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Will the 2010 Cadillac SRX Succeed Where the Last One Failed So Epically?

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2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo

The first generation Cadillac SRX had all the visual presence of a Ford Country Squire Station Wagon from the 1970s mixed with an interior seemingly constructed from a pile of leftover, ill-fitting plastic legos. The dashboard of the first generation SRX was such a mish-mash of styles that it clashed more violently than the attendees of an Israeli-Palestinian potluck picnic. Despite some solid engine choices the SRX sold poorly.

Fast forward to today and it seems that Cadillac has lately been studying up on the Lexus playbook (not taking into account the utter folly of the CTS wagon), The new SRX crossover is so obviously inspired by the lines of the Lexus RX as to border on plagiarism. But Cadillac should at least be applauded for at least copying the styling of a vehicle from this decade.

With prices starting at $33,330 Cadillac is also targeting the sweet end of the hot selling luxury posh-ute segment. Granted, this base price is for the model with the somewhat lethargic 265 horsepower direct injection V6 if you really want some get up and go in your SRX you have to pony up for the turbocharged 2.8 liter V6 good for 300 horsepower. As such the SRX maxes out at $50,270 fully loaded way too expensive for a vehicle of this size from a manufacturer currently majority owned by our own Federal Government.

While the SRX can be optioned up with most any toy a luxury-ute owner could desire like navigation, heated/cooled seats, and sapele wood trim (?) one has to question the benefit of the pet guard package which amounts to a $500 net that hangs between the cargo and rear seat area. So what, this net is supposed to catch your dog when you slam on the brakes? How long did it take GM to engineer that far out concept? Come on Cadillac, you can do better.

To be honest, the you can do better mantra pretty much permeates the whole SRX concept. While it is an attractive looking vehicle the engineering seems both lazy and half-baked. Add in pricing that puts it in competition with better offerings from Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti and Acura and you have what amounts to a big problem for Cadillac. But all is not lost - at least it no longer looks like a Ford station wagon from three decades ago.

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  1. I have to guess the writer of this story, must be a foreign car owner. Apparently has not actually driven the SRX for any lenght of time, and forgot about all the awards the previous Cadillac SRX aquired.
    So just for fun dear opinionated one, how about you take the Lexus, put it along side the redesigned Cadillac SRX, and tell me what exactly you see that is so much different between the two. Oh, and lets talk pricing, full load with every option is around $48K. Certainly not $52K, unless you bought into some dealers second sticker.
    There seems to be a lot of grief about GM and their bankruptcy, but isn't amazing how GM helped employee soo many people over the last 100 years.
    The new 3.0 v-6 in the Cadillac SRX is geared for let see how to say this.....GAS MILEAGE, not for you to take it to the local race track. Oh and wait, the SRX also learns from the driver, so if you drive like Grandma, then a Grandma acceleration you have. Get your facts straight, and by the way, you left your lights on in your family owned Kia.
     
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  2. It is looking really cool but not sure about its performance. Its pretty clear that they have learn from the previous version and sorted out the mistakes.
     
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  3. I am the recent buyer of the SRX 2010 model and agree that he could not have driven it to make thise comments. Its stylish, roomy, handles well, quiet, lots of storage. This is my first forray into something other than a conventional car (from a 2001 BMW, then a Cadillac 2008 CTS) and I'm hooked.
     
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  4. So this car sounds really good! This summer, I will finally have confidence in recommending a Domestic Luxury Crossover. It looks very tough, really. Ohh.. If I have enough cash....
     
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  5. cadillac has played fairly well in the luxematic industry and i dont doubt, future car releases will do good in the automotive industry.
     
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  6. I agree, i grew up wishing to have a Cadillac someday, and im not the only one. a lot of people out there have cadillacs as their dream cars. I know cadillac will do good with its new releases.
     
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  7. There is always room for improvement.
     
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