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STYLING | 8 out of 10
edgy styling stands out from the crowd
Kelley Blue Book
sharply chiseled two-seater
a contemporary expression of Cadillac's heritage
The 2009 Cadillac XLR-V has a supercharged V-8 engine and a sharp-edged style that's all its own. Derived in part from the Chevrolet Corvette, the XLR-V is the hottest version of the brand’s two-seat, retractable-hardtop roadster.
Kelley Blue Book says the "edgy styling stands out from the crowd,” while Edmunds predicts its shape “will appeal to those looking to roll up to the valet in something different from the status quo.” As a V version of a Cadillac vehicle, the XLR-V gets special "design features [that] include polished wire-mesh upper and lower grilles, a sculpted hood and four stainless-steel exhaust tips," says Cars.com. The Detroit News calls the XLR-V a “sharply chiseled two-seater,” while Cars.com points out "stealth fighters inspired [the XLR],” adding that it’s “a contemporary expression of Cadillac's heritage of landmark design and advanced technology."
Edmunds is not a big fan of the interior of the Cadillac XLR-V 2009. "Abundant wood and metallic accents are a good start, but aesthetics ultimately miss the mark, thanks to generic-looking switchgear and unspectacular leather. For a car that costs a hair short of $100,000, this is a profound disappointment." However, the interior is definitely a step above the 2009 Cadillac XLR-V's little brother, the XLR. Cars.com reports that "the interior has Zingana wood trim and aluminum accents on the wheel," while the Detroit News raves that it's "trimmed in rich-looking ebony leather with French stitching and matching perforated-suede inserts, as well as aluminum accents on the steering wheel and instrument panel."
The 2009 Cadillac XLR-V boasts styling that will catch your eye from a distance, but the interior isn’t universally appreciated.