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2006 Cadillac SRX

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$1,619 — $8,951 USED
Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
18-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance of V-8
  • Passenger space
  • Cargo room
  • Sizable sunroof

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Engine noise under hard acceleration
  • Dashboard materials
  • Thick pillars reduce rear visibility

What to Know

about the 2006 Cadillac SRX
  • V-6 or V-8
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Available AWD
  • Optional seven-passenger capacity
  • Available Magnetic Ride Control

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2006 Cadillac SRX Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Cadillac launched the SRX midsize luxury sport utility vehicle as an early 2004 model. Bridging the gap between luxury sedans and powerful SUVs, it was Cadillac’s first crossover — a model that features the attributes of more than one vehicle class. Rivals include the league-leading Lexus RX 330, as well as the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Volkswagen Touareg and Volvo XC90.

Built on General Motors’ Sigma platform, which is also used for Cadillac’s CTS sedan, the SRX promises a lower center of gravity than most of its competitors. The automaker says this improves ride and handling “without compromising [the] driver’s commanding view of the road.” Two engines are available, and the SRX can be equipped with either rear- or all-wheel drive.

For 2005, darker privacy glass was offered, a new instrument cluster added chrome accents, and a trailer-towing package was available for the V-6 version. A power rear liftgate is standard on 2006 models, which gain reduced step-over height for easier egress. Restyled 17- or 18-inch wheels are installed, cashmere is a new interior color, and an enhanced wood package is optional.

Cadillac promotes the driving dynamics of the SRX. Cadillac’s active suspension system, called Magnetic Ride Control, is optional. MRC applies electrical current to a coil in the damper’s piston, thus varying the viscosity of the fluid, which holds iron particles.

Exterior
Styling features include a V-shaped grille ...

Vehicle Overview
Cadillac launched the SRX midsize luxury sport utility vehicle as an early 2004 model. Bridging the gap between luxury sedans and powerful SUVs, it was Cadillac’s first crossover — a model that features the attributes of more than one vehicle class. Rivals include the league-leading Lexus RX 330, as well as the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Volkswagen Touareg and Volvo XC90.

Built on General Motors’ Sigma platform, which is also used for Cadillac’s CTS sedan, the SRX promises a lower center of gravity than most of its competitors. The automaker says this improves ride and handling “without compromising [the] driver’s commanding view of the road.” Two engines are available, and the SRX can be equipped with either rear- or all-wheel drive.

For 2005, darker privacy glass was offered, a new instrument cluster added chrome accents, and a trailer-towing package was available for the V-6 version. A power rear liftgate is standard on 2006 models, which gain reduced step-over height for easier egress. Restyled 17- or 18-inch wheels are installed, cashmere is a new interior color, and an enhanced wood package is optional.

Cadillac promotes the driving dynamics of the SRX. Cadillac’s active suspension system, called Magnetic Ride Control, is optional. MRC applies electrical current to a coil in the damper’s piston, thus varying the viscosity of the fluid, which holds iron particles.

Exterior
Styling features include a V-shaped grille and chiseled vertical taillamps. The SRX’s 116-inch wheelbase is 9 inches longer than the Lexus RX 330’s. The SRX is nearly 9 inches longer overall, too. Weight distribution approaches 50/50, front to rear.

Interior
Seven occupants can fit inside when an optional, powered, flip-folding third-row seat is installed. Without it, capacity is five. All passengers sit higher in the SRX than in a luxury sedan but lower than occupants in a typical SUV.

An optional UltraView roof offers 5.6 square feet of open space above the first and second rows. The available UltraView Plus setup adds a fixed glass roof over the third row, complete with a power sunshade.

Maximum cargo volume totals 69.5 cubic feet versus the Lexus RX 330’s nearly 85 cubic feet. Side storage bins are installed in the cargo area. GM’s OnStar communication system is standard. Available features include a navigation system, XM Satellite Radio and a backseat DVD-based entertainment system.

Under the Hood
Both a V-6 and V-8 engine are available, and each features variable valve timing. The 3.6-liter V-6 produces 260 horsepower and 254 pounds-feet of torque. Cadillac’s 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 generates 320 hp and 315 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines team with a five-speed-automatic transmission that incorporates Driver Shift Control for manually selected gear changes.

Cadillac’s all-wheel-drive system relies on the traction-control system to shift torque from the wheels that are slipping to those that have grip. In normal driving, torque is split 50/50, front to rear.

Safety
GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system and four-channel antilock brakes with brake assist are standard. Side-impact airbags mounted in the backrests of the front seats provide torso protection, while side curtain-type airbags protect the heads of outboard occupants in the first two rows.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
34 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(3.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Most Comfortable Luxury car I've Owned !

by Ty. M from Stpaul on August 30, 2019

This car met all my expectations! Beautiful Inside And Out, Very Spacious, Rides Smooth, has Tints, Tvs, Navigation and Heated seats. Very Nice Sound System! Read full review

(4.0)

I currently own this car and it has the V6

by Ajgkf from Klamath falls OR on August 18, 2019

I bought this car with 129000 miles on it I had the timing chains done plus a new driveline and rear end torque bushings replaced and new battery .Car runs great really enjoy the comfort on long trips... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Cadillac SRX currently has 3 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The SRX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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