all, a wonderful ride that will get you noticed where ever you go. And I am sure that you will enjoy every moment driving it as I do...just don't go driving it in the winter time!"

Has been kept indoors heated garage, ready for fun

By on Friday, May 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "I wish it was I buying this car what a great deal"

Cons: "Oregon needs more sunny days to enjoy even more"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Does not do this car justice

"Purchased new in Las Vegas returned with car and has been maintained with our business autos. It is a great car with push to open and roof stows in trunk. The heads up display makes driving fun the only issue there just not enough sunny days here in Oregon to really enjoy all this car offers. She has been kept indoors during our rainy days so mileage is just under 14,000. If I had any other option I would not be selling this car, I would keep her but I have other financial needs so some lucky one gets the benefit of my situation. At time of purchase I payed over 75,000.. This car is in perfect condition ready to go with no issues or problems, a win win for the person who wants her. I put this off as long as I can must sale now."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Does not do this car justice

Fastest Car have Ever been in, most Fun too!

By on Saturday, September 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fastest Car i have ever been in, owned & driven"

Cons: "needs an iPhone/iPod interface for my iTunes"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Overlooking Puget Sound, top down and a Sunny Day

"used to Dream if i ever won the Lotto when the Cadillac XLR came out, i would own one. the XLR is better suited to us over 60 Year Old guys/gals, lot nicer than a Vette. the only way i would get rid of this auto would be if i had health problems (have trouble gettin In & Out of!) ...or if Cadillac builds a Roadster on the Corvette C7 or Mid-Engine frame, would trade it in."

17 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Overlooking Puget Sound, top down and a Sunny Day

A Corvette thats been to all the right stores

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Exotic, fun to drive, great looking, convertible"

Cons: "Repairs costly."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had this car since new. The XLR is for someone who likes Caddys, likes Vettes, likes something different, exotic but with a practical side. Practical? You can drive it on trips and be able to get service on the road. Reliable, but a little on the high maintenance side. The car turns heads everywhere you go in it. Valets love it and the XLR is truly an American exotic. Think of everything you don't like in a Corvette and the XLR has done it better. I'll never get rid of it."

19 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Ultimate highway cruiser So much fun to drive

By on Friday, April 05, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Awesome driving experience, unbeatable sexy look"

Cons: "No Bluetooth or iPod connection"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Just purchased my XLR and love it. I sold a '95 Mercedes SL500 to buy the XLR and also own a '12 Corvette Centennial Coupe so i have had the good fortune to have driven other great cars. The XLR is much more sporty than the SL500 and every bit of fun to drive as the Corvette. It performs best on the open road and offers the best of all worlds...spirited driving experience as well as excellent comfort. The interior looks and feels great and even after 8 years doesn't feel dated. The car has timeless great lines and likely will hold its appeal as a sexy roadster well into the future. Love the option to push a switch and take the top down in 30 seconds and enjoy the open air. This car brings excitement to me every time i start it up. And if looks and driving experience weren't enough it gets 25+ mpg on the highway. What's not to like?"

25 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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