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 2009 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 can hold up to seven people with its optional third-row seat.

New for 2009
There are no significant changes to the 2009 Cadillac SRX.

Exterior
The SRX is longer than the RX 350, MDX and XC90 by several inches. Weight distribution approaches 50/50, front to rear. Buyers can add the SRX Sport appearance package, which features front and rear sport additions, a 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.

  • V-shaped grille
  • Seventeen-inch wheels standard on V-6 models
  • Chiseled vertical taillamps
  • SRX V-8 outfitted with 18-inch wheels
  • Twenty-inch wheels optional


Interior
Maximum cargo volume totals 69.5 cubic feet, versus nearly 85 cubic feet for the RX 350, 83.5 cubic feet for the MDX and 85.1 cubic feet for the XC90. Seven occupants can fit inside when an optional, powered, flip-folding third row 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.

  • Curvy center stack
  • Conventional slatted air vents
  • Optional UltraView roof offers 5.6 square feet of open space above the first and second rows
  • Side storage bins in the cargo area
  • GM's OnStar communication system standard
  • Standard Bose stereo system
  • Available 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.

  • All-wheel drive employs limited-slip differential on Sport models
  • Electronic stability system standard


Safety
Standard safety equipment includes:

  • Electronic stability system
  • Four-channel antilock brakes with brake assist
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags