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2009 Cadillac XLR Convertible

2dr Conv Platinum

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  • $86,215 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Cadillac XLR Convertible

The 2009 Cadillac XLR features a standard retractable hard top, which most of its competitors don't. The Cadillac is more elegantly simple than many of its peers, as well, with no complex driving electronics and no performance adjustments to be made. Its Corvette underpinnings make it a potent luxury drop-top on par with the Mercedes-Benz SL and Jaguar XK models.

What's new for 2009?

Cadillac's wedgy XLR convertible sees few changes for 2009. Certain exterior colors and interior wood trim accents have been deleted, as have the 'Supercharged' emblem from the doors of the XLR-V model. The Platinum Edition becomes the base XLR.

Model Strengths

  • Corvette-like performance in a Cadillac package
  • convenient retractable hard top
  • magnetic ride control, distinctive styling.

Model Review

The 2009 XLR and XLR-V remain Cadillac's high-end performance cars. Introduced in 2005 and using the Corvette as a point of inspiration, the XLR offers style and performance with generous amounts of leather and wood trim. It also has a softer suspension setup than many two-seaters in its class, which makes it much easier to live with day in and out than most of its rivals.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com has scanned through available reviews on the 2009 Cadillac XLR to bring you some of the most useful, incisive excerpts. Editors from TheCarConnection.com weaved in their own driving opinions to give you a full overview of the 2009 XLR inside and out.

Cadillac's sporty, two-seat retractable-hardtop roadster, better known as the XLR, is based on the Chevrolet Corvette. However, it's plenty different, with sharp-edged styling and an exclusive 4.6-liter, 320-horsepower Northstar V-8 engine in standard trim.

The 2009 Cadillac XLR has aged well since its 2004 introduction, although it offers a slight exterior refresh for this model year, including a modestly reworked front end, a new wheel design, and some tweaks to the interior. The front end now looks very similar--in design, though not in proportion to that of Cadillac's sedans, with the familiar mix of creases and chunky proportions, plus smooth swathes of sheetmetal that we've come to expect from the luxury brand.

The XLR looks good at first glance, but up close it has the appearance and feel of materials just not up to the typical standards of a car this price. Seats are comfortable, but they're jammed next to a wide, tall drive hump and center console. However, all the fundamentals of a good hardtop convertible are here; the mechanical dance performed by its folding hardtop is pure engineering magic that will stop people in their tracks so that they can take a better look, and wind buffeting is spot-on, allowing you to carry on a conversation even at highway speeds. The space feels especially airy if you specify the lighter interior tone. Beware, though, that the folding hardtop occupies a huge portion of the cargo space, leaving you just enough room for some weekend bags.

Performance enthusiasts can choose the high-performance XLR-V, which packs a 443-horsepower punch from a supercharged 4.4-liter dual-overhead-cam V-8 engine and can reach 60 mph in less than five seconds. As impressive as the V-Series XLR is, most drivers won't be disappointed with the standard 2009 Cadillac XLR. (TheCarConnection.com has a separate review of the 2009 Cadillac XLR-V.) The 320-hp, 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 in the XLR doesn't quite have the monstrous low-end torque of the Corvette's standard engine, but it's especially smooth and velvety when revved. The XLR is a bit slower and slightly less nimble, but the trade-off is well worth it, given the XLR's purpose in life is to be a luxury two-seater, not a bad-boy racer.

One of the XLR's strongest traits is its outstanding MagneRide system. Explaining how it works would require an entire story of its own. Suffice it to say, this computer-controlled suspension can read the road--and the driver's input--so rapidly that it can change settings in about the time it takes for the XLR to roll three inches at 60 mph. This Cadillac roadster handles well, given the decent ride.

The 2009 Cadillac XLR has a heated steering wheel and a retuned version of Magnetic Ride Control. Adaptive Forward Lighting swivels the headlamps as the vehicle corners; a head-up display, heated and cooled seats, and a DVD navigation system are among the standard equipment. GM's StabiliTrak stability control, Magnasteer power steering, and Magnetic Ride Control are also standard on all versions of the XLR. OnStar Destination Download and Bluetooth connectivity are standard, too. All XLRs are now dressed in what used to be the step-up Platinum edition, with handcrafted leather in its cabin. A new Alpine White Limited Edition sports a chrome grille and 18-inch chrome wheels.


The Bottom Line:

The eye-catching 2009 Cadillac XLR starts with the sharp-edged Corvette and makes some compromises for the sake of grand-touring luxury.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

1Extension of new-vehicle bumper-to-bumper warranty to 6 years/70,000 miles, whichever comes first (from new-vehicle delivery date and mileage). Download Details
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection ² 172-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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