Cadillac SRX

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The Cadillac SRX is a luxury crossover SUV aimed at family-oriented buyers looking for an upscale, convenience-laden vehicle that’s fun to drive. Some people might be tempted to label it a station wagon, but Cadillac marketers like to refer to the SRX as a “luxury utility vehicle” in hopes of avoiding any possible connotations of blandness.

A crossover may look like a traditional SUV, but in fact it uses components and construction more often associated with cars. The idea is to provide a more comfortable ride and better handling since many consumers don’t need the tougher, truck-type construction that is advisable for heavy-duty chores such as towing or off-road travel.

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The SRX’s swept-back and angular styling suggests sporting intent, and thankfully, this vehicle has the goods to back that up as it’s based on the mechanical underpinnings of the well-regarded Cadillac CTS sport sedan. Powered by a V6 or V8 and available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, the SRX offers handling and performance that is neither boring nor common. For a driver whose priority is a responsive, luxurious people hauler, a new or used SRX is worth a look.

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The Cadillac SRX midsize luxury SUV is available in rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive format. Buyers have a choice of a 260-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or a 320-hp 4.6-liter V8.

With an impressive 41 inches of legroom in the second row, the Cadillac SRX will comfortably carry four 6-foot adults. An optional fold-flat third-row seat is available. However, its 24 inches of legroom makes it suitable for only the smallest of children. Plus, with that third row in use there is no meaningful cargo capacity. Nevertheless, the third row is ideal for families who occasionally need to tote an extra child or two on short trips.

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As one would expect from a luxury SUV, there is a comprehensive amount of safety and luxury-themed equipment. For big-sky fans, a huge, optional sunroof gives the Cadillac SRX a more open feeling. One option that maximizes the ride and handling is GM’s Magnetic Ride Control. It basically changes the suspension’s performance. While cruising straight down the interstate, the ride can be comfortable. But head up a curved exit ramp at a brisk speed and the Magnetic Ride Control reduces body lean for better handling.

In reviews, we’ve found the Cadillac SRX enjoyable to drive. The combination of the Northstar V8 and six-speed automatic transmission provides strong acceleration. The V6 is the more popular choice among SRX buyers, however, and it should be adequate for most drivers. It also returns better fuel economy than the V8.

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The Cadillac SRX was introduced for the 2004 model year. Cadillac has yet to introduce a second-generation SRX but it has made small improvements each year. Used SRX buyers should be aware that Cadillac made significant interior updates for the current (2007) model year. Vehicles previous to this year were criticized for their cheap interior materials. Past V8-equipped SRXs also have a five-speed automatic rather than the more efficient six-speed on the current model.

Scribbled on August 4th 2007 in Cadillac, Pictures
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