By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.3
Once overlooked by the majority of luxury crossover shoppers, the Cadillac SRX is now a force to be reckoned with and asserts its rightful place as one of Cadillac's top sellers. The 2012 Cadillac SRX addresses prior grievances concerning its uninspiring powerplants with a brand-new 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a revised 6-speed transmission with a fuel-saving "Eco" feature. While the segment-leading Lexus RX models deliver unrivaled comfort and practicality, the improvements made to the 2012 SRX help secure its place as a top contender in the category.
If you are looking for a luxury crossover with distinctive styling, car-like handling, an overabundance of available features and an appealing base price, the 2012 Cadillac SRX is worth a closer look.
If sizeable adults regularly occupy your rear seats, a Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Lexus RX or BMW X5's superior headroom dimensions may better suit your needs. Additionally, the SRX's unique design and thick roof pillars hinder outward visibility.
For 2012, a new 3.6-liter V6 replaces the two previous engine choices, and a new Eco feature is added to the current 6-speed transmission for increased fuel economy. Additional refinements include an available heated steering wheel, new Xenon Blue exterior color and ebony interior trim. Bluetooth hands-free phone technology is now standard across all trims.
Driving Impressions Although it lacks the previous generation's V8-engine option, the 2012 SRX remains true to the spirit of a performance crossover. In terms of standard horsepower, the 2012 SRX's new 3.6-liter...is a large improvement over last year's engine choices. 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 sports-car feel and feedback with strong on-center feel. We found the SRX a delight to drive in town, on high-speed highways and especially on twisty 2-lane roads, thanks to the available continuously variable real-time damping system that automatically adjusts suspension damping to specific road conditions and driving situations.
Pop-Up 3-Dimensional Navigation
We love the optional, user-friendly pop-up navigation system with its sharp 3-dimensional imaging... and the fact that accurate "Turn by Turn" spoken directions are readily available through GM's OnStar service.
Advanced All-Wheel Drive
The SRX's available advanced all-wheel-drive system available 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 for optimum dry and wet performance.
While exterior preference to a vehicle is subjective, few would disagree that the SRX's interior design is nothing short of spectacular. Navigation-equipped models include a modernistic pop-up navigation display featuring brilliant graphics, 3-dimensional imaging and various infotainment functions. Sometimes the simplest feature delivers the greatest emotional impact – in this case, it's the SRX's available Ultraview sunroof that covers nearly 70 percent of the roof. The 5-passenger 2012 Cadillac SRX helps you get the most out of the 61 cubic feet of cargo space with its configurable cargo area and clever storage features like an under-floor storage compartment.Exterior
Coinciding with Cadillac's revered design language, the 2012 SRX's bold front end features Cadillac's signature multi-piece, shield-style grille and massive vertical headlights. Base and Luxury models ride on 18-inch split-spoke wheels while fender-filling 20-inch wheels outfit the Premium and Performance trims. While we admit the SRX's striking design is also its most persuasive attribute, our sole objection to the exterior styling is Cadillac's unsuccessful attempt to spice-up the SRX's dynamic profile with a pair of faux fender vents.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX's extensive list of standard features includes an 8-speaker Bose sound system with a USB port for your MP3/WMA player, heated power outside mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a full-color vehicle information display, 8-way power driver's seat, tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, 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, and a 1-year trial subscription to OnStar's emergency and concierge services.
Among the significant SRX options are advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) with an electronic limited-slip differential that splits torque left-to-right between the rear wheels, a hard drive navigation system with an 8-inch display and 3-dimensional graphics, adaptive forward lighting that swivels to follow the steering direction, a power liftgate with a programmable height setting, a dual-screen rear entertainment system capable of simultaneously playing media from two sources,, a 10GB hard drive for music storage, 20-inch wheels and a tow package good for up to 3,500 pounds.
The 2012 SRX's new direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 churns out an additional 43 horsepower over the 2011 model's standard 3.0-liter V6. While its horsepower figures are comparable to the outgoing turbocharged 2.8-liter engine, the SRX's new V6 delivers superior fuel economy. All 308 horsepower is transmitted to the wheels via a 6-speed transmission with a driver-selectable Eco mode that adjusts shift points for improved fuel efficiency
308 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
265 lb-ft of torque at 2,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (front-wheel drive), 16/23 mpg (AWD)
By Mike on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very comfortable"
Cons: "Front wheel drive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"There is a learning curve for the touch screen controls. Once mastered it becomes very easy to use. The SRX is quite comfortable on trips and around town. The vibrating warning alerts built into the drivers seat is an exceptional system and needed on this car. There are blind spots at the front posts and rear quarter panels. The car has plenty of power but the motor sounds like it is laboring. If purchased again would get the all wheel drive."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By summer on Friday, January 09, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "heated steering wheel, reliable auto start"
Cons: "blind spot front windshield on left and right,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"I bought this car with 21k on it. Love the heated steering wheel and the auto start, very reliable. however i wish i did more suv research uncomfortable seats, and looking out to the right and left front major blind spots, it also could have more power which they improved in 2012 the navigation is unreliable. All in All for the price too high should come with AWD standard and cooled seats. I purposely got the 2012 because the newer models have the touch screen which is very temporomental and tacky looking. Live and Learn and keep reading reviews!"
10 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By joeincltnc on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,900overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks, Quality Finishes, Bose Sound System"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I am 100% satisfied with this vehicle. I bought it in Sept. 2010 used, one owner with 20,700 miles. It is the "Premium" edition with every option imaginable. Like brand new and it still has a new car smell. One of the nice things is the Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance Warranty which transfers with the car to every owner. I have free oil changes, filters, cabin filters until 50,000 miles plus a 6 year 60,000 mile warranty on "everything else". I am super impressed with the quality of all the finishes and Cadillacs "excellent" service. The paint finish exceeds all other GM cars. I bought this because of its style and the Cadillac name. I have driven 2,000 miles R/T to FL and another 3,000 miles roundtrip from Charlotte to Boston to Toronto this summer. It drives and rides like a dream. It even gets EPA mileage of 24 on the highway at 75 mph."
41 people out of 56 found this review helpful
By Deb on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Everything about this car"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This vehicle is the nicest of any crossovers that I test drove before purchase. The comfort is superb , the ease of driving is excellent. For a vehicle of this size, the gas mileage is great. If I were to buy another vehicle, it would be another SRX."
11 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By RoadWarrior on Sunday, September 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Regular gas; good gas mileage fun to drive"
Cons: "Awkward rear view; blind spots"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Great vehicle to drive. Several long trips with 5 adults and luggage; performed well, no problems. Easy access. Tires replaced at 45k miles(Michelin); Rear lift gate cylinder failed at 40k miles & 4.5 years(warranty). Bought as used vehicle(9200 miles) from original owner. Rear camera & proximity signals in front & back a real plus."
9 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Joe on Saturday, September 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Has everything you need especially safety wise."
Cons: "You have options for everything if you want them"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Safe, dependable, great in the snow for a driver who's not that good and has the luxury you expect from a Cadillac. Even when she takes my Escalade she still prefers her SRX."
18 people out of 32 found this review helpful