More power, more features, and increased safety for 2012 make the Cadillac SRX well worth a look if you’re in the market for a mid-size luxury crossover. It also doesn’t hurt that the SRX is a reasonably handsome vehicle and very comfortable inside.
The big news for 2012 is the addition of a new 3.6-liter V-6 replacing the turbocharged 2.8-liter and naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter V-6 engines offered in prior model years. Codenamed LFX, the 3.6-liter unit delivers 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque and its application in the SRX makes the vehicle more confident and refined with it.
The engine features direct injection technology and continuously variable valve timing, and it’s fully E85 flex-fuel capable. It’s mostly made of aluminum to save weight, though some parts, such as the intake manifold, are made from even lighter composite materials.
A six-speed automatic is still offered, though it now comes with a driver-selectable “Eco” feature that alters the shift points to enhance fuel efficiency. The EPA rates the 2012 SRX at 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with rivals but note that this is for the more efficient front-wheel drive model. Opt for all-wheel drive and you’ll see each of those numbers worsen by 1 mpg.
We don’t find the SRX particularly interesting to drive, so if you enjoy the occasional spirited drive then you may be left wanting more. The vehicle comes with MacPherson suspension struts up front and an independent “H-arm” design in the rear. Hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering is standard. For those interesting in towing, a trailering package is available on the Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections and increases the towing capacity to 3,500 pounds.
We strongly recommend opting for the Performance and Premium Collections as they add electronically controlled dampers at each corner. These read the road constantly and make real-time adjustments to the stiffness of the suspension within milliseconds.
While it may not be all that fun to drive, the SRX somewhat makes up for this with its assortment of luxury comforts and a distinct cabin ambiance. We liked the hand-cut-and-sewn trim, ambient lighting, nice driving position, roomy second-row, and huge moonroof.
The SRX is also one of the safest vehicles on the market, having earned top scores in crash tests for both the NHTSA and IIHS. In addition to the usual roster of safety features, OnStar roadside and emergency assistance services are included in all SRX models, as well as stability control and anti-lock brakes.
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