America’s luxury car maker Cadillac is so confident that the new for 2010 SRX is better than their Japanese and German rivals that they are inviting the public to join them for some back to back test drives. This past weekend Top Speed attended the Cadillac of Crossovers Test Drive Event that took place at the Village of Merick Park, one of Miami’s newest and one of the more upscale shopping establishments in all of South Florida. The event combined a relaxed viewing environment for a host of Cadillac’s new products ranging from environmentally conscious Escalade Hybrid s to one very hot CTS Sport Wagon as well as a cooking demonstration with Chef Michelle Bernstein and the all important test drive of not only the new Cadillac SRX, but the BMW X5 , Mercedes Benz GLK and Lexus RX350 as well.
Admittedly we were a bit unfamiliar with the new Cadillac SRX when we arrived at the event, but after a quick spin around the block and few minutes talking to a few informative men and women in black we felt like we were ready to start working the showroom floor. The 2010 SRX has been completely redesigned and features a chassis that is unique to the luxury crossover. Where most CUVs have a tendency to look large and round in order to maximize interior space, the SRX’s designers incorporated enough bold body lines and creases to make it look muscular, not that the six lug 20 inch wheels didn’t help. If you look close enough at the rear tail lamps you will also see that Cadillac is bringing back the tailfin. Current SRX models are available with either two or all wheel drive and are powered by a 3.0 Liter VVT DOHC direct injection V6 that gets 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway, while a 300 HP turbocharged 2.7 Liter V6 is scheduled to arrive soon.
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The interior of the SRX is clearly up to the Cadillac standard, everything from the brightly illuminated gauges to one of the most comfortable steering wheels on the market, the Cadillac of crossovers is top notch. The dash is finished in leather with accented stitching, the doors are adorned with elegant wood trim and the seat mounted video screens look even better than they did when we first saw them in the Chevrolet Equinox. However on e of the best features of the new SRX is the oversized sunroof that can trick you into thinking that you are behind the wheel of a convertible when it is open all the way. Cadillac is also offering a dealer installed wireless router that has room for up to 5 internet connections and works up to 125 feet away from the vehicle.
From our conversation with a helpful Cadillac representative we learned that an elderly woman had asked him about lease information at a previous event, not being familiar with the interest rates of the local market he telephoned a nearby Cadillac retailer, handed the lady his phone and after talking to a salesman for about five minutes she jumped in a taxi and went straight to the dealership. So we can see that the program works. By giving consumers a chance to compare their products head to head against the competition, Cadillac and General Motors are giving new car shoppers a reassuring taste of automotive excellence.