2011 Cadillac SRX

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Cadillac SRX. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2011 Cadillac SRX

  • Choice of two V-6 engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard rearview camera (except base model)
  • Free maintenance for 4 years/50,000 miles

2011 Cadillac SRX Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The SRX is a midsize five-seat crossover built on a front-wheel-drive platform. All-wheel drive is optional. The SRX competes with the Acura MDX, Lexus RX and Lincoln MKX.

New for 2011
The biggest change for the SRX is that it comes with free scheduled maintenance for four years or 50,000 miles, the length of the basic warranty. A rearview camera is now standard on all models except the base model, and keyless, passive entry and remote starting are standard on Performance and Luxury versions.

Exterior
The SRX bears a resemblance to the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. The roofline slopes downward as the belt line rises, resulting in side windows that narrow to a squint by the time they end at the rearmost pillars. Cadillac has long used vertical taillights as an homage to the tail-finned designs of the 1950s, but the SRX's taillight lenses rise in a peak to form little three-dimensional tailfins. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Available 20-inch wheels
  • Standard heated power mirrors
  • Available power liftgate

Interior
The interior is as big a jump from the previous generation as was the current CTS' interior. The five-passenger SRX's design now emulates the sedan's, complete with an optional navigation touch-screen that rises from the dashboard. The materials are much improved, and the gauge lighting is top-notch.

The backseat accommodates three passengers and has 60/40-split folding backrests that extend the cargo area forward. In...

Vehicle Overview

The SRX is a midsize five-seat crossover built on a front-wheel-drive platform. All-wheel drive is optional. The SRX competes with the Acura MDX, Lexus RX and Lincoln MKX.

New for 2011
The biggest change for the SRX is that it comes with free scheduled maintenance for four years or 50,000 miles, the length of the basic warranty. A rearview camera is now standard on all models except the base model, and keyless, passive entry and remote starting are standard on Performance and Luxury versions.

Exterior
The SRX bears a resemblance to the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. The roofline slopes downward as the belt line rises, resulting in side windows that narrow to a squint by the time they end at the rearmost pillars. Cadillac has long used vertical taillights as an homage to the tail-finned designs of the 1950s, but the SRX's taillight lenses rise in a peak to form little three-dimensional tailfins. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Available 20-inch wheels
  • Standard heated power mirrors
  • Available power liftgate

Interior
The interior is as big a jump from the previous generation as was the current CTS' interior. The five-passenger SRX's design now emulates the sedan's, complete with an optional navigation touch-screen that rises from the dashboard. The materials are much improved, and the gauge lighting is top-notch.

The backseat accommodates three passengers and has 60/40-split folding backrests that extend the cargo area forward. Interior features include:

  • Standard hands-free Bluetooth phone operation
  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Optional hard-disk music storage
  • Optional dual-screen backseat video system

Under the Hood
The SRX offers two engines: The base V-6 is a 260-horsepower 3.0-liter, and the optional upgrade is a smaller but turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 good for 300 hp. Both are direct-injection designs, a relatively new development in gasoline engines that improves power, efficiency or both. The SRX now includes an "eco mode" that, when activated, helps maximize mileage. The base engine runs on regular gas, while the turbo version prefers premium. Mechanical features include:

  • 260-hp, 3.0-liter V-6
  • 300 hp, turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive


Safety
The SRX has front airbags and side-impact airbags for the front seats and curtain airbags that cover all the side windows. Other safety features include:

  • Antilock disc brakes
  • Stability control system
  • Voice-activated OnStar with automatic crash notification (subscription required after one year)
  • Available adaptive headlights that swivel in direction of turn

 



Latest 2011 SRX Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(2.0)

Worst car!

by Watchman from Adams, TN on July 16, 2018

I bought my 2011 SRX used with 80,000 miles on it. I was so happy and it is such a comfortable luxury car. It was fine for a few months. We had a severe storm with heavy rain, so the next day the car ... Read full review

(5.0)

First Car in my life, I treat "him" like my family

by First Car In My Life on July 9, 2018

This is my first Car and I bought it by myself. And I have to sell it because I gonna go oversea for long time and I personally have no idea how long it gonna be. So, I have to find another person to ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Cadillac SRX currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Cadillac SRX Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Cadillac

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, 24-hour consumer relations center hot line, Free OnStar service for six months and Vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    Every certified Pre-Owned Cadillac comes with a 6 year or 100,000 mile Certified limited warranty coverage
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker