2010 Cadillac SRX Review – Not exactly your Grand Daddy's Caddy..

Monday February 8th, 2010 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2010 Cadillac SRX

Handling:
Driving the SRX on the freeway was really nice. It drove great. Handled itself well in normal and heavy traffic conditions. The SRX is smooth, smooth, smooth and the worst freeway in this area was totally smoothed out by the SRX’s suspension.

Not a great turning radius, but adequate, given the size and class of vehicle.

Styling:
In a word:  luxurious.

There may be some people who don’t like the Cadillac, or it’s styling, but I thought the SRX was a gorgeous car. The grill might be a bit “much” for some, but this model, with the rich red coloring, the 20-inch wheels, and every panel and crease blended perfectly with the next…  it was just really nice to look at.

Given how gorgeous it is, I’d be loathe to put a dirty mountain bike, kids, a dog, into the interior! My guess is that anything dirty should expect to be hosed down thoroughly before entering.

Cadillac SRX power lift gate Front and rear parking assist

Value:
Ok, it’s a Cadillac. It is supposed to be a luxury vehicle and it’s not cheap. Taking into account the standard features of the car, the all-wheel drive, and the optional equipment, the SRX falls into mid-pack. Not necessarily the price leader in the luxury-class crossover segment, it also comes up short in when looking at performance.  So, given that…  for around $48k (with options), there are 5-passenger luxury crossovers that offer better choices.

5-Passenger Crossover Engine
Max Cargo Volume
2nd Row Rear
Leg Room
Length MPG MSRP
2010 Cadillac SRX AWD
Performance Collection
265 hp 3.0L V6 61.1 ft3 36.3 inches 190.3 inches 17/23 $44,495
2010 Lincoln MKX AWD 265 hp 3.5L V6 68.7 ft3 39.6 inches 186.5 inches 17/23 $40,695
2010 Audi Q5 Quattro Premium 270 hp 3.2L V6 55.1 ft3 37.4 inches 182.2 inches 18/23 $37,350
2010 Acura RDX w/Tech Pkg 240 hp 2.3L I4 60.6 ft3 37.7 inches 182.5 inches 17/22 $37,620
2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD 281 hp 3.0L V6 67.4 ft3 36.4 inches 182.2 inches 16/21 $37,200
2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4Matic 268 hp 3.5L V6 54.7 ft3 35.1 inches 178.2 inches 16/22 $36,600

As for safety, the SRX has standard air bags in all the right places, traction control, stability control, rollover protection, tire-pressure monitoring system, anti-lock breaks, etc. If the 2009 model’s NHTSA ratings are indicative of the 2010 model, then the passenger compartment’s frontal and side impact ratings should be adequate (at 4 and 5 out of 5 respectively). Only the rollover rating for the 2009 model dipped below 4 of 5, at a rating of 3. Again, data from the NHTSA is for the 2009 model.

Who should buy it?
Someone who wants the crossover versatility, without having to give up the luxury-car amenities. Someone who wants the status of a Cadillac, with the functionality of an SUV, but without the truck-like riding conditions.

2010 Cadillac SRX

Conclusion:
If you want a real luxury crossover vehicle, one that will transport all your stuff AND get you there in comfort and style, then definitely take a look at the SRX…

BUILD INTERIOR PERFORMANCE HANDLING STYLING VALUE OVERALL
RATING 4.75 5.0 4.25 4.5 4.75 4.75 4.6/A-

Cadillac SRX Photo Gallery

2010 Cadillac SRX Specs

2010 Cadillac SRX Specs

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