2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo AWD Premium

I honestly didn't intend to spend three hours winding my way through the back roads of Monroe County last Sunday. Blame the SRX - or rather, its chassis tuning. I can't recall the last time I've been in a luxury crossover that was so enjoyable on a winding stretch of two-lane blacktop. Body roll is kept to a minimum, and the steering is fairly sharp, offering a decent amount of feedback. It's good enough where you may well decide to take a wrong turn and, as Bruce Springsteen suggested, just keep going.

As my colleagues have noted, there are a number of areas where the SRX could be improved, but I for one hope that GM's engineers are on the hunt for a better transmission. The base SRX receives GM's competent 6T70, but the turbo uses a slow-shifting six-speed automatic from Aisin. The sport mode does help expedite transitions between gears, but it also delivers some harsh downshifts when slowing to a stop. That sensation isn't what I expect from a $53,000 vehicle, let alone a Cadillac.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

That's a decent looking car for a small crossover. Cadillac did a good job.

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