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2005 Cadillac SRX
2005 Cadillac SRX
2004 Cadillac SRX
Unless you off-road or tow heavy loads, the SRX’s premium-car road manners and efficient packaging make it preferable to most truck-based luxury SUVs. Those attributes, combined with AWD security, also make it a thoughtful alternative to traditional luxury sedans. In performance, features, and accommodations–if not always in quality of cabin appointments–Cadillac’s SRX ranks among the best premium midsize SUVs in its price class.
Cadillac’s first car-based sport-utility vehicle offered V6 or V8 power, and carried up to seven passengers with an available third-row seat. SRX was taller than a passenger car, but not as high as a truck-based SUV. Rear-wheel drive was standard. Optional all-wheel drive did not include low-range gearing.
Available with either drive system was a 260-horsepower V6 or a 320-horsepower V8. The sole transmission was a five-speed automatic with a separate gate for manual shifting. ABS and traction control were standard. So were front side airbags and curtain side airbags for the first two seating rows.
Available in a package that included all-wheel drive was GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, which automatically adjusted suspension firmness based on the road surface. The V6 models used 17-inch wheels, versus 18-inch for V8s. Each SRX had a manual liftgate without a separate-opening window.
Leather upholstery was standard. The split folding second-row seat slid fore and aft 4 inches to adjust leg room. The optional two-passenger third-row seat was power-operated to fold down flush with the rear cargo floor. Available in its place was a compartmentalized storage bin.
Wood interior trim, heated front seats, and power-adjustable pedals were standard on V8s, optional with V6 power. Other options included rear DVD entertainment, Cadillac’s UltraView sunroof with a 5.6 square-foot opening, and UltraViewPlus that added a vented glass panel over the third-row seat.
Competitors included the Acura MDX, Infiniti FX, Lexus RX 330, and Volvo XC90. Cadillac also produced the larger, truck-based Escalade.
Only detail changes were evident for 2005. The gauge cluster added chrome accents. A towing package could now be installed on V6 as well as V8 models, and rated tow capacity grew by half a ton (to 4250 pounds).
A power liftgate became standard this year.
A redesigned dashboard and revamped interior materials were the main 2007 changes for the smaller of Cadillac’s two SUVs.
The 2008 Cadillac SRX received no changes of note.
SRX carried on with few changes pending a redesign due in calendar 2009 as a 2010 model.