Radically redesigned for the 2010 model year, the new SRX is more crossover than SUV, with a front-wheel-drive platform, independent suspension, and a V-6 power plant.
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The Cadillac CTS leads the company's efforts to modernize itself, and the SRX takes many cues from that car, including the bold, angular styling.
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The standard power train in the SRX is this direct injection 3-liter V-6, making 265 horsepower. A higher performance turbocharged 2.8-liter engine is also available, with output of 300 horsepower.
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With its small SUV design, the SRX fits five passengers and ample cargo.
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Although the ride in the SRX is comfortable, the suspension doesn't use any active damping. The SRX can be had in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive formats.
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The cargo space is pretty typical for a car of this type. The rear seats also fold down for a longer bed.
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Cadillac calls this large sunroof the Ultra-view. It has a fixed pane in back and a movable pane up front.
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The cabin is nicely put together in the SRX, reflecting Cadillac's luxury image.
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The SRX feels somewhat nimble, although it is an SUV, with a high riding position that is affected by body roll.
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The instrument cluster looks very good in the SRX. We particularly like the round display in the speedometer, which shows a variety of information.
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The six-speed automatic has a very aggressive sport setting, and can almost be shifted manually.
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The center stack has a motorized LCD that can stow away when not needed for navigation.
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We really like the resolution of the maps with this navigation system. Certain landmarks are also shown in 3D.
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The traffic reporting feature is excellent and will warn about traffic jams on the road ahead even when there is no destination in the system.
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A Bose audio system with 10 speakers does a very good job of musical reproduction.
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The Bluetooth phone system in the SRX is very limited, merely offering the option to make calls by number, as opposed to other systems that integrate with a phone's contact list.
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Our car came with a rear entertainment package, with DVD monitors cleverly hinged below the headrests.
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The backup camera shows trajectory lines and will flash an icon to warn of an object behind the car.
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