A new engine helped the 2012 Cadillac SRX earn one of the best Total Car Scores in the competitive entry luxury SUV and crossover segment.
Reviewers were unanimous in their views that the new 3.6-liter V6 under the SRX’s hood is a marked improvement over the two smaller engines it replaces. Its handsome styling inside and out also drew praise. A standard suspension that delivers a smooth ride and confident handling is another plus.
The SRX’s negatives include a rear seat that’s a little short on headroom and limited rear visibility. The value proposition is another issue, as the sticker price climbs quickly when you opt for upper trim levels that bring some of the more desirable standard features, including leather upholstery and a power liftgate.
Launched just two years ago, this second-generation SRX should see a mid-cycle refresh next year. Changes for 2012 include that larger V6 engine plus a standard heated steering wheel and Bluetooth for all but the base model. A retuned suspension and additional sound insulation round out the upgrades.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX is a five-passenger luxury crossover that’s offered in four trim levels, including Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium.
All SRX models are powered by a new 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with sport and manual-shift modes and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is available as an option.
Standard features on the entry-level SRX include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, OnStar telematics, 18-inch alloy wheels and an eight-speaker Bose stereo. The Luxury trim level adds a panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, review camera, keyless entry/starting and leather upholstery. Springing for the Performance variant gets you a sport-tuned active suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, a touch-screen navigation system, 20-inch alloy wheels and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system. The top-of-the-line Premium adds three-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. Options include a navigation system and rear seat video entertainment system.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX returns EPA fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined for front-wheel drive models, and 16/23/18 for all-wheel drive versions.
When equipped with the tow package, the 2012 Cadillac SRX can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
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