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Cadillac SRX Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 265 hp @ 6950 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Cadillac SRX

  • The all-new 2010 Cadillac SRX represents a downsizing for Cadillac's crossover SUV. The result is a luxury crossover that's competent but far from class-leading.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Hushed and stylish cabin, nicely equipped, nifty adjustable-height power tailgate option.

  • Cons

    Lackluster base V6, optional turbocharged V6 boosts the SRX's price to lofty levels, poor outward visibility, forgettable driving experience.

  • What's New for 2010

    The 2010 Cadillac SRX is an all-new luxury crossover SUV. Highlights include new styling, a smaller size, more luxury features and a higher-quality interior.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Everything we expected and more.

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac SRX Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

Bought SRX to replace our 12 year old motor-home. Wanted vehicle for continued travels, with ample cargo space, and ability to reach 2nd home in all types weather. Couldn't ask for a better choice. Have 8,400 miles to date and average 26.7 mpg on road. SRX joins M-B 300 and Volvo C70 in our "fleet", and it's become our favorite ride. Added fog lamps and greatly improve night driving on back roads. First driving experience without spare tire/jack; keeping fingers crossed. No negatives to date. Power, ride, rear seat space concerns, addressed by others, found to be very acceptable in our case. Rear seats partially recline and most comfortable. Outstanding Dealership.




Almost perfect

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac SRX Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

I wanted a small SUV that got decent gas mileage but didn't want to go with a rear wheel drive model for the few days a year that it actally snows in Washington, DC. That narrowed my search down to the SRX and the Lexus. I bought the SRX luxury edition without any extra bells and whistles. I love the car. It rides like its on rails and has all of the features that I need. Even though its more sport than utility, I can still fit quite a bit of stuff in it. Given that the car costs +/- $5K less than any other car in its class, I think its a great bargain.




I'm in love

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac SRX Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

I have been considering downsizing from my Ford Expedition for a year now, spending numerous hours on-line researching different makes and models. Last month my husband and I finally started test driving. I liked the Lexus RX and the Chevy Equinox, until I fell in love with the Cadillac SRX. The vehicle is amazing, it's all that and then some. I have it in the Platinum Ice Tricoat color and I have received nothing but compliments on it. I bought it with 2,600 miles on it and the price dropped almost $10,000, which didn't bother me because it's in MINT condition. I hate buying brand new; as soon as you drive it off the lost the value on it drops drastically.




Cts on stilts

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac SRX Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

So far so good car has cts interior but is up higher better ground clearance in bad weather<<real sporty love interior pop of nav sunroof love the car. I don't usually buy a car first of a new design so I leased it cadilac outdid themselves! Got all wheel drive with nav makes the most sense in the northeast will also help resale value




Nice try

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac SRX Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

This was my first Cadillac and I was excited. Wow, that feeling has changed. The car is way underpowered and the gas mileage is terrible. You would expect one or the other but not both. I love the styling but knobs have already come off and the electrical system has already been worked on by the dealer. I originally bought this for my wife but she refuses to drive this anymore. Oh well, it is great when you get the "I told you so." In the snow it has done ok but terrible handling in the rain. Already changed the tires once and little improvement. I wanted to help out and buy American but I think this car needs a lot of work over. Back to the Mercedes dealer and never again.




2010 cadillac srx

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac SRX Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

Got a 4 mos pull ahead to get out of my H3 lease. Connecting the dots needed a GM produce, AWD with a decent lease product. Connecting the dots, there was only one option, the SRX. Did my hw on the web, and again all dots led to this crossover. When US News rated it # 3 luxury midsize SUV, it wasa done deal. Dealer asked me if I wanted a test drive, saw the list of quality trucks it rated higher then, and said not necessary! With 4 lexus suv's at every red red light, the styling here is REFRESHING!. Great style, great workmanship, great attention to detail, was concerned about the reviews that stated engine was underpowered, not an issue for me, came from a HUMMER! Overall very pleased



Full 2010 Cadillac SRX Review

What's New for 2010

The 2010 Cadillac SRX is an all-new luxury crossover SUV. Highlights include new styling, a smaller size, more luxury features and a higher-quality interior.

Introduction

On sports shows, you hear all the time about players or teams who are "underrated" or "overlooked." In the automotive world, we'd probably use the same terms to describe the Cadillac SRX. Even though we have thought pretty highly of it through the years, consumers were never particularly smitten. Sales, at least from Cadillac's perspective, were disappointing. So for 2010, Caddy is trying again with a fully redesigned SRX.

The 2010 SRX game plan is a fresh idea for Cadillac: a smallish luxury crossover that will do battle with similar models from Audi, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, among others. The SRX has the expected roster of premium equipment, and for better or worse, it's got the full Cadillac styling treatment, too. The question is whether it has enough tricks up its sleeve to keep pace with the European and Japanese competition.

The outgoing 2009 SRX was a decidedly different animal: Its midsize body was attached to the first-generation CTS's rear-wheel-drive platform, and it featured options like a V8 and a third-row seat. For the relatively compact 2010 Cadillac SRX, model, all of that's been brushed away in favor of a new five-passenger platform that utilizes front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The wagonlike look of the old model is gone, too, replaced by a new Escalade-like front end and distinctive finned taillights.

In keeping with the standards of this segment, the base engine is a direct-injected 3.0-liter V6. For more power, Cadillac is also offering a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 on the higher trim levels. The SRX also comes with a bevy of standard and optional luxury features, such as LED accent lights, adaptive shock absorbers, a hard-drive-based navigation system, a surround-sound audio system, heated and ventilated front seats and a panoramic sunroof.

These features, plus a high-quality and sharp-looking interior, would seem to help the latest SRX become a perfectly viable small luxury crossover. However, the SRX is beefy -- its base curb weight is about 4,200 pounds -- and the 3.0-liter V6 struggles to keep up. The available Saab-sourced turbo V6 makes the SRX more competitive, but opting for it sends the SRX's price skyrocketing. There are other issues as well, such as poor outward visibility and lackluster driving dynamics on the lower trim levels.

Competing models include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and Volvo XC60. These vehicles have stylish interiors as well, and they typically offer better powertrains and more satisfying driving experiences. That said, we can't give much of a recommendation to the 2010 Cadillac SRX -- it just might be a little overrated.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Cadillac SRX is a luxury crossover SUV available in four trim levels: base, Luxury Collection, Performance Collection and Premium Collection.

Even the base model features a solid roster of standard equipment, including 18-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, 60/40-split-folding and reclining rear seatbacks, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear climate vents with separate fan control, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with a CD player, USB jack and satellite radio.

The Luxury Collection piles on LED headlight accents, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, an adjustable-height power liftgate, a more flexible rear cargo area (includes a "U-rail" containment system and a retractable cargo shade), remote engine start, driver memory functions, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated power-folding exterior mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, an eight-way power front passenger seat, heated front seats, wood interior trim and Bluetooth.

Step up to the Performance Collection and you'll be rewarded with 20-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps with washers, foglamps, variable-assist power steering, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system and a hard-drive-based navigation system with a back-up camera. The top-of-the-line Premium Collection tacks on keyless ignition/entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat audio controls, ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats. All-wheel-drive Performance and Premium Collection models also receive a sport-tuned suspension with continuously variable damping.

The base SRX has no available options. The surround-sound stereo and the navigation system are optional on the Luxury Collection, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system can be specified on any SRX equipped with the navigation system.

Powertrains and Performance

The Cadillac SRX comes standard with a 3.0-liter V6 rated at 265 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine, with all-wheel drive optional on all but the base model. All-wheel-drive Performance and Premium Collection models are offered only with a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 that pumps out 300 hp and 295 lb-ft (late availability). It also gets a six-speed automatic, though this one's noticeably more responsive than the base unit. All-wheel-drive models also have a specialized rear differential that applies power to the outside wheels for improved cornering traction.

In performance testing, a front-drive SRX with the base V6 loped to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, which is a half-second to a second off the pace set by all-wheel-drive rivals. As for the peppier turbocharged motor, GM projects a more competitive 0-60-mph sprint of 7.6 seconds.

EPA fuel economy estimates for the base V6 are 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined for front-drive models. All-wheel drive knocks those figures down to 17/23/19. GM says the turbocharged SRX will achieve 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway.

Safety

The 2010 Cadillac SRX comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and OnStar.

Interior Design and Special Features

The SRX's interior is probably its single most appealing aspect. Picking up where the CTS sedan's ground-breaking (for GM) interior left off, the SRX dashboard layout features high-quality materials, mostly solid build quality and an attractive design. However, the center stack buttons are hard to distinguish from each other at a glance, and their layout is sometimes haphazard. The standard electronic parking brake is a nice touch, but it doesn't immediately lock the car in place, so on hills the car lurches a bit before settling down.

The SRX's backseat accommodations are adequately comfortable, but rear headroom is lacking for taller folks. Cadillac put a lot of thought into the cargo area, however -- the power tailgate (standard on all but the base SRX) has a two-position height setting so the tailgate won't whack low garage ceilings, and the nifty U-ring track in the cargo floor allows a fence to be erected for containing fragile cargo. Maximum cargo capacity is an average 61 cubic feet, but there are a useful 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats.

Driving Impressions

The 3.0-liter V6 is said to be a scaled-down version of the excellent 3.6-liter V6 in the current CTS, but that just makes us wonder why the SRX didn't get the bigger V6 in the first place. The smaller motor lacks the kind of juice required to contend with the SRX's hefty curb weight, and the base six-speed automatic's eager upshifts and sluggish downshifts don't help matters. The turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 is a significant improvement, but really all it does is make the SRX class-competitive with cars like the XC60, Q5 and GLK350 -- and the turbocharged SRX commands a hefty price premium over these models considering it's only offered on the top two trim levels.

In other road-going respects, the 2010 Cadillac SRX is a solid but unremarkable luxury crossover. Steering response is surprisingly sharp, the SRX handles well and noise levels are impressively low on the highway. However, the ride with the base suspension is a bit busy for a luxury vehicle -- models with the adaptive suspension should fare better. Another downside is the SRX's high beltline and cowl -- they combine with the extraordinarily thick roof pillars to compromise outward visibility considerably.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
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  • 23
  • highway
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