Our family of four just had the pleasure of putting a beautiful Cadillac SRX 2010 crossover courtesy of Andrews Cadillac in Brentwood, Tennessee, to the test over a typical busy weekend.
Two words kept coming to mind as I drove the SRX all weekend: affordable luxury.
The 2010 body style is the new more compact body style for the SRX, minus the third row of seats that past models had but we found we had more than enough room. We drove the upgrade from the base model and I was pleasantly surprised at what a $3,000 package will give you…pretty much ANYTHING you would want in a family vehicle.
I drove the SRX to two soccer games, lunch at Sonic, a playdate, two trips to the grocery store, a blog dinner at Bosco’s Saturday night, to school and work Monday morning, not to mention a wonderful Sunday drive down the Natchez Trace Parkway for a creek side picnic.
Driving the SRX made usual weekend errands pure pleasure. The girls loved the roomy backseat (seats three comfortably), Radio Disney on satellite radio, and the spectacular UltraView Sunroof.
The most surprising thing to me about the Cadillac SRX was the sticker price. Cadillac is not a name I think of when I think typical family ride. However, the base Cadillac SRX starts at around $35K, with a base price of $33,830. A friend of mine has been car shopping and just test drove a Nissan Murano with a sticker price of $41K. Compared to other crossovers on the market the Cadillac is surprisingly affordable. The 2010 GMC Acadia? Starts at $31,740.
The SRX’s most popular model from the Luxury Collection 1SB was what we had the pleasure of driving all weekend and comes with TONS of additional features.
What were some of my favorite features of the Cadillac SRX?
- Sirius Radio (hubby and I loved Radio Margaritaville)
- UltraView Sunroof
- Bluetooth (incredibly easy to set up my iPhone)
- Leather seats (heated…this actually came in handy early Monday morning on the way to school when it was quite cool)
- Fully adjustable seats with memory and power lumbar support
- Adjustable gas and brake pedals – I’m short and this was SUCH a nice treat for me
- Adjustable hatch height – again very “petite” mom friendly!
- Spacious hatch – we had more than enough space for all our gear and I could only imagine taking a nice road trip down to the Florida Panhandle in this car…there is a large compartment and also an outlet in the back for tailgating
- Automatic lights and rain sensor windshield wipers (although we had perfect spring weather and didn’t need them)
- Decent gas mileage (better than most gas guzzling SUVs) – 23 mpg
- Navigation sensor which really came in handy while parking in a very tight spot in Hillsboro Village
As far as driving I really enjoyed the way the Cadillac SRX drove. It was very easy to handle and it only took me about 5 minutes to feel comfortable behind the wheel and like I’d been driving it for months, rather than minutes.
The toughest thing about the test drive weekend was having to return the SRX Monday morning. Mondays, always a bummer.
Many thanks to the friendly and helpful team at Andrews Cadillac here in Brentwood, Tennessee, for the test drive opportunity!
I’m a featured lifestyles blogger at car consumer review site Honk.com and will be writing a review there about our experience as well as testing additional cars in the coming months.
Here’s a link to my YouTube video review of the SRX, which I will update in this post later on (having technical difficulties at the moment.)