The SRX is a midsize five-seat crossover built on a front-wheel-drive platform. All-wheel drive is optional. The SRX competes with the Acura MDX, Lexus RX and Lincoln MKX.
New for 2011
The biggest change for the SRX is that it comes with free scheduled maintenance for four years or 50,000 miles, the length of the basic warranty. A rearview camera is now standard on all models except the base model, and keyless, passive entry and remote starting are standard on Performance and Luxury versions.
The SRX bears a resemblance to the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. The roofline slopes downward as the belt line rises, resulting in side windows that narrow to a squint by the time they end at the rearmost pillars. Cadillac has long used vertical taillights as an homage to the tail-finned designs of the 1950s, but the SRX's taillight lenses rise in a peak to form little three-dimensional tailfins. Exterior features include:
- Standard 18-inch wheels
- Available 20-inch wheels
- Standard heated power mirrors
- Available power liftgate
The interior is as big a jump from the previous generation as was the current CTS' interior. The five-passenger SRX's design now emulates the sedan's, complete with an optional navigation touch-screen that rises from the dashboard. The materials are much improved, and the gauge lighting is top-notch.
The backseat accommodates three passengers and has 60/40-split folding backrests that extend the cargo area forward. Interior features include:
- Standard hands-free Bluetooth phone operation
- Standard automatic climate control
- Optional hard-disk music storage
- Optional dual-screen backseat video system
Under the Hood
The SRX offers two engines: The base V-6 is a 260-horsepower 3.0-liter, and the optional upgrade is a smaller but turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 good for 300 hp. Both are direct-injection designs, a relatively new development in gasoline engines that improves power, efficiency or both. The SRX now includes an "eco mode" that, when activated, helps maximize mileage. The base engine runs on regular gas, while the turbo version prefers premium. Mechanical features include:
- 260-hp, 3.0-liter V-6
- 300 hp, turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6
- Six-speed automatic transmission
- Standard front-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive
The SRX has front airbags and side-impact airbags for the front seats and curtain airbags that cover all the side windows. Other safety features include:
- Antilock disc brakes
- Stability control system
- Voice-activated OnStar with automatic crash notification (subscription required after one year)
- Available adaptive headlights that swivel in direction of turn
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