2012 Cadillac SRX vs. Its Competition

2012 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-door Performance Collection Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The original Cadillac SRX followed the likes of the BMW X5 and Range Rover Sport, but with the current SRX, introduced for 2010, Cadillac took aim directly at the best-selling Lexus RX 350.

Compared to the SRX, the styling of the Lexus is restrained—some would call it dull.

Other new entries include the Volvo XC60, that is slightly smaller than the SRX, but offers additional safety features such as the City Safety system, which might help avoid accidents in low-speed city driving.

The Audi Q5 is another stylish rival, but it’s also smaller than the SRX, especially in back.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLK provides some off-road capabilities and has an excellent combination of on-road ride and rugged trail capability.

The BMW X5 remains a rival, and while it's more satisfying and nuanced behind the wheel, the SRX is arguably a bit better in cabin appointments.

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With a smooth new engine and a rich, uniquely American interior, the 2012 Cadillac SRX appeals to those who want a lot of luxury and flair but don't require driving excitement.
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The 2012 Audi Q5 is one of the
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It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve.
8.0
A safe luxury-crossover choice for many good reasons, the 2012 Lexus RX 350 offers a serene driving experience and lots of cool tech features.
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Rugged looks and lower gas mileage put the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in an SUV state of mind, but its ride and handling are more carlike than you'd think.
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The 2012 Volvo XC60 is an attractive, well-designed family luxury vehicle, with a class-leading roster of innovative safety and tech features.
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Gas Mileage     
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Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6
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Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll wheel driveAll-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
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Transmission     
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