The attractive, well-built and well-equipped 2011 Cadillac SRX follows on the heels of last year's model which was the #1 selling compact luxury crossover SUV. Its popularity will likely continue as the 2011 version is essentially the same vehicle, noted for its sleek and modern Cadillac design, capable handling, refined interior and long list of available features.
Perhaps its top attribute, however, is one of the most well-equipped, attractive and nicely detailed interiors in the segment, including several features, such as ventilated front seats, that are not offered by competitors. On the downside, rear headroom is on the tight side due to the panoramic sunroof found in most models. In addition, the turbo engine is only available on loaded models.
Trims, Standard Features And Options:
The 2011 Cadillac SRX is available in six trims: Base, Luxury, Performance, Premium, Turbo Performance and Turbo Premium.
Standrad features on the base SRX include full power accessories, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, an 8-way power driver seat, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, automatic headlights, roof rails, OnStar and an 8-speaker Bose audio system with a CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.
The SRX Luxury then adds adds a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver memory settings, an 8-way power passenger seat, keyless entry/ignition, front and rear parking sensors, remote engine start, a power tailgate, power-folding and driver-side-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, power-adjustable pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a cargo management system, wood trim and interior accent lighting.
Moving up to the SRX Performance adds adaptive suspension dampers, 20-inch wheels, voice-activated navigation, foglamps, adaptive xenon headlights and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system with digital music storage and an iPod/USB interface.
The surround-sound and navigation systems are offered together in an optional package for the Luxury trim, while the top-of-the-line SRX Premium adds heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, rear seat audio controls and tri-zone climate control.
The Turbo versions of the SRX Performance and Premium models only differ by their turbocharged engine. And a rear DVD entertainment system with dual seat-mounted screens is available for all models except the base.
Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:
The standard engine on the 2011 SRX is a 3.0-liter V6 that outputs 265 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission (the only one available). Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is available on all models save the base SRX. Fuel economy is respectable for the class, with an EPA-estimate of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg on the highway with front-wheel-drive, and 17 city and 23 highway with all-wheel drive.
Under the hood of the Turbo models is a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 that produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired only with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA-estimated gas mileage for the Turbo is 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
Standard safety features for all 2011 Cadillac SRX models include traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes (ABS), OnStar, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.
Government crash tests for the 2011 SRX had not yet been completed at the time of this writing.
The SRX's cabin is certainly one of the best in its class. Based on that of its notable CTS sedan sibling, the SRX's interior is classy and refined, while being solidly constructed with high-end materials. Those opting for the optional navigation system will likely be pleased with how the large touchscreen rises out of the dashboard while featuring smart controls and menus for the wide range of infotainment functions. It's widely considered as one of the best integration systems available.
The seating is comfortable and supportive both front and rear. However, the panoramic sunroof (standard on all models but the base) impedes headroom for taller passengers in the rear. On the other hand, the cargo area was cleverly designed to enhance its usefulness and convenience via a power tailgate (not standard on the base SRX) with two-position height settings for avoiding low garage ceilings as well as a U-ring track in the floor where a fence can be used to better protect fragile cargo. Overall, the maximum cargo capacity is 61 cubic feet, with 30 cubes available behind the rear seats.
The 2011 Cadillac SRX displays solid and confident road manners. While not designed to be a performance-oriented vehicle, its steering responsiveness is surprisingly sharp and its overall handling is better than one would expect from a fairly heavy SUV. And as a luxury vehicle, it provides a comfortable and quiet ride when cruising down the highway. While acceleration is competent with the 3.0-liter V6 (it's believed to be a downsized version of the CTS's strong 3.6-liter engine), the 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 provides a significant power boost.
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2011 Cadillac SRX:
Base, FWD: list price: $33,830, invoice price: $31,969
Luxury, FWD: list price: $38,260, invoice price: $36,156
Luxury, AWD: list price: $40,755, invoice price: $38,513
Performance, FWD: list price: $42,450, invoice price: $40,115
Performance, AWD: list price: $46,095, invoice price: $43,560
Premium, FWD: list price: $44,895, invoice price: $42,426
Premium, AWD: list price: $48,540, invoice price: $46,870
Turbo Performance, AWD: list price: $49,915, invoice price: $47,170
Turbo Premium, AWD: list price: $52,360, invoice price: $49,480