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in 2010 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $18,671 - $26,901
Original MSRP: $33,830 - $48,040
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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2010 Cadillac SRX Interior

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Reviewers commend Cadillac for giving the interior of the 2010 SRX an impressive makeover. Though it's lost some space and its optional third-row seat, the cabin is more comfortable than ever before. It's also luxurious, well-equipped and quiet -- attributes that prompt test drivers to compare the SRX to the refined RX 350.

  • "Whereas the Lexus comes off as a very well-appointed people-mover, the Cadillac is awash in luxury and character." -- Motor Trend
  • "Interior: Excellent. Well appointed and laid out, Cadillac created a comfortable and luxurious interior." -- Detroit News
  • "The interior is as big a jump from the previous generation as was the current CTS' interior. The SRX's design now emulates the sedan's, complete with an optional navigation touch-screen that rises from the dashboard. The materials are much improved, and the gauge lighting is top-notch." -- Cars.com
  • "The console is covered in hand-cut and sewn leather. The gauge cluster sits in a hood that looks as well-tailored as a fine Italian suit. For the first time, everything in the SRX has a solid, well-made feel and the ergonomics leave nothing for want." -- Jalopnik
  • "Along with the handsome exterior, the masculine, inviting cabin is the SRX's strength. Not surprisingly, it borrows liberally from the CTS: the same excellent touch-screen pop-up navigation and audio system; the same cut-and-sewn leather dashboard and glossy walnut-and-metal trim." -- New York Times

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Seating

Since the optional third row has been eliminated for 2010, the new SRX provides seating for five people. Reviewers find the front seats especially comfortable and most say the rear seat is roomy.

A closer look at the SRX's seats can be found in our SRX video.

  • "The front seats are comfortable and reasonably supportive, although they feel flatter than the CTS seats with less aggressive side bolstering, and the driver's seat has an optional adjustable thigh support, welcomed by the long-limbed among us. Those relegated to the back have ample room for legs and hats and can also adjust the angle of the seat back." -- Autoblog
  • "The seats, which we understand were optional upgrade seats in the vehicle we tested, were comfortable and supportive, and featured a manually extending thigh-support section. Very nice. The rear seat is roomy enough for adults without any cause for bitching." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats are well bolstered, and the driver's seat has a pop-out extension for thigh support. But the leather looks cut-rate, especially in a class where most of the two-ton cows are wrapped in first-class hides." -- New York Times
  • "While the seat bottoms are comfortable, the seat backs are a touch on the firm side, in our opinion." -- Left Lane News
  • "The backseat has adequate headroom and legroom, but I found the bottom cushions to be on the short side; the seat sat too low for my 5-foot-11-inch frame to get adequate thigh support.” -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The Cadillac SRX boasts plenty of high-tech features and options, as well as better quality materials than ever before. Reviewers especially like the design of the optional navigation system, which rises out of the dashboard.

The base SRX comes standard with dual-zone climate control, power heated mirrors, a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a three-month trial of XM satellite radio, auxiliary audio input jacks, and OnStar. Upgrading to the Luxury trim costs about $6,000, but it may be worth it for the nice features it adds. These include an ultraview sunroof, power passenger’s seat, heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, remote vehicle start, adjustable pedals, and a power liftgate.

Most of the SRX’s options aren’t available on the base model, which is another reason to upgrade to the Luxury trim. These include leather seating surfaces, a navigation system ($2,395), rearview camera, and entertainment system ($1,295).

More information about the SRX's interior features can be found by watching our SRX video.

  • "On a personal note, my favorite part of the SRX's interior is a pair of faux crystals that reside on either side of the speedometer. They light up when the corresponding right or left turn signal is activated. It looks like you're driving Superman's SUV, and I almost bought one right then and there just for that." -- Kicking Tires
  • "Like the second-generation CTS that introduced this era of Cadillac interiors, the SRX's cabin is logically arrayed and a handsome bit of work. The controls have decent quality, and the gauges offer a quick read, aided by an LCD screen that displays digital mph or other information." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The Cadillac SRX provides 61.1 cubic feet with the second row folded down. This space is below average for the class. However, reviewers really like the standard cargo management system. A power liftgate is standard on all trims except the base model.

If you’re looking for more cargo space, consider a midsize SUV like the Lexus RX 350. It provides 80.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Though it costs about $4,000 more than the SRX, its fuel economy ratings are just as impressive.

To see how the SRX handles cargo, be sure to check out our SRX video.

  • "Subjectively, cargo space seems a little tight for the class, but, of course the rear seats fold down to greatly expand space." -- Edmunds
  • "There's plenty to praise Cadillac for in the new SRX. Chief among them is a very usable, flexible rear cargo area. There's a rail system that allows for a cargo separator to slide around, blocking off a variety of areas depending on how much cargo needs to be corralled. A large under-floor bin can hold a propane tank in place, according to company representatives. Otherwise, it'll simply hold a lot of grocery bags." -- Kicking Tires
  • "There are also some nice features, such as the hidden cargo management system in the back under the floor of the cargo area. Additionally, the liftgate can be programmed to stop at different heights to help shorter people who can't reach it when it's all the way up, or to avoid hitting a low-hanging garage door. It's a feature you never knew you needed but now have to have -- and that's what luxury is all about." -- Detroit News

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