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2008 Cadillac XLR vs. Its Competition

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The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is the benchmark for this class of vehicle.

It may not be the fastest, the smoothest riding, or the most engaging, but it does many things well.

Plus, Mercedes-Benz earned its stripes along the way, and the current SL-Class cars prove it.

The retractable hardtop operates quickly.

The SL is dynamically engaging, although not quite to the level of the 2008 Cadillac XLR-V, but clearly more so than the Lexus SC 430.

The Jaguar XK, BMW 6-Series, and Porsche 911 all offer 2+2 seating if this is important to you, as well as canvas convertible tops.

2008 Cadillac XLR 2008 Cadillac XLR2009 Mercedes Benz SL Class V82009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class2008 BMW 6-Series 2-door Coupe M6 Angular Rear Exterior View2008 BMW 6-Series2008 Jaguar XK XKR2008 Jaguar XK2008 Lexus SC 430 2008 Lexus SC 430
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The 2008 Cadillac XLR still manages to turn heads with its style.
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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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The 2008 BMW 6-Series is overwrought and overstocked with technology that distracts even from the M6’s heroic performance.
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The 2008 Jaguar XK is the brand's best mainstream car ever, with performance equal to its German competitors and looks to beat them all.
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The 2008 Lexus SC 430 offers a unique shape, a folding hardtop, and the Lexus experience, but the "bathtub" look is a major drawback in a class of beautiful convertibles.
MSRP From    
$80,650Browse Used Listings$98,500Browse Used Listings$76,600Browse Used Listings$74,835Browse Used Listings$66,355Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class    
Two-seater2 SeaterSubcompactMini-CompactSub-Compact
Style Name    
2-Door Convertible2-Door Roadster 5.5L V82-Door Coupe 650i2-Door Coupe2-Door Convertible
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
2 Door Conv2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe2-Door Coupe2-Door Convertible
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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