After leasing a 99 Eldo, I leased an '02 Subaru Outback Legacy (LL Bean edition). Both vehicles were upscale for their class and had many great features. I looked for a quality used vehicle as I wanted to get away from premium fuel. I traded in my used '96 Seville which finally had too many miles for the SRX which runs on regular. Would have been a smart fuel move except for the poor mileage I am getting and rising fuel prices. Otherwise, I am very satisfied with this vehicle's handling and ride. I purchased used as I am getting ready to retire and don't want big payments, but I miss the comfort of the Eldo (wish they still made them) and don't want a new vehicle with cheap seating.
This SRX came with nice features:6-cd chgr, pwr seats w/lumbar (could be better lumbar), lg sunroof a plus living in fl, lg cargo area, great handling, love the Northstar still, good sound system, backup chime, 18 in wheels, 2 driver personalization, heated seats. Not too big for an SUV and rides like a car
Interior lacking 4 Cadillac name: cheap visors-fall out of clips, no extensions; door sills a pain-gets pants dirty, poor mileage, small tank, dic controls hard 2 see-orange is terrible color, many blindspots esp lft side, 2 much interior plastic, need pwr outlets in frt, why 2 tire sizes? no tapedeck 4 XM
Something is always broken. Driveline vibration required axle rebuild. Numerous suspension repairs, particularly front. Replaced the radio 2x. Brake pads last 12,000 miles max. Towed when electric failed due to bad dealer repair. Front fenders crease from mild front impact (small subtle bend in middle of tire well). Don't buy this car if you have children. Seatbelts don't work well with child seats because buckles are too large - can't get the seat tight. Not designed for childseat in safest position in middle rear, just outside positions. And can you believe the 2wd version tipped up in us govt rollover testing. Somehow GM avoided the test for the first 4 years of production.
Handling. Brakes. Front seats. Radio/guidance system controls. Design.
Safety - child seat fit, rollover tests, front crash test results. Driving range on a tank of gas. Reliability. And please add body-side molding.
Fun to drive lots of power from the V8 AWD works great in the snow the ride is firm but not to firm, good leg room front and back except for the third row seat kids only 9yrs. and under. Too much cheap looking plastic on the interior and poor gas mileage 12mpg city 16-17 mpg hwy. Noisy engine
V8 power , AWD, seating, fun to drive, navigation
Quiet the motor down, get better mpg, use a better grade of plastic. Improve the sound system. It's no Lexus
We were going to purchase a new HHR but the local dealer was less than helpful so I saw this SRX advertised and it was about the same price as the Chevy. My wife fell in love with it and it is one of the most solid cars that I have owned. Very quiet and smooth on the highway, but also responsive around town. We couldn't be more pleased with the car.
It is very solid to drive. No rattles or squeaks [it has 49k on it] and everything works like new. Love the presets for drivers 1 and 2. My wife is 5'2" and I am 5' 10". It is nice to use my remote or key and have the seat where I don't crack my knee getting in the car.
Leave out the center headrest on the middle seats as it blocks rear vision. I have left mine in the garage.