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2008 Cadillac SRX

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2008 Cadillac SRX Review

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Combining the sure-footed stability of a performance sedan with the versatile utility of an SUV makes the 2008 Cadillac SRX one of the automaker's more attractive offerings. The SRX has the power, moves and 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 sunroof. Capable of carrying up to seven passengers, the SRX is a viable alternative to a full-size SUV, although those who need to tow heavy loads will require more than 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 2008 Cadillac 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?

All 2008 Cadillac SRX models receive an Adaptive Remote Start system which can start the vehicle, set the cabin temperature, engage the defroster and even turn on the optional heated seats from as far away as 200 feet.

Driving the SRX

Driving Impressions On the open road, the 2008 Cadillac SRX glides serenely without veer or vagueness. Some SUV suspensions don't deal particularly well with curvy roads, but not that of the SRX,...

which negotiates corners without giving the impression it has a somewhat higher 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, and it operates with commendable precision, 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 lacks the sense of urgency provided by the V8.

Huge Sunroof
The optional UltraView sunroof 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 sunroof.

2008 Cadillac SRX Details
Interior

After undergoing a major makeover last year, for 2008 the Cadillac SRX interior is changed very little. 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 2008 Cadillac 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 Pacifica—if 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 Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment for the two-wheel-drive models includes dual-zone air conditioning, front side-impact airbags, remote start, front and rear side-curtain airbags, leather seats, Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist, power rear liftgate, Bose audio, StabiliTrak stability control, leather-covered tilt wheel with touch controls, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) and cast aluminum wheels. The V8 model adds a six-disc in-dash CD changer, 18-inch wheels, eight-way power passenger seat with power lumbar support, limited-slip rear differential and Magnetic Ride Control.

Optional Equipment

Popular options include a 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 sunroof, power adjustable foot pedals, DVD navigation, OnStar Turn-by-Turn 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.

3.6-liter V6
255 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 (2WD), 14/22 (AWD)

4.6-liter V8
320 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
315 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 (2WD), 13/20 (AWD)

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2008 Cadillac SRX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 291 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Not a single complaint. Well built.

By on Sunday, September 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "luxury, comfort, dependable, crash survivability"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We just bought ours 6 weeks ago and we absolutely love it. We were Ford people until we owned this Cadillac and we are definitely sold on it. Someone t-boned us this past week. No one (police, fire, ems, witnesses) can believe we were not critically or fatally injured. This vehicle took a crushing side impact blow at speed that spun us fully around twice and rolled us over and slid us down the road. It held up above and beyond any expectations you could have. We are most definitely alive because of how well built this vehicle is."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Service from this Car

By on Monday, August 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "This was the best road hugging car I ever owned"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this as a Dealer Driven car with 6K miles. It has given me the best ride of any car I've ever owned. The computer driven electronic wheel adjustments makes this ride superb."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

love driving this suv

By on Monday, August 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Have had MANY issues with the turn signals and head lights. Ignition key has been replaced (even though now has a recall). Suspension system needs work (even though a recall has been issued, NOT my Vin # included in recall)I am upset about this."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Good reliable car. Owned since new

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive reliable"

Cons: "no button to open tail gate in car, just key fob"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Good reliable car. Owned since new. Had a 2004 (first year for the car/model) prior which was really unsatisfactory. Many problems I attributed to the fact it was the year for the SRX."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I purchased this Cadilac in 2008' from a dealer.

By on Friday, July 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "inside vents work, has heated seat, has moon roof"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am retired, and don't drive much. I had MICHELIN TIRES installed-and this vehicle has been well maintenance."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

has its pros and cons

By on Friday, June 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,700

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "lots of tech. stuff, decent engine and superb feel"

Cons: "too many visits to service and repair"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Cadillac has a good reputation with its vehicles. This Cadillac has so much technology its over the top. Which is why anytime the sensors detect an anomaly, warning lights go off for the slightest deviation from factory specs. A bit annoying. This vehicle runs great and handles with ease. It's got power EVERTHING. Super loaded, superior sound system, navigation, satelite radio... I only had one major mechanical issue, transmission failed completely in San Antonio, TX., 800 miles from home, fortunately the warranty covered the repair, Cadillac loaned a car and a month later I got it back repaired. Had an ongoing issue with the moon roof malfunctioning, but with an extended warranty it was an inconvenience to take to dealership but no $ out of pocket. Basically a reliable vehicle for daily trips, but make sure you have full warranty as high tech. Cadi vehicles require regular maintenence due to the precision enginnering. I thought this SRX drove well and was very comfortable, i spent too much time getting it serviced, about three times a year for on thing or another. Going to look for a non GMC vehicle for my next purchase."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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