One car division that has particularly continued to evolve and flourish is Cadillac. While presently transforming its product lineup, the GM luxury brand has simplified its SRX offering.
Out go the barely 2-year-old 3.0- (265 hp) and 2.8-liter (300 hp) V-6 engines in the 2012 premium crossover. Both have been replaced with a sole 3.6-liter V-6 engine cranking out 308 hp at 6800 rpm and 265 pounds-feet of torque at 2400 rpm. Direct injection and continuously variable valve timing ensure fuel savings and efficiency. So does the carried-over six-speed auto transmission, which also can be shifted manually when the eco feature is in use. Best of all, this fresh SRX powertrain doesn't require premium gas.
Seating five in comfort and style, as is the Cadillac tradition, the SRX is available as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive and in four trims: base, luxury, performance and premium. Of course, price can be a factor with the base FWD offered at $36,360 and peaking up to $49,960 for the AWD premium. Many buyers may settle for the FWD luxury version, which comes in at $40,890.
The functional interior displays a handsome and clever instrument package, with navigation and audio systems popping out from the center of the panel. Wood and leather share space on the tilt/telescopic steering wheel, doors and shifter knob to give the ride a rich ambience. Space abounds with a huge storage compartment in under-floor cargo area and bins scattered throughout the cabin.
One would be wrong to think this 4,224-pound SUV is slow off the mark. As soon you put the pedal to the metal, acceleration is quick and smooth. Undeniably, the SRX is a superb blend of performance and sophistication.
Suspension: 4-wheel independent
Steering: rack-and-pinion hydraulic
Wheelbase: 110.5 inches
Length: 190.3 inches
Fuel capacity: 21 gallons
City: 17 mpg
Highway: 24 mpg