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in 2011 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $21,361 - $33,034
Original MSRP: $34,615 - $52,360
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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2011 Cadillac SRX Interior

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The interior on the 2011 Cadillac SRX gets a lot of praise from reviewers. The interior looks expensive – they even say it has Lexus-quality fit and finish. There are a few draw backs, however. Test drivers say that while the rear row seats three, it’s best to limit it to two adults. Second, the base model is reasonably well-equipped, but you have to upgrade to the Luxury trim, which is almost $4,500 more than the base model, to get features like Bluetooth or add options like navigation.

  • "SRX features a tasteful blend of wood and metal-look trim. Padding on the dash and doors is a bit thin, but all of the surfaces, even those made from hard plastic, look very classy." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The SRX's cabin is bathed in rich leather, French-stitched seams and wood appliqués. The instrument panel wears hand-cut-and-sewn coverings, and subtle ambient night lighting lends an atmosphere of opulence and attention to detail." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior is as big a jump from the previous generation as was the current CTS' interior. The five-passenger 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

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Seating

The 2011 Cadillac SRX can seat five people in two rows, but reviewers say the back seat lacks headroom, especially in models equipped with the optional panoramic moon roof. The front seats, however, are very comfortable and there’s plenty of space.

  • "Plenty of headroom and legroom [in the front seats] for taller folks. Seats are firm but comfortable." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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
  • "Another issue concerns the backseat. While legroom is generous, headroom is notably cramped for even average-height passengers because of the panoramic sunroof that's standard on all but the base SRX." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside the SRX has room for five adults although, in all honesty, four is a more reasonable figure." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The Cadillac SRX boasts plenty of high-tech features and options, as well as high quality materials. Reviewers especially like the design of the optional navigation system, which rises out of the dashboard. They also report that interior features work well and are relatively easy to operate.

The base SRX comes standard with dual-zone climate control, a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a three-month trial of XM satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input jack, and OnStar. Upgrading to the Luxury trim costs about $4,500, but it may be worth it because you get a lot more features like a tilt and slide sunroof, power passenger’s seat, heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, remote vehicle start and adjustable pedals.

If you’re looking for leather seats on the Luxury trim, the SRX doesn’t have them, but they are optional. Navigation ($2,395) and a rear entertainment package ($1395) are also optional. You can also add a rear view camera, which is new for 2011.

  • "When equipped with the navigation system, the large touchscreen elegantly rises out of the dashboard and features smart controls and menus for the myriad infotainment functions. It's one of the better electronics integration systems on the market." -- Edmunds
  • "We love the available, easy-to-use pop-up navigation system with its nifty-looking three-dimensional imaging and that accurate "Turn-by-Turn" aural directions are also readily available through GM's OnStar." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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. While reviewers aren’t blown away by the amount of space the SRX – the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has more cargo space than this crossover – they are impressed with the cargo management systems and optional power tailgate.

  • "SRX shines for convenience and ingenuity if not outright space.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "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
  • "Cadillac put a lot of thought into the cargo area, however -- the power tailgate (standard on all but the base SRX) has a two-position height setting so the tailgate won't whack low garage ceilings, and the nifty U-ring track in the cargo floor allows a fence to be erected to contain fragile cargo.” -- Edmunds

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