The SRX represents Cadillac's mid-sized foray into the luxury crossover SUV market. The SRX uses the Cadillac Art & Science" design language to produce a sharp and athletic crossover with the looks to back its performance. The SRX is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, giving buyers a choice between solid performance at a lower price point and the all-terrain capability that all-wheel drive offers.
The Cadillac SRX comes with two engine choices: a 3-liter 6-cylinder engine producing 265 horsepower at 6,950 rpm and 223 pound-feet of torque at 5,100 rpm, and a 2.8-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder producing 300 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm. Both engines use a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The 3-liter engine features Spark Ignition Direct Injection, delivering a 10% improvement in torque and fuel economy in comparison to current fuel injected vehicles. The turbocharged 6-cylinder is only available with all-wheel drive variants of the SRX, but customers who choose the 2.8-liter engine will be impressed with its abundant low-end torque.
The SRX first appeared on the market in 2004, sharing its Sigma platform underpinnings with the Cadillac CTS and STS. First-generation SRXs were available with the Northstar 8-cylinder engine and power folding 3rd-row seats as popular options. The SRX migrated to the Theta Premium platform in 2010, this time sharing its underpinnings with the Saab 9-4X. The SRX proves to be relatively successful in the luxury crossover SUV market thanks to its sharp looks and capable drivetrain.
The SRX offers an abundance of standard equipment, including front and rear Ultrasonic Parking Assist, heated front seats, rear-view backup camera, leather seating surfaces, and power-adjustable pedals. Options for the SRX include a 10-speaker Bose 5.1 Surround Sound system with a 10 GB hard drive for music storage, 20-inch aluminum wheels, ventilated front seats, and a touch-screen navigation system with voice activation. OnStar is also standard on the SRX, as are other safety features including 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control.
The SRX is reasonably priced at an MSRP of $34,430. Additional options and trims can push the price of the SRX up to $55,850, placing it in the price range of other crossover luxury SUVs such as the BMW X5. Buyers of the SRX may also be concerned with fuel economy. Front-wheel drive variants of the SRX fitted with the 3-liter engine achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 25 miles per gallon in highway driving. All-wheel drive variants fitted with the 3-liter engine achieve 17 miles per gallon city and 23 miles per gallon highway, while the 2.8-liter turbocharged engine achieves 15 miles per gallon city and 22 miles per gallon highway. Overall, the SRX is an attractive buy if you are in the market for a luxury crossover SUV.
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