2005 Cadillac SRX

  • 2005 Cadillac SRX Base Sport Utility

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2005 Cadillac SRX Review

Car-like handling with a spacious interior and powerful SUV performance.

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Launched as an all-new vehicle in 2004, the Cadillac SRX is among the best of the luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) class. Car-like handling and bold styling make it stand out in the sea of boxy SUVs, but it remains a practical people hauler with room for up to seven passengers. A flat, carpeted cargo area allows plenty of space to store gear as well. In typical Cadillac fashion, it is trimmed with leather upholstery and comes loaded with luxury features. Available in V-6 and V-8 versions, it offers smooth handling and strong acceleration. Available all-wheel drive (AWD) makes it a good option for drivers in snowy or wet climates.

The Range

Body style: SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmission: five-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac SRX V-6, Cadillac SRX V-8

What's New

The 2005 Cadillac SRX carries over from 2004 with few changes. Several options that were optional in 2004 are standard on the V-8 model for 2005. Darker privacy glass is available, a new instrument cluster includes chrome accents, and a trailer-towing package is available for the V-6 model.


The 2005 SRX represents Cadillac’s ""Art and Science"" theme, distinguished by an edgy, angular look that is both futuristic and boldly expressive. As a car-based rather than truck-based SUV, it has a sophisticated look and feel. Built on a 116.4-inch wheelbase, it measures 194.9 inches long overall and stands 67.8 inches tall. The V-6 rides on 17-inch painted alloy wheels, while the V-8 comes with 18-inch polished alloy wheels and optional on the V-6.


The 2005 Cadillac SRX is stylish and comfortable but can seem cold. This impression is mitigated in 2005 models by the chrome accents on the revamped instrument cluster. The V-8 model also adds wood trim. Five-passenger seating in two rows is standard with an optional third-row bench seat expanding that capacity to seven. The second row has power fore and aft adjustment for added legroom or cargo space. In the five-passenger model, the cargo area can be equipped with storage spaces built into the floor under hatch doors. The optional third row comes with storage bins and cup holders, and folds flat with the push of a button. Each row of seating is higher than the one in front of it so all occupants can see out. An optional Ultra View Sunroof opens up 5.6 feet over the first and second rows, in addition to a shaded glass sunroof over the third row.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Bentley Continental comes with a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that powers the base model, generating 255 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just over seven seconds, and is offered with a trailer-towing package rated at 2000 pounds. The V-8 features a 4.6-liter V-8 with plenty of power at 320 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque. With the V-8, it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds or 6.9 for the heavier AWD version. The V-8 model’s maximum towing capacity is 4250 pounds. Both engines are mated to a five-speed transmission with overdrive and manual shift capability. The structural rigidity allows for stable yet responsive handling. A low center of gravity and long wheelbase further improve its stability.


Active safety systems standard on the 2005 Cadillac SRX include anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control, panic brake assist, and dynamic rear brake proportioning. StabiliTrak active handling and Magnetic Ride Control are available as options and help keep the SRX under the driver's control on wet, snowy and icy surfaces, in tight turns, and in evasive maneuvers. Passive safety features include standard frontal-impact and seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, first- and second-row side curtain airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, rear door child safety locks, and OnStar telematics. Crash-test results by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 2005 are excellent: four out of five stars for frontal impacts, and a perfect five stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives a ""good"" rating for the 40-mph offset frontal crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac SRX V-6, 2WD: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Cadillac SRX V-6, AWD: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Cadillac SRX V-8, 2WD: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Cadillac SRX V-8, AWD: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Roomy interior
  • Optional third-row seat
  • Excellent ride and handling

You Won't Like

  • Mediocre fuel mileage with V-8
  • Cold interior design
  • Some convenience features not available

Sum Up

Car-like handling with a spacious interior and powerful SUV performance.

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