Thanks to some improvements this year, the Cadillac SRX 2012 is a more well-rounded and appealing luxury crossover. For the Cadillac SRX 2012, a new 3.6-liter V6 replaces both of the previous engine choices. The six-speed automatic transmission also gains a fuel-saving Eco mode. In terms of features, Bluetooth is now standard, while a heated steering wheel is standard on all trims except the base Cadillac SRX 2012.
Cadillac says it also retuned the suspension and added more sound insulation for a more comfortable and quiet ride. With a new 3.6-liter V6 engine, many 2012 Cadillac SRX review now love everything about the Cadillac SRX 2012: its powerful engine, upscale interior and bold exterior.
For the Cadillac SRX 2012 model year, the 2012 SRX engine gets a major powertrain upgrade that might grow sales even further. The standard 265-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 is dead. New customers should be relieved that they won’t have to spin their engine all the way to 5100 rpm just to access a limp 223 lb-ft of torque. Likewise, the 3.0-liter will be relieved that it has been relieved of the Cadillac SRX 2012 4500-pound curb weight.
Cadillac stopped offering the SRX’s previously optional engine, a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6, earlier this year. Its eulogy was probably filled with references to turbo lag, nonlinear power delivery, and the engine’s Saab origins. Replacing those two engines for the Cadillac SRX 2012 is a single 3.6-liter V-6.
The 2012 SRX engine is similar to the 3.6-liter V-6 found in the CTS, but it’s adapted and tweaked for the Cadillac SRX 2012 transverse arrangement. A few of the 2012 SRX changes—like the clever exhaust manifolds integrated into the heads, the plastic intake manifold, and lighter connecting rods—help shave 20 pounds off the 3.6-liter V-6. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered for the Cadillac SRX 2012.
Cadillac claims a 1-mpg boost is possible in eco mode of the Cadillac SRX 2012. According to the EPA, a front-drive Cadillac SRX 2012 mpg will achieve 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway, which is one worse in each test than the 2011 model’s 3.0-liter and one of few downsides to this engine swap. Cadillac SRX 2012 AWD versions come in at 16/23, which is down one in the city cycle compared with the 3.0-liter.
Compared with the turbo V-6, the 3.6-liter improves by 1 mpg in the city and highway cycles, plus the new V-6 doesn’t require premium fuel as did last year’s turbo. Properly equipped, the Cadillac SRX 2012 can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Competitors of the Cadillac SRX 2012
On the downside, though, Cadillacs for 2012 wasn’t able to address one prior problem with the Cadillac SRX 2012: weight. A good candidate for The Biggest Loser, the Cadillac SRX 2012 is about 200-300 pounds heavier than most competitors. That might not seem like much, but it does negatively impact everything from acceleration to handling.
Other Cadillac SRX 2012 drawbacks are still there, too, including tight rear-seat headroom and poor outward visibility. All things considered, though, the Cadillac SRX 2012 is a more competitive vehicle this year, and its inherent strengths of classy styling and abundant features shine more readily.
We would still suggest checking out other top crossovers such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and Volvo XC60, as they aren’t as compromised in terms of practicality and are superior to the Cadillac SRX 2012 in a few other areas as well. But the Cadillac SRX 2012 is finally the vehicle it should have been two years ago.
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