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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Cabin equals or exceeds anything in the class
Car and Driver
Cadillac didn't take the bland design and mushy suspension bait
In person and in a driveway it's actually quite handsome
The 2010 Cadillac SRX might carry a familiar name, but it's got an all-new look that TheCarConnection.com finds to be polarizing, though not without its merits. While the exterior strikes a bold, some would say overwrought, stance, the interior scores major points with automotive experts for its level of detail and refinement and should impress all who find their way inside the new SRX Cadillac.
Cadillac's latest entry in the hugely competitive crossover segment is the Cadillac SRX, a five-passenger vehicle for which Car and Driver says "three trim levels are available: Luxury, Performance, and Premium." For the 2010 Cadillac SRX, Cadillac's designers have thoroughly revised the entire vehicle, and Car and Driver reports that "length is down by 4.6 inches, height by 2.1 inches, and wheelbase by 5.9 inches" in order to better combat the segment leader, the Lexus RX 350. Automobile Magazine is pleased to report that, "fortunately, Cadillac didn't take the bland design and mushy suspension bait," but rather endowed the Cadillac SRX with "in-your-face styling" that Jalopnik considers "seriously appealing." Jalopnik goes on to call the new styling "the latest and probably the most successful interpretation of Caddy's 'Art and Science' theme," with a "combination of curves and creases, the art and science [that] makes the SRX much louder than its crossover competition." Autoblog finds that some of the most prominent design elements include "an in-your-face grille punctuated by a big badge resting between two huge, uniquely-shaped HID headlights [that] give the front end a look that is unmistakably Cadillac." Cars.com rounds out the exterior description by remarking that the SRX Cadillac "at once looks taller, if not higher off the ground, than the previous generation, yet it bears a resemblance to the Cadillac CTS sport wagon."
Reviewer praise continues to the Cadillac SRX's interior, which Car and Driver says "equals or exceeds anything in the class" with styling touches like "elegant compound curves in the door handles [that] make them look like Georg Jensen jewelry." Automobile Magazine notices that "LEDs provide a pleasant glow behind the black-on-white instruments," while Jalopnik asserts that, "on virtually every front, the SRX matches the RX 350." Autoblog is particularly impressed with "the cabin's impressive center stack" that features "a jewel-like analog clock, high-end materials and the massive (and we mean truly huge) retractable nav screen" that disappears into the upper dash. That nav screen is a slick touch inside the 2010 SRX Cadillac; Autoblog reports that, "when not in use, the nav screen stays tucked away, and when it [is] time to find something, the system [comes] alive with the touch of a button."
Smaller but bolder, the 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover has the Lexus RX 350 squarely in its sights.