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2009 Cadillac SRX

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2009 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 2009 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 FX, 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 2009 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 New for 2009

No major changes for 2009.

Driving the SRX

Driving Impressions On the open road, the 2009 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.

2009 Cadillac SRX Details
2009 Cadillac SRX photo Interior

After undergoing a major makeover in 2007, the Cadillac SRX interior has changed very little. The seats are firm and supportive and the handsome 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 2009 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 Ford Taurus X – 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: 15/23 (RWD), 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 (RWD), 13/20 (AWD)

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2009 Cadillac SRX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 303 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

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."

12 people out of 17 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."

17 people out of 23 found this review helpful

I really like this car.

By on Sunday, April 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Nice interior/exterior design, handling, sun roof"

Cons: "Down shifting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"A side from normal wear/tear I appreciated this car. Auto down shifting is a little thumpy but I got used to it. The AWD is great plowing through NY snow; got me out of some real fixes. Gas is 16/26 the whole 11 yrs I had the car not bad."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Worth the money in value but not in repairs

By on Friday, March 06, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable luxury transportation."

Cons: "Poor support from GM."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I've owned my SRX from new for almost 10 years. During this time it has been very reliable for short and long distance trips. I believe this is only because I was ahead of the curve on maintenance and repairs. My biggest concern for this vehicle is how GM mismanaged safety and mechanical recalls. Many recalls on my SRX came years after they should have and were not handled as I thought they should have been. For this reason my next vehicle will not be from GM. I no longer trust them to properly handle defects and recalls."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Car is Excellant -- Replaced this car with a 2009

By on Wednesday, February 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Great traveling car --."

Cons: "Design needed more sound deading material(noisey)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Car drives well, is economical with the smaller engine. At 145,000 Thousand miles it now takes a quart of oil every 2,000 miles when driven sensible. Leather interior is still in excellent condition. The only problem I had since new is the tire pressure sensor need to be replaced."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

I expected more from a Cadillac

By on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good paint and finish; Minimal maintenance"

Cons: "NOISY to drive and issues with burinng oil"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Cadillac has had some issues with their 2005-2010 models burning (synthetic-required) oil. My 2005 CTS and this 2008 SRX continue to burn oil like mad. It needs to be monitored continuously. Until we were aware of this issue, the engine almost seized but stopped running only to find the oil in the motor was almost gone. As for driving the SRX, the song "shake, rattle and roll" comes to mind. It is noisy with rattles all over the place. Not what I expected from Cadi, which is why I now also drive a Honda Ridgeline that is four years old and QUIET as the day I bought it."

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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