2010 Cadillac SRX

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$33,830

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2010 Cadillac SRX
2010 Cadillac SRX

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Seating comfort
  • User-friendly controls
  • Handsome interior styling
  • Affordable base trim
  • Overall styling
  • Standard V-6 doesn't need premium fuel

The bad:

  • Large blind spot
  • Modest power with base V-6
  • Adaptive suspension has firm ride
  • Mushy brakes
  • Gas mileage with turbo V-6
  • Some cheap interior trim

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2010 Cadillac SRX trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Redesigned for 2010
  • Smaller, less expensive than before
  • No more third-row seat or V-8 engine
  • Choice of two V-6 engines
  • Available AWD
  • Available power liftgate

2010 Cadillac SRX review: Our expert's take

By Kelsey Mays

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

Smaller and less expensive than its predecessor, Cadillac’s redesigned SRX moves squarely into the entry-luxury crossover segment — a corner of the market that luxury carmakers are fast descending upon. The SRX is certainly worth a look, particularly if you’re partial to its styling. In a lot of ways in which competitors go the distance, however, Cadillac merely makes the grade. These days, I’m not sure that cuts it.

A five-seater, the SRX is available with front-wheel drive in base, Luxury, Performance and Premium trim levels; click here to compare it with the 2009 SRX. All-wheel drive is optional on all but the base trim. A normally aspirated 3.0-liter V-6 is standard, with a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 available next year in all-wheel-drive Performance and Premium editions. We tested an all-wheel-drive, 3.0-liter SRX Performance.

Sleeker, Smaller
The new SRX shares the current, second-generation Cadillac CTS sedan’s windswept style and friendlier face, just as the outgoing SRX emulated the sharp creases and upright angles of the first-generation CTS.

In an industry where redesigns typically add weight and size, Cadillac made the new SRX significantly smaller. It’s slightly wider than before, but it’s length drops 4.7 inches and it’s 2.1 inches shorter. Gone are options like a third-row seat and a V-8 engine, moving the SRX out of the territory occupied by the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90.

The Inside
Like the second-generation CTS that introduced this era of Cadillac interiors, the SRX’s cabin is logically arrayed and a handsome bit of work. The controls have decent quality, and the gauges offer a quick read, aided by an LCD screen that displays digital mph or other information. Get the optional navigation system, and it rises out of the dashboard, using theatrics similar to those of the CTS nav screen. It’s a user-friendly setup, with decent graphics, a touch-screen interface and plenty of shortcut buttons.

I’m less enthusiastic about the cabin materials. Genuine wood trim and upholstery-stitched dashboard panels add an upscale touch, but the frosted silver plastic around the steering wheel and center controls drag the quality down — especially when a number of competitors gird their cabins with real aluminum.

The front seats are supportive and comfortable, with good adjustment range for drivers of varying sizes. However, some may find that the SRX’s low roofline hurts the view through the windshield, and a combination of factors — narrowing back-door windows, tiny rear-quarter windows and large C-pillars — make for a hefty blind spot.

The backseat has adequate headroom and legroom, but I found the bottom cushions to be on the short side; the seat sat too low for my 5-foot-11-inch frame to get adequate thigh support. The seats fold down for 61.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume. That’s down 8.3 cubic feet versus last year, but it’s competitive for this price range.

Cargo Room Compared
  Base price Behind 2nd row (cu. ft.) Behind 1st row (cu. ft.)
Volvo XC60 $32,395 30.8 67.4
Acura RDX $32,520 27.8 60.6
Cadillac SRX $33,330 29.2 61.2
Infiniti EX35 $33,800 18.6 47.4
Mercedes-Benz GLK350 $34,600 23.3 54.7
Land Rover LR2 $35,500* 26.7 58.9
Lexus RX 350 $37,250 40.0 80.3
Audi Q5 $37,350* 29.1 57.3
Lincoln MKX $38,345 32.3 68.6
BMW X3 $38,750* 30.0 71.0
*Denotes models with standard AWD. Others have 2WD standard.
Source: Automaker data

Going & Stopping
Don’t let its 265-horsepower rating fool you: The base V-6 left me wanting. Displacing 3.0 liters, it’s in the same direct-injection family as the 3.6-liter V-6 that adeptly moves several GM products, from the Cadillac CTS to the Chevy Camaro. Alas, I’m less enthralled with this sibling. Here, like in other GM cars that use it, the 3.0-liter lacks the power to propel you with much authority. Our all-wheel-drive SRX felt modestly powered, and the six-speed automatic’s hesitance to downshift quickly didn’t help. At least there’s no accelerator lag in normal conditions; the V-6 GMC Terrain we recently drove uses the same drivetrain, and it had a creeping case of lag.

Sticking with front-wheel drive shaves 163 pounds off the SRX’s curb weight, which may prove enough to improve acceleration. What’s more likely to hasten on-ramp sprints is the turbocharged V-6. Once we drive that, I’ll add my impressions in this space. By the numbers, it looks promising — a modest 35 more hp, but, more important, another 72 pounds-feet of torque.

That should be a welcome addition. The Infiniti EX35 leaps from stoplights, and the BMW X3, Mercedes GLK, Audi Q5 and turbo Volvo XC60 aren’t far behind. Anyone stepping up from a four-cylinder crossover will think the 3.0-liter SRX moves swiftly enough, but drive the competition before making up your mind. Like the lukewarm Land Rover LR2, the SRX can’t beat merging semitrailers as well as some of its competitors can.

There’s a bit of redemption in fuel costs: At an EPA-rated 18/25 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 17/23 mpg with all-wheel drive, the 3.0-liter SRX ranks midpack, but it runs fine on regular fuel, which is something few in this class can boast. Most competitors recommend premium; the GLK and X3 require it.

EPA Gas Mileage (Combined City/Highway, MPG)
  AWD 2WD Fuel usage
Lexus RX 350 20 21 Premium (recommended)
Audi Q5 20 Premium (recommended)
BMW X3 20 Premium (required)
Acura RDX 19 21 Premium (recommended)
Cadillac SRX (3.0L) 19 21 Regular
Lincoln MKX 19 20 Regular
Infiniti EX35 19 19 Premium (recommended)
Volvo XC60 18 21 Regular
Mercedes GLK350 18 18 Premium (required)
Land Rover LR2 17 Premium (recommended)
Source: EPA and automaker data

Although final EPA estimates are pending for the turbocharged SRX, Cadillac estimates it will get 15/21 mpg; it comes standard with all-wheel drive. That’s disappointing — made more so because the turbo recommends premium fuel.

Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard, but the brake pedal feels mushy and trucklike, making it difficult to smooth out stops. At 3,500 pounds, maximum towing capacity is down versus the outgoing SRX’s 4,250-pound capacity, but it’s competitive for this class.

Noise, Ride & Handling
Road and wind noise are low, but you’ll hear more adjacent traffic than I’d expect in a luxury crossover. The Lincoln MKX and GLK, to name a couple competitors, are superior in this regard.

With the 20-inch wheels on Performance and Premium trim levels, the SRX rides on the firmer side. All-wheel-drive Performance and Premium trims, including our test car, get a sport-tuned adaptive suspension. It soaks up stretches of uneven pavement well enough, but major disruptions — expansion joints, potholes — make for a lot of noise and movement. The RDX has similar characteristics, and the X3 and EX35 are firmer still. Other competitors, particularly the LR2 and MKX, ride smoother.

The front-wheel-drive SRX adopts softer suspension tuning — albeit with a fixed rather than adaptive setup. The base and Luxury SRX could be cushier still, thanks to their normal suspension tuning and 18-inch wheels with higher-series tires. If ride comfort is paramount, be sure to sample all three setups.

The steering wheel turns with light effort, but its sloppy turn-in precision doesn’t encourage spirited cornering. Body roll, at least, seems contained. No matter the configuration, though, the SRX’s 40.3-foot turning circle will have you making a lot of three- and four-point turns. It’s one of the widest in this group.

Safety & Features
In front-, side- and rear-impact tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the SRX earned the top score of Good. It hasn’t been subjected to IIHS’ roof-crush tests, so it’s not eligible for the organization’s 2010 Top Safety Pick status. Of this group, the XC60 is the only contender to earn that title.

Standard safety features on the SRX include six airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Click here to see the full list.

The base SRX starts at $33,330 and includes vinyl upholstery — or leatherette, as it’s often marketed — plus a Bose CD stereo with an MP3 jack, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power driver’s seat. Move up the chain, and you can get a power passenger seat, a USB/iPod-compatible stereo with surround-sound technology, a navigation system, a panoramic moonroof, a third climate zone for rear passengers, heated rear seats, and heated and ventilated front seats.

Base trims come only with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive runs an extra $2,495 on the Luxury trim and $3,645 on Luxury and Premium trims. The sport-tuned adaptive suspension, included on all-wheel-drive Luxury and Premium models, accounts for the $1,150 difference. On all-wheel-drive Luxury and Premium models, the turbo V-6 adds $3,820.

Load up an all-wheel-drive, turbocharged SRX Premium, and the sticker runs just shy of $55,000.

SRX in the Market
Compared with its competitors, there are few attributes that make the SRX stand out. Its driving experience is unexceptional, in terms of both excitement and refinement. Interior quality is worlds beyond what GM used to send to the plate, but you still won’t revel in the cabin’s luxury or marvel at its utility.

If the box office were full of snoozers, I might recommend — reluctantly — a two-and-a-half-star sequel. But this season, the class is brimming with hits. The SRX will charm its share of shoppers, but I’m not sure Cadillac has the makings of a blockbuster.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

3.0

Very disappointed in Cadillac

Have had various issues. Still several issues that needs repair. I know I bought it used with 70k+ miles but now has 120k. Most problems started around 90k+. Cadillac shouldn’t have these issues at such low miles.

5.0

It's a very good vehicle.

This is a very good vehicle. It had all the amenities that I could have wanted. Leg room was a must couldn't have a better car.

4.1

Air don't deploy

I actually was in love with this car but now that my vehicle was recently totaled the air bags did not deploy. Paramedics and fire fighter stated that I could of died if I didn't have my safety belt on they kept saying that the air bags would of helped me a lot more if they deployed. This is very unacceptable my whole front end is totaled and no air bags came out. The other vehicle had there air bags deploy. Life is too precious please fix our vehicles correctly. My kuds could of been in the vehicle when this happened. I'm going back to Infinity.

See all 76 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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