Most other crossovers this size come with a third-row seat. The 2012 Cadillac SRX doesn't make room for that, but its interior is detailed handsomely, and appointed lavishly.The front seats kick off the good impressions with an upright driving position and nicely contoured, well-bolstered seats that have extending thigh bolsters. They're very good for even tall driveres. In the rear seat, the big moonroof gives those passengers an airy place to rest, though leg and head room are tight. The cargo space makes the SRX quite useful. There's a power tailgate, a cargo-anchor system, and a split-folding back seat. It's as useful as any of its rivals.
Where the SRX makes itself worth the extra money is in the details. Its interior design holds up to close scrutiny. Fit and finish in this vehicle feels as good or better than its rivals. The details closely parallel those of the CTS sport sedan both in design and execution. You'll be hard-pressed to find loose panels or flimsy trim, and everything is assembled (or stitched) with a solid feel.
A quiet cabin damps down most of the powertrain, road, and wind noise. The new engine generates less unpleasant noise and more smooth purr.