2006 Cadillac SRX

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$36,270

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2006 Cadillac SRX

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • V6

    $36,270

  • V8

    $44,270

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2006 Cadillac SRX trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • V-6 or V-8
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Available AWD
  • Optional seven-passenger capacity
  • Available Magnetic Ride Control

2006 Cadillac SRX review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

Crossover SUVs are the hot ticket because they mix the best of both worlds. They blend the function of an SUV with the handling of a car in a package that is lighter and more fuel-efficient than larger truck-based SUVs.

Cadillac’s SRX is an excellent example of the concept. It can function as a luxury sedan one minute and an SUV the next. Such flexibility is appealing, particularly when it comes in such a well-designed package.

The SRX is derived from the unibody platform of the CTS sedan, but the wheelbase has been stretched to 116 inches. The creased edges, angular shape and vertical headlights reflect what has become the design vocabulary for the Cadillac brand. The SRX is one of the best-looking models in the brand.

For 2006, the SRX gets a standard power liftgate, reduced step-over for easier exiting and different color and trim combinations.

Prices start at $36,990 for the V-6. All-wheel drive is a $1,900 option, and the test vehicle was so equipped. For most regions, all-wheel drive is worth the extra money because it adds safety and security in heavy rain and snow.

Although the SRX can be ordered with a Northstar 4.6-liter V-8, the 3.6-liter aluminum V-6 is a more cost-effective alternative. It produces 255 horsepower and has variable intake and exhaust valve timing, electronic throttle control and a dual-stage intake manifold.

The V-6-powered SRX feels so accommodating because the engine’s power is spread across a wide range. It has strong low-speed response as well as good high-rpm power.

The five-speed automatic transmission downshifts automatically to help slow the vehicle when braking or descending a hill. The transmission can also be shifted manually when desired.

Inside, the SRX is comfortable and pleasant. The instrument panel is covered with a nubby black texture. The gauge package has white letters on a black background. Wood is used sparingly on the steering wheel, shift knob and door pulls.

The center stack, shaped to resemble a computer tower, looks better with new gauges, but conceptually it is rather dated. A new dash would be more than welcome.

The test car was equipped with a navigation system, XM satellite radio and optional Bose audio system. XM and Bose are a tough combination to top. Steering-wheel audio controls are great, especially the little thumb wheel for volume control.

The SRX has the kind of agility one expects to find in a midsize sedan. The tall roof doesn’t make it feel top-heavy or bulky in turns. The ride is compliant and the handling crisp. The wishbone-type suspension uses aluminum components to save weight and enhance responsiveness.

The DVD-based navigation system has a clever 3-D viewing option.

One interesting option is the Ultraview power sunroof, which is about twice as large as a standard sunroof. This huge opening lets back-seat passengers enjoy open-air motoring, too.

The split-folding second-row seats have tons of legroom and fold flat when you need to carry a large or long load. The tailgate is hinged at the top.

The optional power third seat is terrific even if legroom is tight. Cars without the third-row seat can have a cargo system integrated into the rear floor.

The crossover SRX shows just how versatile Cadillac can be.

Price

The base price of the test vehicle was $36,990. Options included the Bose premium audio system, third-row power seat, rear air conditioning, heavy-duty cooling system, navigation system and all-wheel drive. The sticker price was $42,990.

Warranty

Four years or 50,000 miles.

Engine: 3.6-liter 255-hp V-6

Transmission: automatic

All-wheel drive

Wheelbase: 116 inches

Curb weight: 4,438 lbs.

Base price: $36,990

As driven: $42,990

Mpg rating: 15 city, 22 hwy.

At A Glance

Point: The SRX combines luxury and practicality in a handsome package that drives like a car while having the room of an SUV. The interior is nicely appointed, the seats are comfortable, and the V-6 has more than enough power.

Counterpoint: The computer tower shape of the instrument panel’s center stack looks a bit dated.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 3.7
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

3.6

Nice luxury car but a lot of problems...

Nice luxury accommodations. That being said it does have a lot of issues. First the power steering started acting up, then it started leaking fluid, and eventually wasn't working at all. The radio would show as though it was still working, but there wouldn't be any sound from the speakers. Then the radio would come in and out(as far as the sound), and the power steering would also. Now i somehow broke the drivers side cv-axle. Which i replaced now i need a tie rod on that side that no one can seem to get off to replace. The whole wiring and brain of the operation is to blame. There for awhile when turning on the right turn signal the bright lights would ve turned on and then turned off when the signal did. Now its been acting like it dont want to start and the traction control light will come on and the anti theft system will too. And itll lock up on me and not let me put it in park and therefore wont let me turn the car off and get the key out. Its causing me all kinds if xxxx.

2.3

Worst vehicle I have ever owned. Wish I had not pu

Seems like something new is wrong with it every day. Lights and electrical never function appropriately, from the airbag light to stability control system to speed gauge something new wrong every day. Timing chain went at under 60000.

4.9

Really nice car!

As soon as you get in, you melt into the seat. Handling, steering and comfort is top notch. A lot of things going on with the command center, but I'll learn it. The sound system is pretty nice with different choices on the equalizer. I haven't pushed the engine, but you can feel the power when you accelerate. Lots of storage in the back and a cargo cover. This is my first Cadillac and I couldn't be happier.

See all 38 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Cadillac
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 50,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
4 year, 50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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