2012 Cadillac SRX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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Here are two ways of looking at the 2012 Cadillac SRX: 1) The sleekly designed second-generation model was underdeveloped when introduced in 2010, or 2) the dogged and hard-working people involved with this crossover are pursuing Japanese-style continuous improvement, which explains the significant upgrades after only two years.
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If number one were true, it didn't matter. While it had its merits, the first generation SRX, introduced in 2004, looked like an old boot, and it sold poorly. The second-generation one, with its cut-and-thrust styling, has moved the SRX into runner-up position in the mid-luxury crossover segment, and you have to figure that it's only the customarily mediocre (but reportedly improving) Cadillac dealership experience that hasn't accelerated demand even more and made the Lexus RX350 and RX450h want to get off their ballet points and put on some boxing gloves.
But Cadillac's people -- like development engineer Steve Kline, a large man with blond eyebrows and a cell phone that rings at 3 a.m. -- show the mettle that everyone knew could be found in Detroit.
"We're going to make this car better and better," Kline says, and you feel he means it.
So let's call the 2012 Cadillac SRX a combination of both of the above factors, desperation and persistence. GM was indeed in a desperate situation, and maybe it hurried the second generation to market. The 3.0-liter V-6 it came with was hardly stellar. But now, with the addition of the direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 that adopts numerous refinements after its debut in the CTS sedan or coupe, the SRX represents a better value than ever, one that's highly appealing and surprisingly entertaining to drive, with performance only being held back by the crossover's useful bulk. In the marketplace, just the limited production capability of suppliers to the assembly plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico, and the aforementioned, soon-to-congeal dealer body can hold back the SRX.
The compact, 60-degree 3.6-liter V-6 that's fitted in all models, or "collections," of the 2012 Cadillac SRX busts out 308 hp, bettering the old 3.0-liter by 43 hp, and 265 lb-ft of torque at a low 2400 rpm, which is a big improvement from 223 lb-ft at 5100 rpm. This V-6, a wonder of aluminum-alloy castings and steel forgings, is tuned so that it brims with a flat torque curve, putting the power on tap as fast and sure as a midnight earmark on a Congressional bill, and this urge and surge keep on churning and boiling at that peak until very near the redline of 7200 rpm. In our test, the SRX galloped over Santa Barbara County backroads, displaying the exuberance of a two-year-old filly even while evidencing the bulk of a twelve-year-old Clydesdale. And no matter what drolleries are dispensed through the carefully tuned exhaust, the lovely cabin remains tranquil, thanks to acoustic deadeners that pull the tophat down on the engine's cleverly chattering Charlie McCarthy.
This engine -- made at plants in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Australia -- is improved with strategically fortified ribs and curved surfaces that radiate mechanical clatter and the high-pressure (2100-psi) D.I. system's hissing and ticking away from the block. The fuel pump and supply rail are scrupulously isolated, further suppressing the ruckus. During steady cruising, the cabin stayed so quiet that the loudest sound came from the backseat: the creaking of chief engineer Liz Pilibosian's BlackBerry trackball.
Furthermore, even with an 11.5:1 compression ratio, the V-6 runs on regular unleaded and has flex-fuel capability.
The six-speed automatic transmission offers a pushbutton "eco" mode for use at speeds below 50 mph, and this helps front-wheel-drive versions of the 2012 SRX to realize 17 city/24 highway mpg. (All-wheel-drive versions make 16 city/23 highway mpg.) Another selection is the tranny's sport mode that reads the driver's toes, fingers, and filthy intentions, downshifting and upshifting with remarkable lucidity. But we still prefer the manual mode, which matched revs when we geared down for tight turns on the narrow roads that wind through cow pastures and fields of berries, cabbages, and seed marigolds. Santa Barbara County in late July is unexcelled for agricultural variation.
Chassis and suspension refinement also deserve mention. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, but even with the optional twenty-inch wheels the SRX kept its composure on surfaces that sometimes were pretty rough. Front-drive is standard, but Cadillac will emphasize the availability of the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. Response from the hydraulically assisted rack-and-pinion steering, which firms up nicely in turns, is praiseworthy, but pedal feel when activating the twin-piston front and single-piston rear disc brakes provoked some muttering.
Combining all of the above attributes with a well-crafted interior -- featuring such amenities as a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats in the Luxury, Performance, and Premium models -- along with the striking exterior styling makes for a winning combination.
"We feel we've built a little momentum at Cadillac," says spokesman David Caldwell. It'll be no surprise if, in two or three more years, the SRX pulls even with the Lexus RX in sales, while escalating ahead of it on the roads. That's the renewed Detroit dedication for you.
2012 Cadillac SRX
Base Price: $36,060
On Sale: August 2011
3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 308hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 265 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front- and all-wheel
L x W x H:
190.3 x 75.2 x 65.7 in
Legroom F/R: 41.2/ 36.3 in
Headroom F/R: 39.7/ 38.4 in
Cargo capacity: 61.1/29.2 cu. ft
Curb Weight: 4277-4442lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 17/24 mpg (FWD) and 16/23 mpg (AWD)
2012 Cadillac SRX
2012 Cadillac SRX
The first-generation SRX was a very capable crossover vehicle, but it languished on the sales floor, so Cadillac switched things up with the second-generation SRX in 2010. Gunning directly for the Lexus RX350, Cadillac abandoned rear-wheel drive and launched a new SRX that could be ordered with either front- or four-wheel drive. Its tidier dimensions meant that there was no longer a seven-passenger option, making the new SRX strictly a five-seater. Two years on, the second-generation SRX still trails its Lexus competition but has managed to close the gap considerably. For 2012, Cadillac did away with the previous V-6s -- a 3.0-liter and a turbo 2.8-liter -- and replaced them with an E85-capable, 3.6-liter, direct-injected V-6. The new engine and a new six-speed automatic transmission propel the crossover with ease, although the SRX's hefty 4277-pound curb weight is felt under braking and cornering. The chassis and suspension have also been tweaked, and with either the standard eighteen-inch or optional twenty-inch wheels, the SRX is composed over almost any road surface. The SRX is much sportier than the Lexus, but it won't ever be mistaken for a track-day toy. The SRX is a handsome vehicle, with creased character lines, angular fascia treatments, and tail-fin-reminiscent LED taillights. The cabin mixes supple leather with high-quality plastics and aluminum trim, and its controls are logical and easy to use. Front-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available on all but the base model.
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With the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently upgrading its crash testing and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration thinking of doing the same, crash test results are on people's minds. With more than 60 crossovers already on sale – and at least another half dozen coming in the next twelve months – the not-an-SUV, not-a-car, not-a-wagon segment is being closely watched by customers and manufacturers alike.
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Cadillac is determined to reclaim its crown as the world standard of luxury. Helping to do so is its new CUE infotainment system, which is standard on the updated 2013 Cadillac SRX crossover.
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If you thought the luxury crossover market was already too crowded, think again. Cadillac may be considering an SUV to battle the BMW X3 and others in its class.
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I'm torn about the Cadillac SRX. On one hand, there are the Cadillac's strengths: it finally has a capable and entertaining engine, which provides adequate low-end grunt and sings arias when you stamp on the loud pedal. When you get to a corner, it has plenty of grip, and doesn't roll like one would expect from such a big vehicle. The seats are comfortable, and the on-board tech is pretty good.
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2012 Cadillac SRX Specifications

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3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
308 hp @ 6800rpm
265 ft lb of torque @ 2400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 72 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Chevrolet Camaro, as well as certain 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles, equipped with power height adjustable driver and passenger seats. In the affected vehicles, the bolt that secures the driver's and passenger's power front seat height adjuster may fall out causing the seat to drop suddenly to the lowest vertical position.
If the driver's seat unexpectedly drops, the distraction and altered seat position may affect the drivers' control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the height adjuster shoulder bolts, free of charge. The manufacturer distributed interim letters to owners on September 11, 2014. The recall began on December 26, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14271.
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Recall Date
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured April 14, 2009, to September 1, 2014, and 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X vehicles manufactured February 1, 2011, to September 13, 2011. On the affected vehicles, the jam nut in the rear suspension toe adjuster link may not be torqued to the proper specification. A loose toe adjuster link can cause the vehicle to sway or wander at highway speeds. A loose toe adjuster link may lead to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the toe adjuster link will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment.
Failure of the toe adjuster link could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the torque of the left and right rear toe link adjuster lock nuts, and replace the parts if there is evidence of damage or a loose link, free of charge. The The recall began November 11, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006 or Saab customer service at 1-800-955-9007. GM's number for this recall is 14457.
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