Compare 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs 2009 Cadillac XLR

2009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
2009 Cadillac XLR
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$91,605
$78,886
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$98,500
$86,215
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1642 / month
$1437 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The eye-catching 2009 Cadillac XLR starts with the sharp-edged Corvette and makes some compromises for the sake of grand-touring luxury.
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Fuel Economy
City
13 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2 Seater Two-seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 42.6
Front Hip Room (in)
56.9 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.0 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 37.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.3
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- TBD - 72.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.4 177.7
Height, Overall (in)
51.1 50.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.5 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
100.8 105.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.2 (7.2 w/top down) 11.6 max 4.4 min
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.4 12.0 x 1.0
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)
13.0 x 1.1 12.8 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 18
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.2 39
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QMS
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P285/35WR18 P235/50WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QMS
Front Tire Size
P255/40ZR18 P235/50WR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4220 3647
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.5 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
391 @ 2800-4000 310 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA LH2
Displacement
5.5L/333 4.6L/279
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
382 @ 6000 320 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
13 15
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.03
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.53
Trans Type
7 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 (R2 2.23) 3.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.36
Trans Order Code
NA MX0
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Conv
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Cadillac XLR
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
5-Arm Multi-Link SLA double wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
4-Link SLA double wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 4

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