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in 2009 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $14,416 - $19,295
Original MSRP: $40,460 - $47,460
MPG: 15 City / 23 Hwy
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2009 Cadillac SRX Performance

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The 2009 SRX delivers good all-around performance. However, several reviewers complain about its low fuel economy and a vocal minority complains about body roll, slow steering, and inadequate highway passing power.

  • "The Cadillac SRX remains a solid all-around performer, a roomy hauler that feels fast and nimble for a vehicle that can top 4,500 pounds in loaded V8 trim." -- Forbes
  • "SRX is among the better-riding SUVs of any stripe, as long as you order the available Magnetic Ride Control suspension. Without it, SRX suffers from lots of bounding and other unwanted body motions even on mildly rippled pavement. Its rear end, in particular, reacts abruptly to sharp bumps and cracks." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A four-wheeled example of having one's cake and eating it too, the SRX can seat seven and haul up to 70 cubic feet of cargo. Yet it's actually fun to drive, behaving more like the previous-generation CTS sedan (upon which it's based) than some sort of shrunken Escalade." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

Under the hood, the SRX's standard V6 3.6-liter engine pumps out 255 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. It also has a five-speed automatic transmission for rear-wheel drive. The V8 engine puts out 320 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard (all-wheel is optional), and it's equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission for either drivetrain. Fuel economy is disappointing either way -- according to the EPA, the base SRX achieves 15/23 mpg city/highway, while the AWD V6 and V8 models achieve 14/22 mpg and 13/20 mpg, respectively.

  • "Both engines are sophisticated, and both transmissions are responsive." -- MSN
  • "The Northstar [V8] is the sort of engine that makes you want to floor the accelerator just to feel the thrust as speed builds, though succumbing to this may affect your fuel economy. If you want to tow a boat, get the V8. It's rated to pull 4,250 pounds." -- CarsDirect.com
  • "Rated at 255 horsepower, the Cadillac SRX's 3.6-liter V6 engine provided adequate power around town, and our first trip to the test track for instrumented performance testing confirmed our initial impressions." -- Edmunds
  • "Any SRX has fine movement away from a stop and in around-town traffic. We timed an AWD V6 model at 7.6 seconds 0-60 mph. Those versions are somewhat slow to respond for highway passing moves, however. We haven't timed a V8 SRX, but that model shows noticeable benefits in high-speed passing or climbing hills." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

Most reviewers praise the SRX's handling, though a vocal minority feels it leaves something to be desired. Many of them like the optional Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) adaptive suspension, which improves handling.

  • "On the move, the SRX impresses with its outstanding handling and brisk acceleration." -- Edmunds
  • "Some SUV suspensions tremble at the first sign of an S-curve, but not that of the SRX, which negotiates corners without giving the impression it has a high center of gravity." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While precise, the steering is a little slow to react when, say, turning from a street onto another street or into an alley." -- MSN
  • "SRX's substantial weight and slightly elevated ride height contribute to some unwieldy feel in fast maneuvers, but its overall balance and grip in turns is very good among all SUVs. Our testers are divided on steering feel; it's natural and precise to some, slightly artificial and slow to react for others." -- Consumer Guide

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