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2011 Cadillac SRX

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2011 Cadillac SRX Review

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In today's economy, playing in the luxury Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment is not easy. Money from consumers isn't flowing freely like it used to and, with a number of well-established players – such as the Lexus RX 350, BMW X3 and Mercedes Benz GLK350 – fighting for customers, Cadillac's newly-redesigned SRX is in a tough market. Still, the SRX has a lot going for it with CTS-inspired styling, lots of Caddy chrome and a handsome cabin. But the SRX's ace in the hole is its size. Although priced in line with the X3 and GLK, the SRX's dimensions are closer to (and in some cases bigger than) the much more expensive BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz ML CUVs. And, while there is no V8 option, there is a turbocharged V6 good for 300 horsepower that should satisfy all but the most fanatical speed freaks.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're seeking an artful blend of style, utility, car-like comfort, ride, handling and surprisingly fuel-efficient performance (on regular-grade gas), all in a luxury CUV, it will be difficult to overlook the SRX.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If exhilarating performance and razor-sharp handling are high on your list, you may be happier with a BMW X3 or X5, Mercedes GL or ML, or even the Acura RSX.

What's New for 2011

New standard features for 2011 include a rear backup camera and Cadillac's Premium Care Maintenance program that covers, at no charge, scheduled oil changes, tire rotation and replacement of engine and cabin air filters for four years or 50,000 miles. Full keyless access is now standard on Luxury and Performance models.

Driving the SRX

Driving Impressions Although it lacks the previous generation's V8 engine option, the 2011 SRX remains true to the spirit of a performance CUV. The standard 3.0-liter V6 performs well, but it's the...

optional 2.8-liter turbo that offers V8-like muscle with V6 economy. With its hydraulic speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering (not the energy-efficient but often-numb electric power steering found in many competitors these days), the SRX delivers sport-sedan feel and feedback with strong on-center feel. And, because our test car was equipped with the continuously variable real-time dampening suspension, we found the SRX a delight to drive in town, on high-speed highways and especially on twisty two-lanes.
Favorite Features

Pop-Up Three-Dimensional Navigation
We love the available, easy-to-use pop-up navigation system with its nifty-looking three-dimensional imaging and that accurate "Turn-by-Turn" aural directions are also readily available through GM's OnStar.

Advanced All-Wheel Drive
The SRX's advanced all-wheel-drive system available with the 3.0-liter engine features an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) that enables it to distribute torque from side-to-side across the rear as well as front-to-rear, and it comes with continuously variable real-time damping that adjusts shock absorber rates to road conditions.

2011 Cadillac SRX Details
2011 Cadillac SRX photo Interior

Inside the SRX is room for five adults although, in all honesty, four is a more reasonable figure. The SRX's cabin is bathed in rich leather, French-stitched seams and wood appliqués. The instrument panel wears hand-cut-and-sewn coverings, and subtle ambient night lighting lends an atmosphere of opulence and attention to detail. Winged air vents flank the center console, which features large buttons and three rotary knobs for easy control of the A/C, audio and available navigation system. The navigation option features a large LCD screen that rises from the console's top surface. Equally impressive are the Cadillac script logos in the front-door sill plates that illuminate when the doors are opened. The ninth-generation OnStar system now features flexible speech recognition software that understands common phrases such as, "I need to make a phone call." It even recognizes different dialects.

Exterior
2011 Cadillac SRX photo

The 2011 SRX's tightly sculpted body has a wide stance with its wheels at the corners and a rising shoulder that culminates in Cadillac-signature large, vertical taillamps. The car's bold face is dominated by Cadillac's iconic shield-shaped grille and vertical headlamps that wrap over the front fenders. At the rear, an integrated spoiler on the back edge of the roof extends the roofline while improving aerodynamics. The most striking SRX features are a crisp side accent crease that sweeps upward from the tip of a chrome front fender vent to the rear door handle, and another that runs horizontally from the bottom of the vent, curves over the rear wheel and then continues to the rear bumper.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Cadillac SRX's long list of standard features includes an AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 eight-speaker Bose sound system with an auxiliary audio jack, rear backup camera with rear-view mirror display, cruise control, heated power outside mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, programmable power door locks, eight-way power driver's seat, manual tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls and a 60/40-split folding rear seat with a pass-through for long objects. Among its important standard safety features are GM StabiliTrak stability and traction control, roll-over mitigation sensing, trailer stability assist, front, side and side-curtain airbags and GM OnStar with a one-year subscription.

Optional Equipment

Among the significant SRX options are advanced all-wheel-drive with an electronic limited-slip differential that splits torque left-to-right between the rear wheels, a navigation system with a pop-up screen and three-dimensional imaging, adaptive forward lighting that swivels to follow the steering, a power liftgate with a programmable height setting, a dual-screen rear entertainment system, a hard disc drive with 10 GB of music storage, 20-inch alloy wheels and a tow package good for up to 3,500 pounds.

Under the Hood

The standard 265-horsepower 3.0-liter DOHC direct injected, variable valve timing, four-valve-per-cylinder V6 is a smaller version of the award-winning 3.6-liter DI V6 found in Cadillac's CTS sedan and other GM models, and the optional 300-horsepower 2.8-liter turbo V6 is derived from a family of GM engines used in luxury European models. Both drive the front wheels through six-speed automatic transaxles, the 2.8-liter turbo's with a driver-selectable "eco mode" that alters shift points to optimize fuel economy.

3.0-liter V6
265 horsepower @ 6950 rpm
223 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (FWD); 17/23 (AWD)

2.8-liter Turbocharged V6
300 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
295 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 (estimated)

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2011 Cadillac SRX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 104 Ratings for the 2010 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Ride is very comfortable. Equipment is excellent.

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

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

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxurious ride especially on long trips."

Cons: "Navigation does not show street names of exits"

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

"Exceptional ride especially on long trips. Have had very minor issues in the last 4 years. Cargo space is also very good."

Ride is very comfortable. Equipment is excellent.

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

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

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxurious ride especially on long trips."

Cons: "Navigation does not show street names of exits"

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

"Exceptional ride especially on long trips. Have had very minor issues in the last 4 years. Cargo space is also very good."

Worse riding Cadillac we've ever owned

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Beautiful design"

Cons: "Stated above"

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

"This SUV must have the tightest shocks I've ever seen. It rides more like a truck on out of town trips. We've added foam pillows which help but not enough. Steering wheel adjustment lever is not convenient or electronic as in all the other cars we have owned."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Most trouble free vehicle I have ever owned

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "No maintenance vehicle"

Cons: "Cadillac has to design better cup holders"

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

"I have only required scheduled maintenance such as oil, tires, and preventative maintenance schedule. I traded a DTS in on this and while it does not ride as well as the DTS, it is very comfortable and I enjoy the extra elevation in traffic. It has a surprising small turning radius and is extremely easy to park in tight spaces as the car's exterior is smaller than it seems. Backup camera is a big help in parking garages. I am easy on brakes and still have factory brakes on car at 80,000 miles. At last service, advisor told me I had 45% remaining. The 20" tires are pricey but car is very stable in rain and high wind. I have never felt uncomfortable in it, even when driving it in snow in Ohio. Back seats are okay for kids but don't plan on hauling adults for long distance. The vehicle has the most legroom up front in any vehicle I've been in, including Escalade. I wish it had the dual sun visor like the DTS for winding roads where the sun keeps shift from front to side. That's really my only complaint."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I LOVE THIS CAR IT DRIVES LIKE A DREAM

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

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: "It a beAUTIFUL CAR, is fully loaded,."

Cons: "none.............................................."

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

"due to circumstances beyond my control can no longer afford this car yet I have never missed scheduled "new car maintenance" OR PAYMENTS,,, I just have to scale down and HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I WANT. I have owned previous Cads, and Mercedes"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Love the ride and how it handles in snow!

By on Thursday, March 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Visually Appealing"

Cons: "Interior room too tight."

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

"Went from an Envoy to the Cadillac as the size was similar which meets my needs. I was disappointed in the sticker price and now the subsequent dramatic drop in value! It's a great vehicle and I have had no issues but putting tags on it was outrageous as well. I am just not sure the expense of it all is truly warranted! But will drive it into the ground as a result!"

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