2010 Cadillac SRX Test Drive — Sex in the City 2

I have a 2010 Cadillac SRX 3.0L Premium Crossover from Crest Cadillac in Plano for a weekend test drive review.  You can find all of my Test Drive reports tagged Test Drive.  All articles regarding the SRX can be found in the SRX category.

Saturday night my Wife and I picked up my Brother & Sister In Law and attended Sex in the City 2 at the Gold Class Cinema in Fairview, Texas.  Gold Class Cinema is an upscale approach to dinner and a movie.  We were celebrating my Sister In Law’s birthday, and this made for a very nice evening out.

Gold Class Cinema Images

The Cadillac SRX of course was excellent for picking up another couple and enjoying a more formal evening.  It is easy access in/out, and has very good rear seat space and leg room.

The Premium Model Cadillac SRX includes a backup camera view.  Here is the view out the back of the SRX:

Cadillac SRX rear view

and this is an equivalent view from the backup camera as shown on the navigation display:

Cadillac SRX Backup Camera display

Cadillac SRX Backup Camera display

Note that this is an augmented reality display.  The light orange grid highlights the projected backup path of the SRX based on the current angle of the steering wheel.  So if I proceed to backup right now, that is where the SRX is going.  I had no problem seeing out the back of the SRX, but I love the backup camera aid, the integration of the projected path of the vehicle, the whole approach.  This is a very nice execution.

The 2010 Cadillac SRX Premium includes as standard equipment Adaptive Forward Lighting.  This feature causes the headlights to ‘steer’ along with the turn of the front wheels, lighting your intended path of travel.  This is a very desirable feature, as it makes it quite a bit easier to see at night, and lets you see potential obstacles faster.  This is another small detail feature of the best Cadillacs that is almost a footnote in the ordering guide or the window sticker but makes a real difference in the enjoyment of the vehicle.

Here is a quick video I grabbed of the center dash digital display options / choices:

The test SRX has the 3.0L direct injection V6 engine, making 265 hp in the SRX configuration.  I have enjoyed this engine in the CTS Sport Sedan, and in the CTS Sport Wagon, but I was wondering if it would finally be over-challenged in the heavier SRX.  Frankly, I continue to feel that the 3L is a very nice power plant.   Certainly the 3L SRX is not a race car, but it has plenty of power and gets along quite well.  I have no problem recommending this vehicle to you as tested; I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

My Host for this test drive is Crest Cadillac of Plano, Texas.  They are located at 2701 North Central Expressway, Plano, Texas.  You can contact them by phone Toll-free at 1-866-697-9144 or locally at (972)578-7511, or on Twitter or Facebook .  Please let them know you read about the SRX here on CaddyInfo!

2010 Cadillac SRX Test Drive — The Pickup

I have a 2010 Cadillac SRX 3.0L Premium Crossover from Crest Cadillac in Plano for a weekend test drive review.  This is a 2nd Generation SRX, with the direct injection 3L V6 engine.  It has Cadillac’s Premium features, so this model is fully loaded.  Tony Griggs of Crest had it ready for pickup and went over the vehicle features with me.  Our friend Delivery Specialist Greg Vetrano was busy briefing Buyers on their new Cadillacs!

2010 Cadillac SRX Premium Crossover

This model has as options (in addition to the Premium Model standard features):

  • Crystal Red Tintcoat premium paint $995
  • 20″ chrome Tech Aluminum wheels, which I find MUCH more attractive than the standard wheels $250
  • Entertainment Sytems, Rear Seat Dual-Player DVD with wireless Headphones and Remote. This is an in-dash DVD with rear-seat mounted flip-up 8″ diagonal screens, two 2-channel wireless headphones, auxiliary audio/video jacks, remote game plug-in, and DivX playback capability. $1,295

Here are Cadillac’s images of the wheels side by side; you decide:

Optional Wheels: 20" Chrome Tech Aluminum

Standard Premium Wheels: 20" Premium Painted Cast Aluminum Wheels

Here is a closeup of the wheel on the SRX:

2010 Cadillac SRX Premium Optional Wheels

The level of integration in the driver’s central video screen is impressive.  Here is an image of the navigation system video being repeated for easy review by the driver:

2010 Cadillac SRX Navigation Dash Info

I am charmed to see the MPG analog gauge in the SRX.  These can actually be quite fun, to see how long you can keep the MPG maxed.  Of course the SRX also has a digital instant MPG and average MPG in the trip information, but the gauge is fun.

I will be posting articles about the 2010 Cadillac SRX through the weekend; please stay tuned!

My Host for this test drive is Crest Cadillac of Plano, Texas.  They are located at 2701 North Central Expressway, Plano, Texas.  You can contact them by phone Toll-free at 1-866-697-9144 or locally at (972)578-7511, or on Twitter or Facebook .  Please let them know you read about the SRX here on CaddyInfo!

2010 Cadillac SRX: the Face of Cadillac

The new Cadillac SRX is currently the best selling model for Cadillac.  I have one coming for a weekend test drive and am excited to get some seat time.  Here are the  highlights of the SRX as enumerated by Cadillac:

  • All-new design targeting the heart of the luxury crossover segment
  • Front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive with electronic limited slip differential
  • Choice of new, efficient direct injected 3.0L V-6 or optional 2.8L turbocharged V-6 engines
  • All-new chassis developed for strong driving dynamics, featuring real-time damping system
  • Comprehensive roster of connectivity, infotainment and safety technology – including Bluetooth capability and a pop-up navigation system
  • Smartly designed interior offers multiple storage options and a unique rear cargo management system

The SRX is what I think of as a mid-size SUV.  Cadillac describes it as a midsize crossover.  A crossover generally is a vehicle whose construction is unibody like a CTS, as opposed to traditional body on frame like an Escalade, but which offers the utility of an SUV.  The goal is to have the lower weight and higher efficiency while offering the utility of a SUV.  The SRX weighs more than the CTS Sport Wagon, but less than an Escalade.  This model is the 2nd generation SRX.

The SRX offers a great deal of Cadillac for a reasonable price.  It starts at $33,830, and can be optioned up all the way to $55,430 or higher.

The 3L V6 SRX is available in 4 configurations:  Standard $33,830, Luxury $37,410, Performance $41,850, or Premium $44,395.  Luxury, Performance, and Premium can also be selected in All wheel drive instead of front wheel drive.   The Turbo SRX is available only in All wheel drive, and only in Performance $49,315 or Premium for $51,860.

The new direct injected 3L engine produces 265 hp in SRX tune.  It has been criticized in the press, but I have found it enjoyable in the CTS Sedan and CTS Sport Wagon.  Because of the greater weight of the SRX it may be more challenged in this application.  It is paired with the GM Hydra-Matic 6T70 automatic. The Turbo engine puts out more peak horsepower, at 300 hp, and also will have more low-end torque.  It is paired with an Aisin AF40 6 speed automatic transmission previously used on the Cadillac BLS Diesel model.

Perhaps one key to the successful sales of the Cadillac SRX is that every configuration looks well equipped.  The Standard 3L model arrives at a very reasonable price comes with stability control, a Bose sound system, dual zone climate control, and push button start.   The steps up to or through Luxury, Performance, and Premium add incremental features.

Please stay tuned Saturday for a detailed hands-on review of the Cadillac SRX.