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2012 Cadillac SRX Comfort & Quality

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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 nicely detailed, lavishly appointed, and one of the nicest this size and price.

Especially from one of the front seats, there's a lot to like. The driving position is upright, and front seats are nicely contoured and well bolstered—even with extendable thigh bolsters for taller drivers. Back-seat passengers will like the long moonroof, which gives the interior an airy feel, but head and leg room back there is a little tight. Otherwise, the SRX is about as useful as any other mid-size crossover; the 60/40-split back seat can fold flat, and a power liftgate and an cargo-anchor system are on the options list.

Where the SRX makes itself worth the extra money—other than its feature set, and the Cadillac badge—is in the details. Its interior design holds up well, even when scrutinizing the details. Materials, fits, and finishes in this vehicle feel as good or better than other vehicles in the class, and the level of detailing closely parallels that 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 sense of solidity.

You won't find a third-row seat in the 2012 Cadillac SRX, but most of its interior appointments are first-class.

The cabin of the SRX is also remarkably well-hushed, with wind, road, and powertrain noise all well-muted. And thanks to the new engine, there's less noise from under the hood this year, too. With either of the suspension setups, ride quality isn't pillowy soft, but it's tight enough for crisp handling without being too jarring.

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