The 2008 Cadillac SRX classifies as a crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV)/wagon designed to resemble the driving experience of a sport sedan while offering the cargo space and seven-passenger capacity of an SUV. The manufacturer overhauled the cabin in 2007 to reflect the luxury associated with the Cadillac name.
Along with the redesigned cabin, the 2008 SRX offers a number of unique amenities, such as Magnetic Ride Control and a huge, UltraView power sunroof. Capable of carrying up to seven passengers, the SRX offers a viable alternative to a full-size SUV, although it lacks the towing power of a full-size vehicle. For drivers who mostly need a versatile on-road vehicle for hauling sport equipment or for family road trips, the SRX's low step-in height, manageable size, and respectable fuel economy make it a good choice.
Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac SRX V-6, Cadillac SRX V-8
Since the cabin was redesigned in 2007, changes for the 2008 model year seem minimal. A new, three-spoke steering wheel and several previously optional amenities join the list of standard features.
Not quite an SUV and not quite a station wagon, the 2008 Cadillac SRX has a sharp, angular look, more wagon-like than most crossovers. Short front and rear overhangs make it easy to park and maneuver in tight spaces; the power rear liftgate also makes loading and unloading a snap.
On the V-6 model, 17-inch painted alloy wheels come standard along with all-season tires. Other standard equipment includes windshield-wiper activated, dusk-sensing halogen headlamps; foglamps; front and rear intermittent wipers; heated, power-adjustable, body-colored mirrors; and black roof rails with cargo tie-downs. The V-8 model features 18-inch, ultra-bright, machine-cast aluminum wheels; High-Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights; an auto-dimming mirror on the driver’s side; chrome roof rails; and a headlamp washer system. Magnetic Ride Control suspension and an extra-large UltraView sunroof provide options for both models. A Sport Package adds larger 18- or 20-inch wheels, a distinctive fascia design, and a limited-slip differential.
Along with the significant cabin upgrade in 2007, the 2008 SRX adds a higher-quality, three-spoke steering wheel, wood and alloy trim, soft leather upholstery, and upscale touches like an analog clock, giving the cabin a more luxurious feel. The SRX seats five in its standard configuration or seven with the optional third-row seat. Although, like most third-row seats, this one seems tight for adults. Without the third row, or with it folded, the SRX offers 32 cubic feet of cargo space. With both rear rows folded the cargo space expands to 70 cubic feet.
Standard interior features include: eight-way power passenger and driver’s seats with power lumbar adjustment; a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel with built-in audio, climate, and cruise controls; and dual-zone, automatic climate control with individual settings for the driver and front passenger. A unique optional feature, the huge UltraView sunroof, uses a large glass panel that covers a five-foot area of the roof.
Performance & Handling
Buyers of the 2008 SRX have the choice of two engines. The base 3.6-liter ,V-6 engine produces 255 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque and couples with a five-speed automatic transmission. In the next model up, a 4.6-liter V-8 generates 320 hp and 316 lb-ft of torque; this teams with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both transmissions come with a sport mode and automanual control. The SRX offers rear drive or all-wheel drive.
The 2008 Cadillac SRX features driver and front-passenger dual-stage airbags and seat-mounted side-impact airbags, along with front and second-row outboard passenger head curtain airbags. Lap and shoulder belts protect all occupants with pretensioners for the driver and front passenger. Other standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, a four-channel electronic stability control system, and speed-sensitive steering. Magnetic Ride Control remains optional.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Cadillac SRX four out of five stars for driver and front-passenger protection in frontal crash testing and five stars in side-impact crash tests. In NHTSA rollover tests, the SRX receives a three-star rating for two-wheel drive and a four-star rating for all-wheel-drive models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac SRX V-6 Two-wheel drive: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Cadillac SRX V-6 AWD: 14/22 mpg city/highway
Cadillac SRX V-8 Two-wheel drive: 13/20 mpg city/highway
Cadillac SRX V-8 AWD: 13/20 mpg city/highway
- Excellent ride and handling dynamics
- Powerful V-6 and V-8 engines
- Roomy and upscale interior
- Optional third-row seat
You Won't Like
- Mediocre fuel mileage
- Old-school, six-step tilt steering wheel
- Awkward brake and accelerator pedal heights
- A few low-grade interior materials
A great balance of performance and comfort for drivers who need a versatile people-hauler.
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