By Cars.com EditorsDecember 8, 2011
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Cars.com's Bill Jackson takes a look at the 2012 Cadillac SRX. It competes with the Acura MDX and Audi Q5.
<v Narrator>cars.com Auto Review. Hi, I'm Bill Jackson with cars.com, and this is a 2012 Cadillac SRX. It's a solid but not spectacular entry in the luxury crossover field. The SRX was redesigned in 2010, and it got slightly more rounded.
But as you can still see, it's still very angular. And it's interesting because Cadillac first went to this look with the CTS sedan, this sort of chiseled appearance. But I've always thought the SRX was the best example of this sort of angular design, and I really think the exterior is its best attribute. The interior of the SRX is more of a mixed bag. Some things I really like, like the gauges and this clock and the overall quality of the materials, where I think it starts to fall apart is with the center stack. It's not very easy to use and I don't think it really matches the rest of the interior. (clicks tongue) Driving the SRX also has its highs and lows. The good part is the steering. It's very direct and it's very connected. It's not, over boosted like some luxury cars are, but it doesn't make you work too hard. It's kind of the same story with the ride. It feels very composed. You have a lot of confidence going down highway, on-ramps and that kind of thing, but at the same time, it doesn't beat you to death over uneven pavement. For 2012, all SRX models get one engine. It's a 308 horsepower, 3.6 liter V6. I found it made good power and was fine in the city and on the highway. The transmission isn't the strongest, there is a bit more hesitation than I normally like. And the bigger issue that many of us notice was some harsh shifts, especially in reverse. Finally, the brakes aren't confidence inspiring. There's a pronounced dead spot before you get any braking power. And once you do it still feels kind of mushy. The SRX seats five people. I found the second row room to be a bit cramped. This actually isn't where I would have the seat if I were sitting in it, it would be back a little bit. So the leg room's a little cramp. Also the headroom is tight. It is worth noting though, our test model came with this optional panoramic sunroof. As far as cargo area, though, it is a nice size. It'll easily carry a couple golf bags and a generous number of grocery bags. I go into more detail about the SRX and my review on cars.com. Covering things like its features, its mileage and safety, but overall it's a solid car, but there's no great standout feature that the SRX has. And these days in the luxury market, I don't think it would hurt for the SRX to stand out more than it does. (upbeat music) <v Narrator>For more car related news, go to cars.com. For our blog, KickingTires.net.