Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Cadillac SRX

2012 Cadillac SRX
The Cadillac SRX has been a strong seller for GM’s luxury brand, and a lot of that appeal stems from the crossover’s edgy looks, according to Cars.com senior editor Bill Jackson. Still, looks can only get you so far. With an upgraded powertrain, the SRX feels punchy, but the brakes, transmission and backseat headroom still need work, he says.

2012 Cadillac SRX Review

Comments 

Sheth

Horrible review. What is it with cars.com and American cars? Absolutely no mention of the fact that this is the #2 seller in this class and it has been selling lot hotcakes since it debuted two years ago. Absolutely no mention of the BASE PRICE which is well under $40k. The model tested has nearly EVERY option- of course it's over $50k. The notion that there is little reason other than style to consider this vehicle is laughable when you consider its success. Each and every month more people buy the SRX than the Q5, GLK, X3 or MKX. How can any vehicle do so well in such a tough segment if it's subpar across the board? The reviewer might want to spend some time pricing the competition before claiming the SRX is overpriced. The ML350 (similar in size and hp) STARTS at $50k. A well equipped Q5 or X3 will cost you OVER $55k- the BMW is close to 60 grand with all options if Im not mistaken.

As for the center stack, its largely related to the CTS- a Cadillac. It looks nothing like the interior of any Chevy car. The suggestion that its based on a chevy design is laughable.

Nic

I thought it was more similar in size and in the same class as the GLK. Not the ML.

George

What is with the group think Sheth?
What does it matter that other people purchase the vehicle?

There are a lot of flaws with this vehicle.
Most of stem from the fact this was derived from the Saturn VUE.

Sheth

George:

Derived in what way? This and the Equinox are loosely related to the Vue- but neither shares any critical dimensions our engines with that defunct vehicle. The author's claim that he doesn't see any reason to pay a premium for this vs the Equinox indicates that he must not have read the specs on the SRX. Not only is the Cadillac totally different dimensionally, it handles better, has far more power and has far more features than the Chevy. Thats as stupid as saying it's hard to understand why anyone would pay for an RX350 over a RAV4.

Nic:

SRX is in between the size of the GLK and ML. Its power is closer to the ML. The ML is slighter larger but costs over $10k more. Featurewise, the two are pretty closely matched.

Bowrider

I'd say the center stack review is spot on. It's more than just reminscent of the Equinox; the buttons are the same. The car is overpriced too, but not necesarily relative to the competition. That being said, the luxury level is not on par with the competition.

Boeingboy

I agree the center stack looks like the Equinox. That said, I have an 05 Matrix and my neighbor has a Lexus RX about the same age. The power window/lock switches are the same, same with the door pulls and manual lock buttons, so Caddy isn't the only one borrowing parts.

WTF

No surprise since they slammed the SRX when they reviewed it a few years ago.

People still like it and buy it just like the Explorer.

sheth

Bowrider:

The only reason he said that is because he likely thinks the SRX is on same platform as Equinox- it's not. He also said the center stack looked like any number of Chevy vehicles- which is not true. Equinox center stack is only shared with Terrain and does not share buttons or a design with the SRX. Period. They both have vertical vents and a round controller in the center stack which is where the the similarities end.

WTF:

Most initial review of the SRX were positive except for complaints about the too small engine. That flaw has been addressed and yet this review barely even touches on the 308hp V6.

cody

sheth is right about the center stacks.

look at the photos of the center stacks in the equinox and srx websites. they share no buttons...not even a common layout (so it's not a reskin of the same controls with 'nicer' buttons).

Amuro Ray

Look @ the helpful comments here. All EXPERTS comments, better than the person who actually test drove the vehicle for evaluation. In fact, the comparison with the Explorer is SPOT ON and contribute utterly to the discussion.

Mike

Looks like the Saturn Vue; especially the side profile.

sheth

AR:

If you have sight, you dont need to be an expert to compare center stacks.

1. The center stacks are not shared and arent close to looking the same
2. SRX is not on same platform as Vue or Equinox. Its dimensions and engines are totally different.
3. SRX was highly rated EXCEPT for base engine by other sources. Explorer has gotten poor reviews almost across the board. Other sources that have driven the 2012 SRX feel its a major improvement over the 3L equipped model.
4. Almost every complaint made in the "review" was completely subjective- nothing to do with his actual drive. In his opinion the SRX isnt worth considering if you're looking at import lux crossovers. Customers and other reviewers dont agree. His reasoning for that statement isn't even clear- it seems to be because he thinks the Equinox is just as good for less money. In other words, he is saying the SRX is only an option for people with low standards who insist on buying an American brand.

WTF

"...and the system isn't over-boosted so there's no feedback."

Isn't it the other way around? Overly-boosted steering masks feedback.

WTF

Incidentally thanks for upgrading your photos to a size that is worthwhile.

michael

Cars.com can say whatever the hell they want but at the end of the day its the consumer that dictates the success or failure of a car. Judging by the sales numbers I would say this is a homerun for Cadillac.

sheth

Agreed michael. The review is out of touch with consumer sentiment and the fact that it states there is little reason to consider the srx when it is in fact outselling its vaunted euro competitors shows a real disconnect. The people in the market def feel its a worthy option. It almost matched the rx last month in sales.

Belly

The review is out of touch with consumer sentiment and the fact that it states there is little reason to consider the srx when it is in fact outselling its vaunted euro competitors shows a real disconnect.
-Wow. The SRX is a good vehicle because it sells a lot?

Pretty sure whenever anyone says this about the Accord, Camry, Civic, Corolla, etc. Shet tries to rip them apart. And really, he only tries...

"The center control panel is the lowest low for me. For starters, it looks like it was grafted over from any one of the Chevrolets I've driven lately, and that's bad for two reasons: First, if I'm spending more than $50,000 for a car (the as-tested price), I'd like something that, if not unique, at least looks upscale."
-The editor isn't comparing the SRX to the competition, he is saying you are not getting a lot for what you pay for. Not surprising that Shet et al. try and obfuscate the truth here. The editor does not say the buttons are the same or even a reskin. He says nothing like that.

Like usual, the editor must be wrong because he calls out the faults of the vehicle... shocker.

Jan Orban

I have fallen in love with this SUV after test driving a Lexus, Acura and have looked at a BMW, Mercedes, Jeep Cherokee. I haven't test driven the Cadillac, but just sitting inside it, I just want it. We are leaning toward THIS vehicle. Seems that the Cadillac is getting a bad rap. So confused as to what to do. We are ready to purchase this week!

sheth

The few other reviews Ive seen on the 2012 with the new engine are positive. This is by far the most negative review and it sounds like his mind was made up before he even wrote it.

"The editor does not say the buttons are the same or even a reskin. He says nothing like that. "

Read your own quote, he says the center stack looks like it came out of any number of Chevy models he's driven. It's pretty clear what he is saying there. Not sure how you missed his point. Regardless, the center stack looks nothing like any chevy models.

Amuro Ray

@ Jan Orban,

Not sure how u can fall in love with a car (and not a human being), and esp a car that you've NOT test driven. You'll need to TD it really. A long one. To get the sense of what u r paying for, vs its competitors in the market...

Then again, it's ur love life.

However, I find that cars.com review are quite good, honest, and to the point. These guys are being pay to do their jobs, and the reviews aren't really that biased, esp when compared to some of the hardcopies auto magazines u can get from the new stands.

Don't listen to the idiots who got pay NOTHING for defending a brand that even the auto companies didn't ask him/her to do. In fact, Sheth has been told by the site's chief editor as a digital ink waster previously, and he's been proven as a liar time and time again.

So, go for a test drive. Verify if cars.com review (on the downside), and read a couple of reviews (either through cars.com links, or sites like edmunds) just to be "safe."

If u r to ask me, I'll say, "why spend ur money killing the Earth and get a SUV? Get an Insight, LEAF, Prius, etc. and help protect the Earth! You need a 5 seater with trunk space, don't you? These vehicles will do the job adequately, if not better, just like the SRX!"

sheth

AR:

You should be more careful about accusing people of things that are not accurate. At no point did I lie about anything regarding the SRX, in fact I said other reviews of the 2012 werent nearly this negative- in fact they were positive. He can read the reviews for himself. I also said the SRX doesnt share its interior design with any chevy models- which is a fact, not a lie. I think its interesting that you insult Jan and then try to offer him advice on what he should buy. Why would he listen to anyone who starts out by insulting him? This cars.com review isnt credible, period. The writer had an axe to grind and apparantly doesn't feel the SRX is even worth considering if you're in the market- which is hard to accept when you take its sales success into account. So in fact, what the writer is saying is that the thousands who are buying this vehicle each month have low standards or are too ignorant to realize they should be buying something from Audi, BMW or Lexus.

And why would anyone take advice from someone who says "ur" instead of using proper English?

Belly

And why would anyone take advice from someone who says "ur" instead of using proper English?
-Shet, Shet, Shet. Make sure that you spell it all out from now on then...

Read your own quote, he says the center stack looks like it came out of any number of Chevy models he's driven. It's pretty clear what he is saying there.
-It is clear. The center stack looks like one from an Equinox. Anyone that saw them side by side would agree. Not the buttons... oh its a hard thing to open thine eyes.

This cars.com review isnt credible, period.
-That's not a fact...

The few other reviews Ive seen on the 2012 with the new engine are positive. This is by far the most negative review and it sounds like his mind was made up before he even wrote it.
-Pot calling the kettle black...

The writer had an axe to grind and apparantly doesn't feel the SRX is even worth considering if you're in the market- which is hard to accept when you take its sales success into account.
-Sales success - Can't wait to hear Shet knock this out when it comes to the Camry, Accord, Civic, and Corolla then!

jyd

The SRX is a good example of why GM almost went out of business. $51,000 for an Equinox with leather and more hp? Oh, I forgot gaudy chrome outside and cheap plastic inside.

The sales figures require some perspective however. One major contributing factor is the reversal of the closure of 500 dealers that were slated to be axed. You're welcome.

Another factor is it's competition. The MDX is perhaps the ugliest SUV on the road apart from Infiniti. The Audi is leaps and bounds better than the SRX but also more money.

sheth

jyd:

You are totally incorrect, but based on the tone of your message thats not surprising. SRX is very different from Equinox and if you dont know that you dont know much about either vehicle. They have different lengths, wheelbases, tracks and suspension setups. They also have different AWD systems- the SRX uses a system that debuted in Saab products. The Equinox has a lower tech conventional system. They dont even share an engine anymore.

The SRX competes with far more than the MDX- the RX, MKX, GLK and Q5 are all competitors. And the Q5 isnt much more expensive than the SRX- they are priced almost the same.

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CADDIE GIRL

THIS IS CADDIE GIRL... HELLO. ONLY TYPING IN CAPS BECAUSE MY GLASSES ARE UPSTAIRS. TOO LAZY TO GET THEM.

OK BOYS, SO I HAVE TESTED THIS CAR NOW TWICE. I AM IN LOVE WITH THE LOOK OF THIS CAR, THE WAY IT DRIVES.. I CAN SEE WIHOUT ANY PROBLEMS AND IT SEEMS LIKE A PERFECTLY GREAT CAR AND SEXY TOO) FOR A 46 YEAR OLD STAY AT HOME,MOTHER OF ONE...NEW DOG OWNER... WE CURRENTLY OWN A LAND ROVER. I WOULD NOT BE GIVING THAT UP, BUT IT IS TOO BIG AND GOING ON 1O YEARS OR SO. I AM ONLY 5FT AND 110 LBS. SO A BIG CAR FOR A LITTLE WOMAN.
HERE'S THE ISSUE:
MY HUSBAND, WHO IS QUITE SMART I CAN NOT DISAGREE.... IS ABSOLUTELY REFUSING TO BUY THIS CAR. HE SAYS, IT IS IS JUNK...WILL NOT BUY FOR ME.SUBJECT CLOSED. I TOLD HIM TO BRING ME HARD EVIDENCE AND I WOULD PROBABLY LISTEN. WHO DIED AND MADE HIM A GENIUS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR CAR I WANT SO BADLY.
WHO EVER IS READING THIS, I NEED YOUR HELP, AND YOUR BRAIN
YOUR JOB: IS TO PLEASE, EITHER CONVINCE HIM HE IS WRONG AND KNOWS NOTHING OF WHAT HE SPEAKS... OR IT IS TO CONVINCE ME TO LISTEN TO HIM. IS WHAT HE SAYS TRUE. IS IT JUNK.. IS IT OVER PRICED.. WILL IT DIE IN 5 YEARS.. SHOULD I GO FOR THE INFINITY FX 35, OR THE VOLVO CX70 I THINK IT IS. WHAT HE SAYS IS THIS: IT'S JUNK, IT'S TINY... (MEANING CHEAPLY MADE) AND THE SIGHT LINES ARE BAD...
THE PROBLEM IS THIS: I HAVE NOW TEST DRIVEN ALL THE BEST. BENZ, AUDI, VOLVO,LEXUS,BMW, LINCOLN, SOME I DON'T EVEN RECALL. THE ONLY OTHER ONE I'D REALLY LIKE IS THE PORCHE CAYANNE. BUT I KNOW I KNOW.. GIVE MY HEAD A SHAKE. EVERYTIME I SEE THIS CAR AND GET TURNED ON. QUITE LITERALLY, NOW HOW WEIRD IS THAT? :)
BUT
IS HE RIGHT OR IS HE WRONG.

BE HONEST WITH ME PLEASE. HE SAYS THIS IS THEE LAST CAR I WILL OWN BEFORE I HAVE TO RETIRE MY ASS TO THE 48 SEATER!!! SO NATURALLY I WANT THE BEST. THAT IS RELIABLE, SAFE, IS LUXURIOUS TO DRIVE AND THAT I WILL STILL LOVE IN 10 YEARS LIKE
SHOULD I STICK TO MY GUNS OR JUST GET OFF OF IT ALREADY. I DON'T DO CHEAP, SO IF THIS CAR IS REALLY A BAD CALL, THEN HELPPPPPP!!

This is really interesting for this new car. The SRX’s most significant change for the 2012 model year is its new standard 3.6-liter engine that replaces the 3.0-liter V6 and 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 engines that are available on the 2011 model. Other significant changes include standard Bluetooth, standard heated steering wheel and an Eco feature that improves fuel economy. There are four trims: standard, luxury, performance and premium, and all-wheel drive is available on all of them. The base trim comes with an eight-speaker Bose audio system, AM/FM/satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a one-year OnStar subscription and a power driver seat.

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Mike

I own a 2012 SRX and find it to be the best crossover i have owned to date, its a power house has a very sporty ride and is very lux, I traded a 2010 RX in and the rx dont compare to the SRX. the SRX blowes the foreign crossovers away. end of story.

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It's an awesome horrible marvelous car of the series SRX. What an amazing car this is! It's breaking control and mostly preferable is comfortable for long drive.

Cadillac SRX is one of the nice car in the world. After release this brand another Mercedes brand come down in the market. The most preferable matter is this brand will more suitable for long drive.

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