The SRX from Cadillac has been around since 2004 and they began with a bumpy start in the crossover market. The newest model has received a complete overhaul and is back and ready to compete. The new body and framework make this old crossover seem like a whole new vehicle. There are not many similarities to the older SRX models and this may be a good thing. There was not much to brag about on the older SRX models, but the new model has nothing to be ashamed of.
The standard SRX comes with a real wheel drive configuration, but is also available with All-Wheel-Drive. There is no longer a V-8 options for this Cadillac, there are 2 different V-6 engines available and each offers more than enough power for some drivers, but anybody who is used to a bigger V-8 will agree that these new motors do leave something to be desired. The turbocharged V-6 option can add some much needed torque for those power hungry drivers out there. The Cadillac will also be raising the base price on the SRX to $33,830 so if you are looking for some big savings when your downgrade from a full fledged SUV to a crossover mode, you may want to think again.
Bodystyles: Hatchback Crossover
Engines: 3.0L V-6, 2.8L turbocharged V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Base, Luxury, Performance, Premium
The SRX was completely redesigned for 2010 and rides on a new hybrid car/crossover architecture. Now front-wheel drive based, it offers smaller, more efficient engines and optional all-wheel drive. New styling inside and out improve the SRX’s proportions and curb appeal in an effort to better position against the segment leaders. A rear vision camera and two new paint colors are the only updates for 2011.
The 2010 SRX leaves behind the awkward proportions of the first-generation SRX for a much more fitting application of Cadillac’s Art and Science design motif. A sweeping roof and fin-like taillights give it a sporty, aggressive appearance.
Heavily derived from the CTS sedan, the SRX’s interior includes standard automatic climate control and a premium stereo. Leather is standard on most models. The new model affords 61.1 cubic-feet of cargo space.
While the base 265 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 gets the job done, the premium 300 horsepower 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 is the more competitive engine. Both feel sluggish under the SRX’s weight. Ride is sporty and compliant and can be upgraded with a sport package that sacrifices ride quality for handling. Fun to drive, but burdened by a high curb weight.
Front and side airbags are standard on the SRX for the front seat passengers and both front and rear seat passengers get side curtain airbags. Anti-roll sensors, electronic Traction and Stability control and OnStar Automatic Crash Response are also standard.
FWD: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
AWD 3.0L: 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
AWD 2.8L: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway
- Great styling
- Sporty handling
- Compliant ride
- Lots of features and options
- Comfortable seats
- Power-sapping weight
- Leisurely acceleration
- Poor fuel economy
- Tight interior
- Gets expensive quickly
Looks great, needs fine-tuning
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