2011 Cadillac SRX Turbo:Great for your eyes–and your right foot

29 Dec 2010 | 1,963 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds There sure isn't anything modest about the 2011 Cadillac SRX Turbo. It's out there front and center, and you're bound to notice it, visually and aurally as it passes by. And that's as it should be. Since when was a Cadillac a wallflower? Duh! With striking, knife-edge looks, a dramatic roofline, and the trademark Cadillac blitz, the SRX Turbo is bound to be a point of debate among some styling hounds-but around here at Automobile Journal, we think it's terrific, hands down. Our "premium" version of the4 SRX Turbo, done up in Black Ice Metallic, had aq base price of $52,360.  With options, such as a trailer package, entertainment system that included rear seat dual screen DVD,aand other goodies, you're looking at $56,050 as the bottom line cost. If that price unsettles you, remember that the SRX starts at just under $34,000 for a base model that better gas mileage and looks every bit as good as the Turbocharged version we drove.  And in case you haven't noticed, the price isn't exactly handicapping the SRX because they are extremely popular, and flying off the showroom floors at healthy rates these days.      Power comes from a 2.8 liter, 300 horsepower V-6 Turbocharged powerplant backed by a six speed automatic transmission. Performance from this power team certainly was lustier than the base model, and you can expect to pinned nicely to your seat as you take off, never mind that this is a big car.The mileage rating is 15/22 with annual fuel costs of $2,669.  Standard equipment includes a four wheel independent sports suspension, twenty inch aluminum wheels, navigation and voice reconition system with a 40 GB hard drive, BlueTooth, rearview camera, "ultraview" sunroof, full power accessories, a rear seat that areclines, and a host of other features. In other words, this car comes to the table with everything it needs--and more-- to compete in the marketplace. It also has all wheel drive and performed admirably in a snowstorm that arrived while we enjoyed it for a week.     The dark, understated hues used in the interior, along with the sharp looking gauges, chrome and aluminum onvey a message that this is a car for for executives--male or female--who want a decidedly striking place from which to pilot the SRX Turbo. And by the way, the navigation screen, which rises out of the dashboard when in use, provides a nice little source of  "gee-whiz" entertainment for passengers. Cool!      There's lots of vee-themed hints around the dash and the interior, which isn't surprising, given that the "vee" shape has been associated with this brand since forever, both in design and in classic advertisements of years gone by.     Handling was better than average, and we particularly liked the steering and braking systems, both of which performed as you'd expect in a sports wagon.  But like many reviewers who have driven it, we noticed that the SRX was a pretty heavy car that could stand to lose a few pounds if it is to compete more effectively with the more sporting members of its competition.      The striking, sloping roofline means somewhat limited headroonm, and the sharp exterior makes for some tough visibility at times. But neither of these was so annoying that you would walk away from what is a pretty satisfying car all-around.  We did have one quality issue on an otherwise well-put together car--a leaking sunroof. Still, if  you're looking for something a bit different from the field of look-alike crossovers out there--and you want to get a nice handling, luxury cruiser that spoils you to death--your search should surely include any of the SRX lineup from Cadillac.      With

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