SRX SunroofOne thing I've seemed to overlook with the SRX this week is performance. Usually that's the first thing to be discussed. The SRX tester comes with the 3.6L V-6 VVT with 255 hp, 250 lb-ft of torque and a 5-speed automatic transmission with a useless "Hydra-Matic" that lets you shift gears manually but doesn't offer any performance gains. The SRX also has an available 4.6L Northstar V-8 at 320 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque. I've always said if someone is interested in a car with two different engines always test the lower powered one first to see if it's right for you.

The V-6 has plenty of pep and ample power when you slam on the pedal. I'm sure the V-8 has a lot more oomph but does anyone really need it? As nice as the acceleration was the handling is much more supple and doesn't offer much feel for the road. And the brakes…

Have you ever been driving down the street and come to a stop sign, hear screeching brakes and immediately think ?Oh man, are those my brakes?? And luckily you see a slightly older car pulling up next to you revealing the real source of the screech. Well that happened this morning in the SRX. Except I was on a one-0way street with no other cars around. That?s right, a new Cadillac SRX with 7500 miles had screechy brakes. Now I?ll admit the reviewers before me probably murdered the car?s brakes. Slamming on them every chance they got to see what happens when a gigantic SUV goes from 50 to 0 in a few feet. But overall I wasn?t in love with the car?s ride despite the shoddy brakes.




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