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2006 Cadillac SRX Sport Utility Crossover

4dr V6 SUV

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2006 Cadillac SRX

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Overview

Cadillac may not have created the recipe that makes the SRX, but it has come close to perfecting it. This is one utility vehicle that does it all. It has the driving dynamics of a good luxury sedan, the all-weather capability of some truck-based SUVs and the space and functionality of a minivan.

The Cadillac SRX is a good choice among luxury SUVs, if you can call it an SUV. It drives like a European sedan and its edgy styling stands out in a sea of boxy sport-utilities and minivans. Yet the SRX is quite practical. It can carry up to seven passengers, and its flat, carpeted cargo area works great for hauling cargo. Its sharp handling, quick acceleration and high-performance braking make for a sporty, enjoyable experience. Yet it offers a smooth, extremely quiet ride.

The SRX comes trimmed with leather upholstery and is loaded with luxury features. The interior is stylish and comfortable, if not warm and inviting. It's available with a V6 or V8 engine. Both engines feature the latest technology, including electronic throttle control and four overhead cams with fully variable valve timing. The V8s are smooth and confident and deliver brilliant acceleration for a vehicle of this size. All-wheel drive is available and we've found that the SRX performs superbly in the snow.

Improvements for 2006 are subtle, but noticeable and welcome. New wood trim on the center stack adds a bit of warmth to the cabin, while new wheel designs give SRX a more aggressive stance. The standard suspension has been lowered slightly for 2006, allowing what Cadillac claims to be the lowest step-in height in the class. A power rear liftgate is now standard on both models, allowing the owner to open and close it without touching an exterior surface or getting hands dirty; it's really handy when walking up to or away from the car with an armload of groceries.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Cadillac should be flattered. The SRX's success has prompted similar vehicles from other luxury car builders, including the Mercedes R-Class. More are on the way. But for now, at least, Cadillac is off with an impressive head start.

Model Lineup

The Cadillac SRX comes in two models differentiated by their engines, a 260-hp V6 or a 320-hp V8. Both are paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The standard interior has two rows of seats for five. An optional two-place power folding rear seat can increase seating capacity to seven.

The SRX V6 ($39,995) comes with leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and a long list of luxury features, including an eight-way power driver's seat, a power-adjustable second-row seat, one-touch power windows, heated mirrors, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a single CD player and the popular OnStar tele-aid system with a basic subscription for one year. This SRX comes standard with 17-inch aluminum wheels.

The SRX V8 ($47,995) adds more than a bigger engine. Its standard feature list includes heated front seats with memory for the driver's seat and power adjustments for the front passenger's seat, wood interior trim and a premium Bose stereo with an in-dash six-CD changer. The V8 also adds 18-inch wheels and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The SRX comes standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive ($1,900) is optional on both models.

Option groups allow the SRX V6 to be equipped like the V8, without the bigger engine. The Driver's Level One package ($1,795) adds the 18-inch wheels with V-rated tires, Xenon headlights and a headlight washer system. The Luxury Level One package ($700) includes a reconfigurable rear cargo area with removable storage bin, a universal home remote, wood trim and the tire pressure monitor. The wood trim ($495) can be ordered separately, as can the premium Bose stereo and CD changer ($1,000).

Options include the expansive UltraView Plus Power Glass Sunroof ($2,255); a rear-seat DVD entertainment system ($1,200) with an LCD screen, wireless headphones and remote control; Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control ($1,650) variable-dampening suspension: and power-adjustable pedals ($150).

Safety features include most of the active and passive safety features available today. The SRX comes standard with dual-stage front airbags, front side-impact airbags and curtain-style head protection airbags for the first two rows of seats. To help avoid collisions before they occur, the SRX has anti-lock brakes with the latest electronic brake-force distribution and panic Brake Assist technology, traction control and electronic stability control. Rear park assist is optional.

The SRX performed well in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test: four stars for frontal impacts and the full five stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the SRX "Good" grades for 40-mph offset frontal crashes.

Walkaround

The Cadillac SRX is a medium-size luxury utility. Like many of the latest crossover vehicles that are based on cars, the SRX feels and drives more like a station wagon than a traditional truck-based sport utility. While European automakers like and sell lots of station wagons, their American counterparts (and many buyers) think station wagon is a dirty word, probably because of the mom-mobile connotations. Station-wagon fans think wagons are more sophisticated than sport utilities, probably because they are. The SRX sort of straddles the middle. It has the function and driving performance of a wagon, but a look (and higher seating position) that's more in line with an SUV. Its ride, handling and technology are more sophisticated than most truck-based SUVs.

The SRX features Cadillac's edgy Art and Science design philosophy, introduced on the CTS sedan. People tend to love it or hate it. The SRX looks modern, even futuristic, but doesn't neglect Cadillac's heritage. It was inspired by the original El Dorado, with its exuberant tailfins, that debuted in 1959. The bottom line: If you like the edgy, angular look of the CTS and STS sedans, or the XLR roadster, then you'll like the styling on the SRX. Love it or hate it, it's bold and unabashedly American. You will stand out in a crowd.

For 2006, the SRX features new wheel designs that further flaunt its design. Restyled 17-inch and 18-inch wheels have an aggressive look, with six exposed lugs and a prominent Cadillac wreath and crest in the center caps. There are also three new paint colors: Stealth Grey, Radiant Bronze and Infrared.

Interior Features

The Cadillac SRX interior shares design themes with those in Cadillac's CTS and STS sedans. Like the exterior styling, the look inside is a love-it or hate-it affair. The door panels and dashboard are stylish and practical, but they aren't particularly beautiful, warm or inviting. Some have called Cadillac's interiors cold.

Aware of such criticism, Cadillac took a serious shot at warming up the SRX interior beginning with the 2005 model year. It revamped the instrument cluster, adding chrome accents, and introduced softer, richer interior colors such ebony, light neutral and light gray. The trend continues for 2006, with a more expansive wood trim package that now includes the entire center stack, and a new cashmere interior color. It's an improvement, but we're still not fond of some of the details. The chrome surround on the shifter is almost garish, and script used to label the gears is anything but elegant.

The SRX cabin is richly finished, however, on par with the best in SUVs.

Moreover, everything is easy to operate. The window switches are on the doors, right where you expect to find them, and the climate and audio controls in the center stack are efficiently laid out and easy to find while driving without significant distraction.

The SRX is roomier than some of its competitors, especially the BMW X5 and Infiniti FX. At 41 inches, it has more rear legroom than other midsize luxury sport-utilities and as much rear hip room as the roomy Acura MDX.

Five-passenger seating is standard, with individual seats in front and a three-place bench in back. The second seat powers back and forth for more legroom or more cargo space. More SUVs should have this feature. The cargo area in the five-passenger model can be outfitted with covered storage spaces built into the floor.

The SRX can carry seven passengers when ordered with the optional third-row bench seat. This third row gives SRX an edge on many of its competitors, including the BMW X5, Infiniti FX, and Lexus RX. Yet the SRX's third seat provides less room, including legroom, than those in the Acura MDX and Volvo XC90. The Cadillac's third-row seat folds flat into the floor with the press of a button. Adding greatly to convenience, buttons to accomplish this are provided near the rear hatch and on the pillar just behind the second row of seats. The third row comes with storage bins and cup holders. Each row of seats sits higher than the one in front of it, theater style, so everyone can see out.

Luggage space is about average for the class. The nice, flat, dog-friendly cargo floor behind the second row makes the SRX an excellent vehicle for the fur-bearing members of the family. Roof rails come standard to expand cargo-carrying capability.

Storage cubbies abound, including covered front door compartments, front door map pockets, front seatback pockets, a front center console with two compartments, a bin behind the front console and a glove box with a shelf. There are cup holders in the front seat center console and second seat fold-down armrest. The SRX also has rear coat hooks that are accessible from both the rear passenger doors and liftgate, whichever proves more convenient when picking up the dry cleaning.

Among the available options, the most interesting is its super-sized sunroof. Push the button to open the Ultra View Sunroof and first- and second-row passengers can enjoy 5.6 feet of open air overhead. The Ultra View Plus option adds a shaded glass roof over the third row.

Driving Impressions

The Cadillac SRX boasts a superb balance between a smooth ride and responsive handling. It's much more nimble than any truck-based SUV. We loved its smooth, extremely quiet ride and spirited handling while driving it on twisting mountain roads in Arizona. The SRX is built on the same GM Sigma platform as the Cadillac CTS and STS, which are couple of the best handling sedans to come out of Detroit in a long time. This platform provides a solid, flex-free foundation that allows the suspension to do its job. Throw in a much lower center of gravity than the typical SUV and near perfect front-rear weight distribution, and you have a utility vehicle that's fun to drive at a good clip.

The 4.6-liter V8 delivers lots of power. Cadillac's latest-generation Northstar V8 is rated at 320 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. With the V8, the SRX can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds (6.9 seconds for the heavier all-wheel-drive version), according to Cadillac. The SRX V8 never disappointed us on mountain roads in Arizona, and always had plenty of smooth power in reserve. The Northstar is the sort of engine that makes you want to floor the accelerator just to feel the thrust as speed builds (granted, not the smartest thing in an era of high fuel prices).

The SRX V6 generates 260 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. This too is a solidly powerful engine, even if it's not quite as enjoyable as the V8. Cadillac reports 0-60 mph acceleration in the low 7-second range for the V6, which is reasonably quick (as a rule of thumb, the 8-second mark separates slow from fast). No one is going to feel underpowered driving the SRX V6, and it can be equipped to tow up to 2000 pounds, enough for personal watercraft. If you want to tow a real boat, get the V8. It's rated to pull 4250 pounds.

Both engines deliver power through five-speed automatic transmissions, and these are good performers, too. Upshifts are smooth, but crisp and never mushy, and downshifts come quickly with a jab at the gas pedal. The transmissions also have a manual mode that allows the driver to do the shifting by clicking the gear lever. The SRX lets you brake and downshift going into a curve, and then power out and upshift at the exit, as in a good sports sedan.

The SRX offers good all-weather capability. Its relatively low center of gravity and long wheelbase give it better stability in terms of roll (lean) and yaw than most SUVs. It feels better planted in sloppy stuff, and the optional all-wheel drive maximizes whatever traction is available by sending engine power to the wheels with the best grip.

Active safety systems improve handling stability further: SRX comes standard with anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control, panic Brake Assist, and dynamic rear brake proportioning (EBD). It's also available with StabiliTrak, an active handling system designed to keep the SRX under the driver's control on wet, snowy and icy surfaces, in tight turns, and in evasive maneuvers. It is enhanced with optional Magnetic Ride Control, which GM calls the world's fastest reacting suspension control system. We highly recommend StabiliTrak for its ability to help a driver you maintain control in slippery corners. ABS allows the driver to maintain steering control under hard braking. Brake Assist and dynamic rear brake proportioning improve braking performance and stability. Traction control improves stability when accelerating on slippery surfaces.

In a winter test drive in northern Michigan, the SRX performed well on ice and snow against its competitors. The SRX was the best all-around performer except for the Volvo XC90. As it began to slip or slide, the electronic aids acted as an invisible co-pilot, gently and unobtrusively nudging the SRX back on course by decreasing power when necessary or lightly applying the brakes to individual wheels whenever they started to spin.

Summary

The Cadillac SRX makes an appealing package. It delivers as much or more functionality, space and all-weather capability as most sport utilities, but it's wrapped in a distinctive package and delivers a spirited driving experience. It's no wonder other luxury carmakers are following Cadillac's cue and creating vehicles like the SRX. The SRX remains one of our top choices in this class. The V8 is sportier and more fun to drive than a Lexus RX 330 or Mercedes M-Class, and it has more room and a better ride than a BMW X5. A V6 SRX with all-wheel drive compares favorably with a Volvo XC 90, in price and performance.

NewCarTestDrive.com editor Mitch McCullough reported from Los Angeles; Michelle Krebs filed the original report from Arizona.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
$39,995
Model lineup:
Cadillac SRX V6 ($39,995); V8 ($47,995)
Engines:
3.6-liter 24-valve 260-hp V6; 4.6-liter 32-valve 320-hp V8
Transmissions:
5-speed automatic
Safety equipment (Standard):
dual-stage front airbags; front passenger side-impact airbags; curtain-style head protection airbags for first- and second-row seats; daytime running lights; anti-lock brakes with Panic Brake Assist and Dynamic Rear Brake Proportioning; traction control and vehicle stability control; one-year subscription to the OnStar tele-aid system
Safety equipment (Optional):
none
Basic warranty:
4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:
Lansing, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Cadillac SRX V8 ($47,995)
Standard equipment:
automatic front & rear dual-zone climate control; leather front seats, heated, with eight-way power adjustment; leather second-row bench with 60/40 split; burled walnut wood accent trim; power windows with express operation; automatic programmable power door lock system; leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt, telescope and controls for audio and climate control; Bose stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer and eight speakers; XM Satellite Radio with three month trial service; Home Link universal transmitter; cargo cover and cargo convenience net; heated power mirrors with memory and electrochromatic adjustment on driver's side; power adjustable pedals; electrochromatic rearview mirror with compass; ultrasonic rear parking assist
Options as tested:
all-wheel drive ($1,900); utility package ($1,100) includes power folding 3rd row bench seat, rear air conditioning, heavy-duty cooling system, power steering fluid cooler and trailer hitch with wiring harness; DVD navigation system ($1,995)
Destination charge:
695
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP)
$53,685
Layout:
all-wheel drive
Engine:
4.6-liter 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
320 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
315 @ 4400
Transmission:
5-speed automatic with manual mode
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
17/22 mpg.
Wheelbase:
116.0 in.
Length/width/height:
195/72.6/67.8 in.
Track, f/r:
61.9/62.2 in.
Turning circle:
39.7 ft.
Seating capacity:
7
Head/hip/leg room, f:
40.3/56.3/42.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
38.4/56.3/41 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:
35/55.1/24.2 in.
Cargo volume:
69.5 cu. ft.
Payload:
N/A
Towing capacity:
4250 lbs.
Suspension F:
independent, short/long arm with aluminum upper and lower control arms, hydraulic control arm front bushings, pressurized monotube front shock absorbers, 36-mm stabilizer bar
Suspension R:
independent, multi-link with sub frame, aluminum upper control arms, knuckles and rear differential, Nivomat load-leveling rear shocks, 22-mm stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:
8.2 in.
Curb weight:
4527 lbs.
Tires:
P235/60R18 front, P255/55R18 rear Michelin all-season
Brakes, f/r:
vented disc/vented disc with ABS in.
Fuel capacity:
20.0 gal.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

1Extension of new-vehicle bumper-to-bumper warranty to 6 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first (from new-vehicle delivery date and mileage). Download Details
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2012-2017 / 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection ² 172-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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