Cadillac's SRX is an SUV-styled crossover, built on the CTS platform. The car underwent a radical transformation for its second generation, 2010 model.
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Cadillac design language is evident around the car, with angular lines on fenders and grille.
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Cadillac offers the 2010 SRX with two engine choices, a direct injection 3-liter V-6 making 265 horsepower, or this turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 making 300 horsepower. The former engine gets about 1 mpg better fuel economy.
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Offering the same capacity as a traditional SUV, the SRX seats five, and includes room for luggage.
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The SRX uses a conventional suspension, although ant-sway bars give it a sporting character.
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The cargo area is deep, providing plenty of room for luggage.
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A smuggler's compartment sits under the floorboards of the cargo area.
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The SRX's sunroof lets in light for all seats, although only the front half opens up.
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The SRX's cabin shows Cadillac luxury, with leather, wood, and soft plastics.
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The SRX drives easily, with well-tuned steering providing responsive turning.
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Clear elements above the speedometer flash green with the turn signals and emergency flashers. A display in the speedometer shows trip, audio, and navigation information.
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A six-speed automatic is the only transmission choice for the SRX. It has manual and sport modes, the latter being suitably aggressive in downshifting.
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An Eco button on the console runs the engine at lower speeds. We didn't notice much difference between normal and Eco modes.
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The controls below the clock let you choose menu items on the cabin tech interface, but the LCD is also a touch screen, which is useful for alphanumeric inputs.
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We particularly like that the navigation system proactively warns about bad traffic on the road ahead.
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The onscreen keyboard is easy to use with the touch screen, and has a pleasing aesthetic.
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iPod integration comes as part of the stereo system.
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The Bose 5.1 surround sound system produces solid audio.
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The car's Bluetooth phone system is very basic, not providing any phone book functions.
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Our car came with the rear seat entertainment system, putting LCDs on the backs of the front seats.
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