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How Different Is The New Cadillac XT5 To The Outgoing SRX? 18
Sep
Posted by Andrei Nedelea in Cadillac, Cadillac SRX, Cadillac XT5, new cars, Visual Comparison on 09 18th, 2015


At a first glance, the new XT5 looks like a modernization and evolution of the SRX. It retains the same shape and proportion, but it’s in the detailing where it distances itself from the older model.
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Cadillac To Continue Models Onslaught, Will Concentrate On SUVs and Crossovers 16
Aug
Posted by Andrei Nedelea in Cadillac, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac SRX, new cars, Reports on 08 16th, 2015


No, this isn’t a post about Audi, it’s about Cadillac, but it could very well be as the latter is announcing a propensity to launch more high-riding models in the future – the only way to go to stay in business these days, it seems.
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2013 Cadillac SRX AWD Premium Review & Test Drive 29
May
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac SRX, SUV, Test Drives on 05 29th, 2013
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2013 Cadillac SRX AWD Beauty Right Done Small

Once upon a time Cadillac was known for manufacturing some of the best vehicles in the world.  Unfortunately Cadillac lost that reputation up to the turn of the century.  In the past thirteen years Cadillac has clawed its way back and today Cadillac is once again manufacturing some of the best vehicles in the world.

The Cadillac Escalade has been the choice of full-size luxury sport utility buyers for many years and now the new 2013 Cadillac SRX is nudging for the top spot in the mid-size luxury sport utility vehicles segment.  This new offering introduces design enhancements, segment-leading Cue and haptic technology, segment-leading cargo management and safety innovations, just to name a few, of what makes the 2013 Cadillac SRX one of the world’s best mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle.  After my seven-day test drive of the SRX AWD Premium model I can attest to its fun-to-drive, luxurious and technological innovations that make driving this new SRX such a pleasure and honor.

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Exterior refinements for 2013 include a new upper and lower chrome accented grille and lower air-intake that updates Cadillac’s signature shield grille design with greater detail and depth, giving the SRX a richer appearance.  Down below is a deep airdam with horizontal cutouts to help increase downforce.  Flanking the grille are Cadillac’s iconic vertical headlamps with light pipe technology and Adaptive Forward HID lighting technology that turns the lamps in the direction of the front wheels.  Light pipes also provide a new glow to the front fender vents of the SRX that mimic the front turn-signals, as well as the vertical LED taillights.  Round foglamps light up the road in foggy conditions. The SRX has a wide stance, minimal overhangs and rides on big 20X8 inch multi-spoke chrome wheels wrapped with Michelin 235/55R20 inch all-season radial tires pushed to the corners.  Also from the side is a long, low sleek wedge shaped profile with swept-back windshield A- pillars.  The vertical chrome accented air-vents just before the front doors start a character line leading through the chrome pull-out door handles.

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A full-perimeter chrome strip around the greenhouse adds another luxury touch while black contrasting front, side and rear extensions lower the center of gravity enhancing handling.  A tapering roof line with chrome roof rails ends at the rear spoiler just above the power liftgate.  A new thick chrome bar is placed above the license plate surround with the fabled Cadillac crest just above.  The rear step-up bumper features a full-perimeter slip free pad on top and down below are chrome tipped dual exhaust outlets nicely cut into the bumper bottom with a diffuser between them.  The overall styling is signature Cadillac featuring the unique front/rear vertical lamps.  More outstanding exterior features include heated/power-folding/power-adjustable outside mirrors and rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers/rear wiper/washer.

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SRX is powered by a 3.6 liter, DOHC, all-aluminum, Direct High Press Fuel Injected V6 with VVT technology for a flat torque curve.  It is known by its ‘LFX’ engine code.  It generates 308hp at 6,800rpm and 265lb.ft. of torque at just 2,400rpm.  The engine also features a composite intake manifold that saves approximately 5.5 pounds over the weight of a comparable aluminum intake and an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design that saves approximately 13 pounds.  The Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission is matched with the LFX engine.  An available all-wheel-drive system, that I tested, incorporates an electronic limited-slip rear differential, which not only improves traction in slippery road conditions but provides side-to-side torque transfer along the rear axle to enhance control during hard cornering.  This six-speed pulls hard when needed and cruises perfectly at highway speeds.

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Cadillac SRX uses GM’s unique fully independent suspension system for a smooth ride on the highway while smoothing out the bumps on poorly paved city streets.  It is mated with a standard rack & pinion hydraulic steering system-and offers a variable-effort, speed sensitive steering system-with tuning biased for sport sedan-style driving and a strong on-center feel.  The suspension features a MacPherson strut setup up front with specially tuned coil springs, direct-acting hollow stabilizer bar, hydraulic ride bushings and real-time gas-charged shocks.  The rear is a unique linked ‘H-arm’ setup with hollow stabilizer bar, specially tuned coil springs and real-time gas-charged shocks. The rear axle ratio is 3.39 for quick launches.  This unique suspension system benefits from GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system to keep you on track when cornering hard on the back roads.  A trailering package is optional with the Premium trim that I tested and increases towing capacity to 3,500 pounds for long and fun weekend get-a-ways.

Quickly and safely slowing the new SRX down from speed are large, four-wheel vented disc brakes.  Up front are 13.6 inch rotors clamped with dual-piston calipers and 12.4 inch rotors clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  Standard ABS, Traction Control and StabiliTrak help keep you in control of the direct you choose when braking hard on slick or wet surfaces.  The brakes felt very linear when applying hard or normal.  The new SRT drives like a dream and fulfilling that dream is an incredible comfortable, luxurious, ergonomic, connected and safe interior cabin fit for a king.

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Open the doors and view a cabin covered in the finest leathers, real aluminum trim, chrome accents, black piano veneer and Sabele Wood trim on the doors.  Each front passenger bucket seat is comfortable and supportive with 8-way power adjustments and power lumbar adjustment.  They are also heated and cooled.     The sporty leather-wrapped/wood/aluminum trimmed steering wheel is tilting and telescopic for the perfect reach and angle for comfortable driving effort.  You also have power adjustable foot pedals, what more can you ask for a perfect driving position?  The instrument panel is straight-ahead and easy to see and understand with a large speedometer and tachometer plus two small fuel/engine coolant temperature gauges.  The bottom of the cluster is multi-configurable from the trip computer/Bose Premium Audio System.  The center console holds the chrome bezel leather/aluminum wrapped stick shifter, dual cupholders and dual-tier storage bin with padded armrest.  Inside the storage bin is a USB port, an SD card slot auxiliary input jack and 12-volt power outlet.

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Cadillac CUE (Cadillac User Experience is the brand’s new design and technical breakthrough for intuitive in-vehicle control and connectivity.  CUE pairs entertainment and information data from up to 10-Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system that reduces complexity through customized information, voice commands and fewer buttons and larger icons.  The comprehensive in-vehicle experience is designed to be unique for each consumer, from the simple user to the fully connected super user.  The heart of CUE is the vibrant, eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen-with proximity sensing and haptic feedback-that is seamlessly integrated in the top of the central instrument panel.  It displays CUE’s home page, which resembles a smart phone’s screen with large, easy-to-target icons that execute commands.  Capacitive technology on the screen and faceplate enables consumers to use the same ‘swipe’, ‘pinch’, or ‘spread’ gestures common to most popular smartphones and tablets.  Also unique is a motorized faceplate that opens by touching the bottom aluminum trim piece to a concealed storage area for smartphones or other mobile devices and includes an illuminated USB port.  Amazing!!!  No other SUV has it.

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Also new this year in the Premium model I tested were new headphone and remote design for the rear-seat entertainment system with screens mounted behind the front headrests, a rear USB port and a SD card slot.  Active noise cancellation is new for 2013 and helps create a quieter driving experience.  The system uses microphones to detect ambient noise, the frequencies of which are processed by a computer that directs counteracting sound waves through the audio system to tailor the sound quality and character inside the cabin.  Also inside is the Bose Premium Sound System with Sirius Satellite Radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear heated seats, keyless access, push button start/stop, ambient lighting, self-dimming rearview mirror, rear 60/40 split folding seat to expand the cargo area, an Ultra-View power sunroof, a cargo management system with an expandable aluminum catcher to better manage your cargo carrying needs, four chrome tie downs, a cargo shade and underfloor cargo storage.

More standard features not mentioned above are power windows with express up/down in front and express down for the second row, navigation system, heated steering wheel, cruise control, adaptive remote start, rain-sensing wipers, power programmable height liftgate, universal home remote, front/rear parking assist, grab handles at each door, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, and front/rear, cargo floor mats.  My Premium Trim model came with these options-rear entertainment system, adaptive radar cruise control, front/rear automatic braking, and automatic collision preparation.

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Standard safety features include front/side impact airbags, side head curtain airbags, tire pressure monitor, rear door locks child safety, theft deterrent system, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, 3-point safety belts for 5 plus front pretensioner/load limiters, and ONSTAR’s  automatic crash response.

This new 2013 Cadillac SRX is one of the best looking, high-performing, luxurious, innovative, safe, fun and easy-to-drive, mid-size sport utility vehicles for sale anywhere.  Cadillac is back and making waves in the industry and its segment with attention to detail and innovation not seen on other vehicles.  Cadillac is Back!

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COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base SRX AWD Premium $50,730.00-base/$56,510.00 as tested including destination charges
  • Turning circle: 40.3 feet
  • Overall length: 190.3 inches
  • Overall width: 75.2 inches
  • Overall height: 65.7 inches
  • Wheelbase: 110.5 inches
  • Track: f/r-63.8/63.4 inches
  • Minimum ground clearance: 7 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,442 pounds
  • Headroom: f/r-39.7/38.4 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-41.2/36.3 inches
  • EPA passenger volume: 100.6 cu.ft.
  • EPA interior volume: 129.8 cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume behind first-row seats: 61.1 cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume behind second row seats: 29.9 cu.ft.
  • Fuel tank: 21 gallons
  • EPA mileage: 16mpg/city, 23mpg/highway


2012 Cadillac SRX AWD Premium Review & Test Drive 15
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac SRX, featured, SUV, Test Drives on 12 15th, 2011

The all-new 2012 Cadillac SRX crossover, entering into its 3rd year, has grown into its sleek skin evolving from what was thought to be somewhat of an underachiever. The SRX has gone through an evolution for this year that has fine-tuned it in a way to shake off may negative preconceptions that it may have once had. The new 2012 Cadillac SRX is a class contender poised with the refinement, performance and luxury expected from the Cadillac brand.

For 2012, the most notable change for the SRX is a new 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 engine producing 308 horsepower and 265 ft-lbs. of torque. The new engine, which produces more usable and consistent power across the RPM band, is a welcomed improvement over the previous 3.0-liter V6 and 2.8-liter turbocharged engine choices.

The new 3.6-liter V6 mated to a quick-shifting 6-speed hydra-matic automatic transmission now comes as standard equipment across the line for the SRX. A new drive enabled ECO feature for the transmission optimizes shifting points for better fuel economy. Fuel economy for the new V6 in front-wheel-drive configuration is estimated at 17mpg city and 25mpg highway. These figures are much improved over the old 2.8-liter turbocharged powermill but are about 1mpg in the wrong direction when compared to the old 3.0-liter V6.

Midrange to full power delivery, followed by a muddled growl exhaust sound, is smooth and eventually becomes very predictable after spending 15 minutes or more behind the wheel of the new SRX. The added mid-range torque makes the new SRX more enjoyable to drive than previous years due to a more consistent power output when compared to the old 2.8-liter turbocharged engine. In sport mode, the SRX’s transmission tends to shift hard and abrupt. Essentially in sport mode, the transmission becomes snappy with its shifting but I am not certain that shifts come on much faster. Steering response over-all is somewhat light when cruising around town but tends to tighten up nicely at highway speeds.

I can now say that the all-new 2012 SRX fills its shoes for being called “the Cadillac of crossovers”. If there was any doubt in the Cadillac SRX’s competitiveness before, it has been reconciled in the all-new 2012 model. Not only has Cadillac made the SRX better with a new powermill, but they have also retuned the suspension and add additional sound insulation. Over-all, these changes elevate the SRX’s aggressiveness in the luxury crossover segment when compared to the likings of vehicles such as the Lexus RX.

The all-new 2012 Cadillac SRX benefits from an excellent ride and good looks that are in tune with the rest of the growing Cadillac lineup. The SRX is offered in 4 trims, base, luxury, performance and premium. My Cadillac SRX test vehicle was the top-of-the-line Premium trim. All-wheel-drive is available in the luxury, performance and premium trim levels.

The new SRX’s handling characteristics benefit well from automatically directing power to all four wheels considering a hefty curb weight of over 4400 pounds for the all-wheel-drive model. I was able to experience the electronics quickly sorting things out under wet conditions keeping my SRX planted to the road. The larger 20-inch wheels and meaty 255/40 tires, part of the performance and premium trim levels, aid in the SRX’s handing without compromising ride quality. Moreover, the 20-inch wheels are rather stylish and blend well with the SRX’s exterior.

The all-new Cadillac SRX demonstrates excellent quality when it comes to the fit and finish of the interior. The interior is enhanced by a small amount of dark wood trim on the doors, dashboard center-stack storage compartment and steering wheel. The dashboard on my premium SRX is accented with stitching and has a large glide-up LCD touch-screen for displaying the hard-drive based GPS navigation, audio controls, climate settings and other vehicle customization settings. The evolution of GM’s infotainment systems has reached a pinnacle to provide user friendliness backed with a slight redundancy of touch-screen and dashboard button operations.

Seating arrangements in the new SRX are among the best in the industry for 5-passenger luxury crossovers. The heated and ventilated front leather appointed seats are very comfortable and have just enough bolstering to keep your body situated during sharp turns. Other mentionable luxury features include memory driver’s seat, rear heated outboard seats, rear climate controls and a power rear liftgate.

The new SRX suffers slightly with the lack of rear headroom but makes up for it with copious amounts of front legroom so the tall person in the group has a proper place. Rear cargo space is decent with an opening floor compartment storage box and an optional adjustable aluminum rail-way organizer in place of the customary cargo net.

Safety has always been a prime objective for Cadillac and the new 2012 SRX is no exception. A new Auto Dry Brake system is available for 2012. The new system will apply pressure to all four brakes on the SRX when the RainSense system (automatic rain sensing wiper system) detects rain. Working in conjunction with the RainSense and stabilitrack system, the Auto Dry Brakes will help keep the brake discs dry during wet road conditions ultimately improving stopping distance. A fill list of standard safety features starts with an automatic occupant sensing system that displays which occupants have their seatbelt on indicated on the driver’s instrument cluster round LCD screen. Roll-over sensing side-curtain airbags and front smart-airbags are also standard.

My 2012 Cadillac SRX Premium is an excellent contender for those who want a little extra flavor when in the market for a luxury crossover. With 5-passenger seating and a much improved platform to work with, the new 2012 Cadillac SRX offers the right amount of sportiness with a cutting-edge style in a luxury crossover. The price of the new 2012 Cadillac SRX starts at $35,185 for the front-wheel-drive base model and tips the scale at a base starting price of $45,975 for the SRX premium trim. Expect to pay north of $50,000 for a fully loaded SRX premium all-wheel-drive model.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base SRX FWD $35,185 / Base SRX AWD Premium $45,975
  • Engine: 3.6-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 308 horsepower @ 6800 rpm / 265 ft-lbs. torque @ 2400 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 110.5in.
  • Total length: 190.3in.
  • Total width: 75.2in.
  • Total height: 65.7in.
  • Track: f/r-63.8/63.4in.
  • Fuel tank: 21.0 gallons
  • Turning circle: 40.3ft.
  • Headroom: f/m-39.7in./38.4in.
  • Legroom: f/m-41.2/36.3in.
  • Max towing when properly equipped: 3,500lbs.
  • Curb weight: 4,425lbs. (AWD)
  • EPA mileage: 16mpg/city, 23mpg/highway (AWD)


2012 Cadillac SRX Receives 3.6-Liter 300HP Engine and More Features 13
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac SRX, News on 04 13th, 2011

Touted as ‘the Cadillac of crossovers’, the new SRX has had its fair share of scrutiny from damaged engines from use of regular gasoline to axing the 2.8-liter turbocharged engine. Recently Cadillac has taken a bold approach by replacing the current 3.0-liter 265hp powerplant in replace of their 3.6-liter V6 that produces 300 horsepower.

At one time it was thought that most buyers of the SRX didn’t ponder over the choice of the turbocharged engine or the naturally aspirated V6 that produced only 265 horsepower so they removed the turbocharged variant from the lineup. Now a more powerful direct injection 3.6-liter, similar to what is found in the current CTS, will be the only engine choice in the 2012 Cadillac SRX which has 300 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque. The new 3.6-liter will offer much improved acceleration and be more competitive with other manufacture’s crossovers in the same segment. Even though torque is down about 35 foot-pounds from the discontinued 2.8-lliter turbocharged V6, horsepower is about the same. The new engine will also offer E85 ethanol FlexFuel capability.

For additional information and new standard features added to the new 2012 Cadillac SRX, check out the press release below.

2012 Cadillac SRX Offers More Powerful 3.6L Engine

New engine delivers improved acceleration, E85 ethanol FlexFuel capability

– Bluetooth becomes standard on all models
– Heated steering wheel for luxury, performance and premium versions
– New 20-inch machined-face wheel finish

DETROIT – Cadillac will offer a new, more powerful engine for the 2012 SRX, providing buyers of the luxury crossover with improved acceleration both from a standstill and when passing.

The SRX will receive a 3.6L direct-injected V-6 engine projected to deliver 300 horsepower (224 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque, according to preliminary tests by Cadillac. The SRX’s current 3.0L direct-injected V-6 engine provides 265 horsepower (198 kW) and 223 lb.-ft (302 Nm) of torque. SRX models with the new engine are expected to arrive at dealerships in late summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

Dramatically redesigned for the 2010 model year, the SRX has quickly climbed the luxury crossover ranks. SRX total U.S. sales rose 153 percent last year to 51,094, outselling the Acura MDX, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK350, and second only to the Lexus RX350 in sales among midsize luxury crossovers.

With the new engine, the SRX is projected to top the Lexus RX350 in horsepower and torque. Lexus rates the RX350′s 3.5L V-6 engine at 275 horsepower (205 kW) and 257 lb.-ft. (348 Nm) of torque.

“SRX is resonating with luxury buyers by offering the function of a crossover and the distinctive style of a Cadillac,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing. “Now, we’re raising the standards even higher by providing the SRX with enhanced performance. The new engine will make the SRX more responsive for passing on the highway, entering freeways from on-ramps and climbing hills.”

In addition to more horsepower and torque, the new engine has a wider rpm range for its maximum torque, which gives the driver more power across a wider range of speeds and driving conditions.

The new engine also is FlexFuel capable, meaning it can use either gasoline, E85 ethanol or any combination of the two. EPA fuel economy ratings have not been finalized, but Cadillac expects the SRX to provide customers with comparable real-world fuel efficiency. The current engine has an EPA rating of 18 city/25 highway mpg.

Other enhancements on the 2012 SRX include standard Bluetooth phone connectivity on all models, a heated steering wheel on the luxury, performance and premium trim levels and door lock switches on the driver and passenger door panels. The new model will continue to have door lock switches on the center console. Also for 2012, SRX will offer a new machined-face finish on the 20-inch wheels, which are standard on performance and premium trim levels.

“Every detail counts,” Butler said. “The SRX has been a phenomenal success, but at Cadillac, we’re always looking for ways to make our automobiles better.”

Popular features already offered on the SRX include a moveable cargo fence and large under-floor storage space in the rear, a liftgate that can be programmed to stop at different heights and an UltraView sunroof that covers 70 percent of the vehicle roof.

The SRX also is available in an all-wheel-drive version that incorporates an electronic limited slip rear differential. This system not only improves traction in slippery road conditions but provides side-to-side torque transfer along the rear axle to enhance control during hard cornering.

[source: Cadillac]



Saab 9-4X Leaves Behind Delays, Gets Set For Global Launch at Los Angeles Auto Show 19
Aug
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Cadillac SRX, LA Show, Los Angeles Auto Show, Saab, Saab 9-4X, Upcoming Events on 08 19th, 2010

Saab seems to be getting over all its delays and is now set to bring forth its 9-4X for a world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show this  November. We get to know that the car takes off from the Cadillac SRX, and boasts of admirable styling.

The new Saab 9-4X will come sporting a 7″ dash, a console-mounted ignition, and egg-crate air vents. To be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 245 hp (183 kW / 248 PS) and a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 with 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS), the car is expected to come with capabilities to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and have a top speed of 250 km/h. Not many details are available right now, though. However, it is speculated that the car might roll out into US dealerships by early spring.

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2010 Cadillac SRX AWD Premium Review & Test Drive 12
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac SRX, featured, Test Drives on 08 12th, 2010

When it comes to building a decent luxury crossover vehicle, the new 2010 Cadillac SRX pushes General Motors further in the right direction. First released into the market in 2004 as a car-based wagon, the SRX struggled to find its place to compete with the competition. For 2010 the SRX is taking aim directly at the Lexus RX, BMW X3/X5 and Benz GLK.

Cadillac is well known for building one of the SUV kings of the road, the Cadillac Escalade, as well as several other great luxury ‘cars’. For the first time Cadillac has a vehicle that can begin a good fight against what has been one of Lexus’s prized possessions since 1998.  Since then, the Lexus RX has helped define the crossover utility vehicle market. After driving a new 2010 Cadillac SRX fully loaded with all of the goodies that Caddy has to offer, you would think Cadillac has been building a crossover for just as long as Lexus. Not only does the new 2010 SRX fill the empty cup that the previous generation SRX couldn’t, but it overfills it in some ways.

Without comparing the 2010 Cadillac SRX to the 2010 Lexus RX 350 Sport that we just reviewed, you can conclude that the SRX is a very polished vehicle. The 2010 SRX screams quality from just about every angle from its quiet airtight cabin to the soft materials used throughout the interior. Our SRX all-wheel-drive premium test vehicle was equipped with just about every option available, which is the flavor that we prefer in this segment. Inside you will find a bright easy-to-read instrument cluster with a center color LCD information display specific to the SRX. You will notice that several other aspects of the dashboard are carried over from the Cadillac CTS such as the popup touch-screen LCD and controls below it. The layout works well in the SRX just like it does on the CTS. In the past General Motors was criticized for cookie cutter interiors but now days they are very tasteful and sparing about it by only reusing the good stuff.

Styling of the 2010 SRX is much different from its predecessor leaving many wondering if it is even related to the older model. Comparing the two makes the outgoing style look very dated, while the 2010 SRX looks like it grew up overnight and now has some facial hair to show off its sophistication. Speaking of sophistication, the 2010 SRX has enough gadgetry to send a rocket to the moon and back. The 2.8-liter twin-scroll turbo charged engine provides just enough power to comfortably move all 4,387 pounds. In our Premium level test vehicle the power was directed through a 6-speed automatic transmission to all 4 20-inch wheels. The bigger 20-inch wheels and 235/55/R20 Michelin Latitude tires actually provide a very good ride when combined with the optional ZF Sachs Continuous Damping Control suspension system. The SRX has a nice ‘float factor’ on the highway. Just the way a Cadillac should without any of the old-fashioned rebound drama that you may have got from a classic 6,000+ pound Detroit-steel tank.

You are not going to win any races from a dead-stop in the 2010 SRX. Even when you choose the turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 found in our test vehicle. It could be that the SRX gets just enough turbo lag to keep you from getting a 0-60mph time any better than 8.5 seconds. In most real-world (already rolling) environments the 300hp and 295 foot-pounds of torque comes on at the right time although the downshifts of the 6-speed automatic could be a little faster. Gas mileage for the SRX Premium trim level may have you visiting the gas station more than you want if you didn’t top off the tank on the previous stop. The 2.8-liter turbo 6 is a bit on the thirsty side for premium fuel getting a combined 18mpg from 15mpg in the city and 22mpg on the highway. Our mpg figures during the review were slightly better averaging around 19mpg for combined highway and city driving.

The CDC suspension system keeps the SRX very stable at highway speeds giving the driver the right amount of confidence. If the driving conditions ever become too much for the driver, then there is always the safety net of an electronic limited slip differential that works in conjunction with traction control and stability control. Steering on the SRX provides just enough feedback needed to navigate your way through every-day situations. The brakes on the SRX left us wanting something more because they were somewhat spongy with a high-mounted pedal giving you an unsure feeling about its braking abilities. Even though the brake and gas pedals had a power distance adjustment, it did not have a comfortable placement.

Our SRX vehicle was equipped with amenities galore. We enjoyed the rear DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones and remote on our long highway trips. In the city we sat back and popped in our favorite CD copying it to the 40gb hard drive, and listened to few tracks through the 10 speaker Bose audio system. Nearing the end of our trip as the sun started to set, we opened up the power sunshade that covered the gigantic ultraview sunroof which comes as standard equipment on trim levels of the SRX except the base 3.0 FWD model. In our sunny Florida hot weather we did not get to use the heated front and rear seats for obvious reasons but instead used the ventilated front seats every chance we could. The rear passengers can adjust their own temperature zone via the HVAC controls on the rear center console, which also controls seat warmers, headphone volume and CD/DVD seek.

In terms of safety, the 2010 SRX ranks at the top receiving 2009 top safety pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Maintenance on the SRX should be a breeze for model year 2011 SRX’s due to General Motors offering 50,000 mile of 4-years (whichever comes first) of free maintenance (except wear-tear items: brakes, etc.). At the current price for a base 3.0-liter V6 SRX starting at $34,655, the SRX will continue to sell well. If you are eyeballing the Lexus RX as a new addition to the family, then you should consider driving the Cadillac SRX before you make any hasty decisions. For a comparison, view our recent test drive of the 2010 Lexus RX 350 Sport here.

Our 2010 SRX 2.8 turbo AWD Premium vehicle had an as-tested price of $54,975 and starting price of $51,860.























Copyright: 2010 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base SRX 3.0 FWD $34,655 / SRX AWD Premium Turbo $51,860 / As-Tested $54,975
Type: Midsize SUV
Where Built: USA (engine transmission), Mexico
EPA Class: Sport Utility Vehicles

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 190.3 in.
Width: 75.2 in.
Height: 65.7 in.
Wheel Base: 110.5 in.
Ground Clearance: 7 in.
Curb Weight: 4387 lbs.
Gross Weight: 5688 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 39.7 in.
Front Hip Room: 55.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 58.3 in.
Rear Head Room: 38.4 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 56.3 in.
Rear Hip Room: 54.7 in.
Front Leg Room: 41.2 in.
Rear Leg Room: 36.3 in.
Luggage Capacity: 29.8 cu. ft.
Maximum Cargo Capacity: 61 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 5

Performance Data

Engine Number of Cylinders: 6
Engine Size: 2.8 liters
Base Engine Type: V6
Horsepower: 300 hp
Max Horsepower: 5500 rpm
Torque: 295 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 2000 rpm
Maximum Payload: 1100 lbs.
Maximum Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs.
Drive Type: AWD
Turning Circle: 40.3 ft.
0-60mph: 9.1 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 21 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Automatic: 15 mpg / 22 mpg / 18 mpg
Range in Miles:
Automatic: 315 mi. / 462 mi. / 378 mi.







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