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2008 Cadillac SRX

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$2,673 — $10,269 USED
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Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
16-18 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
  • Thick pillars reduce rear visibility

What to Know

about the 2008 Cadillac SRX
  • Remote start with climate control
  • V-6 or V-8
  • Five- or six-speed automatic
  • Available AWD
  • Optional seven-passenger capacity

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2008 Cadillac SRX Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

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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

What drivers are saying

4.5
36 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Such a solid, fun car to drive!

by CTFranklin from Lovingston, VA on November 6, 2019

Very comfortable, hugs the road. Best car I've ever driven. Long distance trips are not a problem at all. Plenty of leg room and great on gas! Read full review

(1.0)

A death trap

by Devestated Mom from St Petersburg, FL on March 3, 2019

While driving from FL to NC, our Cadillac SRX stopped functioning. My husband couldn’t control anything and when we slid off the road, hitting a stand of trees, my daughter was killed and my husband ... Read full review

Safety

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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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