2008 Cadillac XLR vs. Its Competition

2008 Cadillac XLR
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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 XLR
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2009 Mercedes Benz SL Class V82009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2008 BMW 6-Series 2-door Coupe M6 Angular Rear Exterior View2008 BMW 6-Series
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2008 Jaguar XK XKR2008 Jaguar XK
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2008 Lexus SC 430 2008 Lexus SC 430
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Cadillac XLR still manages to turn heads with its style.
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 2008 BMW 6-Series is overwrought and overstocked with technology that distracts even from the M6’s heroic performance.
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.
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    
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
Detailed Spec Comparison
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