2005 Cadillac XLR Consumer Review: Cadillac joins the Big League

2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible - Consumer Review

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Cadillac joins the Big League
By Chris O on


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


If the crisp creases of the XLR's lines get your attention right away, then the cockpit comfort and layout just reinforce the fact that Cadillac has built one seriious sports car. It has all the gizmos, and some, but all serve to enhance the driving experrience and not confuse and overtwhelm the enthusiast. It is quick of the blocks, but with finesse rather than machismo. The XLR's handling is precise and exhilerating. The retractable top is an engineering masterpice and delivers a whisper quiet interrior when up, and a head turning air in the hair thrill when stowed. Its clean lines, luxury, and power combine to deliver a grand touring roadster to compete with the best Europe has to offer.

Best Features

The retractable hard top; keyless entry and ignition; glove leather seating and simple easy to master controls and gadgetry - especially the HUD and On- Star, The clean chiselled lines, which look just as good top up or down, and the terrific exhaust tuning, as the power kicks in when needed.

Worst Features

It would be nice if it had a little less roll in the turns and dive when braking, but then this car is not for the boy racer crowd. Somebody needs to come up with a way for the XM Satellite radio antenna not to ruin the XLR's fluid, clean and uncluttered lines.
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