2011 Cadillac SRX User Reviews
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- $22,692 - $37,617
- No trim specified for this review
- Ride, Handling, Comfort, Seats, Transmission, Flexibility, Looks.
- Would like to see air conditioned, rather than "ventilated" seat option.
Purchased As New
Luxury Collection w/ $2,500 navigation/hard drive/Bose expanded option. Tested it vs. RX350. SRX handles better/tighter, steering feel "attached", rather than "vaugue and detached", up-to-date looks over 7 year-old "refreshed" RX body. Much quieter and smoother engine than the Lexus. Transmission is butter-smooth, and can be shifted as a "manu-shift" with transmission handle. Lots of SOFT interior parts. Lexus looked too much like a Camry inside to me. Perforated leather seats are extremely comfortable, and have a "pull-forward" lower thigh cushion that is adjustable. Power from the 3.0 litre direct-injection V-6 is more than adequate, but wait.... once the car has 7,000 miles on it (engine broken-in) it gets much more powerful! This is my 2nd. SRX Luxury. I recommend the 18" wheels, and not the 20", as it rides too hard, and if you hit a pot-hole with the 20" you can dent an alloy wheel (expensive). The whole car was well thought-out. Controls are very easy and intuitive. Lighting throughout car took baby-boomers like myself (56 years old) into consideration. Mood lighting inside (hidden blue) like a limousine. Gas mileage about 23.5 on highway, around 16-17 around town. Lexus felt very "light" when driving, this vehicle feels (and is) VERY substantial and heavy - yet still "athletic". The other "deal-breaker" on the SRX vs. RX350 is that after much research, I found that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the Cadillac SRX was one of very few crossovers that featured the new high-strength roof structure (those built after March 2010) that can withstand 4X the weight of the vehicle in a roll-over. I could not even FIND test results on the RX-350, except back to 2003 models. BMW, Mercedes & Cadillac all feature the super-strong roof structure so as not to collapse in a roll-over. That was a deal-clincher for me. My vehicle had a MSRP of $42K, After discounts and "GM Owner Appreciation" certificate of $1,000, my SRX cost $38,000 + tax and license fees. Much less expensive than a comparatively equipped RX-350. I drove the new 2012 SRX with the new 3.6 litre engine, but did not find much noticeable power increase, but less fuel economy rating (down by 1 mpg). Big selling point: this vehicle is made to run on REGULAR gas, not mid or premium. Also, Cadillac includes scheduled maintenance, and a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty atop tehe 4 year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. It's my top pick!
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