2010 Cadillac SRX
When does the new 2010 SRX hit the showrooms? Have they announced official pricing and financing/lease deals?
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Oh, park that car with the glass sunroof in Arizona or some desert spot and it heats up so much that when you try to open the back the panels on the top have expanded so much that the back trunk hatch cannot be opened without bending the roof panel. That cost $750 to fix.
This car is why GM should go bankrupt. A true piece of crap. It is a Chevrolet with fancy plastic on it. Badly designed, poor mileage, and bad handling. Get a Lexus or a Nissan or some other competing car, this one is really a piece of trash.
Mine had a bad rear end differential, the air conditioning vents are useless because they do not hold their position and you can't aim them at your face in a hot climate (maybe they have changed this in the new models, but for this price it is inexcusable).
The transmission is a slushbox, cannot get out of its own way, and is a total gas waster. Do not believe the EPA estimates, you will get about 17 MPG average - 19 on the freeway if you are lucky, and 12 in town. My 40 year old mercedes and 30 year old buick were better.
Buy this car if you must have an american make and have more money than brains.
As an owner of a 2005 SRX, I've watched the original product launch in model year 2004, get refined for NVH in 2005, and then version 1.5 hit in 2007 when the interior was heavily revamped. The car was often lauded in auto magazines for its styling and handling, even though GM never really made a true sport version of this car (unless you count the 20 inch rim version they sold at the end). Despite the praise, this car was always a case study in flawed execution.
The original product launch was botched when GM incorrectly thought that the V8 Northstar version would be more popular than V6. The result was that dealerships were swamped with $55K V8 cars when 3/4rds of buyers wanted the cheaper V6 versions. The interior was taken straight from the 2003 CTS, which was controversial in that car. In the SRX, it looked truly downmarket compared to Lexus, Mercedes, Acura and everyone else.
The '07 interior upgrade went a long way in fixing the main interior issues but the proverbial damage had been done. While this was the interior the car should have launched with, buyers were looking elsewhere. And of course, the competition wasn't standing still. The competition was putting in even better materials and fit and finish by this time which made the SRX look like "close, but no cigar".
Finally, the original high-wagon design of the car endeared itself to some but turned it off for others. My wife and I personally love the design. It's a proper RWD/AWD car that's not too wide and quite long. This allows for a third row if you need it but in our family, we used it more for hauling stuff. The old SRX could easily fit 8-10 bags of mulch without having to fold down the 2nd row of seats. Trips to Costco were easy as the SRX swallowed most anything you threw at it without intruding on primary cabin space (where our second row holds two kiddie car seats).
So now I'm faced with the new car. How does it stack up? Well for one, the 2010 SRX is a completely different animal. As previously stated in press reports, the true competitive bogey is no longer the BMW X5 and is now the Lexus RX350. This means a FWD/AWD layout and much tidier dimensions. Walking around the car was a very recognizable Cadillac. The front clip apes the same large grill found in the CTS but curves in a many almost reminiscent of steam locomotive cow-catchers. This is not a bad thing as it lends a commanding image for the vehicle and hides the FWD dimensions. The side of the vehicle is where most of the criticism I've seen lies since GM has taken some of the Saturn Vue styling cues. But it's not enough that I consider it a real problem and the vehicle separated itself from the Saturn mostly past the b-pillar. The rear taillights are really cool as they make you forget that Lexus pretty much invented the oft-copied tail of many vehicles in this class. For the most part, I like the current Cadillac styling direction across all post '08 CTS products.
If I had to describe the interior, I'd say that it's appealingly evolutionary. Ever since the '03 CTS, Cadillac has been listening and learning. The '03 CTS's interior was a radical design and they deserved points for trying, but wide expanses of black plastic looked cheap even though it wasn't from a cost standpoint. The next mistake was repeating it with the original SRX even though there was an 18 month window in launch times between the products. But there were good things that came about. Parts of the XLR's dash design (the hand stitched overlaying soft materials) began to show up in other products (the '07 STS, the '07 SRX, the '08 CTS and now the '10 SRX). Likewise, mistakes with the XLR's dash (the cheesy Bvlgari branding, the HVAC cluster straight from a CTS) weren't repeated.
But the whole package seems to be well put together. It also seems that Cadillac has been paying a lot more attention to details that would have been missed in years past. For example, the cupholders in my car are mearly functional. The front ones work but the rear ones in the midseat arm rest seem almost like a cheap afterthought. In the '10 SRX, the front cup holder can be adjusted for both normal sized and super sized drinks. The rear cupholder is not only substansial but also attractive. The driver's seat now has adjustable thigh support, something that previously was only found on the expensive Recaro seats of the CTS-V. The cargo bay not only has the main underfloor hiding place that's been shown in photos but also a couple of smaller ones. And all of it is wrapped in a level of polish that Cadillac wasn't delivering in the 2007 model year.
If I had to complain, I'd talk about the transition between the center console tunnel and the main dash. On the CTS, this is a smooth transition from one surface to another, but not in the SRX. This was intentional, probably to give the dash more of a 3-dimensional view to the eye. But the unintended effect for my legs is that they tend to hit the transition point making it feel annoying. This is likely going to open happen to people like me given my excessive height. The car is wider than I expected (a good thing for my shoulders) but the room between the front seat and the rear seat is a bit less (not surprising, but the new thin seats make up for some of it).
The biggest loss from the old car is clearly cargo space. Compared to the old car, it's like someone cut the space in half. On my family vacation this past August, we were able to cram everything we needed for the driving trip into the rear. On this car, we'd need a roof carrier. There's still space for going to Costco, but anything really large might require a set folded down, which means the kids stay home. Cadillac has compensated by throwing in an available rail system to hold groceries and the aformentioned storage systems.
I won't get to drive this car probably for another few weeks. By that time, hopefully the dealership will get the CTS wagon in for comparison. That car carries the other half of the original SRX DNA to was bifurcated when the new SRX was designed. If the old SRX had to die, at least Cadillac is giving buyers a choice on what personality you want out of a people mover/cargo carrier. Choice is a very good thing. And as for the SRX, I expect Cadillac to sell a lot more of these cars. And that's good for GM as a whole.
Now that I read the post again, it seems he may have the old SRX. If that's the case, post in the correct forum. This is for the 2010 SRX, a completely and radically different vehicle.
The new model is aimed squarely at the luxury SUV market. They did their homework this time. Most luxury SUV buyers want comfort, style (in and out), and quality, along with luxury goodies. Most are happy with "adequate" performance. They get all of this with the new SRX. The dominant sales leader is the Lexus RX, with the highest market share of any vehicle in any segment. Cadillac aimed to build a better Lexus and steal some of those sales. It looks like they got it right (I got one), but only time will tell.
As for the "serious lack of power", that is true when compared to the old V8 SRX, or to other high performance vehicles. If you compare it to the typical SUV, it's not bad. 0-60 in 8.2 seconds, while a little behind other competitors, is not exactly slow. It also happens to be the same pace as the V6 version of the old SRX.
Fast forward to today. The 2010 SRX gets off the ground with the smaller engine only and the more powerful (but smaller still) turbo engine won't be available for another month or so. I agree, 223 torques is not going to cut it for us men who were used to the midrange of the old SRX. But to the women the car is trying to appeal to that are probably crossshopping the RS350, it's probably going to be adequate again. And there's always the turbo engine if you really want more power.
I'm curious if there are better methods that GM can use to reduce the weight of vehicles like this without driving the costs through the roof. Weight reduction has become a big concern not only with performance vehicles but everyday cars that are equipped with more and more safety features that increase the mass of a vehicle. There has to be a program like this at GM studying the issue. Hybrids and electric vehicles will be even heavier without weight reduction programs.
Don't look for incentives till after the new year or even longer?
Then again February is usually a very bad month for car sales so who knows?
I agree....I ordered a Grey Flannel Performance with the ebony interior and will fly into Chicago and drive it back home...but I think it's totally worth it.
Well I shopped around in the Cleveland area, and this dealership in Chicago got the MSRP down by $1000 more than anyone else. It's supposed to be here by mid NOV and I can't wait! I like the adjustable pedals & lift gate, not so much for the gargage, but I'm petite so every little bit helps! I'm a Lexus baby, my IS 250 lease is up soon, and the RX 350 is ok, but wasn't thrilled about the body style, and I'm definitely NOT a soccer Mom! I will have a Grey Flannel, Performance, with chrome rims, and hopefully the dealership will have the splash guards by then as well! Enjoy your ride, sounds sweet, and I'll post when I get mine!
Oh, sorry to hear! Hopefully it's a fuse or something? Wow, I'd be crushed too! I'm a bit cautious with GM with everything they've been through anyway, but I'm hoping Cadillac is holding it's own. Good luck with yours & hope it's fixed soon!
One more thing...battery dies...the tranny has to relearn your driving pattern, until then it's jumpy. Interesting.
We were messing around with hatch trying to figure out the 3/4 setting.
When I went to start the car it was totally dead.
I notice the car shuts down after 5 minutes to prevent it from dying, but yet still does.
Since I left dealer yesterday I've been fine. But I notice if car is not running & in "Accessory mode".
Battery "Volts" drop from 15 to 13 real fast. Something is up for sure.
Love to know what I will do when I go to a drive-in movie. Car will shut off every 5 mins.
Oh well, everything about this car I love, so I will be very patient & hope the BEST!
My story is similar to one of the earlier ones on here: We took a 24-hour test drive in an Imperial Blue one a couple of weeks ago at the saleman's suggestion. It was a very rainy evening and so we drove around with lights and wipers, etc. all running. We parked the car at the end of the evening and the next morning the battery was totally dead.
Cadillac Roadside Service responded and jump started the car and we took it back to the dealer. The car had been sitting out for a few days with nobody driving it, so we assumed the battery had just gotten weak.
Fast forward to Tuesday of this week when we bought a Carribbean Blue Premium edition. We took it on a trip yesterday and on the way back it was snowing and we had the lights, wipers, etc. going. Guess what? This morning the battery was dead and they replaced it.
I think the batteries they put in these SRX's are maybe not powerful enough given all the electronics, etc. that are on these cars. Or possibly the alternators just aren't up to the task of keeping the batteries charged.
Great ride, no problems yet (but I had very few problems on my 2005 which is what convinced me to get another.
Like the higher seat positioning and am crazy about the front fluorescent lighting pipes (that audi started) and the interior led ambient lighting stripe the runs across the full dashboard and all 4 doors.
I really wanted the rear entertainment system because of the extra sub-woofer, but couldn't wait any more and that's the only thing I wish I had more of is the bass (sounds deeper at lower levels).
Never had 20" wheels before and they kind of make a flop noise when hitting a bump plus they square off if you leave the car sitting in the cold for 24hrs and take about 500 feet to smooth out round again.
I'll keep you posted, with how the beauty does over the next months
For either drive train I'm convinced from experience that the most important way to have traction in snow is to have good snow tires. I owned a RWD car with blizzac snows and passed many 4wd trucks in the ditch. AWD and 4WD is overrated and expensive. You still need to be able to stop.
Has anyone else has problems pumping gas in theirs? Every gas station we go to, it clicks off after 2 seconds, have to turn the gas nozzle upside down to prevent it. Not fun during the winter and we tried different stations. Had service at James Wood in Denton tell us they couldn't reproduce it (convenient) and they refused to go to a gas pump with us to show them either. They told us to find a pump where it works and just use that one!
What awesome Cadillac service we've had so far!!!!! *sarcasm*
Meanwhile, I will take the old SRX over the new one for styling. The new one looks like someone squeezed the car on both ends, leading to a bulging look on the sides and roofline, and a fat looking from. And I'm starting to get tired of the chiseled look.
Give that a try and let us know what happens.
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Geesh! And I was complaining that the 2010 Lexus RX350 has a donut tire instead of a full-sized spare, like I have on my '07 RX350. And believe me, I didn't have my car barely a year when
I had to switch out the spare for one of my tires because of a large nail that got embedded near the sidwall. It saved me quite a bit money-wise at the time.
Oh, boy. I'm starting to think I should just buy my '07 RX when my lease ends! :P
Go to any GM dealer & buy one in fact I got it for $295.00 & still 1000's less then Lexus or others!
Far as speed & HP it's a Crossover/SUV not a damn SPORTS car!
And, by the way, every car that I've purchased in the last 20 years or so has had a spare tire included; so, no, I don't think that's too much to ask!!!