This past spring I went to the New York Auto Show as I usually do and took pictures of all the Cadillacs. The one that got the most attention was the
2011 Cadillac SRX Crossover SUV. As I was there shooting away with my camera and video camera I must have spent 20-30 minutes at each car. I can't tell
you how many times I had families around me while I was shooting the SRX. I
had two people tell me that they wish there was a dealer present so they
could buy the car now. I found that very fascinating to say the least.
Cadillac SRX Features
In 1980, suburban housewives drove Ford Country Squires & Chevrolet
Caprices. Wood grain down the side, bench seats across. It was all about
utility & comfort back then, so these behemoths had Novocain power
steering, and two-way tailgates to access either the 900 sq-ft of cargo
space, or the rear-facing “brat seat”. Crumple Zones & child seats were
unheard of back then, so if you were a kid, you held on for dear life, lest
you slide across the vinyl seats and impale yourself on the chrome window
Fast forward a generation, and the kids who were sitting in those
rear-facing seats, making faces at the driver behind, are now choosing
vehicles to haul their own brood in. And guess what? They're not buying
station wagons. They're buying “crossover utility vehicles” like the
Cadillac SRX. These CUVs do the same thing as their mom's Colony Park, but
without the stigma...or the wood grain.
If you're relatively affluent, one of the most popular kid chariots is the
2011 Cadillac SRX. This front-drive (AWD is available) grocery-getter is
festooned with huge HID headlights, loads of chrome, and a Cadillac Crest
the size of Vermont. The styling certainly isn't subtle, and it screams
Mom-on-a Mission. Which is probably why the Cadillac SRX become one of the
best selling luxury crossovers on the market today.
Content is extremely important in this segment. If you don't have a huge
touch screen, and Rain Forest wood trim, your LuxUV won't stand a chance
against such industry veterans as the Lexus RX350 & the BMW X3. This is why
Cadillac has filled this little suv with such an impressive array of
features. Some of this equipment includes automatic headlights with
something called Adaptive Forward Lighting (available on the Performance,
Premium & Turbo models). It has three modes which activate automatically,
using steering angle & wheel speed sensors. The Country Mode allows the HID
headlights to follow the steering wheel, directing more light toward the
shoulder of the road, City Mode points the light directly in front of you,
and the Highway Mode activates at 60mph, shinning the light far down the
road, like a set of driving lights.
Beneath the trunk floor is a handy insulated storage bin/cooler to keep your
frozen crab cakes & milk chilled while you pop into the Starbucks for an
espresso. And, you get movable tie-down anchors which move along a circular
track in the floor (those are part of the Cargo management option). The
Cadillac SRX can swallow an impressive 30 cubic feet of stuff with the seats
up, and 61 ft with the seats folded. Plus, the standard power lift gate has
two height settings, so you don't hit it on a low garage roof.
Other neat features include a standard panoramic sunroof, a touch screen
Navigation system that rises from the top of the metal-trimmed center stack,
and a seat belt removal alarm so mom knows if Buffy or Brett has taken off
The 2011 Cadillac SRX is motivated by a 265-hp 3.0 liter V6, but a 300-hp
2.8 liter V6 is available. The only transmission offered is a 6-speed
automatic, and AWD is optional on all models. The Cadillac SRX isn't what
you'd call fun-to-drive. But it's a family wagon, so that's not really
important. What is important is the amount of toys and style available on
the 2011 Cadillac SRX. Don't think of it as a Luxury Crossover, think of it
as a “Lifestyle Accessory” for busy families.
You can see more pictures and video from our
New York Auto show pages.
Other Cadillac models from 2011 are
2011 Cadillac CTS Sedan, 2011
Cadillac CTS Coupe.