2012 Cadillac SRX vs. Its Competition

2012 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-door Performance Collection Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The original Cadillac SRX followed the likes of the BMW X5 and Range Rover Sport, but with the current SRX, introduced for 2010, Cadillac took aim directly at the best-selling Lexus RX 350.

Compared to the SRX, the styling of the Lexus is restrained—some would call it dull.

Other new entries include the Volvo XC60, that is slightly smaller than the SRX, but offers additional safety features such as the City Safety system, which might help avoid accidents in low-speed city driving.

The Audi Q5 is another stylish rival, but it’s also smaller than the SRX, especially in back.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLK provides some off-road capabilities and has an excellent combination of on-road ride and rugged trail capability.

The BMW X5 remains a rival, and while it's more satisfying and nuanced behind the wheel, the SRX is arguably a bit better in cabin appointments.

2012 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-door Performance Collection Angular Front Exterior View2012 Cadillac SRX
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2012 Audi Q5 quattro 4-door 2.0T Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi Q5
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2012 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW X5
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class RWD 4-door Side Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
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2011 Volvo XC60 FWD 4-door 3.2L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo XC60
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Quick Specs
8.0
With a smooth new engine and a rich, uniquely American interior, the 2012 Cadillac SRX appeals to those who want a lot of luxury and flair but don't require driving excitement.
8.2
The 2012 Audi Q5 is one of the
8.4
It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve.
8.2
Rugged looks and lower gas mileage put the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in an SUV state of mind, but its ride and handling are more carlike than you'd think.
8.6
The 2012 Volvo XC60 is an attractive, well-designed family luxury vehicle, with a class-leading roster of innovative safety and tech features.
MSRP From    
$35,985$35,600$47,500$35,880$33,300
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Ethanol V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class    
Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door Basequattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door 35iRWD 4-Door GLK 350AWD 4-Door 3.2L
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveAll wheel driveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
CrossoverSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle5 Door Wagon
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual TransmissionAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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