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To put together this definitive review on the 2009 Cadillac SRX, TheCarConnection.com consulted with a wide range of reviews from across the Web. TheCarConnection.com's car experts have also driven several versions of the Cadillac SRX to be able to deliver a conclusive opinion on the car, to compare it with other cars in the class, and to help you make a smart purchase decision.
- Responsive six-speed automatic transmission
- Strong and smooth optional V-8 engine
- Upgraded interior
- Spacious seating for first- and second-row passengers
- Exterior styling stands out in a crowd of look-alikes
- Rear styling
- Small third-row seats
- Poor fuel economy for both engines
The acclaimed Cadillac SRX crossover continues to offer one of the segment’s most satisfying combinations of sports sedan-like driving character and SUV spaciousness. It delivers these attributes with the dramatic design, technology, and craftsmanship driving Cadillac’s ongoing renaissance.
For 2009, the SRX crossover maintains its distinctively styled exterior and luxurious interior. Performance is derived from either a 3.6-liter V-6 with variable valve timing or a powerful 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 renowned for its power and smoothness.
The 2009 SRX remains a tastefully drawn crossover vehicle that's aging well in its final years on the market (it was introduced in 2004 and will be replaced in the 2010 model year). The interior was redesigned mid-cycle, and the updated center console and trim impart a much richer feel to the Cadillac SRX than the original cockpit. The wagonesque rear defers to utility over style, but the design has improved with age. The SRX's interior can hold as many as seven passengers with the optional power-folding third-row seat, but those in the third row should be very small—elementary-school small. The second-row seat is much more hospitable to adults and teenagers alike.
The 2009 Cadillac SRX handles nimbly, with either its standard suspension or GM's optional Magnetic Ride Control, which uses magnetic force to control the stiffness of the shocks. The SRX is built off the same platform as the Cadillac CTS and STS; although not a lot of parts are shared, it nonetheless shows the benefit of good building blocks.