All-new for the 2010 model year, the 2011 Cadillac SRX moves forward largely unchanged, though the luxury crossover now known as the SRX bears little resemblance to the tall, narrow, long one that preceded it. With a range of V-6 engines providing good power, available all-wheel drive, and a roomy, well-made interior, MotorAuthority rates the SRX a 7.
Previous SRX models offered a V-8, but with the redesign last year, the SRX went all V-6. Two engine choices are now available: the base 3.0-liter direct-injected V-6 rated at 265 horsepower, and the optional 300-horsepower, turbocharged V-6 good for 300 horsepower. Whichever engine you choose, you'll get a six-speed automatic transmission and the option of Haldex all-wheel drive.
What does the powertrain add up to in the SRX? Not quite thrilling to drive, even for a crossover, the SRX is adequately powered--just--in base form, and comfortably quick with the turbocharged engine. With the Haldex all-wheel drive system, the 2011 SRX is a solid all-weather companion.
The cabin of the SRX belies its seemingly small exterior, with enough room up front even for tall adults, and second-row seating that's adult-sized as well. Quality, but not plush, leather adorns the seating surfaces, which are well-bolstered and supportive. Little road noise penetrates, and the ride is smooth yet crisp, not floaty or disconnected.
In terms of utility, the SRX features a split-folding rear seat, power liftgate, cargo anchoring system, and a fair amount of space for the class.
For entertainment, the SRX doesn't come up short, and it offers a large list of high-tech options as well as standard features across the safety, connectivity, and comfort categories. Hard drive-based audio storage, a dual-scren rear-seat entertainment system, three-zone climate control, swiveling headlights, OnStar, Bluetooth, and much more are available.
Cadillac also introduced a new service this year for its vehicles, including the 2011 SRX, called Premium Care Maintenance, which covers the basics (tire rotations, oil changes, filter replacement, and inspections) for four years or 50,000 miles.
For the full story on the 2011 Cadillac SRX, read the full review at TheCarConnection.