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If you didn't know, Cadillac's sporty two-seat retractable hardtop roadster is based on the Chevrolet Corvette. Editors at TheCarConnection.com, however, find that the XLR is defined by its own sharp-edged styling. The 2009 Cadillac XLR has aged well since its 2004 introduction, though it offers a slight exterior refresh for this model year.
The 2009 Cadillac XLR driver can apparently feel good when tossing his keys to the parking attendant, as "its styling and Cadillac badge will appeal to those looking to roll up to the valet in something different from the status quo," according to Edmunds. The design is crisp and unique, with "vivid styling," Car and Driver says, and the XLR offers "an edgy package that looks like nothing else." Appealing to machismo, Cars.com points out that "stealth fighters inspired [the XLR]," adding that it's "a contemporary expression of Cadillac's heritage of landmark design and advanced technology." Kelley Blue Book contends the "edgy styling stands out from the crowd, a bonus for those who like to be noticed." "With chiseled exterior styling highlighted by a forceful front grille," ForbesAutos points out, "the XLR comes with a power retractable hardtop that enables it to transform from closed coupe to open roadster in less than 30 seconds." With 2009 comes a slightly refined look to the front end and a new wheel design.
The 2009 Cadillac XLR offers just enough of an interior refresh to make the car feel modern and new. From the driver's seat, the 2009 XLR is comfortable, and the space feels especially airy if you specify the lighter interior tone. Kelley Blue Book attributes the 2009 Cadillac XLR interior's appeal to "a carefully placed combination of real wood, leather and brushed aluminum." Cars.com remarks on the Cadillac XLR 2009's "luxurious interior, which can feature light or dark eucalyptus wood and aluminum accents." Edmund's observation is virtually the same: This 2009 Cadillac features "an upscale cabin complete with rich eucalyptus wood trim and aluminum accents in addition to comfortable leather seating—altogether clean-looking, modern and warm."
The 2009 Cadillac XLR is a good-looking vehicle inside and out.