By KBB.com Editors
Combining the sure-footed stability of a performance sedan with the versatile utility of an SUV helps make the SRX one of Cadillac's more attractive offerings. The SRX has the power, the moves and the luxury trappings to compete with such favorites as the BMW X5 and the Infiniti FX45, while offering a number of unique amenities such as Magnetic Ride Control and a huge "UltraView" power moonroof. Capable of carrying up to seven passengers, the SRX is a viable alternative to the full-size SUV, although those who need to tow heavy loads may not appreciate the SRX's 1,000-pound base tow rating. For those who don't care about towing or off-road ability, the SRX's low step-in height, manageable dimensions and respectable fuel consumption should hold strong appeal.You'll Like This Car If...
If you like the feel of a sports wagon but would prefer to sit up a bit higher, the SRX will fit you like a glove. In addition to its agile handling and powerful optional V8 engine, the SRX returns a smooth, controlled ride and can accommodate lots of cargo.You May Not Like This Car If...
With its optional third-row seat, the SRX can carry seven people, but in doing so loses most of its cargo space. People who have big families or need a higher tow rating would be better served by the full-size Escalade.What's Significant About This Car?
The SRX's major interior renovation features a new instrument panel and center console. A new six-speed automatic transmission joins the V8-powered models, while for the first time a new Sport Package teams a limited-slip differential with all-wheel drive.Driving It Driving Impressions
On the open road, the SRX glides serenely without veer or vagueness. Some SUV suspensions tremble at the first sign of an S-curve, but not that of the SRX, which negotiates corners without giving the impression it has a high center of gravity, even when loaded down with people and cargo. The steering feel is light at first, but quickly firms up as the speed rises. The SRX's steering is precise, with dead-on straight-line tracking and confident predictability when turning into corners. On the whole, the SRX easily rivals the handling characteristics of the Volvo XC90 and may be just slightly short of matching the BMW X5. When fitted with the V6, the SRX's acceleration feels strong but without the same sense of urgency provided by the V8.Favorite Features
The optional UltraView moon roof is composed of a huge glass panel that covers a five-foot section of the roof, effectively exposing the first and second rows to the sun.
Unobtrusive DVD Screen
The SRX's optional DVD entertainment screen is mounted on the back of the center console, not the roof, allowing the vehicle to be fitted with both the DVD system and the UltraView moonroof.
The SRX's interior is similar to that found in the Cadillac CTS. The seats are firm and supportive and the new dash is straightforward, with softer edges and simplified audio and ventilation controls. The center touch-screen operates the audio and climate controls, as well as the optional navigation system. The second-row seat offers the most legroom in its class, and the improved step-over makes entry and exit easier than in previous models. The optional power-folding third-row seat folds flush to create a level cargo hold.Exterior
The SRX is a sharp-looking vehicle. Since the SRX is not quite fully an SUV and not quite a station wagon, it might fit into the same category as the Chrysler Pacificaif it were not so loaded with luxury features and a big V8 engine. The SRX's short front and rear overhangs make it relatively easy to park and maneuver in tight spots, and a thoughtful standard feature is the power-operated rear liftgate.Notable Standard Equipment
Standard equipment for the two-wheel-drive models includes dual-zone air conditioning, front side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, leather seats, Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist, power rear liftgate, Bose audio, StabiliTrak, leather-covered tilt wheel with touch controls and cast aluminum wheels. The V8 model adds a six-disc in-dash CD changer, four-wheel disc brakes, 18-inch wheels, eight-way power passenger seat with power lumbar support, limited-slip rear differential and Magnetic Ride Control.Notable Optional Equipment
Popular options include a new 5.1 Bose Surround Sound audio package, a Sport Package that adds a body-colored grille with V-Series mesh insert, 20-inch wheels and tires, a limited-slip rear differential and all-wheel drive. Other options include the UltraView power moonroof, power adjustable foot pedals, DVD navigation, third-row power folding rear seat and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.Under the Hood
The V6 engine has its pros and cons. While powerful enough to move a loaded SRX around town, it lags somewhat when you need a quick launch or speedy passing maneuver. On the other hand, its fuel economy is slightly better than the more potent V8, a point that may become more relevant as fuel costs continue to rise.
255 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 (2WD), 15/22 (AWD)
320 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
315 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD), 15/20 (AWD)
The two-wheel-drive V6 SRX has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,665. Adding all-wheel drive bumps the price to around $39,500. The SRX V8 is $43,870, and with all-wheel drive it's about $45,500. A look at Fair Purchase Price will show the typical transaction price being paid for the SRX in your area, so be sure to check it out before you begin negotiations. As for resale, owners can expect the SRX to hold its value well. In projected 24-, 36-, 48- and 60-month resale values, the SRX bests the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and is within a few percentage points of the Acura MDX, Lexus GX and BMW X5.