I just got my 2005 SRX today and found it to be a decent SUV. It has a very attractive exterior and a decent engine. But one you get inside everything disappoints. The "leather" felt more like vinyl and their is way to much rubber and plastic everywere. The entire interior felt cheap. Compared to my parents' Acura MDX has a much more luxurios feel and real leather. I found the engine to be annoyingly loud in comparison to the MDX. I did enjoy the handling of the SRX quite a bit though as it felt like I was driving my TL instead on a Minivan. My biggest gripe is the fact that my friend's Accord (and naturally my TL) are much more luxurious then this "Luxury" SUV. GM's gotta work on interiors.
Great handling for an SUV, comprable to a sports-sedan. Very exciting looking exterior (I love seeing people snap their necks back to look at it as they drive by) kinda like a plump CTS. Roomy hatch, Smooth transmission when in Automatic mode. Love the wood on the steering wheel, it feels real.
Cheap "leather" (feels like vinyl to me), overkill of plastic and rubber in the interior. Sports Shift lags between shifts (Acura's and BMW's react much quicker) Noisy engine (V6). Overly complicated radio. Small cup holders. Awkward seatbelt placement. Small interior (for a luxury-SUV)
Only negatives include less than optimum visability with rear seats in up position, cargo shade/cover not very durable and limited storage space in real area. The ride at slow and high speeds is exceptional, pick up great and overal handling above average. We just returned from a trip that started in the Atlanta area, to Cleveland, Ohio, Milwaukee, WI, Indianapolis Indiana, through Kentucky, Tennessee and back to Georgia without a hitch. It is just a fun vehicle to drive.
power seats, large sun roof, OnStar, easy to see controls and message center, and radio/cd changer/player.
Improve cargo space, rear cargo shade/cover, rear visability, larger outside mirrors and gas milage.
After a ten year hiatus, I decided to give Cadillac another shot, and so far I'm really glad I did. I am really enjoying my SRX. It is a great ride, and so far I have zero complaints. I chose the SRX over BMW X-5 and Infiniti FX35 because I couldn't see paying that much more for those.
OnStar is great! I didn't even know I had a built-in phone until after I had had the car a day or two, and was playing the instructional CD. The people at On-Star are very helpful when you call.
Although I like the looks of the SRX OK, GM needs to work on improving body styling on a lot of their models. More importantly, they need to lead the way in development of the hydrogen-powered vehicles, especially if they're not going to do the hybrids. $3.00 a gallon gas is coming.
As an owner of a Porsche 911 C4, I was going to buy a Cayenne S. But after I test-drove both the Porsche and the Cadillac SRX, there was no hesitation anymore. The SRX feeling on the road is much better than the Cayenne (probably the magentic ride control). I also add the impression that it was better performing than the Porsche (esp. the auto 5-speed transmission is better tuned to the engine).
All the options included in the price of the caddy vs. the expensive Porsche basic features not included.
More off-track capability and pneumatic suspensions...