About the Cadillac SRX
The Cadillac SRX is a crossover SUV, which represents the esteemed luxury automaker's efforts to take back the market share from import models like the Lexus RX. Being a crossover, the SRX shares more traits in common with cars than trucks. This helps the SRX to provide drivers with better handling capabilities and a smoother, more comfortable ride. The Cadillac SRX is a sporty, capable compact SUV that offers drivers a generous amount of luxury.Cadillac SRX Features
One of the biggest improvements featured in the 2012 Cadillac SRX is the addition of a direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 that's capable of producing 308 horsepower. This represents a big step forward from the SRX's previous engine, an underpowered 3.0-liter V-6. The new SRX also features an improved six-speed transmission that's equipped with an Eco mode for better fuel economy.
Other improvements for 2012 include standard Bluetooth capabilities, power door lock switches, and a heated steering wheel that's standard on all lines except base models. There is also the option for 20-inch wheels. Color scheme options for the exterior include choices such as Xenon Blue, Silver Smoke, and White Diamond Tricoat. The 2012 SRX is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive models are available in base trim level with the option to add luxury, performance, and premium packages. The SRX AWD version comes with luxury level trim and offers the option for the addition of premium or performance packages.
The luxury trim version of the 2012 Cadillac SRX includes features such as leather seats, wood cabin trim, keyless entry, and push button ignition. The Luxury version is also outfitted with an eight-way power driver's seat that features adjustable thigh support. Both front seats are heated, as is the steering wheel. Additional upgrades that are available for the Luxury version include an improved sound system, a navigation system, and a rear sat entertainment system. There is also a performance package available that includes a 40-gigabyte hard-drive navigation system, Bluetooth music streaming, iPod interface, and a USB port. Additional features include fog lights, xenon HID headlamps, variable-effort steering, and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX also offers an impressive array of safety features including four-wheel disc antilock brakes, traction and stability control, and six airbags. OnStar is also made standard with a six-month free subscription. Other safety features that are standard on all but base models include front and rear parking sensors, and reverse cameras. The 2011 SRX was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the 2012 model is noteworthy for upholding this dedication to safety.Cadillac SRX Evolution
The Cadillac SRX was redesigned in 2010 and featured essentially the same 3.0-liter V-6 engine in 2011 too. Standard engines on the 2010-2011 models were capable of producing 265 horsepower and 223 pounds-feet of torque. The option to choose a turbocharged V-6 was also available, which produced 300 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque. Both engine models were outfitted with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Standard engine models were available as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, while turbo models were only available as AWD.
Prior to the vehicle's recent redesign, the Cadillac SRX featured a "swept back" design and a sporty, angular styling. Considering that the vehicle's underpinnings were shared with the first generation of Cadillac CTS sport sedan, these looks were not deceiving. While it was used in the first generation, SRXs are a good option for anyone who's looking for a sporty but luxurious crossover SUV option. Models of this vintage were available with a 3.6-liter V-6 that produced 260 hp or a 4.6-liter V-8 that produced 320-hp. Rear wheel drive was standard for all SRXs produced between 2004 and 2009. However, all-wheel drive was still available as another option.
Early SRXs were roomy inside and could comfortably accommodate four adults. There was also an option available for an additional fold-flat third-row seat that could accommodate a child or a small adult. Being a luxury SUV, the SRX has always offered drivers a generous selection of safety features and creature comforts. One such option was GM's Magnetic Ride Control, a feature that adjusted suspension automatically depending on driving conditions. There was also an available option of a panoramic sunroof.
First generation SRXs have been noted for their drivability with the V-8 providing better acceleration, but the V-6 providing better fuel economy.