2008 Cadillac XLR Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Cadillac XLR was new.

Although it's attractive and comfortable, the XLR can't match the performance dynamics of its sportier competitors. Overall, it ranks near the bottom of its class.




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 6.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Pros & Cons

  • Head-turning exterior design
  • Comfortable two-passenger cabin
  • Sleek retractable hard-top
  • Competitors offer better overall sports performance
  • Some critics find interior materials to be sub-par

2008 Cadillac XLR Overview

Critics agree that the 2008 Cadillac XLR is an attractive and solid performing sports roadster, but it can't match its competition. "Is the XLR worthy of the attention that its striking lines so easily attract? Our initial impressions were a resounding yes," says Edmunds, "but after spending the better part of a week behind the wheel, we realized that while the XLR has a look that sets it apart from the crowd, it still has a ways to go before it can match its European rivals when it comes to delivering a complete package of style, performance and refinement."

There are three trims of the XLR: base, Platinum, and the performance-oriented XLR-V.

  • "The XLR is a fine luxury sports car for those to whom style and panache are important. While the Corvette is still the champion of American high-performance sports cars the XLR is its mighty sophisticated cousin -- just the right choice to explore the Gold Coast on a summer day." -- The Auto Channel

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