2012 Cadillac SRX AWD SUV Review

Posted: Oct 13 2011, 1:12pm CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews


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Over the last few weeks, I have been testing out the first round of GM vehicles they have sent my way. The first of them was the 2012 Cadillac SRX AWD Luxury Crossover SUV. The car has a very unique style on the outside and it looks nice. It's a style that people in my experience love or hate. I thought it looked really nice.

My review vehicle was the loaded AWD premium version of the car and carried a sticker price of $51,055 up from a base price of $48,785. The SRX had dual LCD screens in the back of the seats for movies and when stopped and in park the navigation screen in the front of the car would play the movies too. The car also had a massive glass roof with a front section over the driver and passenger that would retract.

Inside the car was all black with plastic wood grain trim. The interior was very nice, but rather plain for the money. The materials were a step up from many other cars I have tested and were on par with the Lexus I drove in the past. The dash was a soft touch rubber material as was the console door and the part you rest your elbow on near the door.

The navigation screen is a pop up unit that retracts when you turn the car off. I would rather see the GPS screen integrated into the dash like most cars, that extra bit of mechanization seems pointless, but it was cool. The major gripe I had about the interior of the SRX was the seats. All of the seats front and back were surprisingly hard. Even my daughter said something about the seats hurting her rear. I expected the seats to be very plush and comfortable in this price range.

On the road, the SRX has good power from its 3.6L V6 engine. The AWD system put the power to the road without issue and provided for impressive performance given the size of the SUV. The suspension was plush and did a good job absorbing bumps and potholes as you drive. I was surprised that the car had road noise on par with other cars and SUVs that I have driven. Since this was my first Cadillac, I might have been expecting too much.

The road noise wasn’t overbearing and was no worse than anything else I have driven or ridden in. Over all the 2012 Cadillac SRX AWD SUV is a very nice and capable car with plenty of room for five adults and a hatch full of gear. My kids loved the twin TVs in the headrest, which had nice resolution and wanted to go everywhere in the car while we had it. I averaged about 18 mpg in the car with mixed city driving thanks in part to my heavy right foot. This is a nice premium SUV with seats that are the only major gripe for me.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Tech and Car expert Shane McGlaun (Google) reports about what's new in these two sectors. His extensive experience in testing cars, computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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