The 2012 Cadillac SRX fits right in with other mid-size crossover SUVs from the outside. Inside, it's an expressive piece that stands out among the more sober vehicles in its niche.
The SRX has vertical headlights, short overhangs front and back, and an angular grille. It's proportioned well and has lovely details. It avoids looking too much like every other crossover SUV, thanks to dramatically sculpted flanks and the sharply drawn front and rear ends. A deep line begins at the front wheel and doesn't give up until it glances off the taillights. They extend back slightly, like vestigial tailfins, but unlike the fins of the 1950s this design actually helps aerodynamically by breaking the airflow from the body.
Cadillac sells 18- and 20-inch wheels to give the SRX a beefy presence. It pays attention to aerodynamics with an integrated rear spoiler, which should have been designed to hide the exposed rear glass wiper. Cadillac logos flourish: open a door and a lighted logo shows through its sill plates.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX has an interior that's at once distinctly American and globally appealing. The leather trim on the dash and ambient lighting create a rich environment. The design is much like that of the CTS family, with an integrated center stack housing controls for climate and audio systems. An optional navigation system rises from the center of the instrument panel (or withdrawing with the press of a button).