Cadillac is one of the oldest names in the American automobile industry. Bought by Buick in 1909, Cadillac has made a name as one of the preeminent manufacturers of luxury vehicles. The SRX is a mid-sized vehicle offered since 2004 that combines designs and specifications from both cars and SUVs.

The 2012 SRX is offered in four luxury levels, called trims. The four trims are designated as Standard, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. The Standard SRX’s manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starts at $35,485 for standard equipment. The Luxury SRX’s MSRP begins at $40,015, and the Performance SRX starts at $43,830. The Premium SRX, the highest in the collection, has a beginning MSRP of $46,275

What are the dimensions and specifications of the SRX Crossover?

As a vehicle with the front end of a car and the back of an SUV, the SRX Crossover combines Cadillac styling with a lot of cargo room. While it is considered a mid-size crossover, the SRX measures in at 190.3 inches in length and 75.2 inches in width.

The vehicle seats five with 39.7 inches of headroom and 41.2 inches of legroom in the front. The back has 38.4 inches of headroom and 36.3 inches of legroom. Additionally, the rear seats fold down, creating 61.1 cubic feet of space in the cargo area.

Each 2012 SRX trim comes standard with a 3.6L engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission; each also has Driver Shift Control to maximize speed and power through clutchless manual operation. Front-wheel drive is standard on all four trim vehicles, and all of the trims but the Standard has an all-wheel drive option. The front-wheel options get an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive vehicles get 16 mpg for city driving and 23 mpg for highway driving.

What features does the Cadillac SRX have?

Standard safety features found on each SRX Crossover include antilock brakes, front, side and curtain air bags, and occupant sensing systems that determine if air bags should deploy during a crash. Each has anti-lock brakes, traction control and Buick’s StabiliTrak sensing system that controls breaking and handling on icy or wet roadways. The Cadillac SRX is also OnStar equipped.

Optional safety features only offered on the higher three trims include front and rear park assist that emits visual and audible warnings if something is in front or behind the vehicle while parking. Rainsense wipers are also standard equipment on everything except the Standard trim. Standard luxury features found on all three trims are a Bose entertainment center, Bluetooth connections, power locks, power seats, remote keyless entry and more.

Additional features found on the higher-leveled vehicles include a tri-zone climate control, humidity and air quality sensors and an UltraView sunroof. The Premium SRX (the highest trim) offers even more luxurious options such as rear seat audio controls and heated rear seats.

What are the safety ratings for the Cadillac SRX Crossover?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the SRX Crossover five out of five stars for front and side-crash tests. Additionally, the SRX earned four out of five stars on the rollover testing. Both the front-wheel and all-wheel drive models of the SRX earned an overall five out of five star safety rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2010 to 2012 SRX Crossovers a good rating, the highest rating given, for front and side crash tests and roof strength tests. The 2012 SRX Crossover earned a top safety pick from the Institute.

How much is car insurance for a Cadillac SRX Crossover?

MSN Money listed the Cadillac SRX Luxury trim as having an average yearly insurance rate around $1,354. The SRX Crossover’s high safety ratings help to keep the auto insurance rates low. It also helps that the SRX is more of a family vehicle that is more likely to have children onboard than a sports car coupe.

The Cadillac SRX has a less expensive annual insurance premium than other comparable sized crossovers and SUVs made by luxury competitors such as Audi and BMW. The SRX’s yearly premium is similar or more expensive than other American crossovers and SUVs of similar sizes such those made by Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet.

Does the Cadillac SRX Crossover come with a warranty?

All 2012 Crossovers come with a four-year, 50,000 bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and 5-year/100,000 powertrain limited warranty. Roadside assistance and courtesy transportation are also offered for the first five years or 100,000 miles for all SRX Crossovers.

What do car reviews say about the SRX?

Consumer reviews on Kelley Blue Book rated the 2012 SRX at 4.1 out of 5. Reviewers loved the styling and disliked a small interior and the lack of a standard spare tire. Expert reviewers lamented the 2011’s 3.0L engine’s performance, so the 2012’s 3.6L engine creating 308 horsepower should be an improvement.

Expert reviewers at Car and Driver appreciated the new engine in the 2012 models and the many different options available to control the transmission. Consumer reviewers seem to either love or hate the Cadillac SRX Crossover.

The crossover SUV market is filled with import and domestic models all vying for the edge that will bring in customers. Cadillac continues to use technology and innovation to get American-made luxury cars at the top of the pack.