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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
2008 Cadillac SRX photo

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
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 308 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
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

This 2008 Cadillac SRX is the best car

By on Friday, February 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

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: "Engine, transmission, comfort, drivability"

Cons: "gas mileage"

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

"The 2008 Cadillac SRX has been a great deal since I bought it in April 2015 with 26,000 miles. Now have 38,000. The design is very good with good storage space, power options, smooth V6 engine and transmission and very comfortable seating for all passengers. It does not have the 3rd row seating, which looks too small to be useful, anyhow. Buying used, I don't have too much loss for depreciation costs. Based on KBB, it's worth more now than I paid for it (bought through a dealer). This car does everything right from camping to hauling bikes to grocery trips."

worst car I ever had

By on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"After buying this car I have determined that it will be the last GM product I will ever buy. It has had problem from day 1 and I am going to trade it in at a great loss with only 37,000miles on the clock. Resale value on this car was worse than terrible. The only thing that was nice was the interior."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

the best

By on Saturday, October 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

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

Cons: "they don't make this size srx anymore."

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

"station wagon with classic clean lines of 1963 oldsmobile wagons. will never show it's age. a slick looking car, owners of these cadillac wagons are in the club of jeep grand wagoneer owners. these cars will be around at tailgate parties for years to come."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great mountain car - powerful engine for passing

By on Friday, August 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive , beautiful body lines"

Cons: "3rd seat not comfortable"

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

"Handles great on mountain roads and looks terrific and stylish too. Powerful Northstar V8 makes passing on mountain roads very safe. So glad we bought this car. Don't know what I could possibly replace it with - a smaller V6??"

6 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Excellent crossover

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,000

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

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

"Beautiful, classy car, solid. Great sunroof! I hate to give it up. I loved this car. Great ride! Luxurious. Roomy. Great for skis, bike, surfboard for daughter."

20 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Best vehicle ever

By on Sunday, April 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,500

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"This is a one owner car and has been excellent. I have owned it for 10 years and have never had any problems mechanical, electrical, etc. It is excellent to handle and a dream to drive."

26 people out of 36 found this review helpful

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