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2009 Cadillac XLR

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$59 — $84,855 USED
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Convertible
2 Seats
18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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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 2009 Cadillac XLR
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Retractable hardtop
  • DVD navigation and entertainment
  • Head-up instrument display
  • Radar-operated adaptive cruise control
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Supercharged XLR-V

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2009 Cadillac XLR Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The XLR, Cadillac’s retractable-hardtop coupe, is a luxury roadster with a performance-oriented chassis and structure. The XLR competes with the Jaguar XK and the BMW 6 Series.

(Skip to details on the: XLR-V)

New for 2009
Only the Platinum and XLR-V models are offered this year; new front and rear end with specific grilles for each model; new fender vents.

Exterior
Built on a 105.7-inch wheelbase, the XLR is 177.7 inches long overall, which is 13 inches shorter than the BMW 650 and 11 inches shorter than the Jaguar XK. The roadster has a rear-mounted transmission that makes the weight distribution close to 50/50.

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.

  • Standard Magnetic Ride Control
  • 18-inch wheels standard on XLR Platinum
  • 19-inch wheels standard on XLR-V
  • Platinum trim features special chrome wheel design
  • New front and rear ends and fender vents
  • Run-flat tires
  • Platinum version has new exhaust tips that differ from the XLR-V’s

Interior
Two occupants fit inside the XLR’s luxurious interior, which can feature light or dark eucalyptus wood and aluminum accents. The XLR has 42.6 inches of legroom, virtually the same as the XK (43) and 650 (42).

  • New leather instrument panel
  • Heated and cooled seatbacks and cushions
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Head-up information display
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio...

Vehicle Overview
The XLR, Cadillac’s retractable-hardtop coupe, is a luxury roadster with a performance-oriented chassis and structure. The XLR competes with the Jaguar XK and the BMW 6 Series.

(Skip to details on the: XLR-V)

New for 2009
Only the Platinum and XLR-V models are offered this year; new front and rear end with specific grilles for each model; new fender vents.

Exterior
Built on a 105.7-inch wheelbase, the XLR is 177.7 inches long overall, which is 13 inches shorter than the BMW 650 and 11 inches shorter than the Jaguar XK. The roadster has a rear-mounted transmission that makes the weight distribution close to 50/50.

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.

  • Standard Magnetic Ride Control
  • 18-inch wheels standard on XLR Platinum
  • 19-inch wheels standard on XLR-V
  • Platinum trim features special chrome wheel design
  • New front and rear ends and fender vents
  • Run-flat tires
  • Platinum version has new exhaust tips that differ from the XLR-V’s

Interior
Two occupants fit inside the XLR’s luxurious interior, which can feature light or dark eucalyptus wood and aluminum accents. The XLR has 42.6 inches of legroom, virtually the same as the XK (43) and 650 (42).

  • New leather instrument panel
  • Heated and cooled seatbacks and cushions
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Head-up information display
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio system with in-dash six-CD changer
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio and OnStar
  • New iPod interface available

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
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard four-channel all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard traction control
  • Standard electronic stability system

XLR-V
The performance-packed V edition of the XLR is fitted with a supercharged 4.4-liter V-8 that develops 443 hp at 6,400 rpm and 414 pounds-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission incorporates Performance Algorithm Shifting and Performance Algorithm Liftfoot systems, along with Driver Shift Control for manually selected gear changes.

  • Polished wire-mesh upper and lower grilles
  • Sculpted hood
  • Six-speed automatic transmission incorporates a manual-shift mode
  • Hand-sewn leather interior pieces

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Luxury and Performance

by Rick from Kennesaw, GA on July 13, 2019

An elegant Grand Tourer that still turns heads and drives brilliantly. The XLR has many features including adaptive cruise control, heads-up display, memory seats, dual zone air, heated and cooled ... Read full review

(5.0)

This car made even me look good.

by Mike from Sparta, NJ on October 30, 2018

I bought the car because I loved the look most of all, but I learned that I loved the handling and comfort just as much. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Cadillac XLR currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Cadillac XLR has not been tested.

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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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