The 2nd Time is the Charm

Cadillac SRX Front Wheel Drive (2010)

The sumptuous, all-new for 2010, Cadillac SRX crossover is definitely a hit. With its edgy, angular design, its efficient 3.0 liter V6, and the better than expected fit and finish, make this 2nd generation SRX a winner…

Cadillac is betting that its all new 2nd generation SRX can conquer loyalists to other brands offering competitive mid-sized crossovers, namely Lexus, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. With this new crossover, Cadillac offers a compelling alternative to these well known brands, as the SRX is well positioned in design, size, economy, features and pricing.

The SRX is a striking vehicle. Viewing it from the front, we see that it maintains the chiseled, sharp design which, by now has become the signature look of Cadillac. There is a large Cadillac crest centered within the grille in addition to the elegant and aerodynamically sleek jewel-like headlights. These include integrated LED light bars creating a distinctive light accent that simply looks cool. The side turning markers are part of the non-functioning side “gills” that create an elegant touch on the side of the fender. The SRX wheels are 20” painted aluminum that are quite attractive and fill the wheel well nicely. Normally the rear design and execution of a crossover can be tricky, as the angle and size of the rear window can cause it to look tail heavy. Cadillac, however, did a marvelous job with the rear of the SRX, which includes elegant retro-looking tail LED lit lamps that have a slight fin at the top, paying homage to the fins on the legendary 1959 Cadillac El Dorado. There are two large exhaust tip rings that pass through the bumper, giving the rear lower valance a nice touch. The cargo hatch is electronically operated three different ways: Door switch, key fob and hatch touch handle. The maximum height of the opening can be programmed, a nice convenience for those that are vertically challenged. The rear cargo hold is well appointed, with carpeting, and rails for anchoring bulky cargo. There is also an under floor privacy storage, with a second security cover. The 2nd row seats conveniently fold forward 60/40 split, excellent for oversized items.

Once seated in the driver’s seat, you are greeted with the innovative and elegant dash, as well as Cadillac’s motorized “infotainment” screen. A nice detail, are the secondary turn signal lights. These are glass covered green lights that flank the speedometer gauge and blink in unison with the turn signal arrows. There are plenty of cubby holes, as well as outlets for the myriad of “plug ins” that one seems to carry these days. The gear selector is smooth and precise, conveying quality every time a gear is engaged. Driving the SRX is a delight to the senses; it is smooth, comfortable and efficient. We did notice that the A pillars seemed larger than other cars, creating somewhat of a blind spot when looking in those two directions. The rear backup camera is simply a cant-do without feature, as it makes parallel or reverse parking a breeze. Rear seats are comfortable for two and snug for three and there is a convenient advantage of a flat floor as well. GM has designed one of the best seat back entertainment screens in the market. These fold to become an integral part of the rear of the front seats. A nice touch is the optional “ultra-view”, full sized, glass roof that is tinted enough that it can be kept with the shade open all day without feeling uncomfortable. Additionally, there is an electric sliding front panel that lets fresh air in with the touch of a switch.

For most urban and commute situations power is adequate, however, at times, the 3.0 liter V6 seemed almost strained, especially when accelerating under full power with a car full of people. Cadillac does offer an optional 2.8 liter turbocharged, 300 HP V6 that most likely cures this need. The throttle pedal feels great, giving the driver the ability to be smooth and surgically precise with the inputs on the throttle every time. Brakes feel direct and compliant, offering plenty of stopping power under almost all braking situations.

The all-new-for-2010 Cadillac SRX crossover, an elegant, civilized and superb vehicle that is worth considering. The second time is the charm!

The Essentials:

MSRP: $43,895.00
MSRP (As tested): $46,015.00
Fuel Economy (Observed): 19.8 MPG
Engine: V6, 3.0 liter, 265 HP
Popular options: Ultra-view sunroof, AWD, Bluetooth, keyless access and remote start, rear-view camera,
adaptive lighting, dual rear seat entertainment with wireless headphones.

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