2012 Cadillac SRX Crossover

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Pros: Styling, Handsome interior; More powerful V6; Intuitive controls; Comfortable ride

Cons: Poor rearward visibility; Heavy with so-so fuel economy; Lacks headroom in the backseat

Overview
For 2012, Cadillac’s best-selling vehicle, the SRX, gets an all-new engine and minor suspension tuning. Its old, uninspiring 3.0L and 2.8L V6 engines have been replaced by a more powerful 3.6-liter, direct injected V6. It’s mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission which helps to propel the hefty crossover with ease.

The SRX is bursting at the seams with luxury appointments. Wind and tire noise are almost non-existent, Bluetooth is now standard and a heated steering wheel is standard on all except the base model. It exhibits a high level of quality, and handsome styling. Its only weakness is its panoramic sunroof that substantially cuts into rear head room. Even adults of average height will find their head uncomfortably grazing the roof. Otherwise, there is plenty of legroom and comfortable seating for all.

All-wheel drive is available on all trims except for the base model and can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. It is fun to drive and sporty however in terms of fuel economy, the SRX falls below average, especially the AWD models. You can switch the six-speed transmission into Eco mode to bump up fuel economy by an extra 1mpg.

Overall, the SRX still has some room for improvement as far as weight goes, but now that Cadillac has finally given it a more powerful engine, most shoppers will inevitably except this flaw.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2012 SRX is available in four trim levels- the base Standard, Luxury, Performance and the top-of-the-line Premium. The SRX Standard comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, a 60/40 split-folding/reclining rear seat, rear under-floor storage, leatherette upholstery, a full color driver information display and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with Bluetooth, a CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack.

The SRX Luxury model gains adaptive remote start, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding mirrors, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, ambient interior lighting , a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, interior wood trims, leather upholstery with heated front seats and a cargo management system. A voice-activated navigation system and a ten-speaker Bose surround sound system with digital music storage are optional.

Stepping up to the Performance model will get you 20-inch wheels, adaptive Xenon headlights, fog lamps, a sport tuned suspension with continuous damping (AWD only), and the optional features from the Luxury model.

The SRX Premium go’s for it all by giving you all of the above features plus tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and rear seat independent audio controls.

An available rear-seat DVD entertainment system can be had on all except the Standard model.

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Safety
Standard safety features include dual front and side impact airbags, head curtain side impact airbags, daytime running lights, antilock vented disc brakes, traction control, StabiliTrac, a tire pressure monitoring system and OnStar automatic crash response services. A front and rear park assist system is standard on all trims except the Standard.

Warranty Information
Every new 2012 Cadillac has got you covered with a Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles, a Powertrain Limited Warranty for 5 years or 100,000 miles and 24-hour Roadside Assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles. In the event your Cadillac needs to go in for repairs during its warranty period, a courtesy transportation program will provide alternate transportation and/or reimbursement of certain transportation expenses.

MSRP

Trims MSRP
2012 SRX Standard FWD $36,860
2012 SRX Luxury FWD $41,390
2012 SRX Luxury AWD $43,855
2012 SRX Performance FWD $45,205
2012 SRX Performance AWD $48,015
2012 SRX Premium FWD $47,650
2012 SRX Premium AWD $50,460
Similar Vehicles MSRP
2012 Toyota Highlander Limited $35,745
2012 Honda Pilot EX-L $34,720
2012 Ford Edge Limited $34,940

Engines, Drivetrains & EPA Ratings

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

SRX Standard, Luxury, Performance & Premium (FWD)

3.6L V6

6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Driver Shift Control

17/24

SRX Luxury, Performance & Premium (AWD)

3.6L V6

6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Driver Shift Control

16/23

 

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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