How it rated
(1-5 dots, 5 being best)
Good: Excellent ride and handling, mostly well-done interior
Bad: Optional turbo engine needs more oomph, premium fuel required
Bottom line: Watch out Lexus RX, Cadillac’s new nipped and tucked SRX crossover is in your rearview mirror
• Base price: $34,125
• Price as tested: $53,980
• Powertrain: six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive
• Engine: 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 with direct injection
• Horsepower: 300
• Curb weight: 4,508 pounds
• MPG: 15 city, 22 highway
• Built: Arizpe, Mexico
Most everyone can agree that styling is critical for new vehicle’s sales. But beyond styling, even the basic shape of the vehicle is important.
Consider the first-generation Cadillac SRX. While many in the motoring press gave it fantastic reviews, buyers were left cold.
General Motors thinks it knows why. The first-generation vehicle was too low, too long. In other words, it was a station wagon and Americans’ dislike for station wagons is well known.
For the second generation SRX, GM corrected those issues. The new vehicle is shorter in length, but taller. The third row is jettisoned in the process. Of course, the SRX is dressed in the latest iteration of GM’s knife-edge Art and Science design style. One really cool detail: A character line that starts on the side of the front bumper is continued through the doors after it skips the front wheel well.
Many more changes accompany the new crossover. Gone is the rear-wheel drive platform, replaced with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive, as before, is an option. A pair of new engines replace horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 and the 4.6-liter Northstar V-8.