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8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2012 Cadillac SRX Review

Reviewers praised the Cadillac SRX's strong engine and handsome interior, but disliked its poor brake pedal feel and limited rear-seat headroom. 

Pros & Cons

  • Handsome interior
  • Vast cargo area
  • Quiet cabin
  • Poor brake pedal feel
  • Limited rear-seat headroom

New for 2012

  • New standard V6 engine replaced both previous engines
  • Bluetooth became standard

2012 Cadillac SRX Overview

The 2012 Cadillac SRX is powered by a V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Automotive writers reported that the SRX accelerates effortlessly. The transmission shifts smoothly and precisely, they added. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The EPA estimates that the 2012 Cadillac SRX gets up to 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is normal for the class. Automotive writers said the SRX feels composed on twisting roads and has fairly responsive steering. Some reviewers found that engaging the transmission's sport mode makes the SRX's suspension feel firmer and improves handling a bit. The 2012 SRX has a comfortable ride, even with the available 20-inch wheels, others added. Some critics noticed that there is quite a bit of pedal travel before the brakes bite in and others complained that the pedal feels mushy.

Test drivers reported that the 2012 Cadillac SRX has a handsome cabin that is quiet and fitted with first-rate materials. Auto journalists said the SRX's front seats are spacious and comfortable, but some critics noted that the rear seats don't offer a lot in the way of headroom. An eight-speaker Bose stereo system, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control and leatherette upholstery are standard. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats and a rearview camera. Reviewers said the navigation system has intuitive controls and a crisp graphics display. The 2012 Cadillac SRX has 61.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is great for the class, and reviewers liked its two-position power liftgate and customizable cargo management system for hauling cargo of various sizes.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Audi Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive and gets excellent fuel economy for the class. Reviewers praised its crisp handling, sharp steering and peppy acceleration with its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque also gets better fuel economy than the SRX and reviewers were pleased with its crisp steering and agile handling. It comes with a Terrain Response system with selectable drive modes for different types of terrain, and reviewers said the Evoque is an excellent off-roading SUV.

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