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in 2012 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $23,573 - $33,342
Original MSRP: $35,985 - $49,585
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2012 Cadillac SRX Interior

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After testing the 2012 SRX, reviewers say the 2012 Cadillac SRX looks expensive on the inside, and even say it has Lexus-quality fit and finish. Aside from limited headroom on models equipped with a sunroof, reviewers don’t complain about the interior fit and finish or available features.

One thing that will bug some shoppers, however, is the 2012 SRX’s high price. Figures for the 2012 model haven’t been released, but the base 2011 model starts at about $35,000 and coveted features, like navigation and the cargo management system that has a cargo fence and under-floor storage, aren’t available. To get these, you’ll have to upgrade to the luxury trim and tack on optional navigation, which will bring the SRX to considerably more than $40,000.  

  • "Combining all of the above attributes with a well-crafted interior - featuring such amenities as a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats in the Luxury, Performance, and Premium models - along with the striking exterior styling makes for a winning combination." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The cabin is nicely isolated from the outside world, with wind noise almost non-existent and tire noise absent except on horrid pavement like the sort that lines large segments of coastal U.S. 101." -- Motor Trend
  • "Styling and value are important, but to me the most critical aspect of a luxury SUV is the interior - after all, this is where owners will spend most of their time interacting with the vehicle. I was instantly impressed by the SRX's cabin, which is tastefully designed and exceptionally well built with top-quality fabrics and plastics." -- About.com

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Seating

The 2012 Cadillac SRX prioritizes drive comfort. An eight-way power-adjustable driver seat is standard on the standard trim, but the luxury trim, which is the next step up, coddles the driver and the front passenger more by tacking on heated front seats with power lumbar support and an eight-way power-adjustable front seat.

The SRX seats five people in two rows, but reviewers say two adults, not three, will be most comfortable in the back row. With a sunroof, which is standard on all but the base trim, test drivers also complain that headroom is limited for adults.

  • "Plenty of headroom and legroom (in the front seats) for taller folks. Seats are firm but comfortable." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with an extendable bottom-cushion bolster that ensures thigh support for even the tallest drivers. The second row has plenty of room for adults, and an optional panoramic sunroof lets them take in the scenery." -- About.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 2012 Cadillac SRX is well-known for the amount of luxury it packs inside, but shoppers will have to upgrade to higher trims to get more luxurious features. The base model has an eight-speaker Bose stereo system that has AM/FM/satellite radio and a USB input jack, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls. The higher luxury trim adds a sunroof, universal home remote and keyless access. The premium trim adds a 10-speaker Bose surround sound audio system and rear-seat audio controls.

Customizing the SRX increases this upscale crossover’s bottom line significantly. Navigation, for example, is unavailable on the base trim, but is optional on the luxury trim, and standard on the performance and premium trims. A DVD entertainment system is available on all trims except the base. If you don’t want to pay a premium for navigation, the SRX does come with one year of OnStar, which offers verbal turn-by-turn directions, but you will have to pay a monthly subscription after the complimentary year is up.

With navigation, OnStar, a DVD system and a moonroof, there’s a lot going on inside the SRX, but unlike many luxury vehicles, reviewers find that the SRX’s interior tech is easy to navigate, and tack on a few praises for its fancy LCD screen.

  • "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." -- Cars.com
  • "Speaking of cool, our tester had a cooled glove box feature to chill drinks or keep cosmetics or pharmaceuticals cool." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

According to test drivers, the 2012 Cadillac SRX has a trunk that’s perfect for families who need to stay organized. The luxury trim, which is the second step up, comes with a cargo management system that has under-floor storage and a moveable fence that keeps boxes and other gear from rolling around while you’re driving. The power tailgate, which is standard on all trims except the base trim, is the icing on the cake, they say.

With all the seats in use, there is 29.2 cubic feet of room available for groceries and luggage. This figure is on point with the amount of space available in the Audi Q5 and the Volvo XC60

  • "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." -- Cars.com
  • "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
  • “One of my favorite features is the power tailgate; with a switch on the driver's door, you can set it to open to 3/4 height, good for low-headroom garages or short drivers (like me)." -- About.com

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