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2006 Cadillac XLR

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$11,576 — $41,180 USED
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Convertible
2 Seats
18 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Superior road manners
  • Nearly stunning acceleration
  • Comfortable ride
  • Impressively precise steering
  • Good headroom with top up

The Bad

  • Scant trunk space with top down
  • High sills and low driving position
  • Mundane-appearing instruments

What to Know

about the 2006 Cadillac XLR
  • Retractable hardtop
  • DVD navigation and entertainment
  • Head-up instrument display
  • Radar-operated adaptive cruise control
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • New supercharged XLR-V

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2006 Cadillac XLR Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Going more than a decade without one, Cadillac added a two-passenger sports car to its lineup for 2004. Named the XLR, the retractable-hardtop coupe gave Cadillac a luxury roadster with a performance-oriented chassis and structure.

An all-new 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 went into the XLR. Cadillac promotes the “harmonious blend of technologies and materials meant to add pleasure, not complexity, to the driving experience.” A long list of technical features includes a head-up display, radar-operated adaptive cruise control and General Motors’ StabiliTrak electronic stability system.

Adaptive forward lighting, which improves nighttime illumination, is available on 2006 models. Wood treatment on the center console has been revised, and XM Satellite Radio with a hidden antenna is standard.

Magnetic Ride Control provides magnetic-fluid-based real-time damping. Keyless Access with push-button start permits true no-key operation. For safety’s sake, the engine will not start unless the remote fob is in the car and the driver is depressing the brake pedal.

Cadillac is launching a high-performance XLR-V for 2006.
(Skip to details on the: XLR-V)

Exterior
Cadillac says stealth fighters inspired the XLR, which serves as “a contemporary expression of Cadillac’s heritage of landmark design and advanced technology.” Linear lines display hints of the marque’s history. The strong grille also suggests the past, but with a modern expre...

Vehicle Overview
Going more than a decade without one, Cadillac added a two-passenger sports car to its lineup for 2004. Named the XLR, the retractable-hardtop coupe gave Cadillac a luxury roadster with a performance-oriented chassis and structure.

An all-new 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 went into the XLR. Cadillac promotes the “harmonious blend of technologies and materials meant to add pleasure, not complexity, to the driving experience.” A long list of technical features includes a head-up display, radar-operated adaptive cruise control and General Motors’ StabiliTrak electronic stability system.

Adaptive forward lighting, which improves nighttime illumination, is available on 2006 models. Wood treatment on the center console has been revised, and XM Satellite Radio with a hidden antenna is standard.

Magnetic Ride Control provides magnetic-fluid-based real-time damping. Keyless Access with push-button start permits true no-key operation. For safety’s sake, the engine will not start unless the remote fob is in the car and the driver is depressing the brake pedal.

Cadillac is launching a high-performance XLR-V for 2006.
(Skip to details on the: XLR-V)

Exterior
Cadillac says stealth fighters inspired the XLR, which serves as “a contemporary expression of Cadillac’s heritage of landmark design and advanced technology.” Linear lines display hints of the marque’s history. The strong grille also suggests the past, but with a modern expression. The XLR’s vertical headlights are part of Cadillac’s current design philosophy.

The roadster’s weight distribution is virtually 50/50, helped by the rear-mounted transmission. Cadillac says the XLR’s steel hydroformed frame rails couple with an aluminum cockpit structure and balsa-cored composite flooring to provide “rigidity without bulk.” Run-flat tires eliminate the need for a spare tire.

Built on a 105.7-inch wheelbase, the XLR is 177.7 inches long overall. Retracting the hardtop takes less than 30 seconds. Made of aluminum and magnesium, the top structure features composite exterior panels, a heated glass back window and glass rear-quarter windows.

Interior
Two occupants fit inside the XLR’s luxurious interior, which features eucalyptus wood and aluminum accents. The seatbacks and cushions are heated and cooled. The DVD navigation/entertainment system has a 7-inch screen in the upper center console, but the entertainment system operates only when the gear selector is in Park.

A nine-speaker Bose audio system includes an in-dash six-CD changer. XM Satellite Radio and GM’s OnStar communication system are standard. Trunk capacity is 11.6 cubic feet with the top up, but space dips to 4.4 cubic feet when the roof is retracted.

Under the Hood
A 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 with variable valve timing produces 320 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 310 pounds-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. Premium fuel is recommended. The five-speed-automatic transmission incorporates Driver Shift Control.

Safety
Side-impact airbags are installed in the seats. The seat belts have powered pretensioners. Four-channel all-disc antilock brakes, traction control and a stability system are standard.

Driving Impressions
With a low driving position like Chevrolet’s Corvette, the XLR is one sweet road machine. Acceleration for passing is close to stunning, and the XLR is also quick from a standstill, helped by prompt transmission responses. Ride comfort beats most sports cars by a mile, and steering is tight and impressively precise. High sills demand some twisting to get inside.

XLR-V
A performance-packed V edition of the XLR, fitted with a supercharged 4.4-liter V-8 that develops 443 hp at 6,400 rpm and 414 pounds-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm, goes on sale for 2006. A new six-speed-automatic transmission incorporates Performance Algorithm Shifting and Performance Algorithm Liftfoot systems, along with Driver Shift Control for manually selected gear changes.

Unique XLR-V design features include polished wire-mesh upper and lower grilles, a sculpted hood, four stainless-steel exhaust tips and 10-spoke aluminum wheels with a sterling silver finish. Zingana wood interior trim complements leather seats with perforated suede fabric inserts. The car has a rear stabilizer bar and a larger front stabilizer bar. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
20 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

What's not to love

by LuvXLR from California on August 16, 2019

I have been driving a 2005 for 10 years. I have driven across country 3 times. The ride is smooth and comfortable. Handles like a vet, but is Cadillac comfort all the way. Picking up my new 2006 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Incredible, especially for the money

by JimmyJ from Portland Or on July 21, 2019

I could never afford this new and bought used for half price. Hand-built supercharged NorthStar was trouble free and ran out beyond expectations. The suspension is incredible and you can choose sport ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Cadillac XLR currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XLR received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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