Cadillac is wise not to overplay the virtues of this new turbo engine. It does pick up the pace while sacrificing only one mpg in city driving (16/23 city/hwy turbo versus 17/23 city/highway with the 3.0-liter normally aspirated engine). Unfortunately, there's still not enough gusto to keep up with the Lexus RX350, which is nearly as heavy but has a large (3.5-liter) V-6 doing its bidding.
That said, the women who are generally those most enthusiastic about crossovers should be quite happy with the SRX 2.8T. It's roomy, high-riding for a commanding view, and handy for toting life's necessities. While a green leaf on the tailgate might be more prestigious than the SRX's T badge, this Cadillac easily trumps the Lexus and the European contenders on style points.
2010 CADILLAC SRX 2.8T
Base price: $49,000 (estimated)
As-Tested: $53,000 (estimated)
Engine:turbocharged and intercooled 2.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic