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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.

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
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 155 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Outstanding automobile

By on Friday, November 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,666

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: "Great price for luxury auto."

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

"This is an outstanding machine. Although it only has 10,00 miles it is a sure winner in all respects. A head turner."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

love this vehicle

By on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,050

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"This is the fourth Cadillac I have owned. I have also owned Buicks, BMWs, Chevys and Lincolns. I always end up trading cars for the Cadillac. Performance, interior room, gas mileage are great. Granted I only have 2050 miles on the SRX but I am very happy with the SUV."

16 people out of 24 found this review helpful

priced too high for what you get

By on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,900

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great looking car. Very pretty inside and out"

Cons: "Too much tire and road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I love the look of the car. Exterior and interior. I hate the road noise. Does not feel like a luxury car. I had a Chevrolet equinox (must cheaper) and it drove pretty much the same and maybe even had less road noise. If you are on the highway driving turn up that radio because all you hear is the roaring of the tires on the pavement. I bought the premium (top of the line) and it came with Wi-Fi, xm radio, onstar, however after 3 months you have to pay for all that stuff. It adds up to quite a lot of money"

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

THE WORST car I have EVER owned!

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "There are no pros regarding this car"

Cons: "Everything from the ground up!"

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

"I leased this car after getting a mailer to turn in a Lincoln MKX - a decision that I have regretted since I drove the car off the lot. At first I took it in frequently to try and get each issue fixed, but it got to the point where I was spending more time trying to get it fixed rather than driving it. Now I just go in for the oil changes and say that the same things are STILL not fixed. Unfortunately all of them together do not make this car qualify as a lemon since none of them individually or all together will cause bodily damage. They are all just annoying problems. Our Ford F150 has a better ride than this car and we would now rather take it on long drives than the Cadillac SRX. Our lease is up in about 7 months and I have already started looking for a new car and will never get another GM car!"

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

My second SRX in three years is great

By on Sunday, September 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 273

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very good price loaded and great to drive."

Cons: "Bucket seat lack of padding is only complaint."

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

"Just on my second SRX 3 years, I can say these SRX's are the handiest, best driving car I have owned. You sit high over the road but the automobile is not top heavy at all, corners well even at high speeds. All the extras like RainSense (automatic windshield wipers), easy to set controls with CUE and the steering wheel controls, the height of the loading area makes putting groceries into the car a breeze, no lifting and no stooping, and it feels so safe, so strong, like it is actually made from a solid piece of good steel. My single complaint is that Cadillac should have put more padding into the bucket seats. Everything else is great and that's why I got another."

19 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Bought this vehicle a year ago. Worst car ever!

By on Monday, September 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Good Looking"

Cons: "everything else"

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

"Got this car a year ago and its been in the shop 6 times. Now the a/c takes an hour to cool the car and blows colder on the passenger side. I'm dumping it ASAP! It will be bad financially, but I can't deal with this "luxury" vehicle any more. DON'T BUY one!!!!"

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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