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Cadillac SRX

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  • I agree the "fashion" part of the interior, definitely not its functionality in any way, is SRX's biggest short-coming. However, if one gets the Nav system, then that entire HAL-like center stack gets covered in wood, which really improves the interior IMO.

    The interior materials in the vehicle aren't actually cheap. They just somehow conspire to make it look cheap. For instance, what appears to be plastic with that weird grain pattern on the dash and door panels is actually a new synthetic material, that's essentially a fabric. Still, I think something more like the XLR's interior treatment would be a big step in the right direction.

    That said, the leather, wood, switchgear, etc., in SRX is still of better quality than anything else GM has (with the exception of XLR). And it doesn't rattle! Thank god. Our '01 DTS hasn't had a single quality problem, except that after about two years the dash above the gauges started rattling on bumpy roads.

    Nevertheless, I think the functionality and excellent and efficient use of space in the SRX, as well as UltraView, more than makes up for the interior's "fashionability" shortfalls.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    sat in a silver one last night.
    it is actually very attractive.
    not as aggressive looking as I had hoped
    but not feminine looking at all.
    it will look terrific in black.

    When i looked in the backseat i thought
    to myself that it didn't look like there
    was that much legroom.
    When I actually sat in the seat it was great.
    The backseat is high off the floor for theater seating.
    And my knees didn't touch the back fo the front seat. And I am 6'8"!!
    Much more legroom than a Tahoe.
    The SRX i sat in had the the big moonroof and the right side of my head touched the roof.
    A vehicle without the big roof would give me
    more headroom.
    Very nice vehicle.
    They will start getting the V6's in November.
  • adp3adp3 Posts: 446
    OK, so they are finally in showrooms - or at least in one showroom - maybe the buzz will start
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Should have said the right side of my head touched the headliner, not the actual glass roof, which was several inches above me.
  • Just test drove a V8 AWD -really fast and smooth. It has just enough height to look down on traffic, but not feel tippy. Lots of room inside, especially with 2nd and 3rd row folded. Not cheap (51k sticker), but very distinctive in the metalflake charcoal color. I think they've got this one right where they want it. It drove like a 5 series wagon with 8 inches of ground clearance.
  • I've got 500 miles done and this is a really fun car to drive. After spending a week in my friends X5 4.4 and then a week in my new SRX I can say without a doubt, the SRX out handles the X5 in nearly every way. It's smoother, faster, quieter, and more comfortable front and back. The magnetic suspension is amazing. Hit rough RR tracks at 45 and all you feel or hear is a mild reminder that you're driving. Toss it into a turn at 40 and it stays flat! It is too bad that all that technology is hidden...I like more information on the dash than a temp and fuel gage. No trip odometer (or anything else)without punching touch screen...I don't want one piece of info at a time to scroll through...give me all of it to look at. Bottom line for me, this is a great 21st century vehicle with a dash and gage cluster better suited for a Chevy Impala. I do really like this car, but it should have (and could have)been better if I had designed the interior.
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    congrats on being the first to buy a SRX here on town hall!
  • Thanks for the support, my friends still think I'm nuts for buying a new Cadillac, actually I'm leasing it The 36 month residual value is 54% so I'm only buying 46% of the car. They drive BMWs and they still don't believe the SRX will turn out to be a world class car...Time will tell but I think its got more technology quality and style than people think. Does anyone else have one yet???
  • odmanodman Posts: 309
    How does a 36-month, 54% residual compare to other models in the class? Anyone know?
  • screw your friends, you bought an awesome car, be happy.

    craig
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I suspect in a few years many of them will be fed up with the dull BMW and Mercedes SUVs, not to mention all the issues they have had, LOL.

    At 34, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Cadillac CTS or SRX. I've never been one to follow the crowd though.
  • eaton53eaton53 Posts: 356
    The X5 is a sport utility without the utility.... just what purpose does it serve? The sport side of things can be handled much better in a sedan.

    Plus it's had lots of problems.
  • and I would buy a SRX. In fact, I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to do it within the next 6 months!
  • odmanodman Posts: 309
    And believe it or not this has been my dream car since I saw it in Detroit.

    Cadillac is on a roll -- eventually others will jump on the band wagon, but for now enjoy being unique!
  • MY wife and I drove a loaded V8 last weekend. The handling and ride were so tight, reminded me of my test drive in the BMW 528. Seats were very firm. Drives much tighter than my 9-5 Saab wagon, roomier too.

    Ultraview was out of this world. My wife came home and said, "I want one". The problem is it replaces my car! Only disappointment was that the third row only fits people less than 5 foot 2 comfortably. However, that second row fits giants. I had the drivers seat all the way back yet I fit behind it (6'3" all legs).

    V8 was very powerful, but will wait to try a V6 in an effort to not use all the hydrocarbons left on the planet. Also debating AWD vs RWD. While we live in suburban NYC, we don't drive to work and the Saab with traction control has worked admirably in all our snow. ( and yes gets 20mpg at 80mph!) Any thoughts on this?
  • Correction. The Saab gets 28 mpg at 80, 31 at 70 - 75. That would be my only regret at getting the SRX.
  • baron87baron87 Posts: 93
    In the November Car and Driver, the Cadillac SRX placed first and won the comparo which was to find the "porsche of SUVs". This is the first first-place finish for any Cadillac vehicle in a comparo in several decades, as far as I know. Ironically, the Cayenne was beaten by the Caddy in the comparo. Here's the breakdown:

    1. Cadillac SRX V-8.......189 points
    2. Porsche Cayenne........185
    3. Infinit FX45...........184
    4. Volkswagen Touareg.....171

    They said the Cadillac artfully confined the ultimate in sport, interior functionality, utility, etc., etc. And that the reason it came in first is because it did everything well, and had no major flaw in any error that someone would look for. They went on to say that if it were a little cheaper, it would be one of the great automotive runaway sucess stories. Again, they were very impressed at the fact that this type of Cadillac existed, let alone stole the crown from the Porsche, being a recent arrival to the performance engineering scene.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,009
    Obviously they should have looked for the Cadillac of SUVs!

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  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Great to see real good Cadillacs being built again. In my life I have only heard of the old great Caddy's of the past. I now feel like I'm seeing what people may well call the renesance. of Cadillac.

    All good!
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    good job by Cadillac, although it seems they still need to work on the interior plastics bit.
  • odmanodman Posts: 309
    ...of finding a fantastic deal on a 3-year old SRX in 2007! The only way I'll be able to afford one of these is if typically weak Cadillac residuals come into play -- and with a #1 rating in C&D and strong reviews everwhere else, that's looking more and more remote.

    Come on, Consumer Reports, help me out here before JD Power goes and blows it for me !!!
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 314
    Great Job Cadillac! Delighted to see GM actually get it right the first time. With only two real American car companies left, they (the BIG 2) need to excel at everything they produce! This is a ray of hope. Can't wait to see and sit in one at the Charlotte Auto Show this thursday!

    2010 Pilot EXL-RES, 2013 Accord EX

  • The Car and Driver article is remarkable in the fact that the last comparison that I remember Cadillac winning was 10 years ago. One of the major car mags put the 1993 Allante w/Northstar V8 against the aging Mercedes 560SL. The Cadillac won, but the win would be short lived. The Allante was already scheduled for termination since it was 7 years old with no replacement in the wings and the platform it was based on (1986-91 Eldorado/Toronado) was already discontinued. And the 560SL was replaced in 1994 by a far superior car that has only been recently replaced by the current SL.

    Regardless, winning a C/D test is huge since Cadillac historically never done very well with this publication (or any of the others). Hopefully, they won't rest on their laurels and work on the interior upgrades that Bob Lutz promised.
  • I HAVE NOW DRIVEN THE V8 AND V6 SRX. I JUST DROVE THE V6 TODAY AND FOUND IT TO BE AWSOME. FOR ME, THE POWER IS MORE THAN ADEQUITE AND IT HANDLES QUITE NICELY. I LIKE THE DIFFERENCE IN PRICE AS WELL AS THE COUPLE MORE MPG IN THE V6 MODEL. I DROVE THE RWD BUT WOULD BUY THE WAD. I THINK IT LOOKS BETTER IN THE DARKER COLORS. THE VEHICLE IS A BUT LARGER (LONGER) THAN I EXPECTED. I'M NOW CHECKING TO SEE WHETHER THIS VEHICLE IN INCLUDED IN THE "GM BUCKS" PROGRAM. CADILLAC DID A GOOD JOB WITH THIS MODEL.
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  • I have seen the SRX and some of its competitors interior and the fit and finish is equal. The materials may be a step below the others, maybe, but the fitting of these materials is top notch.
  • odmanodman Posts: 309
    Toronto area residents can see the SRX at the BCE Place (King & Bay). They have a Light Platinum with Ebony interior V8 RWD equipped with the Ultra View roof. It's open, so you can see how the front and back fit. I can now understand C&D's earlier complaint about the wide door sills.

    The spokesperson said it would be there all this week, and that they should be in the showrooms at the end of the month. Brochures will be available mid-month.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    I have heard this from several posters.
    It is not a long vehicle.
    195".
    A few inches longer than the CTS. 3" inches longer than a Trailblazer.
    To put it into perspective, the Chevy Camaro was a 193".
    The Olds Intrigue 195". The Chevy Impala 200".
    The SRX is 20" shorter than a full size GM wagon of the 70's and 80's.
    With the same 116" long wheelbase.
    I think the fact that the SRX is not tall makes it appear longer. It is also a fairly narrow vehicle.
  • tcdowdtcdowd Posts: 2
    Anyone have reliable information on when the V-6's will be available? Waiting to buy. Thanks.
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