Cadillac’s entry into the luxury crossover segment is the Cadillac SRX, a plush car-based SUV for those who value comfort over outright ability. Over two generations, however, the SRX has evolved from a sort-of tall wagon with sport sedan roots into a more traditionally shaped SUV that competes with some of the best sellers in the segment.
2010 to Present: Cadillac SRX
Since its inception, the SRX has matched Cadillac style with lots of technology and premium features.
Introduced for the 2010 model year, the second-generation SRX comes standard with front-wheel drive and was initially available with two V6 engines. The standard engine is a 3.0-liter V6 with 250 horsepower. A turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 with 300 horsepower became available later in the model year. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.
The second-generation SRX seats five and is smaller than the outgoing model, which featured an available third-row seat. This smaller packaging made the SRX a rival to SUVs like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Common options include navigation with a rising touch screen, a panoramic moonroof, leather upholstery, Bluetooth and a backup camera.
The turbocharged engine was dropped midway through the 2011 model year, and for 2012 a more robust 3.6-liter V6 with 308 horsepower became the standard engine. Bluetooth also became standard on the 2012 model.
In 2013, the SRX got a new dashboard that incorporated the CUE infotainment system with touch-sensitive controls and more advanced voice recognition functions. Minor package changes were made in 2014. For 2015, the SRX gained a new OnStar telematics system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability.
Earlier Cadillac SRX Models
The SRX was introduced for 2004. Based on the Cadillac CTS, the SRX was Cadillac's first crossover that competed with the likes of the Lexus RX, Acura MDX and BMW X5. A 3.6-liter V6 with 255 horsepower was standard, with a 4.6-liter V8 with 320 horsepower as an option. A five-speed automatic transmission was standard, which is mated to rear- or all-wheel drive. Two rows of seats were standard, but a third row was available to bring seating capacity up to seven. Common options included a Bose audio system, DVD-based navigation and a panoramic sunroof.
For 2007, the SRX was given some styling modifications, including a new Sport package with monochromatic exterior trim, 20-inch wheels and a limited-slip differential. The interior was redesigned as well, with revised controls. The V8 model also gained a new six-speed automatic.