Cadillac certainly didn’t pull any punches with the car they provided for us to test, a 2.8l turbo AWD with the Premium package.
While it is technically possible to get into an SRX for a touch over $33k – if you are willing to accept front-drive, 3.0l DI engine, no wood trim, standard nav w/ bluetooth, power liftgate, etc. many of which are not even available a la carte on the base trim – then that is an alternative for you..if you can find one. For folks walking into a showroom after seeing the starting price – it could be a bit of a shock to the system.
Cadillac wants us to all see the SRX in its fully loaded trim, which makes sense in that it allows us to speak to each and every available feature. We were provided with the 2.8l Turbo model that carries most features as standard and then on top of that, was equipped with the top-of-the-line Premium trim leaving with us an as-tested price of about $54k (yep, 20k above the base price of an SRX…you could buy a second car for the cost of the upgrades, just keep that in mind). The Premium brings such niceties as heated and cooled seats as well as dual-screen rear seat entertainment.
All-in, this means our test car packed the following laundry-list of features:
2.8l turbo V-6 packing 300hp and 295 lb*ft
Haldex All-wheel Drive with eDiff rear differential
ZF SACHS dynamic suspension
Navigation with XM and Bluetooth connectivity
Bose 10-speaker stereo w/ 5.1 Surround
Rear seat, dual screen entertainment system
Keyless access with remote start
Rear-view camera and Ultrasonic parking assist
20″ Wheels with Michelin all-season tires
HID headlamps with adaptive lighting
…you get the idea.
Our test car came in a rich-looking Grey Flannel with black leather interior. As with all but the base trim, ours had tasteful wood accents which are limited to a swath on each door as well as an arc of wood trim on the steering wheel between 10 and 2 o’clock, an band on the center of the shift knob, and the door of the storage cubby behind the shifter (which was actually very difficult to open on our test car.
The rest of the accents were limited to brushed-look plastic on the center stack and steering spokes and the occasional splash of chrome.
This is the latest in Cadillac’s Cut-and-Sew interior treatments and while carrying design cues from the new CTS, the interior is certainly more SUV-like this time around and carries the design language and stitching accents quite well – more on the interior materials and design in our Interior and Electronics section.