2009 Cadillac XLR vs. Its Competition

2009 Cadillac XLR

The Jaguar XK, BMW 6-Series, and Porsche 911 all offer 2+2 seating, as well as canvas convertible tops.

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

It may not be the fastest or most engaging to drive, but it does lots of things well, including offering numerous technology options and an opulent interior feel, along with a great retractable hardtop design that somehow doesn’t steal as much of the trunk space.

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

The Lexus SC430 is another alternative for wind-in-hair fans who still want to be cosseted, but its design is nearly a decade old and will soon be replaced.

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Quick Specs
The eye-catching 2009 Cadillac XLR starts with the sharp-edged Corvette and makes some compromises for the sake of grand-touring luxury.
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 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 Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class   
Two-seater2 SeaterSubcompactSub-Compact
Style Name   
2-Door Convertible Platinum2-Door Roadster 5.5L V82-Door Coupe 650i2-Door Convertible
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
2 Door Conv2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe2-Door Convertible
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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