Used 2009 Cadillac XLR Convertible
Cadillac XLR Convertible
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Continuing as Cadillac's only open-air offering, the XLR competes with other long-established premium convertibles in a battle to regain the company's world-class status. 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. But, in this league, name recognition is just as important as performance and price. Of course, the premium convertible market is a small slice of the pie and, with such a short list of competitors, XLR sales should continue to gain momentum. 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 2009 Cadillac 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 New for 2009
The XLR lineup is now comprised of two models: The ultra-luxury Platinum model and the high-performance XLR-V. Minor styling changes include revised front and rear fascias, new chrome side vents and a host of interior updates and improvements. The bulging hood previously unique to the V-Series is now featured on both trims.
The 2009 Cadillac XLR's powerful NorthStar V8 jumps to life with the muffled burble that only a V8 engine 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.
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.
The 2009 Cadillac 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. For 2009, additional leather is added to the dash pad, while the instrument panel receives new trim rings and wood inserts. 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. A new OnStar package allows voice-requested driving directions to be downloaded to the car's DVD navigation system, eliminating the need to pull over and input the data.
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 clamshell. The folded top is then remanded to the trunk, where it promptly consumes most of the usable luggage space.
Notable 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 and cooling seats, a heated steering wheel, Adaptive Forward Lighting, DVD navigation and entertainment touch screen and keyless entry and start.
Notable Optional Equipment
With so much many features standard, options are limited to a chrome wheel package, an iPod interface and a Weather Veil Package that includes a custom-fit car cover and windscreen.
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 for a manual transmission option.
320 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
310 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/24
The 2009 Cadillac XLR comes fully loaded and has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $83,500. That's substantially more than the Lexus SC 430, slightly higher than the Jaguar XK and well below the Mercedes-Benz SL550. For the best deal on your new XLR, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical transaction price being paid in your area. Also, check on the incentives to see what incentives and rebates are being offered. Although the XLR does not come cheap, you can take some solace in the knowledge that the car is expected to retain resale values slightly below the SC 430 but on par with the XK and SL550.
Cadillac XLR Consumer Reviews
May 20, 2017
Super fun car, still beautiful after 10 years
Ive owned this car since it was 2 years old. I have driven this thing everywhere. At 85 it pulls less than 2000 RPM so it gets around...
August 04, 2016
have loved every mile I've driven
someone said it rides 10 x better then a VET!!!!!!!!! YES IT DOES!!!!!!!!!! and looks better too
June 15, 2015
Fantastic fun car to drive and own, very happy
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...
September 13, 2014
Fastest Car have Ever been in, most Fun too!
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...
April 07, 2014
A Corvette thats been to all the right stores
I've had this car since new. The XLR is for someone who likes Caddys, likes Vettes, likes something different, exotic but with a...
January 30, 2014
It Is a luxury corvette
Garaged & dealer maintained via extended warranty.
April 05, 2013
Ultimate highway cruiser So much fun to drive
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...
November 10, 2012
I've sold Cadillacs for 15 years. When the XLR came out in 2004 I was in LOVE! But at the $75K Sticker price, out of my league. I waited...
September 27, 2012
Best used car I ever owned.
The car is a real head turner. I get stopped every where I go. The color is crimson pearl and it is hot, sexy and I get compliments all...
September 02, 2012
Best vehicle I ever had. I had always wanted
Some engine light issues and loose air intake