Compare 2009 Cadillac XLR vs 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class

2009 Cadillac XLR
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2-Door Convertible Platinum
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Platinum 15 24 $78,886 $86,215
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2-Door Roadster 5.5L V8
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 5.5L V8 13 21 $91,605 $98,500
2-Door Roadster 6.2L AMG 12 19 $125,550 $135,000
2-Door Roadster 5.5L V12 11 18 $129,363 $139,100
2-Door Roadster 6.0L AMG 11 18 $181,071 $194,700
2-Door Coupe 6.0L AMG Black Series 11 18 $278,070 $299,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$78,886
$91,605
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$86,215
$98,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1437 / month
$1642 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The eye-catching 2009 Cadillac XLR starts with the sharp-edged Corvette and makes some compromises for the sake of grand-touring luxury. The SL’s new look isn’t to everyone’s liking, but in AMG guise, it’s now more punch than paunch—and a worthy stealth Ferrari-chaser.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 13 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two-seater 2 Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 54.0
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 42.9
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 50.0
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 37.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
50.4 51.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.2 60.5
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 100.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.3 - TBD -
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
177.7 180.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 max 4.4 min 10.2 (7.2 w/top down)
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x 1.0 11.8 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 1.3 13.0 x 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18 21.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39 36.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QMS NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50WR18 P255/40ZR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QMS NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50WR18 P285/35WR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3647 4220
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 18 x 9.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 18 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
SFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 4400 391 @ 2800-4000
Engine Order Code
LH2 NA
Displacement
4.6L/279 5.5L/333
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
320 @ 6400 382 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 13
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 21
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.42 (R2 2.23)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.36 2.86
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.73 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.03 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Conv 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
Cadillac XLR Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
SLA double wishbone 5-Arm Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
SLA double wishbone 4-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3

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