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We're assigning the SRX a rating of 7 here at FamilyCarGuide, based on its extensive luxury features and interior utility, with some reservations about its high price tag and somewhat sluggish performance when fully laden.Utility is actually better inside this SRX than in the older version. The 2011 SRX has great front seats, a swell driving position, and second-row seats sized for adults to ride in with good comfort. Well-bolstered and firm, the front seats have plenty of head and leg room even for large drivers. In the back, there's good space as well, even with the optional, huge moonroof that opens up the SRX to the sky above.
As for utility, the 2011 Cadillac SRX is as useful as just about any other crossover on the road, when it comes to weekly Costco runs and carpools. It has a 60/40-split folding back seat, so larger objects can be brought home. Cadillac also offers a power liftgate and a cargo-anchor system.Safety scores aren't all in but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2011 SRX 'good' ratings for individual tests, along with its Top Safety Pick designation. It hasn't yet been tested by the federal government, but the NHTSA does score the SRX at four stars for rollover protection.
Better looking than ever, the SRX will appeal to any family swayed by Cadillac's current, creased styling language. It's not a cookie-cutter derivative of the CTS Sport Wagon at all--its dramatic side view has a powerful character line that cuts from the front wheel well to the taillight lens. The grille is big but not huge, and the interior has elegant ambient lighting and a hand-trimmed dash.
As for performance, the SRX doesn't exactly disappoint, but as a front-driver in base trim, it's no longer as precise and crisp to steer as the older, less useful version. Offered briefly with a turbo V-6, the 2011 SRX mostly comes with a 265-horsepower 3.0-liter direct-injected V-6 engine teamed with a six-speed automatic that powers the front wheels, or through a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. Traction is enhanced in the AWD version with an electronically simulated limited-slip differential. Especially on AWD versions the SRX can feel almost sluggish from a stoplight, and it doesn't exactly encourage sporty driving since it lacks shift paddles and other enthusiast bits. The well-muted ride cuts a nice balance between firm and queasy, which should keep back-seat passengers in bliss--along with the available rear-seat DVD entertainment system, that is.
For more on its styling, features, safety and utility, see TheCarConnection's most recent review of the Cadillac SRX crossover.