2012 Cadillac SRX 1Cadillac is a division of GM, whose mandate is to rub the manufacturers of luxury cars like Lexus, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Infiniti and Acura. The company was once the only American in this prestigious niche and its name was literally synonymous with what was best on the market.  If she lost luster in recent years, the legend However, attempts to regain its place at the top. But today, competition is ruthless and the crossover niche is undoubtedly one of the most competitive. Never mind, the best-selling brand has a clear objective: to become the best seller in its class.
2012 Cadillac SRX 2Completely revamped in 2010, outside the latest SRX will take only a few transformations. It should go under the hood and take a look at the engine to understand what distinguishes primarily from the previous version 2012: a new mill – the only one available – the “LFX”. This is an all-aluminum V6 air 3.6-liter direct injection with variable valve timing. Nothing really new, however, especially when compared to what is done elsewhere. The main innovation is the incorporation of exhaust manifolds within the cylinder heads. To improve the flow of exhaust gases and save six kilos, engineers have opted for this solution still patent pending. This shows how much technology is new! Only a big exhaust pipe is bolted directly to the engine head, which is curious at first glance.
2012 Cadillac SRX 3The new engine runs on regular gasoline and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with modes “Eco”, “Normal” and “Sport”. From the standpoint of performance, the differences are hardly noticeable among the three, but the manufacturer assures us that we would gain 0.43 km per liter using the mode “Eco”. Categorized “Flex Fuel”, it can also run on E85 ethanol. Indeed, this characteristic is not the best selling point here in Quebec, unless you have your own still.



Unchanged but comfortable interior
Even if nothing has changed at the inner and outer beauty since 2010, know that Bluetooth connectivity is now offered as standard equipment and improvements were made to the system of voice recognition.
2012 Cadillac SRX 4The base model is offered in tension or all-wheel drive. If both versions allow you to choose between two groups of options – collection “De Luxe” collection and “Performance” – the one with the AWD you offer a third: the collection “Premium”. The option list is also very high, which explains the difference of more than $ 12 500 between the base model and to the most luxurious. If the figure is up to date, the vehicle knows how to stand still, with its imposing grille adorned the center of the legendary Cadillac logo. As for the interior, it is singular. The lighting of the dashboard is successful, the center console is functional, but the navigation system should not be retractable.
2012 Cadillac SRX 5The cargo space is appreciable. Five seats with a volume of 826 liters, including practice safe below the floor level, you can go to 1732 liters by lowering the rear seatbacks. Two options are found interesting: a protective barrier for luggage that fits into a rail and a net to insulate the domestic animals of the interior before. The Power seats and steering wheel adjustments and depth of the pedals makes sitting very comfortable. Front and side visibility is very good, but when it comes to the rear, the rear camera is very useful.

Conduct worthy of the brand?
In the first laps, I was disappointed with the steering wheel very soft, the result of too much assistance from the hydraulic system. Fortunately, my disappointment was short-lived, thanks to the concept “effort that varies with speed,” a system that reduces the efforts for low-speed maneuvers, but gives a pleasant sensation of driving on the road. Damage, however, it is available with option packages “Performance” and “Premium.” Another plus: no torque effect is felt in the steering wheel, even accelerating sharply with a steering angle delivered.
2012 Cadillac SRX 6Along the way, the soundproofing of the cabin is excellent and the wind noise almost inaudible. You really feel in a luxury vehicle. By cons, when pressed strongly on the gas to make a passing maneuver, it is striker. It does not feel the power of the cavalry of 308 horses “LFX”. The engine starts to roar loudly, rather like a 4 cylinder. Version-wheel drive coupled with the suspension “Sport” (groups “Performance” and “Premium”) that includes new pieces and was revised in 2012, is preferred over the simple traction. This indeed has a softer suspension, but could still match the tastes of a certain clientele.

Despite its many qualities, the SRX is struggling to stand out. It does not look the emotion that its German competitors we provide. Add to this an unenviable reputation for reliability that lasts for years. For now, it is clear that we will give another brand may use its name as synonymous with supremacy.2012 Cadillac SRX 7

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