The Cadillac SRX is the first American car I have purchased in 8 years. I traded in an Acura TL (2004) for it. I gained in power/performance, but lost a little in handling. If America's automakers continue down the path Cadillac has paved, they'll be re-gaining some marketshare. If you're looking at the Acura MDX, Mercedes ML, Lexus GX, BMW X5 - you have to try this one too.
The built-in cell phone and V8 engine.
Take a hint from the Japanese manufacturers - simplify the option packages. Also, this vehicle is very, very, very thirsty - but I knew what I was getting when I chose the V8.