Style, power, luxury... and now affordability - this 2005 Cadillac
XLR is the hardtop convertible that offers you a multi-valve
Northstar V8, a terrific grand touring suspension, and an opulent
interior with leather and A/C. So it's everything you want, and you
can have it all for a terrific price.
The XLR was built alongside the Corvette, but the style was very
different. Where the Vette wants to coax the wind over the body,
the XLR wants to intimidate it out of the way. The sharp line
creases in the body serve to highlight the long shape with a hint
of sporty wedge in the profile. And we like the options that this
example gives you because it's at a crossroads. The finish has a
nice shine to look good on a car you can drive and enjoy without
getting nervous about the rain on the paint. Or if you're looking
to have an extra-sharp Caddy convertible, the value price means you
still have room in your budget to restore the black to a miles-deep
piano-like luster. And no matter your plans, the fundamentals are
good, including the clean look of the 18-inch wheels.
This is a hardtop convertible, and so you get a roof that's part of
a form-fitting package that makes this a sleek coupe. But with the
touch of a button, it disappears. Because you're going to be open
to the world, Cadillac made sure you had something to show off
inside. The shale interior with black inserts does a nice job of
coordinating tones with the exterior. The fit and finish are quite
complete with the kind of overall wear that comes with this kind of
mileage. You're loaded with all the best features, like power
seats, power windows, power locks, keyless entry/ignition, and an
AM/FM/CD/XM stereo with satellite navigation and Bose speakers.
There's the best in safety with front airbags, side airbags, and
anti-lock brakes. You even have a head-up display to keep your eyes
on the road. Plus, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated
seats mean both you and your passenger can individually dial in
your level of comfort all year long.
Cadillac's 4.6-liter Northstar V8 is quite a desirable powerhouse.
With multiple valves and variable valve timing, this knows how to
adapt the moment you want extra power - no matter if it's getting
up from a stoplight or pushing into triple-digit speeds. Plus, with
four-wheel disc brakes and the Corvette sharing its
fully-independent sports suspension, this is a Caddy that can
really corner. But more than just a pure performance machine, this
is a grand touring Cadillac. That's why you have nice features like
a five-speed automatic transmission, power steering, cruise
control, and the adjustable magnetic ride suspension.
The Cadillac XLR brought together power and luxury in a way that
made it an instant classic. It also means you might never get
another chance at such an affordably-priced XLR ever again. Call