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2004 Cadillac SRX Review

A high-performance crossover with a roomy interior, stylish body, and plenty of luxury features.

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Overview

The 2004 Cadillac SRX classifies as a midsize crossover or SUV beginning production in 2003 for 2004. All models have a five-door SUV body style built on a front-engine, rear-drive or four-wheel drive platform. With the dimensions of a small to midsize SUV, the exterior profile and dimensions call to mind the crossover classification. More notably, however, the SRX uses a sedan chassis, the Sigma platform used for the CTS sedan.

The Cadillac SRX gets attention for the admirable performance of its V-8 engines, interior space, and unique exterior body style. The SRX has won its share of awards including Car and Driver Magazine’s ""Five Best Trucks"" in the luxury SUV category in 2004 and ""North American Truck of the Year"" for 2004.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac SRX real drive, Cadillac SRX all-wheel drive

What's New

Then SRX starts all new for 2004, going on sale midway through 2003. It provides the first luxury crossover offered by Cadillac and joins a couple other firsts for the 2004 lineup including the first sport coupe in the lineup in over a decade. The 2004 Cadillac SRX uses a pre-existing chassis, but it marks one of the first models to use the V-8 Northstar engine, though not the very first.

Exterior

Cadillac says the style gets inspired by the Vizon concept car and it shares angular features with other cars and SUVs in the lineup such as the CTS, Escalade, EXT, and XLR.

First-generation models have an angular ""knife-like"" profile featuring sharp lines and a recognizable chrome grille area with the Cadillac logo.

Interior

The SRX seats seven when a flip-folding, third-row, two-seat bench, and standard models seat five. Cargo space totals 70 cubic feet. The interior feels roomy but the optional third row seems crowded with two adults. Base models use a lower-quality mix of materials and trims than the average Cadillac. Some technologies and luxury features for the 2003 Cadillac SRX include an optional UltraView roof for the second row and another for the third row, optional OnStar, navigation, DVD video for the rear, and satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 SRX comes with a 3.6-liter V-6 with variable valve timing, generating 260 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque or a more powerful 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 with variable valve timing, which can generate 320 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque. Both 2004 models use a five-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control for manual shifting. Cadillac says that the V-8’s transmission adjusts to the driver’s patterns to maximize performance. The all-wheel drive model splits torque 50/50 during normal driving, and when it detects slippage it transfers power to the tires that have the best grip.

Safety

Some of the safety feature on the 2004 Cadillac SRX include side-impact airbags in the backrests of the front seats, side curtain airbags for the head area of the first two rows, four-channel anti-lock brakes, Panic Brake Assist which helps apply proper brake pressure in emergency situations, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac SRX 3.6-liter V-6, two-wheel drive: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Cadillac SRX 4.6-liter V-8, two-wheel drive: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Cadillac SRX 3.6-liter V-6, all-wheel drive: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Cadillac SRX 4.6-liter V-8, all-wheel drive: 13/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Performance of V-8 engine
  • Large sunroof
  • Interior room

You Won't Like

  • Low-quality interior for a Cadillac
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Engine noise when accelerating aggressively
  • Rear visibility

Sum Up

A high-performance crossover with a roomy interior, stylish body, and plenty of luxury features.

If You Like This Vehicle

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