2012 Cadillac SRX, an AutoWeek Flash Drive Car Review

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The 2012 Cadillac SRX.

By: Mark Vaughn on 7/27/2011

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What is it?

Cadillac's best-selling vehicle stay an all-new engine and a small suspension tuning for 2012. The new 3.6-liter normally aspirated V6 puts out 308 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. That's additional authority supposed also of the heavy it replaces but fewer torque supposed the old turbo engine. Curb heaviness increases a small in together front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive versions of the new SRX. Fuel monetary system is improved supposed in the old turbo and inside a supplies per gallon of the preceding 3.0-liter V6. Engineers absent the handling unaccompanied but fine-tuned the ride to create it a small fewer harsh.

What is it similar to to drive?

We exhausted a day on a number of huge roads north of Santa Barbara, Calif., primary in an AWD 2012 SRX and after that in a front wheel-drive model. There now inquisitiveness of us in the AWD version, counting a linebacker-size he-man of an engineer in back, a big guy. Combined by means of the additional heaviness of the AWD scheme and two skinny car writers up front, the Sachs Continuous Damping Control shocks had to tighten up fairly a bit to stay the entire rig in row throughout forceful driving, resulting in a harsher-than-expected ride in excess of a number of uneven roads in together game and usual modes.

In the front wheel-drive Cadillac SRX, with no the WWE engineer in back, the ride was significantly smoother. In together cases, however, the suspension did a extraordinary job of controlling roll, dive and crouch in the 4,277- to 4,442-pound crossover.

By popping the gearshift on the six-speed Hydramatic in excess of to the left, you mechanically engage game mode, construct profits algorithms all in excess of the car, as of shift presentation and gear-holding to damper stiffness. There too is a physical mode to let you additional manage the transmission.

Braking by means of the four-wheel discs busy farther downward the pedal journey supposed we counting contain expected, not in a progressive or linear fashion, now farther down. The pedal wasn't mushy at all and stopped the FWD ute in a small 120.7 feet, normal to the Racelogic examination cog we suction-cupped to the windshield.

Acceleration was attractive quick, too, for genuine a serious beast. We customer merely the front-wheel-drive version, construct is hypothetical to be the quicker of the two drivetrains, and hit 60 mph in now 7.6 place by means of the traction button in the clouds off, a hefty brake torque and a high-quality quantity of wheelspin. The Cadillac SRX is hypothetical to be quicker by means of TC on, anywhere the scheme intended 10 proportion slip. However, by means of TC on we got a 7.7-second occasion to 60 mph.

Without a load in it, the 2012 SRX was additional receptive on twisty roads, but it motionless become paler a small top serious and tall. A BMW X3 handles better, but petroleum SRX by means of no trouble outhandles the Lexus RX 350.

Now that we've covered those aspects of BMW, let's turn to some of the other factors that need to be considered.

Do I desire one?

A lot of populace desire this. Cadillac sold 51,094 of as,at the same occasion as previous day by means of the old engine choices, additional supposed still the CTS by means of construct it shares so as to new 3.6-liter V6. Being a Cadillac, it's loaded by means of lavishness appointments, as of an not obligatory heated steering wheel to Bluetooth by means of on-screen caller ID.

Pricing starts at $36,060, but the versions we drove ranged as of $42,685 for a Luxury Collection FWD replica by means of nav and Bose 5.1 to $53,540 for a premium Collection AWD account by means of nav, Bose and DVD. It's a lavishness vehicle, remember.

The new 2012 Cadillac SRX be hypothetical to be in dealerships in August.

2012 Cadillac SRX

On Sale: August

Base Price: $36,060

Drivetrain: 3.6-liter, 308-hp, 265-lb-ft V6 by means of CVVT on together cams; FWD

Curb Weight: 4,277 lb

0-60 MPH: 7.6 sec (AW, FWD)

60-0 MPH: 120.7 ft (AW)

Fuel Economy (EPA): 17/24 mpg

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