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2010 Cadillac SRX Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Cadillac SRX was new.


Performance: 8.0

Unlike its previous iterations, the 2010 Cadillac SRX shines for its especially smooth and powerful performance. It boasts a more car-like ride and better fuel economy than before. Test drivers like the fun driving experience, even going so far as to say it's good enough to compete with the Lexus RX 350.

  • "Our initial conclusion is that the SRX has the ride isolation necessary to woo RX350 fans combined with the athletic handling required to run with the more agile European crossovers." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Even on 20-inch wheels and tires, the FE3 upgrade manages to feel comfortable over those abundantly bad Michigan roads, while upping the cornering power, turn-in response and damping. Cadillac has matched the comfort and quietness of the Lexus without dishing in any of the RX's numbing isolation." -- Motor Trend
  • "On the sunny side, once up to speed, the Cadillac steers smoothly and handles competently, especially in Sport mode. Its Haldex all-wheel-drive system, borrowed from Saab, is solid." -- New York Times
  • "Even on its standard 20-inch wheels, the SRX 2.8T feels composed and compliant. Body motions and roll are kept in check, and the SRX feels more Germanic, precise, and stable than the Lexus RX." -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

The 2010 Cadillac SRX offers two engines -- a base 3.0-liter V6 that makes 265 horsepower and an optional 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 that makes 300 horsepower. Since both are now direct-injection engines, fuel economy and power have increased from the 2009 model. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Some reviewers say the base engine can be sluggish because of its low torque output. They recommend the turbocharged V6. However, that engine is available for AWD Performance and Premium trims only -- which means it adds a whopping $15,000 to the SRX’s base price. Make sure you really need that extra power before spending the money.

According to the EPA, the front-wheel-drive base model achieves 18/25 mpg city/highway, while the all-wheel-drive model achieves 17/23 mpg. The EPA does not have ratings for the turbocharged engine, but Cadillac estimates it will also be rated at 17/23 mpg. The SRX’s base rating is one of the best in its class. But if you want better fuel economy, consider a midsize SUV like the Lexus RX Hybrid. It has a best-in-class 32/28 mpg rating. However, it costs $9,000 more than the SRX, so even the fuel savings may not save you money in the long run.

  • "The only place the new engine suffers is in torque output. With 223 pound-feet of torque generated at 5,100 rpm, the 3.0-liter isn't weak and it has six gears to help keep it in its relatively high power band. But it requires a couple of downshifts to make decent time in passing maneuvers. Maybe we're spoiled, but we want more kick." -- Edmunds
  • "The six-speed automatic whips though the gears efficiently, but we noticed a little lag during acceleration." -- AutoWeek
  • “Don't let its 265-horsepower rating fool you: The base V-6 left me wanting. Displacing 3.0 liters, it's in the same direct-injection family as the 3.6-liter V-6 that adeptly moves several GM products, from the Cadillac CTS to the Chevy Camaro. Here, like in other GM cars that use it, the 3.0-liter lacks the power to propel you with much authority.” -- Cars.com
  • "The new V6 offers sufficient power to move the 4,360-pound all-wheel drive SRX without ever feeling strained, even with three adult males on board." -- Autoblog
  • "If a car could break a sweat, you'd need to mop the Caddy's brow every time you trudge up a hill or struggle from a stoplight. The SRX takes a lazy 8.5 seconds to reach 60 m.p.h., according to Car and Driver magazine. That's last in the class by a good margin, about 2 seconds slower than the Audi Q5 or the Acura RDX. … The many athletes in the segment will make the Caddy their caboose." -- New York Times
  • “But the base engine stays busy under the SRX's hood. Mostly, it comes down to its paltry 223 lb-ft of torque that are delivered at a high 5100 rpm. Just getting the engine to rev to its torque peak is a long and laborious process. The turbo engine builds revs quicker, and its 295 lb-ft of torque hustle the SRX with greater enthusiasm without having to resort to revving the engine to its redline." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

Test drivers have nothing but compliments for the redesigned SRX's ride and handling. While reviewers previously complained about slow steering, they now say it's incredibly precise.

All-wheel-drive Performance and Premium models come with a sport suspension system with real-time damping. While it makes the SRX even more fun to drive, it’s not the most comfortable setup when the pavement gets rough.

  • "The steering offers more feedback than most crossovers yet is still nimble. We took more than a couple turns a bit aggressively; the SRX had no problems." -- AutoWeek
  • "Even with the base suspension setup, the SRX offers an excellent balance of ride and handling. The standard dampers keep body motions in check over broken and uneven pavement. Rough surfaces mid-corner did nothing to unsettle the SRX, with predicable body transitions that allowed the CUV to stay planted through the bends." -- Autoblog
  • "Put the SRX into split quality surfaces and the ride barely changes. Dump it into potholes and run it through deep slush and it soaks up those imperfections while feeling as solid as a German luxury wagon. You can drive though the nastiest heaves one minute and barely jostle your passengers. Then toss it into a hard corner the next minute, and it doesn't pitch and yaw. It's bewilderingly solid." -- Jalopnik
  • "Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard, but the brake pedal feels mushy and trucklike, making it difficult to smooth out stops." -- Cars.com

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