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.
Drive: Front-wheel, 4-wheel
Trim Levels: SRX, Luxury, Performance, Premium
Body Style: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger
Engine: 3.6L V-6, 308 hp, 265 lb-ft (E85 capable)
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Passenger volume: 100.6 cu ft
Capacities: Towing 3500 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 29.2/61.2 cu ft
For 2012, the SRX adopts the direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 engine from the CTS along with a new six-speed automatic transmission. All SRXs now get standard Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a heated steering wheel is standard on all but the base SRX. The optional twenty-inch wheels have a new finish and there is a new paint color: xenon blue metallic. The cabin can now be dressed in all-ebony trim.
Dual-stage front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are OnStar telematics with emergency services and automatic crash notification and a one-year free subscription, ABS with stability and traction control, and tire-pressure monitors. Optional are a backup camera and front parking sensors.
All: 16-17 mpg city/23-24 mpg highway
- Sharp styling
- Intuitive controls
- Compromised rearward visibility
- Smallish cargo space
Cadillac sharpens its creased crossover with a more refined powertrain and increased horsepower.
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