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2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo AWD Premium Closes in on Perfection


Cadillac's second rendition of its SRX crossover is new for the 2010 model year, with a smaller footprint and renegotiated interior appointments.  The fact that this vehicle has an appealing exterior is one of the selling points bringing customers over from other manufacturers choices.

The new model is slightly smaller than the SRX it replaces in every dimension.  Where the first iteration used the CTS sport sedan as its chassis base, the 2010 SRX has an underbody family resemblance to the handsome Saturn Vue.  Still its a good-size machine, with 190.3 inches length, 75.2-inches wide and 65.7 inches height.   The wheelbase is 110.5 inches and, in All Wheel Drive guise, the SRX has seven inches of ground clearance.

The exterior of the SRX is all about angled curves and Cadillacs ubiquitous chevron, which is repeated throughout the outside (and interior) of this vehicle.  Familial vertical waterfall headlamps exude strength in bracketing the egg-crate grille with its large Caddy emblem.  There are low-mounted fog lamps and the front fenders have good bulges for that muscular look every crossover needs.

A chrome turn signal indicator cum air vent lies to the rear of the front fenders and an acute body crease spears the side panels, front to rear.  Privacy glass conceals the interior from the B-pillar rearwards.  The roofline of the 2010 Cadillac SRX slopes appreciably but my tall friends had no problems using the rear seats where three people can sit comfortably.

The rear exterior of the 2010 Cadillac SRX has protruding vertical tail lamps, a single band of chrome above the license plate frame and a Cadillac crest.  Below are two large exhaust tips that promise power with their song.  There is a slight winglet at the top of the hatch to shield it from dirt and aid aerodynamics; polished roof rails are silent.

The Cadillac SRX Turbo AWD Premium is the top of the line for this model and needs few options to complete its marketability.  Costing $52,185 out of the gate including destination fees, the SRX AWD Premium is a long distance from the least expensive member of the 2010 SRX family, a base, front-wheel-drive model that starts at $40,230.

There are mechanical differences between Cadillac SRX models to go along with their price tags.  Where the base model (and seven of nine offerings) come with a 3-liter V6, the AWD Premium sports a 2.8-liter turbocharged engine that considerably ups the horsepower from 265 to 300 horsepower at 5500 rpm.  Torque is 295 ft-lb at a stump pulling 2000-rpm, handy for moving the AWD models 4387 pounds of weight.

All the SRX models have shiftable six-speed automatic transmissions, which in the AWD Turbo Premium model allows easy cruising: at 75 mph, the engine turns 2250 rpm; at 80, youre up to a loafing 2400-rpm on a vehicle with a 6250-rpm redline.  The speedometer goes to 160 mph and, most likely, the SRX can attain close to that number if allowed to romp.

Independent MacPherson struts with coil springs keep the AWD SRX firmly planted and cooperate with the rear suspensions independent multilink coil springs, both ends supported by stabilizer bars.  Hydraulic speed-adjusted power steering has no slop to speak of and theres a good 40.3-foot turning circle.

The all-wheel ABS-equipped brakes work in conjunction with all-speed traction control and an electronic limited slip differential.  The ride of this Cadillac is compliant on smooth roads but not isolated.  One feels the ruts and pavement changes; theres really no separation of man and machine.  Cadillac fits Michelin P235/55R 20-inch tires riding on seven-spoke polished alloy rims.


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