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The 2013 SRX has been freshened with a new front fascia that includes LED lighting in the fender vents. Inside, every SRX receives Cadillac's CUE 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Active-noise cancellation aims to make the SRX quieter, and new technology such as adaptive cruise control is available.
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.
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.
With the previous model's marginally useful third-row seat gone, the new 2010 Cadillac SRX's beautifully designed two-row interior is much more comfortably usable. And the new standard 3.0-liter direct-injected V6 and available 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 are more fuel-efficient than the outgoing base 3.6-liter V6 and 4.6-liter V8.
Combining the sure-footed stability of a performance sedan with the versatile utility of an SUV helps make the SRX one of Cadillac's more attractive offerings. The SRX has the power, the moves and the 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 moonroof. Capable of carrying up to seven passengers, the SRX is a viable alternative to the full-size SUV, although those who need to tow heavy loads may not appreciate 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.