The Cadillac SRX might not be on the top of your luxury crossover shopping list, but it should be. We rated the 2011 version 7.5 out of 10 in our overall full review scoring, but the 2012 model irons out several of the issues that caused us to dock it points, perhaps most imporantly with the substitution of GM's 3.6-liter V-6 engine in place of the preview 3.0-liter V-6 and the already-canceled 2.8-liter turbo V-6.
With the single engine offering now, the entire SRX range offers a strong 308-horsepower rating combined with smoother running and nearly the same fuel economy. That's 43 horsepower stronger than last year's 3.0-liter V-6 engine, while still managing 17/24 mpg city/highway in front-wheel drive trim and 16/23 mpg when equipped with all-wheel drive. Last year's 3.0-liter model rated a similar 17/23 mpg in all-wheel drive guise despite delivering less power.
New features for the 2012 SRX include: standard Bluetooth on all models; OnStar turn-by-turn directions; better voice recognition for phone, navigation, and radio commands; door lock switches on the doors in addition to the center console; cruise control buttons on the steering wheel; position-memory power seats; a heated steering wheel in Luxury, Performance, and Premium trims; new 20-inch alloy wheels, standard on Performance and Premium models; an optional all-ebony interior trim; and a new Xenon Blue Metallic paint option.
The best of the 2011 model's features stay on for 2012 as well, including the UltraView sunroof, a moveable cargo retainer, under-floor storage, and a programmable power liftgate.
Pricing for the dramatically-styled 2012 Cadillac SRX starts from $36,060. It arrives in dealerships next month.