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CADILLAC SRX

The stylish SRX belongs to the ever-growing niche of compact upscale SUVs. Richly appointed and quiet inside, the SRX is fairly comfortable and rides well. The only engine choice is the 308-hp, 3.6-liter V6, which is quieter and more spirited than the 3.0-liter it replaced.

Driving impressions:
The ride motions are well controlled, with an underlying firmness. A little wind noise at speed and some engine snarl under acceleration mars the otherwise quiet cabin. The SRX is fairly agile, with steering that's well-weighted and communicative in routine handling. But when pressed to its limits the handling prowess diminishes noticeably. The V6 performs well but in everyday driving feels underpowered. We measured 18 mpg overall, which is just OK. The six-speed automatic transmission doesn't shift as seamlessly as the best in the class.

Inside the cabin:
The interior is well-trimmed and nicely detailed. A roomy driving position helps most drivers get comfortable but the cockpit feels a bit cocooned by the high sills and rising beltline. The comfortable front seats are very supportive, particularly with the extendable thigh-support cushion. Rear-seat passengers will find adequate room. Controls are mostly straightforward, but the tightly clustered buttons are hard to discern at a glance. The narrow windows and large pillars hurts the view out, especially when backing up or merging.

CR's take:
The stylish SRX is competitive with its peers with the exception of fuel economy and visibility.

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