|Engine :||3.0L 265.0hp|
|Drivetrain :||Front Wheel Drive|
|Exterior color :||Black|
|Interior color :||Black|
|Doors :||4 Doors|
|Fuel Type :||Gasoline|
The Cadillac SRX has been a runaway success for General Motors since it was redesigned last year, quickly becoming the best-selling vehicle in the growing compact luxury crossover class. No doubt buyers have been attracted to its compelling, unmistakably Cadillac styling and lengthy list of available equipment. However, there are some significant issues with the 2011 Cadillac SRX that should give you pause before joining the masses.
For one, the SRX is fat. It weighs between 200 and 300 pounds more than most of its competitors. It's even heavier than the larger Lexus RX 350. As such, the SRX's 265-horsepower V6, which lines up to those others' engines on paper, is overburdened by this luxury crossover's excessive weight. It also suffers from conservative transmission tuning and a lack of torque, both of which make the SRX feel sluggish when passing or moving away from a stop.
The optional 300-hp turbocharged V6 also has to battle the bulge. It at least offers noticeably more grunt than the base engine, but the SRX Turbo is only available in fully loaded Performance or Premium guises, which cost about $50,000. That's OK if you're interested in getting every SRX feature Cadillac offers, but if you'd like something a little more modest in price, you'll have to settle for an overwhelmed base engine.
Another issue concerns the backseat. While legroom is generous, headroom is notably cramped for even average-height passengers because of the panoramic sunroof that's standard on all but the base SRX. This is a shame since the SRX has otherwise one of the most inviting, well-equipped and nicely detailed cabins in the class. The seats are more comfortable than those in Cadillac's CTS sport sedan, and there are a few features, like ventilated front seats, that are unavailable on its rivals.
In total, the 2011 Cadillac SRX is an appealing compact luxury crossover as long as you can live with its insufficient performance and compromised backseat. But that seems like a lot to give up. The 2011 Audi Q5, 2011 BMW X3, 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and 2011 Volvo XC60 are better in many ways, and they typically don't come with a price penalty when similarly equipped. The SRX has managed to be a sales leader in spite of its need to join the "Biggest Loser." If it would just drop a few hundred pounds, there's a good chance it could become a true class leader as well.
Performance & mpg
The 2011 Cadillac SRX comes standard with a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 265 hp and 223 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive optional on all but the base SRX. While its horsepower would seem to be competitive in its class, the V6 is overtaxed by the SRX's higher than average weight. As such, a front-drive SRX takes 8.2 seconds to get from zero to 60 mph -- about a second slower than all-wheel-drive competitors. However, fuel economy is respectable, with an estimated 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined for the front-wheel-drive model, and 17/23/19 with all-wheel drive.
Stepping up to the Turbo model gets you a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 good for 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed auto are standard, though the latter is noticeably more responsive than it is with the base V6 and features a special Eco mode. Despite boasting more power than nearly everything in its class, the SRX Turbo posts a disappointing 0-60 time of 8 seconds. Fuel economy estimates stand at 15/22/18 mpg, which is average for the segment.
The 2011 Cadillac SRX comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and OnStar. In Edmunds brake testing, an SRX Luxury Collection with 18-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in a longer-than-average 128 feet. An SRX Turbo with 20-inch wheels was essentially no different.
In government crash tests, the SRX scored a perfect five stars in front impact testing for driver protection and side protection. It got four stars for front impact passenger protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Testing, the SRX received the top crash rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.
The standard 3.0-liter V6 lacks the kind of juice required to contend with the SRX's hefty curb weight, and the base six-speed automatic's eager upshifts and sluggish downshifts don't help matters. The turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 and its more responsive transmission are significant improvements, but really all they do is make the SRX class-competitive.
In other respects, the 2011 Cadillac SRX is a commendable luxury crossover. Steering response is sharp and the SRX handles much better than you'd expect a Cadillac SUV to. The ride is comfortable over regular pavement, but it gets busy for a luxury vehicle when the road gets a bit rough. Another downside is the SRX's thick roof pillars, which compromise front and rear visibility.
The SRX's interior is its single most appealing aspect. Picking up where the CTS sedan's ground-breaking (for Cadillac) interior left off, the SRX dashboard layout features high-quality materials, solid build quality and an attractive design.
When equipped with the navigation system, the large touchscreen elegantly rises out of the dashboard and features smart controls and menus for the myriad infotainment functions. It's one of the better electronics integration systems on the market. However, the center stack buttons are flush mounted to each other and can be hard to distinguish at a glance. The audio controls (whether with or without the navigation system) can also be a bit of a reach.
All but the base SRX comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, which gives the cabin an airy feel, but it also significantly reduces rear seat headroom. Taller passengers will need to slouch, and even those of average height will find themselves uncomfortably close to the roof. Cadillac put a lot of thought into the cargo area, however -- the power tailgate (standard on all but the base SRX) has a two-position height setting so the tailgate won't whack low garage ceilings, and the nifty U-ring track in the cargo floor allows a fence to be erected to contain fragile cargo. Maximum cargo capacity is an average 61 cubic feet, but there is a useful 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats.
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Very clean interior.
Runs & drives great.
Perfect first car.
Never seen snow.
Looks & runs great.
Ice cold A/C.
Driver Air Bag
Passenger Air Bag
Side Air Bag
Power Door Locks
Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Tire Pressure Monitoring
Electronic Stability Control
Dual Zone AC
Power Driver Mirror
Steering wheel controls
Rear Parking Aid
Child Safety Lock
Power Driver Seat
Power Passenger Seat
Heated Driver Seat
Rear Window Defroster
Rain Sensing Wipers
Auxiliary Power Outlet
Trailer Hitch Receiver
Power Rear Lift Gate
Wood trim package -inc: sapele wood on door, centre console, wood steering wheel & shift knob
Engine, 3.0L V6, SIDI, DOHC, VVT, aluminum
3.39 axle ratio
Battery -inc: run-down protection
Alternator, 150 amp
Suspension, ride & handling, monotube rear struts
Steering, rack & pinion, hydraulic
Brakes, pwr assist, 4-wheel anti-lock, 4-wheel disc -inc: dynamic rear brake proportioning, panic break assist & switch operated electric parking
Exhaust system, dual with chrome tips
Fuel, full tank of fuel at time of delivery
Oil, Mobil 1 synthetic
Wheels, 18" X 8" (457mm x 203mm) ultra bright aluminum, 7-spoke
Tires, P235/65R-18, all season, H-rated, blackwall
Sunroof, UltraView, double-sized -inc: pwr glass roof that opens over first & second rows, tilt-sliding w/express-open & pwr sunshade
Chrome roof rails
Lights, front, tungsten halogen headlamps -inc: twilight sentinel, windshield wiper activated flash to pass, illuminated entry system & automatic light control
Lights, rear center high-mounted stop light, LED
Mirrors, side view, pwr folding, heated -inc: dual electric remote control, body colour, driver side auto dimming
Glass, solar ray -inc: all windows tinted, privacy glass on rear doors, rear quarters & lift gate
Bluetooth for phone
Antenna, roof mounted hexband
Seat adjuster, 6-way pwr front passenger seat
Seats, rear bench, leather seating surfaces -inc: 60/40 split-folding, armrest & cup holders, pass-through (reclining rear remote release), low profile head restraints & reclining back
Console, floor -inc: front floor w/shifter & dual cup holders & integrated arm rest
Steering column, manual rake, telescoping
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
Instrumentation -inc: analog w/speedometer, tachometer & fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, engine coolant temperature gauge, primary PRNDL & driver information centre
Driver information centre -inc: message centre w/warning messages, personalization features, a trip computer w/trip odometer & Tire Pressure Monitor w/individual tire pressure read outs, fuel information such as range, average fuel, consumption & oil life, outside temperature display & a compass
Windows, pwr -inc: front express up/down w/pinch guard & child lockout, rear express down
Retained accessory pwr -inc: radio & windows, after key off
Alarm system, anti-theft -inc: horn & lamp activation
Vehicle theft deterrent -inc: electronic immobilizer
Air conditioning, dual zone, automatic climate control -inc: air filtration, rear console vents
Defogger, rear window -inc: electric front & side window outlets for driver & front passenger
Smoker's package -inc: lighter & ashtray
Pwr outlets, 4 auxiliary -inc: IP, front console, rear console, cargo area
Visors, sliding driver & front passenger -inc: illuminated vanity, dimmable, ticket flap, slide-on rod extension
Lighting -inc: illuminated entry/exit lighting, front map light, cargo lamp
Seatback net map pockets
Cargo security shade
Hill start assist
Trailer sway control
Air bags, front, dual-stage, driver & passenger -inc: airbag suppression & passenger detecting system
Air Bags, front row side impact
Seatbelts, front bucket seats -inc: 3 point w/pretensioners, load limiter & shoulder strap height adjusters
Seatbelts, rear bench seat -inc: 3 point, all positions w/outboard comfort guides
Child safety seat "LATCH" system -inc: lower anchorage & top tether for children in all rear positions
Child security rear door locks -inc: pwr activated from center console
Rear view camera system -inc: display in rear view mirror or navigation screen if equipped