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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Cadillac XLR Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 320 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Cadillac XLR

  • Its design makes it stand out from the crowd, but its performance and craftsmanship aren't quite as extraordinary.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Eye-catching design, forgiving ride quality, hardtop convenience, nearly every feature is standard.

  • Cons

    Interior doesn't always reflect the price, not as sporty as its Corvette underpinnings might suggest, minimal cargo space, can be cramped for taller drivers.

  • What's New for 2005

    Buyers now have the choice of two interior wood trim finishes: Dark Eucalyptus, along with last year's Light Eucalyptus.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


2 of 14 people found this review helpful

World class car

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac XLR 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

This car blows the BMW's that I have been driving off the road. The XLR is fast, handles great, and extremely comfortable. I also love the bold design and I have been stopped many times by admirers of the car. Taking the XLR on road trips is a joy, allowing one to enjoy both the power and comfort of the car.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Awesome

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac XLR 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

I traded a 1993 red Corvette for my 2005 Xenon Blue XLR and I have no regrets. I get whistles, thumbs up, nice color, nice car comments from people ages 16 to 75. Truly a fun car to drive and own.




Like new

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac XLR 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

Really love the car, only top does not operate properly. Have to have serviced, but under warranty.




Bought it used, saved depreciation

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac XLR 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

I looked hard at the Mercedes SLK55 and the SL500. I couldn't afford the SL500 (ouch). The regular SLKs (350, 280, etc) didn't have enough horsepower to really compare. The SLK55 was almost impossible to find used with fairly low miles. Although the SLK55 is a great car, it just seemed too small for me. My daughter said "you look like an elephant riding a peanut" (referring to the short wheel base and short overall car length). Mercedes made a big deal out of their hard top retracting in 19 seconds vs. 30 seconds for the Caddy. My only trouble on the Caddy has been the computer thinking the top isn't fully locked when you hit a hard bump. That has been fixed now via some reprogramming.




A great and fun car

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac XLR 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

This vehicle is not only fun to drive, but undoubtedly it gets the most looks of any car on the road.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Amazed

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac XLR 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

I truly expected to have some problems with this car being limited production and a new design with complicated electronics and top but to my amazement it has been totally trouble free for 16,000 miles now with hundreds of top down cycles. I was considering a Vette when I found this, much better choice for comfort while not giving up much in handling or performance.



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Full 2005 Cadillac XLR Review

What's New for 2005

Buyers now have the choice of two interior wood trim finishes: Dark Eucalyptus, along with last year's Light Eucalyptus.

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Talk About The 2005 XLR

2005 Cadillac XLR Discussions See all Started By

213xlrv
213xlrv
04-13-2006
between the cars. Less than $45K between an XLR-V and an SL55. Even with the traditional advantage to pragmatic American engineering, it would surely cost more to build 500 more pounds in either car ...


markcincinnati
markcincinnati
02-08-2007
The XLR, hmmm, I've not ever seen one of them driven by a man or woman with "their own hair" if you get my drift....


sevenfeet0
sevenfeet0
09-13-2009
were good things that came about. Parts of the XLR's dash design (the hand stitched overlaying soft materials) began to show up in other products (the '07 STS, the '07 SRX, the '08 CTS and now the '...



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