Being the recipient of Car and Driver's Five Best Truck "Luxury SUV Award" for three consecutive years (2004 to 2006) means the Cadillac SRX was nothing short of excellent. For 2004, it was also nominated for the North American truck of the Year award. No wonder it has been Cadillac's best-selling model in the U.S. market since 2010.
2004: The first SRX
Based on GM's Sigma platform, the early SRX seemed to be a great alternative for those premium import SUVs as it came with a roomy, elegant all-leather cabin. Under the hood was either the 255hp High-Feature V6 or the 320ho, 4.6 liter Northstar V8 mated with either a five or a six-speed automatic transmission. Magnaride, four-wheel-drive, and rear-wheel-drive systems were also available. V8-equipped units also received standard wood interior trim and heated front seats, which were just options for the V6. Other available options were navigation system, sunroof, DVD, as well as power foldable third-row seat.
The 2007 model year was marked by the introduction of a sport package for all-wheel-drive models. This package offers sport fascias for front and rear, a unique-looking grille, optional 20-inch wheels, 40-inch dual polished exhaust tips, as well as limited slip differential. For 2010, the Cadillac SRX was downsized. While it was still a luxury crossover, the 2010 SRX was now far from being topnotch.
2012: The updated SRX
Caddy restyled the 2012 SRX in such a way that it lost some of the first-generation's edginess and replaced it with a crisp and clean styling. It also got a major engine upgrade which helped it grow in terms of sales, outshining the Lexus RX. This new SRX derived its power from the transversely mounted 3.6-liter V6 that's able to crank out up to 308hp and matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. Also added was a sound-deadening feature in the firewall.
In the cabin, not much has changed; the 2012 Cadillac SRX still carried the rich and well-appointed interior of its predecessors. For this model year, the SRX got a power-operated rear liftgate with two-position height setting, allowing it to be raised even on places or garages with low ceilings. On the safety side, anti-lock disc brakes, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags, as well as stability and traction control were standard.
2015: The upcoming Cadillac SRX
For 2015 model year, Caddy outfits this luxury compact SUV with a standard OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hot spot, which also comes standard. The available powertrain is still the 3.6-liter V-6 engine producing 308 horsepower, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Inside the cabin, additional standard features include Bluetooth, satellite radio, eight-speaker Bose Audio system, Caddy's CUE infotainment system featuring an 8-inch touch screen. Among the available options are rear-seat entertainment system, heated front and rear seats, navigation, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.