2012 Cadillac SRX Review, Specs – The 2012 Cadillac SRX is the mid-size luxury crossover wagon, and it gets a new engine and a better driving personality for 2012, with both the 3.0-liter V-6 and 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 now replaced by a larger 3.6-liter V-6. See also the 2012 Cadillac Escalade for your information. While the larger engine goes counter to the trend toward smaller engines and turbocharging, the SRX feels more confident and refined with it—and more appealing. While the former base engine had to be revved well into its rev band during normal acceleration, the new engine’s 265 pound-foot torque plateau at just 2,400 rpm, makes the whole setup a little more confident and relaxed.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX is looking like a safety superstar, with top five-star ratings from the federal government as well as Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS. In addition to the usual roster of safety features, OnStar roadside and emergency assistance services are included in all SRX models, as well as stability control and anti-lock brakes. Also, an available adaptive headlight system helps illuminate around dark corners.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX Interior and Exterior
The 2012 Cadillac SRX has an interior that’s at once top-lux and distinctly American. Its hand-cut-and-sewn coverings on the instrument panel and ambient lighting make for a rich environment that continues Cadillac’s commitment to excellent cabin appointments.
With relatively short front and rear overhangs, vertically stacked headlights, and a trapezoidal chrome grille the SRX is nicely proportioned and well detailed, without looking too cookie-cutter.
Its hand-cut-and-sewn coverings on the instrument panel and ambient lighting make for a rich environment that continues Cadillac’s commitment to excellent cabin appointments. The design is much like that of the CTS family, with an integrated center stack housing controls for climate and audio systems, and an optional navigation system rising from the center of the instrument panel.
Compared to the top seller in the class, the Lexus RX 350, the SRX has strongly sculpted, dramatic sides to complement the sharp front and rear appearance and make sure there’s absolutely no boring angle—but no ungainly one either. A powerful character line beginning at the trailing edge of the front wheel well, culminating at the taillight lens. They extend back slightly, like vestigial tailfins, but unlike the fins of the 1950s this design actually helps aerodynamically by breaking the airflow from the body.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX Specifications
- Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/24 mpg Hwy
- Engine Gas/Ethanol V6, 3.6L
- EPA Class No Data
- Style Name FWD 4dr Base
- Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
- Passenger Capacity 5
- Passenger Doors 4
- Body Style 4dr Car
- Transmission Transmission, 6-speed automatic, FWD, 6T70 with tap-up/tap-down (on shifter), performance shifting and manual-up/manual-down (Must specify a transmission.)
- Price $35,985
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