2008 Cadillac SRX

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$38,105

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2008 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
  • Thick pillars reduce rear visibility

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • V6

    $38,105

  • V8

    $45,105

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2008 Cadillac SRX trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Remote start with climate control
  • V-6 or V-8
  • Five- or six-speed automatic
  • Available AWD
  • Optional seven-passenger capacity

2008 Cadillac SRX review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Cadillac launched the SRX midsize sport utility vehicle as an early 2004 model, available with a V-6 or V-8 under the hood. The 2008 model comes with an Adaptive Remote Start system, which enables drivers to start the engine, adjust the interior temperature and turn on defrosters from up to 200 feet away. Competitors include the Lexus RX 350, Acura MDX and Volvo XC90. The SRX got a new interior for 2007 and goes into 2008 with mostly minor changes.

Bridging the gap between luxury sedans and powerful SUVs, the SRX was Cadillac’s first crossover — a model that features the attributes of more than one vehicle class.

Built on the same platform as Cadillac’s CTS sedan, the SRX promises a low center of gravity. The automaker says this improves ride and handling “without compromising [the] driver’s commanding view of the road.” The SRX can be equipped with either rear- or all-wheel drive.

Cadillac promotes the driving dynamics of the SRX. The automaker’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 350’s. The SRX is nearly 9 inches longer overall, too. Weight distribution approaches 50/50, front to rear.

For 2008, buyers can add the SRX Sport appearance package, which features front and rear sport additions, a new body-colored grille with V-series mesh backing, 4-inch dual polished exhaust tips, a six-speed automatic with Drive Control shift, all-wheel drive and a limited-slip differential.

Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on V-6 models, while the SRX V-8 comes with 18-inchers. Twenty-inch wheels are optional.

Interior
Cadillac substantially remodeled the SRX’s interior for 2007. It features a curvy center stack and conventional slatted air vents.

Seven occupants can fit inside when an optional, powered, flip-folding third-row seat is installed. Without it, seating 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 350’s nearly 85 cubic feet. Side storage bins are installed in the cargo area. GM’s OnStar communication system is standard, as is a Bose stereo system. Available features include a navigation system, upgraded Bose 5.1 digital audio, XM Satellite Radio and a backseat DVD 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 255 horsepower and 254 pounds-feet of torque. Cadillac’s 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 generates 320 hp and 315 pounds-feet of torque. The V-6 teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 gets a six-speed automatic. Both transmissions employ a manual-shift provision.

Cadillac’s all-wheel-drive system incorporates a limited-slip differential and an electronic traction control system to shift torque from the wheels that are slipping to those that have grip.

Safety
An 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 airbags protect the heads of outboard occupants in the first two rows.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

best car i've ever owned

this car meets all my needs.i can take my dogs & family out & don't have to worry about it breaken down.& it ride's beautiful

5.0

Fantastic Vehicle

I now know why Cadillac is the standard for ride. Unparalleled craftsmanship. We truly enjoyed owning this vehicle. I would not hesitate to purchase if you are considering. Great car.

3.0

C. I. N. O. (Cadillac in name only)

After putting over a hundred thousand miles on this, my first Cadillac, I can officially say that I'm disappointed at best. Everything was very good mechanically, engine, tires, alignment, interior, etc. No accident damage, everything was fine. Since I first got it at about 50,000 miles it has sounded like an old, beat up truck on the inside, and rode the same way. This is a Cadillac? Are you sure? It only sounded and rode beautifully one time for me. With all the rear seats folded down, and with a plastic tarp covering the floor, I loaded twenty large bags of wooden mulch chips into it. Engine noise completely disappeared and I could feel no bumps in the road. It was a silent and extremely quiet ride. I thought it would be a bit of a problem for me if I left the mulch in it forever just to get that "Cadillac ride", so I didn't. It has also been a mechanical problem child, and the biggest problem is that when I go to a gas station I fill it up with oil and I check the gas. The original equipment GPS is a cruel joke and the wind noise is unbearable if you want to do something crazy like open the panoramic sun roof. Other than those things it's an almost an ok car.

See all 40 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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